Neptune all out to upset hot Demons 

Basketball: The Mardyke Arena will be packed to capacity when C&S UCC Demons host neighbours BFG Neptune in an intriguing Men’s Premier League derby tonight. 

Neptune all out to upset hot Demons 

Demons are hot favourites, having gone 10 games unbeaten in the league, while also recording two National Cup victories over Killester. That form is in stark contrast to Neptune, who suffered an early Cup exit and have lost five matches in domestic competition.

Yet Demons can’t afford to be complacent. Twelve months ago they were enjoying a similar impressive run when a defeat by Neptune proved catastrophic as Killester pipped them for the league title.

Demons star player coach Colin O’Reilly recalled: “On the night we had an 18 point lead going into the last quarter and were basically blitzed coming down the stretch. Neptune deserved their win.”

There was no let-up for Demons over the Christmas period as they trained hard ahead of a testing few weeks. “The next two games are crucial with a derby game against Neptune to take care of and then a National Cup semi-final against Swords Thunder. Hopefully our fans will have plenty to cheer about.”

Naturally the mood in the Neptune camp is not as optimistic, but player coach Ger Noonan is not prepared to throw in the towel. “We defeated them last season and if things fall into place we have the ability to turn them over again,” Noonan said. “We have seen derby games not going to form over the years but I have to admit this present Demons squad are the best in years and we will need to do something special.”

BFG Neptune will be involved 24 hours later when they host Dublin Inter at the Neptune stadium where a home win will be expected.

Second placed Travelodge Swords Thunder will warm up for next week’s National Cup semi-final with Demons when they host UL Eagles. The Dublin side are in good form and coach Dave Baker is concentrating solely on his side gaining maximum points from this game.

UCD Marian are having a great season and have a mouthwatering Dublin derby on Sunday against Killester at Belfield. Killester, after losing a number of players, look a shadow of the team that won the title last season, but UCD captain Conor Meany expects a stern test.

Meany said: “Killester are a proud club and it would be nice if we got a win to maintain our momentum going into our Cup semi-final.”

In the Women’s Premier League Team Montenotte should get back to winning ways at the expense of UL Huskies.

Meteors began the season looking like genuine championship contenders, but have lost their way. Coach Eoin Chubb will be hoping his side can get back to winning ways when they host Killester.

DCU Mercy fresh from their pre Christmas win over Team Montenotte should continue their good run away to WIT Wildcats.

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