SNL preview: Comets out to defend the cup, Sharks homing in on title

The Scottish Cup semi-finals get underway this weekend with the first leg of both ties scheduled to take place on Sunday.

Cup holders Dundee Comets will continue their defence of the trophy as they travel to Braehead Arena to face Paisley Pirates.

The Comets beat the Pirates home and away in the Scottish National League (SNL) back in January and will fancy their chances of once again reaching the cup final.

Dundee Tigers will be out to upset the odds in the second semi-final when they go head-to-head with Murrayfield Racers.

The teams have met just once this season, with the Racers running out 7-1 winners at Dundee Ice Arena in the league last September.

Solway Sharks will bid to move a step closer the SNL title as they welcome Kilmarnock Thunder to Dumfries Ice Arena.

The unbeaten Sharks need just three points from their final three matches to clinch top spot.

Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Aberdeen Lynx meet in the league on Saturday in a fixture that could have a huge bearing on this season’s play-off seedings.

The Kestrels are currently eighth in the table, one point behind sixth-placed Lynx having played a game more.

The two Dundee teams are both in league action on Saturday, with the Tigers hosting North Ayrshire Wild while the Comets visit Kilmarnock.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Dundee Tigers v North Ayrshire Wild – SNL
Kilmarnock Thunder v Dundee Comets – SNL
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Aberdeen Lynx – SNL

Sunday

Dundee Tigers v Murrayfield Racers – SC
Paisley Pirates v Dundee Comets – SC
Solway Sharks v Kilmarnock Thunder – SNL

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