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Basketball: Keenan calls on struggling Killester to knock Eagles off their perch


Keenan: Team struggling for form

Keenan: Team struggling for form

Keenan: Team struggling for form

KILLESTER coach Mark Keenan has admitted he is struggling to identify the reasons for his side's recent slump, but he's hoping they can arrest the slide in Cork this weekend.

Having lost to DCU Saints and Belfast Star in successive weeks, the National Cup holders couldn't wish for worse form going into Sunday's semi-final clash with Southern Conference leaders UL Eagles.

The high-flying Limerick men are in good shape for the short journey to Cork, where all of the National Cup semi-finals take place at Neptune Stadium, with the underage matches going ahead at Parochial Hall.

Killester are rarely vulnerable, but Keenan reckons complacency has played its part and wants a reaction against the Eagles, who have an identical league record to their northern conference counterparts.

"It is difficult to put a finger on exactly what has gone wrong," he said. "Maybe we became a bit complacent. We have been far below our best, but we have nothing to fear. We have no intention of giving up any of our titles too easy."

The Eagles are well aware of the task that awaits them at Neptune, having lost four times last season -- and once this season -- to the north Dubliners.

The winners will take on the victors of the Ulster Elks' clash with UCD Marian, with the northerners hoping to reach the showpiece for the first time. Having lost at the same stage last year, the Dubliners will be hoping to go one step further this time around.

Meanwhile, the ladies from the capital have an early start, with DCU Mercy and Killester kicking off proceedings at 10.30. Holders DCU beat their local rivals earlier this season and will be confident of doing so again. Team Montenotte Hotel Cork will be looking to make the most of home advantage as they take on Waterford Wildcats.

Irish Independent