The Clontarf side put themselves in this position by virtue of their top-of- the-table win against UCC Demons last weekend and coach Jonathon Grennell will be hoping for similar performances this weekend.
“UL Eagles are a decent side who have been known to produce top class basketball and no doubt they will test our credentials,” Grennell said.
The Limerick side, under former Killester coach Mark Keenan, will be determined to win but know it will be a tough ask.
“Killester have a very good side and they will be in no mood to be messing around in this game but we have belief in our ability to compete with them,” Keenan said.
The biggest attendance of the weekend could be at Upper Glanmire on Sunday, when Killester travel to Leeside to take on Bord Gáis Neptune. Social media comments this week infuriated Neptune boss Mark Scannell, who pulled no punches in how his team are going to approach this game.
“We may have a strong rivalry with Demons in Cork but we owe it to the integrity of the sport to show our true mettle and I can promise my players will be ready,” Scannell said.
Neptune are also involved in a double header that will begin tomorrow with a home clash against DCU Saints who demolished them by 40 points in a first-round game.
C&S UCC Demons title hopes are out of their hands but they must make sure they take care of business when they travel to Galway tomorrow for their last game of the campaign against Moycullen. Demons’ players and fans were disappointed with last week’s performance against Killester and will need to be focused against the westerners, who have a good record on their home court.
Belfast Star will be hoping to finish their campaign on a high note when they welcome Dublin Inter to the Methodist College.
Templeogue, who had a mixed debut season in the Premier League, are involved in a Dublin derby against UCD Marian at Inchicore.
The two quarter-finals in the women’s Premier League will also be played this evening with a Cork derby as Team Montenotte welcome Singletons Supervalu Brunell at Upper Glanmire (7.30pm).
Montenotte were pushed hard to defeat their Cork rivals last week and coach Paul Kelleher will be demanding more urgency on court from his key players.
“Make no mistake, this will be a huge test for us as Brunell will feel confident after their recent battling display against us and we will need to focused from tip off,” Kelleher said.
Killester and WIT Wildcats are involved in the second quarter-final, at Clontarf. In recent weeks, Killester have shown plenty of quality and will be fired up as they chase a semi-final clash against defending champions UL Huskies in Limerick next weekend at stake.