Sunday 18 February 2018

Donnelly confident well-drilled Saints can block out Demons

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

UCC DEMONS' dramatic defeat of UL Eagles last weekend means they go into their Monday afternoon clash with DCU Saints top of the pile.

But having overcome the champions on their own patch, they will have a very different test against the Dubliners at the Mardyke on the Bank Holiday as DCU travel on the back of a sterling defensive effort in last week's derby win over UCD Marian.

The southsiders were held to just 17 points in the second half last time out and Saints coach Dave Donnelly is confident his team are in flying form for this tough clash.

"We have been playing excellent defence and that is what our team is about. We won't change the way we try to play too much just because it is Demons," he said.

"They are an excellent team, but we will just try and put together a four-quarter performance, which we haven't really done yet this season."

UL Eagles look to bounce back from their disappointment when they take on Marian at Belfield tomorrow.

Eagles coach Mark Keenan described the Dublin students as being a "very capable side" but they are also inconsistent and after they managed only two points in the final five minutes last week, coach Sasa Punosevac has plenty of food for thought.

Two of the game's biggest names come together in tomorrow's other game as Neptune travel to the IWA to face Killester.

"They always present a huge challenge and we'll have to deal with their pressure defence, probably full-court," Killester coach Darren O'Neill said.

"We played a lot better last week in the win against Dublin Inter than we had and we'll need that type of performance again to get the better of Neptune."

In the Women's Superleague, DCU Mercy take on Glanmire in Cork with both sides looking to challenge UL's supremacy. The Limerick women are at home to Wildcats, while Meteors have a double weekend against Ulster Rockets and Brunell.

Irish Independent

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