UCC Demons captain Kyle Hosford returns from suspension for Friday night's Men’s Super League clash against great rivals C & S Neptune at the Mardyke Arena, 8pm.
Hosford is one of the best point guards in the Super League and excelled when his side beat Neptune in the first derby clash earlier this season. He missed Demons’ defeat in Killorglin last weekend but is happy he will be ready for this crucial game.
“People might laugh, but despite losing five games in this campaign we could easily have won them all. There was only a bounce of a ball between the teams in most of them,” said Kyle Hosford.
Demons have had a tough campaign and while they beat Neptune in the opening game of the league, Hosford believes his side will have to expect a reaction from their great rivals: “Neptune have some quality young players mixed with experience and they will be eager to get one over on us."
Demons will need Hosford firing tonight, along with player-coach Colin O’Reilly and American Brandon Watts.
Neptune were unlucky losers in their last two games to Templeogue and Tralee Tigers, having won four on the bounce before that, but coach Paul Kelleher believes his side will have to start closing out games.
“We will need a decent start because if we allow Demons to hang around they have some very experienced players who are more than capable of punishing us,” said Paul Kelleher.
Both sides report no injury problems and coach Kelleher is hoping his improving outfit can build on recent performances. They have a blend of youth and experience, from Darragh O’Sullivan to Ger Noonan, as well as former Demons big man Lehmon Colbert.
“We are getting better, but the days for making excuses are gone as we are half way through the season, and winning games has to be the priority for us,” added Kelleher.