Demons and Killester in title fight

C&S UCC Demons will be hoping to complete a men’s Premier League and cup double when they clash with Killester at the Mardyke on Sunday (3.30pm).

Demons and Killester in title fight

For the first time in 11 years the outright winner will decide the league. Both teams have lost one game in this campaign and Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly is hoping his side can defeat their Dublin opponents for the third time this season.

Demons defeated Killester by five points in the league back in December and followed up in January with a National Cup semi-final victory after extra-time.

On both occasions Demons had to come from behind, but O’Reilly believes his team will have to be tuned in from tip-off.

“Killester are similar to ourselves as they have eight or nine players who can all do a very good job for them and that’s what makes this game so interesting,” O’Reilly said.

“Let’s not forget to give this Killester team credit as they pushed us to the limit in the two games we defeated them in,” The defeat by Bord Gáis Neptune in the Cork derby shocked many Demons fans but they showed true character to win their next three games by double figures, included a double-header in Dublin last weekend.

The Cork side haven’t won the league since 2009 when they completed the treble, a feat equalled the following year by Killester. Now, under the shrewd coaching of Jonathon Grennell, the Clontarf side will be determined to clinch the league on Demons’ home terrain.

In the Westbrooks brothers, Isaac and Michael, they have two players capable of shattering Demons’ double dream. On the negative side, both players self-destructed in their cup semi-final defeat.

Killester always tend to use their bigger Irish players to match up with the opposing American and that will suit them in this game as defence is not one of Michael Bonaparte’s better skills.

Meanwhile, there is a full programme of men’s and women’s Premier games this weekend.

Bord Gáis Neptune will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they travel to Dublin Inter following defeats to UL Eagles and UCD Marian. DCU Saints have an outside chance of making the play-offs for the Champions Trophy and will be strongly fancied to defeat struggling Moycullen.

In the women’s Premier League, the final series of games in the regular season will see an interesting Cork derby between Team Montenotte and Singletons Supervalu Brunell.

Brunell struggled against DCU Mercy last weekend and facing Montenotte away from home will be a true test of their character.

The other top game will see DCU Mercy host WIT Wildcats as coach Mark Ingle will be hoping his team stay on a winning run in the build up to league play-offs.

Regular season champions UL Huskies complete their campaign with a home clash against Liffey Celtics.

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