UCC Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly predicts cracker in Parochial Hall

UCC Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly believes tonight’s sell-out National Cup quarter-final clash against Tralee Warriors (8pm) at the Parochial Hall will test the character of his team.
UCC Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly predicts cracker in Parochial Hall

The prize on offer for the winners is a semi-final clash with Templeogue at the Mardyke Arena on the first weekend of January.

O’Reilly: “I think both teams fully realise the importance of the game, and if we play to our potential it should be a good spectacle for the fans.”

The Demons chief was part of the team that lost recently a Super League game to the Kerry side and doesn’t need reminding of the task that lies ahead of his team.

“Tralee are a good side and its very simple: we will have to be at our best to win. The plus side for us is that we have Kyle Hosford returning and hopefully he will give us that added edge at both ends of the floor.”

The mood in the Warriors camp is one one of caution as coach Mark Bernsen looks forward to another battle on Leeside.

Bernsen said: “When I first came to Ireland, the first thing I admired was looking at the work ethic and contributions of Irish players like Shane Coughlan, John Teahan, and Michael Quirke.

“There is little doubt the league has changed over the last decade and now it’s a completely new ball game.”

Coach Bernsen believes although his team recently defeated Demons, this is a completely different challenge on a court Tralee won’t be too familiar with.

Bernsen added: “When you look at Demons starting five, they are a match for any side in this country and my players will have to be at it.”

Tralee will be without Patrick McCarthy who has an ankle injury with Bosman Dusan Bogdanovic still not available for selection.

The return of Hosford will certainly be a huge boost for Demons, as his athleticism could see him go head-to-head with Garvey’s American, Trae Pemberton.

When Demons’ American Lehmon Colbert was cut by last year’s coaching staff, it sent shockwaves through the league. His return to the club’s colours this term has underlined he still has the skill and commitment to compete with the best at this level.

Of course, when Kieran Donaghy is in town for a game of hoops, there is always an extra buzz for the home fans and his match-up with O’Reilly will be interesting.

As there are only a limited amount of tickets remaining, spectators without them are advised to be at the venue early to avoid missing out.

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