Saturday 23 September 2017

luke Enos (Moycullen)

MATCH OF THE DAY

Neptune v Killester, Neptune Stadium, Sunday, 3.0

SOMETHING has to give in this repeat of last season's Superleague play-off final in Cork as Neptune and Killester look to maintain their 100pc starts to the campaign.

The hosts will be looking for a modicum of revenge against the champions, who travel with a full-strength squad after last weekend's 67-59 win over UL Eagles.

The story of the past week was Neptune's stunning 104-102 derby victory over UCC Demons, but while the excitement kept the fans happy, coach Mark Scannell was less than impressed with his side's defence.

"I know we scored 104 points but we gave up 102 and that is not a good enough effort on the defensive end," he said. "We can't allow this to happen again and I am expecting a better performance against Killester."

The Dubliners will need to improve on their last visit to Cork, which wasn't going to plan until the referee called a halt to proceedings due to condensation on the court.

The champions were 16 points down to UCC at the time, but were awarded the points. Boosted by last weekend's win and on home soil, Neptune look the more likely to take the spoils.

Verdict: Neptune

STAR ATTRACTION

THERE are not many Superleague players with a host of YouTube videos dedicated to them but a quick search for Moycullen's new American star reveals a high-profile past.

This 6'7" 2010 All American joined the Galway club from Black Hills State University where his performances for the Yellow Jackets won him plenty of plaudits.

After they struggled to get wins last season, much is expected of the new arrival Enos, whose high-scoring ratios and ability under the rebound have already seen Moycullen go close against DCU, and they'll be hoping for a first win against UCD Marian tomorrow night.

HOW THEY STAND

WITH the top teams in both conferences facing off, this weekend is an opportunity for the other teams to make up some lost ground.

Unbeaten DCU Saints will be hoping for a Killester slip as they take on winless Belfast Star at Anderstown tomorrow with an eye on top spot, while UCD Marian will hope for a second win on the bounce against Moycullen.

UL Eagles and UCC will be looking to close the gap on Neptune when they meet in Limerick.

In the Women's Superleague, another unbeaten record is set to go as Glanmire host DCU Mercy, while UL will look to take advantage at home to Killester.

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

169 Neptune are proving the great entertainers, with an average of 169 points being scored between the teams in their games so far this season.

Superleague fixtures

MEN -- Tomorrow:

UL Eagles v UCC Demons, UL Arena, 7.30; Moycullen v UCD Marian, NUIG Kingfisher, 7.30; Belfast Star v DCU Saints, DLS Anderstown, 8.30

Sunday:

Neptune v Killester, Neptune Stadium, 3.0

Women -- Tomorrow:

UL v Killester, UL Arena, 4.0; Ulster Rockets v Liffey Celtics, DLS Anderstown, 6.30; Dynamos v Meteors, Oblate Hall, 8.0; Glanmire v DCU Mercy, Neptune Stadium, 7.0

Sunday:

Waterford Wildcats v Killester, Mercy Gym, 1.30; Brunell v UL, Parochial Hall, 2.45

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