Cougars aim to fell the Eagles

Darren Townes: A big game is needed from him tonight

David Ahern reports

Killarney Cougars travel to the University of Limerick this Saturday evening for a national league meeting with Limerick Sport Eagles who will be playing their first home game of the season.

A big Limerick home following is expected following their great start to the season.

Coach Matt Hall has retained much of last season’s panel with American Manny Peyton again leading their campaign and, with the new signing of former Irish international Jason Killeen, it is a clear intention of their desire to push for promotion to the Super League this season.

The Cougars’ recent good showing versus Waterford Vikings will looked to be built upon with Esebio Strijdhaftig and American Darren Townes in the starting line-up tonight with the returning young Tommy Bowler and the experienced Andrew Fitzgerald both set for their first outings on the road.

That will give some more depth to the panel which, due to injuries, is still understrength.

The individual contests on the court of Townes and Killeen, former team-mates in the Templeogue Super Cup winning team, and the meeting of Eagles Manny Peyton and Killarney’s Esebio Strijdhaftig will be key to the result tonight.

The Eagle are in good form and they are likely to make full advantage of their home court in University Limerick this evening with the tip-off timed for 7.00pm.

This evening also Cougars will all be reflecting on the untimely passing of the club’s media supporter Padraig Harnett and all involved with the club offer deepest condolences to his family at this difficult time.

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