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Sunday 20 April 2014

Keenan not taking misfiring Killester for granted

THEY may have bounced back from their first defeat of the season last week, but UL Eagles' coach Mark Keenan is still not happy with his charges as he strives to see them hit the heights of last season.

The Shannonsiders travel to face Killester tomorrow night as they look to improve on their win over Dublin Inter last weekend.

The northside Dubliners have struggled this season, but their former coach knows better than to take them for granted in Clontarf.

"We didn't play great last weekend, we started weak but finished strong and came away with the win that we wanted," Keenan said.

"The IWA is always a tough gym to play in and the last few years it has hosted great battles between the two sides. I personally don't think that Killester's current record suggests how good they can actually be so we can't be complacent."

Dublin Inter's schedule doesn't get any easier as they welcome the league leaders to the National Basketball Arena tomorrow.

Paul Kelleher's UCC Demons are unbeaten so far this season, but the coach is warning against complacency as the newcomers are restored to a full complement for the clash.

"I saw the first half of Dublin Inter's game last weekend and they were very impressive," he said. "We need to pay close attention to their ball reversal and limit their penetration if we want to stop them.

"It will be a tough venue to play in and with Inter back to full strength we need to be on point to secure this win on the road."

In Galway, Moycullen will be looking to build on their first win of the season over UCD by beating DCU, who need to bounce back from their defeat to Neptune.

"As a team, we need to focus on a four-quarter performance and to see out the entire game.

"We are playing well for two or three quarters and losing the game when we lose our concentration so that is something we will be working on this week in order to come away with the win," said coach David Donnelly.

Neptune take on UCD Marian, while there are no Women's Superleague games as the National Cup gets under way.

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