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Sunday 20 April 2014

Students aim to disrupt Eagles' flight towards title

UL EAGLES' destiny remains in their own hands as the season enters the home stretch, with three weeks to go.

The champions' game against Dublin Inter was postponed last weekend, allowing rivals UCC Demons to close within a point of Eagles who have a game in hand over both Cork sides chasing them.

They take on UCD Marian on home court tomorrow night in a match they will be expected to win, although the Dublin students are relishing their role in the title race.

Resurgent since the turn of the year and the return of Fran Ryan to the head coaching role, Eagles are the only side Marian have failed to beat this season and the men from the capital are hoping for an upset.

"We spoke about playing for some self-respect and I have to hand it to the team, for all the changes since Christmas, the spirit and togetherness has been terrific," Ryan said. "Limerick is a tough place to go and get a win but we look forward to playing the role of kingmaker a bit."

contention

UL could be behind Demons in the table by tip-off as the Cork side take on Moycullen in Galway and, after two wins that brought them back into contention last weekend, coach Paul Kelleher believes things are starting to go his side's way.

"In recent months we haven't hit clutch shots when the games were close down the stretch but this past weekend we did make those shots," he said. "We have improvements to make defensively but we showed we are getting back to what we were performing like in our first eight or nine (games)."

Moycullen will be out again 24 hours later as DCU Saints visit the west. Neptune are in action against Dublin Inter tomorrow.

Meanwhile, UL Huskies' win over Glanmire means they look odds-on to claim top spot ahead of the play-offs in the Women's Superleague, but the race for home advantage in the post-season continues with little separating Ulster Rockets, Meteors and WIT Wildcats.

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