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Conor Meany, UCD Marian

Conor Meany, UCD Marian

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Conor Meany, UCD Marian

Following last weekend's successful National Cup defence, C&S UCC Demons are back in league action on Sunday as they look to consolidate their place at the top of the table against second-placed Killester at the Mardyke Arena.

Travelodge Swords Thunder will be eager to capitalise on any slip-ups but Templeogue's Jason Killeen says his side will be out to avenge their 37-point opening-day defeat in what he says is a "must-win" game tomorrow.

"We've been on a good run but it's time to see where we are against a top-three side," he said.

UCD Marian are targeting Belfast Star in a bid to recover from their Cup final defeat.

Marian still harbour major intentions of making the Champions Trophy play-offs and they play host to the northerners.

"We know there are six games left and it's very tight between third and seventh place," said Marian captain Conor Meany.

"We have to bounce back and try and get our league campaign together for the last push."

UL Eagles will look to move clear of Dublin Inter at the bottom of the table when the two sides meet tomorrow, while on Sunday DCU Saints will be eager to end a five-game losing streak in the league at home to BFG Neptune.

Meanwhile, in the Women's Premier League, Meteors welcome back Aoife McDermott after a 10-week injury lay-off for tomorrow's trip to Glanmire to face Team Montenotte Hotel.

The centre hasn't played since picking up an ankle injury in November.

Montenotte reclaimed their National Cup title last weekend but McDermott is hoping her side can cause an upset.

"They have their cup and now they'll want the league too so hopefully we can throw a spanner into the works. We want to be in play-offs so there's no other option," she said.

Courtyard Liffey Celtics are looking to fend off Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the battle for a home play-off. The sides meet in Leixlip Amenities Centre tomorrow.

DCU Mercy welcome UL Huskies to Dublin on Sunday with the Limerick side desperate for a win in a bid to improve on their lowly seventh-place position.

Irish Independent