Do You Agree With Our Fantasy XV Of The Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup Quarter-Finalists?

Do You Agree With Our Fantasy XV Of The Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup Quarter-Finalists?

The 2017-18 Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup reaches the quarter-final stage this week, with Ulster University, UL, IT Tralee, Dublin IT, DCU, UCD, UCC, and NUIG all vying for a semi-final berth.

Ahead of throw-in today, we've assembled a fantasy XV of players featuring in the last eight. We'll set them out in the traditional formation for old time's sake.

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Goalkeeper - Evan Comerford (DCU) 

Not to be confused with the Tipperary 'keeper - this Evan Comerford is a Dub who is being tipped to succeed Stephen Cluxton. If such a day ever arises.

Right corner-back - Brian O'Beaglaoich (UCC)

The first of many Kerry players to appear on this team, O'Beaglaoich is extremely versatile but can do a job at cornerback.


Full-back - Jason Foley (UCC) 

Eamon Fitzmaurice is currently testing Foley as a potential solution to Kerry's ills at the edge of their own square, having won two All-Ireland medals at minor level.

Left corner-back - Ronan Shanahan (DIT)

To complete an all Kerry full-back line, we've plumped for Kerry's Ronan Shanahan. While he was sent-off against Mayo in the National League over the weekend, he is among the many Kerry Kids to slot into the senior team seamlessly.

Right wing-back - Peter Cooke (NUIG)

Cooke was an integral part of the Galway under-21 team that pushed Dublin close in last year's All-Ireland, and has slotted seamlessly into the Galway senior team during the opening rounds of the league. While Kevin Walsh has played him at midfield, he can also play across the half-back line.


Centre-back - Brian Howard (DIT) 

Tipped for big things by Diarmuid Connolly, Howard has been named in the half-forward line for Dublin in the National League thus far. But as with most members of that panel, he is versatile and has played at midfield and at centre-back with the Dublin under-21s.

Left wing-back - Paddy Durcan (DCU) 

Durcan has developed into a key scorer for Mayo, but was named at wing-back in DCU's victory over DkIT.

Midfield - Jack Kennedy (UCC) 

Kennedy bucked the family tradition in eschewing hurling for football (his father won two Al-Ireland hurling medals with Tipperary), with his football performances for Tipperary prompting an invitation for a trial with AFL side North Melbourne at the end of last season. That ultimately came to naught, which has been to the benefit of Tipperary and UCC.


Midfield - Jack Barry (UCD) 

In a few years, Barry will be a rarity on the Kerry team in that he won't have an All-Ireland minor medal. Nonetheless, he has wasted little time in establishing himself on the Kerry senior team and for UCD, he dominated an all-Kildare midfield of Paddy Brophy and Paul Cribben in the previous round against Maynooth.

Right wing forward - Diarmuid O'Connor (DCU)

DCU's forward line is fairly frightening, with O'Connor among its chief members. Has been operating at the highest level for a couple of years now.

Centre-forward - Sean O'Shea (UCC) 

O'Shea has stolen David Clifford's thunder somewhat in the opening couple of rounds of the National League, kicking ten points across appearances against Donegal and Mayo. He has been equally vital for UCC, scoring five points in the first-round win over Garda College.


Left wing-forward - Conor Loftus (DIT) 

Loftus has developed a useful habit of coming to the rescue: for Mayo against Derry in last year's qualifiers, and most recently, scoring the critical goal in DIT's grind against IT Carlow.

Right corner-forward - David Clifford (IT Tralee) 

That IT Tralee's first Sigerson Cup win in eleven years came with Clifford in the team is no surprise. An astonishing talent.

Full-forward - Damien Comer (NUIG) 

The barrelling Comer has been awarded the Galway captaincy and has been eager to repay the honour. He has scored within the first thirty seconds of each of Galway's Division One games thus far this year.

Left corner-forward - Lee Brennan (UU) 

Brennan shot to prominence with some absurd scoring at club level in Tyrone last year, one of which featured a haul of 3-14 in April for Trillick, 3-8 of which came from play. He was finally given his senior debut from the start against Dublin over the weekend, and impressed in kicking six points.


Gavin Cooney
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Changed the spelling of his name upon pressure from Michael Owen.

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