Victory the only derby option for Demons

UCC Demons player-coach Colin O'Reilly (right). Picture: SPORTSFILE

A 48 year-old rivalry in Cork basketball gets stoked again tomorrow night when Bord Gais Neptune host C&S UCC Demons in the Men’s Superleague.

Demons go into the game with an enviable 12-0 record and they certainly won’t want their biggest rivals to put one over on them.

For Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly winning is the only issue: “People like to talk about days gone by and bragging rights but for me and my squad it will be business as usual and it just happens to be Neptune we are playing,” O’Reilly said.

Neptune stalwart Michael McGinn is in a rich vein of form but O’Reilly believes no team can go out solely on stopping one player.

“Mick McGinn’s scoring has been outstanding in the last two games and we will have to curb his threat but Neptune have 11 other players and we will giving them all the respect they deserve,” added O’Reilly.

In games of this nature the pressure of getting a win over the auld enemy is a top priority for any Neptune coach but Mark Scannell is looking forward to the game.

“Of course there is pressure but that comes with any coaching job, but being involved in a Cork derby is always a special game. Demons have a serious squad that beat us comfortably in the first round but, hopefully, my players will have learned from the errors made in that game and put it up to them this time.”

Bord Gáis Neptune will be eager to reverse this result as the hunt for a play-off position draws closer. However, with the confidence of the National Cup victory under their belt, C&S UCC Demons will be a difficult side to beat.

Killester are in hot pursuit of Demons and will be hoping Neptune can do them a favour before they travel north to play Belfast Star.

The Clontarf side showed their class last weekend when easily disposing of DCU Saints and coach Jonathaon Grennell will be looking for a repeat performance.

“Star are a decent side and we cannot be complacent as this team have tested top sides on their home court,” Grennell said.

Dublin Inter lost a cup final and league game to UCC Demons in the past fortnight and they will be looking to get back on the winning trail when they host UCD Marian at Mountview.

Basement clubs Moycullen and Templeogue clash at the Kingfisher Arena in Galway where a win would be welcomed by either side.

DCU Saints coach Dave Donnelly was disappointed with his team’s performance against Killester and they will be looking for a home win against UL Eagles.

In the Women’s Premier League, Killester will be hoping to keep their record against the top sides intact when they play TMH Glanmire at Clontarf.

Killester defeated leaders DCU Mercy last weekend and with Spanish star Laura Pedro in superb form Montenotte will do well to gain the all-important win.

UL Eagles should have too much class for Meteors and DCU Mercy will have a chance to get back on the title trail when they travel to play Ulster Rockets.

Liffey Celtics won their first ever Premier league game last weekend against Meteors and they will be looking to taking another scalp when they travel to Cork for a clash with Brunell.


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