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President's Cup tips-off

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018 4:25pm

The President's Cup takes centre stage for the majority of Cork teams this weekend with the first number of fixtures down for decision.

A straight knockout competition, C&S Neptune will take to the court on Saturday evening at 6.30pm against Belfast Star, looking to improve on their rocky start to the Men's Super League. Neptune fell to Moycullen 90-111 at home, with Lehmon Colbert doing the most damage for the storied club, putting up 22 points in the loss. The game sees Neptune continue their search for their first win after making the return to Super League this season.

In the preliminary stage of the Women's SL Cup, Ambassador UCC Glanmire will be looking to maintain their undefeated start to the season when they face Pyrobel Killester on Sunday at 1.30pm while Fr Mathews will look to overcome the disappointment of last weekend's loss, when they face Marble City Hawks at 3pm on Sunday.

Mathews were knocked from their perch at the top of the Women's Super League last weekend after being defeated by Glanmire, 76-60.

Mathews came out strong, with former Glanmire players Niamh and Grainne Dwyer leading the way as they took an 18-10 lead at the end of the first period. It was neck-and-neck throughout though, as some big threes for Glanmire in the second period and decent work inside from I’mani Davis sent the hosts into a 37-31 half time lead.

Shannon Brady was integral for Fr Mathews in the post, notching a game high 27 points, but an impressive on-form Casey Grace, supported by good displays from Delany Junkermier and Annaliese Murphy gave Glanmire the momentum and they saw home a 16 point win in the end.

“It’s another game for us,” said Glanmire coach Mark Scannell afterwards.

“We know very little about what other teams are going to do in the league. You have to win on your home court and that’s all that we did today.”

Elsewhere, Singleton SuperValu Brunell lost out on the road to DCU Mercy on Sunday afternoon. Tim O’Halloran’s side fell to the strong Dublin outfit 71-52 having trailed for large periods of the contest.

In the Men's Super League, along with Neptune's loss, UCC Demons also came up short, losing an 86-90 point nail-biter at home to Maree. Kyle Hosford was once again outstanding for Demons, but even his 38 points weren’t enough to help his team over the line.

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