Monday 26 June 2017

Kelleher calls on Demons to bounce back in derby duel

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Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

THERE will be no home comforts for UCC Demons tonight after they were forced to cede home advantage for the derby with Neptune because of continuing renovations at the Mardyke.

So while they might have the home dressing-rooms at the Neptune Arena, their rivals will have nothing to fear going into an eagerly awaited Christmas fixture.

Demons coach Paul Kelleher doesn't care about what court the match is played on, he just wants his side to improve on their performances after their defeat to DCU before the break.

"The reality is that at this stage we have not played at our home venue this season so it makes no difference where this game is played," he said. "The Cork public just love this game, especially over the Christmas period.

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"I was not pleased with our performance against DCU Saints, and although missing Shane Coughlan and Kyle Hosford, we will have to improve big time to win this game."

Reclaiming bragging rights is top of the agenda ahead of the sides' cup semi-final meeting next month.

"This is a crucial game for us because we have already lost to them and we do not need another defeat before our National Cup semi final clash," Kelleher added.

There's another derby in Dublin, where Killester host DCU Saints in Clontarf, with the champions looking to keep in touch with the northern conference leaders.

"This is a game we will have to win in order to keep pace with the Saints in the northern conference," Killester coach Darren O'Neill said.

"After Saints we have a trip to Cork to play UCC Demons and it would be unthinkable to go into our cup semi-final against UL Eagles the following week if we were to lose both games."

Irish Independent

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