Three SuperLeague Cup games this weekend

There are three second-round games in the SuperLeague National Cup this weekend with a place in the quarter-finals of the competition at stake.

There are three second-round games in the SuperLeague National Cup this weekend with a place in the quarter-finals of the competition at stake.

Belfast Star make the long trek south to face Mustang Sally St Paul's in Presentation College, Killarney, on Saturday evening with a 7.30pm tip off.

The Ulstermen have a clean bill of health going into the encounter and are looking for their first victory of the season.

The one notable absentee will be Phil Valenti, who has been released, and a replacement will be lined up before the weekend if possible.

Mustang Sally's have been in the middle of an injury crisis and a poor run of form in recent weeks and will be hoping that this weekend's cup tie will kick-start their season.

Cormac O'Donoghue's men receive a much-needed boost as they welcome Justin Wingard back after he was sidelined for a month with a stress fracture.

Wingard>'s last game for the Kerrymen was in their opening victory over Limerick Lions last month.

His temporary replacement, Duane Johnston, returned home to the USA this week.

Eoin O'Brien may also return for St Paul's but Ger Noonan is still out with a hand injury.

Mustang's also face Southern Conference leaders Neptune on Tuesday at 8.30pm in the Presentation Gym.

Merry Monk Ballina host UCD Marian in their round-two National Cup clash with an 8pm showdown in the Ballina Sports Centre.

Merry Monk seem to be getting their season back on track after a big win in Cork on Sunday afternoon against Demons.

The Mayo men will be hoping to reach the dizzy heights of last year and reach the semi-finals of the competition.

However, they will be without Ronan McGarrity, who is struggling with a knee injury picked up against Hoops.

Tyrone Hammonds has an ankle injury picked up in win on Sunday against Demons and also looks set to miss out.

The good news for coach Terry Kennedy is that Deora Marsh will return for Ballina after his spell on the injury list.

The injury list for UCD-Marian still dogs the team and has hampered their progress to date.

Barry Glover is still injured, while Pat Glover was unable to play last weekend due to injury, and is uncertain for this weekend's trip west.

Last weekend, Conor Meany continued his excellent form with 19 points, while fellow student Peter Finn stepped up for his first Super League game and had a good performance against Tralee.

In the final game of round two DART Killester will return to their home court of the IWA in Clontarf to take on Neptune on Saturday evening at 8pm.

The Dubliners will be back to full strength with the return of Damien Sealy and John Quigley, who missed Saturdays win against Mustang Sally's.

Mark Keenan has no injury worries ahead of the second-round cup clash against Neptune.

"I was delighted with the way the guys did on Saturday. It was so much better than the performance against Hoops but we know it will be hard against Neptune.

“When we played them a few weeks ago in Cork we started awful but then went on to win but we must get at them from the beginning this time,"

he said.

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