C & S Neptune 88 UCC Demons 100
FIRST blood to UCC Demons in the famous Cork derby as the Sunday’s Well club took maximum points in the opening Men’s SuperLeague clash at the Neptune Stadium on Saturday.
The adage that ‘class is permanent’ certainly came to fruition as Kyle Hosford produced a Man of the Match performance with a stunning display. Hosford has played with the Sunday’s Well club since his juvenile days and although he was contemplating moving in the summer he finally decided to stay to help his lifelong club.
To be fair Hosford is a player who has the skills to mix it against any opposition and outside of his 28-point contribution his assists and defence were simply amazing from start to finish.
Credit to Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly he had his team well drilled and another hero was Carleton Cuff who chipped in with 20 points.
It was evident from tip-off Demons were committed to the cause as they shot five three-pointers in the opening quarter with stalwart Niall O’Reilly nailing two of that tally.
Naturally, O’Reilly was naturally elated with his team’s performance.
“Of course I am happy with the win as the opening game in any season is always a potential banana skin but we stuck together and got the result we came here for,” said Colin O’Reilly.
“Many people wrote us off prior to the game but we just kept working hard and I do feel there is more to come from our inexperienced side.”
Top scorers for C & S Neptune: R Downey 25, L Colbert 18, G Noonan 11.
UCC Demons: K Hosford 25, C Cuff 20, G Lazadans 17.
NEPTUNE: G Walsh, S Hannigan, C Heaphy, O Connolly, J Hannigan, D O’Sullivan, S O’Connor, A Heaphy, G Noonan, J Melton, L Colbert, S Hannigan.
DEMONS: B Murphy, C Ryan, R Murphy, K Hosford, D Lehane, B Watts, N O’Reilly, C Cuff, G LizidansK O’Mahony, C O’Reilly.
Referees: Richard Dunne (Dublin), Inis Freire (Dublin), Aurimus Statkus (Dublin).