O’Reilly wary ahead of key double-header

This is one of the most crucial weekends in the men’s Premier League with joint leaders C&S UCC Demons and Killester still on track for the title showdown on March 2 at the Mardyke Arena.

O’Reilly wary ahead of key double-header

UCC Demons have a tricky schedule with a double-header in the capital against Templeogue and DCU Saints.

Inchicore tomorrow will be the first port of call for the Leesiders for a clash with Templeogue. When the teams last met in Cork, Demons demolished them but player coach Colin O’Reilly is expecting a far tougher challenge.

“The bottom line is when you are top of the table all teams want to take your scalp and I am sure Templeogue will be gunning to take us down,” O’Reilly said. “We know our total focus must be to win against Templeogue and if we are successful it will give us confidence against DCU Saints.”

Indeed DCU Saints will be fired up to keep themselves in contention for a top-four place that will give them a quarter-final place in the Champions Trophy.

Killester travel to Galway tomorrow for a clash with basement side Moycullen where maximum points look a formality.

A win for Bord Gáis Neptune against UCD Marian would almost certainly guarantee them third place but coach Mark Scannell is warning his troops not to take their opponents for granted.

“UCD Marian have won their last two games against UL Eagles and DCU Saints and we need to pick it up particularly in defence if we are to get the all important win,” Scannell said.

Elsewhere, UL Eagles will make the long trip north to play Belfast Star on Sunday.

In the women’s Premier League leaders UL Huskies will not be taking WIT Wildcats for granted when they travel to Waterford. Killester should overcome Ulster Rockets in Belfast and DCU Mercy travel to Cork for a potential banana skin clash with Singletons Supervalu Brunell.

Team Montenotte entertain Meteors at Upper Glanmire knowing a win will keep their play off hopes on track.

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