Sheehan braced for Cork challenge

by Eoghan Cormican

Having already secured a semi-final berth, DCU’s camogie side will seek the prize of top spot in Group A when they travel to face CIT in today’s crucial Purcell Cup fixture.

DCU opened their Purcell Cup campaign with a comprehensive 3-13 to 1-3 win over QUB, avenging last year’s decider in which the Northerners emerged victorious.

Victory this evening would guarantee DCU top spot in their group and, although the Dubliners have already claimed the scalp of CIT this season, goalkeeper Aisleen Sheehan is under no illusions as to the task in hand.

“To be honest we are looking forward to the challenge of CIT and we’re under no illusions of the challenge ahead. We’ve trained hard since the Queens game and are well prepared going down to Cork.”

CIT caused something of an upset when getting the better of Queens last week (3-13 to 3-8), so today’s clash is all about heading the group and landing a more negotiable semi-final draw. Sheehan however is quick to dispel any talk beyond that of this evening’s fixture.

“We certainly won’t get ahead of ourselves in any way, we will be taking each game as it comes and being as prepared and motivated as we can to get the best from the team is a priority. We’re trying not to look too far past the CIT game but each team on the other side will be a challenge and we will take every game as it comes.”

As Sheehan acknowledges it has been a terrific year thus far, with the side turning more than a few heads in qualifying for the Division 1 league final on February 29.

“So far the year has been great for us but we are well aware that the biggest challenges have yet to come but I have every confidence in the set up and the girls’ commitment that we will contest every challenge as it comes.”

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