Thursday 22 February 2018

Demons close in on double but there's still more to come, insists O'Reilly

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Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

C&S UCC Demons could seal the club's second ever league and cup double with a win at home to UCD Marian on Sunday - if Travelodge Swords Thunder slip up.

Despite the fact that Demons have gone 19 games unbeaten, player/coach Colin O'Reilly is adamant that there is still more to come from his side.

"Each player has taken on increased leadership throughout the squad which has led to some great performances," he said.

"Yet being selfish I still feel we have room to improve. We will always look for the extra percentage to improve our play."

Swords Thunder are likely to have their focus on the Champions Trophy and they are in action twice this weekend.

First up tonight is a Dublin derby against Killester before they travel to Cork on Sunday to take on BFG Neptune and the north Dubliners' coach Dave Baker is hoping to finish the season on a high.

Cement

"If we don't set goals, it could take away from what we've achieved already this season. We could cement second place with a win over Killester and that would be huge for us."

Neptune have given themselves an outside shot of a place in the Champions Trophy with wins over Templeogue and UL Eagles.

Templeogue slipped to sixth place in their bye-week and travel to Belfast Star on Sunday while DCU Saints host Dublin Inter tomorrow.

Elsewhere, DCU Mercy can secure their place in the Women's Premier League Play-offs this weekend. A win over Meteors at Coláiste Iosagáin will guarantee them fourth place.

Team Montenotte Hotel are looking to "dig deep and not be complacent" away to Maxol WIT Wildcats tomorrow.

The Glanmire side are guaranteed first place but captain Claire Rockall maintained that they'll be switched on for the rest of the season.

Wildcats are without American Olivia Applewhite while co-captain Sinead Deegan is also out with an ankle injury.

"We'll still relish playing the number one team in the country," coach Br Phil Ryan said.

"You have to ply your trade against the best. We'll have a cut off it."

Killester can preserve their Women's Premier League status with a win at Courtyard Liffey Celtics.

Celtics are guaranteed a top-two finish, while Killester need a win from either of their last two games to leapfrog UL Huskies and out of the relegation zone.

Irish Independent

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