Killester make case for defence

Shane Whelan

11890 Killester begin their defence of the Men's SuperLeague National Cup on Saturday when they will face Moycullen in their quarter-final clash, while UL Eagles and Bord Gais Neptune meet in a mouthwatering second round tie in Limerick.

In the Nivea For Men's Superleague, UCD/Marian entertain Ulster Elks and in-form duo Belfast Star and DCU Saints face off in Belfast.


Men's SuperLeague National Cup

(QF) Moycullen v Killester Kingfisher, NUIG, 6.0

Paddy Kelly (broken collar bone, expected six week lay-off) and Kieran O'Brien (personal commitments) continue to be out for the reigning treble champions.

Moycullen will be buoyed by the return of Cian Nihill, averaging 18.2 points per game this season, while James Loughnane and John Cunningham are also available after missing last weekend's loss to UL Eagles.

Unbeaten 11890 Killester secured a 107-70 opening day defeat on Moycullen in the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague with Jermaine Turner inflicting the damage with 33 points.

(R2) UL Eagles v Bord Gáis Neptune, UL Arena, 7.30

The sides haves shared the spoils from their meetings in the SuperLeague this season with UL Eagles' 70-57 win on October 17 followed by Bord Gais Neptune's 88-78 win two weeks later.

Neptune are at full strength and will be desperate to set-up a quarter-final clash with UCC Demons. Eagles' American Cameron Mitchell, averaging 21.29 points this season, will be buoyed ahead of his first taste of cup action after being named Player of the Month in the Southern Conference for October.

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

UCD Marian v Ulster Elks UCD Sports Centre, 7.0

UCD Marian have suffered an injury nightmare ahead of their clash at home to Ulster Elks. Paddy Young (torn ankle ligaments) and Conor James (dislocated shoulder) are expected to be out for four to six weeks, while Barry Glover is ruled out with a hand injury.

Conor Gallagher makes a return to the Elks squad after missing last weekend's defeat to 11890 Killester.

The Dubliners have already taken maximum points from their meeting with Elks on October 17 courtesy of a 91-75 success.

Belfast Star v DCU Saints, De La Salle College, Anderstown, 7.15

Scott Summersgill is a doubt for Belfast Star as the side look to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Clayton Longmire is turning out to be a revelation for Danny Fulton's side with his latest tally of 32 points helping his side emerge from UCD with three points.

Martins Provizors and Eoin Quill return to the Saints side after missing last weekend's trip to Moycullen, while Kevin Lacey continues his comeback from injury.