Brunell look to build on momentum created by first-leg surge

Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell have their sights on a first ever women’s Premier league final when they travel to play DCU Mercy on Sunday’s semi-final second leg.

Brunell look to build on momentum created by first-leg surge

The Cork side take a three-point lead into the the game, despite trailing by 12 points entering the final quarter of the first leg. But Brunell outscored their opponents 21-6 coming down the stretch, a surge that is sure to give them confidence going into this game.

“To be honest I have never coached a side that played so badly for three quarters and ended up winning,” said Brunell coach Kieran O’Leary. “But I am hoping our last quarter performance will give us the lift we need to win this game.”

This will be the fourth time that these sides have clashed this season with victory going to Brunell on three occasions and coach O’Leary believes his team are capable of testing the might of DCU once more.

O’Leary added: “We know we are raging underdogs going into this semi-final as DCU Mercy are a tough proposition on their home court but we have managed to win there before and why not again?”

Captain Danielle O’Leary is hopeful of another victory at DCU.

“It doesn’t faze us going to Dublin for another game. It’s a huge opportunity,” she said.

The mood in the DCU Mercy camp is positive but coach Mark Ingle is urging his players to stay focused.

“We looked comfortable after the third quarter when we led by 12 but I am not surprised with the impact Brunell have made in the Premier League, as I am one of few coaches that give them the respect they deserve,” Ingle said.

“We couldn’t steady the ship and got outscored 21-6 down the stretch,” said DCU Mercy’s Sarah McGrath. “Going into the game we’d have probably taken the three-point defeat, but when you look at the manner of the game it’s actually infuriating,” she said.

The second semi-final looks a done deal with champions Team Montenotte taking back a 30-point lead to their home court against Liffey Celtics.

Montenotte coach Mark Scannell just wants his side to maintain their recent form.

“Momentum is crucial in sport and at this present time we are on a good run and despite our big lead we will not be dropping down gears,” Scannell said.

Two Champions Trophy Men’s quarter-finals will be decided with Templeogue facing Maree at Oranmore with the Galway club still in mourning following the recent unexpected death of their squad player Donal Greene.

In the second quarter-final, Killester are also in the west as they face a potentially tricky encounter against Moycullen with a semi-final against C & S UCC Demons the prize on offer for the winners.

The Men’s National League is all but over but there is still some end of season silverware to be handed out. The top four Men’s Premier League sides and the top two in the Men’s Division One come together for the Champions Trophy which gets underway on Saturday.

Killester must go to SSE Airtricity Moycullen for their quarter-final while Maree host Black Amber Templeogue – both C&S UCC Demons and Travelodge Swords Thunder have a bye until the semi-finals.

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