Grennell on alert as Killester head North with slender lead

Killester will be taking nothing for granted when they travel North tomorrow for a clash with Belfast Star in the men’s Premier National Cup first round second leg clash.

The Clontarf side hold a narrow three-point lead and coach Jonathon Grennell is adamant his team will have to concentrate solely on winning the game.

“We lost an 18-point lead in the last quarter last week and we have put ourselves under pressure heading into this game with so much at stake,” Grennell said.

He is also aware of the prestige associated with this competition and believes if his team stick to their game plan they have every chance of booking a semi-final slot.

“The awkward side is that we have defeated Star in consecutive weeks, once in the league, but when you are playing a side for the third time anything is possible from either side,” added Grennell.

C&S UCC Demons will take a 31-point lead to Belfield for their battle of the colours with UCD Marian and if the Cork side show a resemblance of their recent form a place in the last four beckons.

UL Eagles will take nothing for granted despite having an 11-point lead going into their clash with Dublin Inter this evening in what will be a true test of their character.

The Limerick side have American Delwan Graham in tremendous form but Mark Keenan’s charges will need to be aware of their opponents shooting outside the perimeter as this game hangs in the balance.

DCU Saints had a stunning 84-48 win over Templeogue at Inchicore last week and that should be good enough to book their second round clash with Bord Gáis Neptune.

Dave Donnelly’s side were back to their best and the Saints boss is confident they can complete the job on their home court.

“I was pleased in the manner we executed our opportunities last week and now it’s a case of taking nothing for granted and play to our strengths,” Donnelly said.

Bord Gáis Neptune have all but booked their place in round two after demolishing Moycullen 104-59 at the Neptune stadium. Coach Mark Scannell is miffed why a cup that is supposed to be seeded is treating the holders in a different manner.

“We are the holders and if we get past Moycullen we then have a second game with DCU Saints to contend with and to me something is amiss in the planning of this championship,” Scannell said.

In the women’s SuperLeague, leaders UL Huskies host Killester and Meteors entertain Ulster Rockets.

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