Tuesday 16 January 2018

Inter's Eidukas insists 'all the pressure' on hot favourites UCC Demons

Dublin Inter's Romas Eidukas, centre, says his side will go into the final as underdogs
Dublin Inter's Romas Eidukas, centre, says his side will go into the final as underdogs
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

All eyes are on a sold-out National Stadium in Tallaght this evening as the men and women's National Cup finals take centre stage.

Dublin Inter will go into the men's final as massive underdogs against a much-fancied C&S UCC Demons side.

Having beaten last year's finalists UL Eagles and Bord Gais Neptune on their way to the decider, Inter will take plenty of confidence from a tough run. Inter will be happy to play the underdog card which has served them well, and their guard Romas Eidukas believes that it will help them.

"It is an advantage for us to be underdogs," he said. "We really have no pressure and can go out and enjoy, relax and win hopefully. All the pressure will be on Demons."

The Cork side may be firm favourites but they are not taking anything for granted, according to Shane Coughlan.

"In a final, it doesn't matter if you are top or bottom of the league and in this competition, Inter have proven themselves," he said.

With Inter seeking to win the Cup in memory of their late founder Toomas Ilves, an emotionally charged Dublin side could well upset the odds once again.

Prior to the men's final, UL Huskies and Team Montenotte Hotel compete in the women's final, in a repeat of last year's decider.

Montenotte will be eager to exact revenge for that defeat and will be confident following their recent league win over the same opposition. Niamh Dwyer is hoping Team Montenotte can repeat the attacking flair they showed last time.

"It would be brilliant if both teams could play with the free-flowing style that made the game in Limerick so good," she said.

Huskies' Aoife McDermott says her side need to manage their emotions in what promises to be a noisy National Stadium.

"Playing a final is a totally different experience. The cup is the biggest game of the year, the arena is packed and everyone just seems more excited," she said.

Elsewhere, there are two games in the Men's Premier League this weekend. UCD Marian and SSE Renewables Moycullen are both in desperate need of a win when they face off tomorrow. Belfast Star will be eager to pick up a win against Templeogue on Sunday as they look to secure fourth place and a spot in the end-of-season Champions Trophy.


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