Tuesday 16 January 2018

Donnelly plots downfall of high-flying Killester

James Donnelly
James Donnelly
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

KILLESTER will put the last remaining Premier League unbeaten record on the line when they take on DCU Saints in Glasnevin on Sunday.

Saints guard James Donnelly, who has averaged 15 points a game so far this season, has seen his role grow in the team after a host of changes.

And he believes that DCU can get a win over the league leaders.

"They are a very well-balanced team with the guards they have, plus the size inside – but like every team in the league they are beatable," he said. "My minutes have gone up this season. I have been consciously trying to take on more of a senior role in the team now."

Isaac Westbrooks has led the way for pacesetters Killester, bettering Donnelly's average with 19.7 points per game, having returned from Division 1 action.

"It is great to be putting on the Killester jersey again and I am excited to be back playing in the top league," he said. "Saints have some really good guards in Eoin Darling and James Donnelly and it will be key for us to try and restrict them. James has been scoring well, so we need to limit his chances.

"Last weekend we had five players score in double figures, so if we can reproduce that type of team play we'll have a great chance at getting another win."

Elsewhere, Neptune are looking to bounce back from last week's defeat to Killester as they take on Templeogue, while UCC Demons meet Dublin Inter, Belfast Star play Moycullen and champions UL Eagles face UCD Marian.

"Eagles are the champs and they know how to win," said Marian forward Kevin Foley.

"With guys like Steve King, Neil Campbell and Scott Kinevane they are a really solid team. If you play them tough you have a chance, but if you don't it will be a 20-point loss and we know that."

In the Women's Premier League, Glanmire will look to get over their disappointing defeat to UL Huskies by beating DCU Mercy in Dublin, while Liffey Celtics host Ulster Rockets and WIT Wildcats take on Meteors.

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