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Sunday 31 August 2014

Belfast Star gear up for win or bust battle

In charge: Adrian Fulton is hoping for a shining end to the season
In charge: Adrian Fulton is hoping for a shining end to the season

Two games left and Belfast Star head coach Adrian Fulton knows his side are in a do-or-die scenario as they travel to face Dublin side Marian tonight.

Both sides currently hold the same record of games won (seven) and lost (nine) as they seek to snatch the final top four All Ireland Premier League play-off spot from the Eagles.

Should Star win then they may well have the opportunity of taking their regular season down to the wire next weekend.

The last time they faced Marian the Dubliners edged out Star by 10 points, though Marian's Conor Meany said: "Belfast Star are playing really well and I think with Adrian Fulton they have more freedom, so we are very wary of them.

"We haven't been thinking about the playoffs so far, we are looking to play more consistently in these last few games, and everything else will fall into place."

Star's player of the season Paul Dick is quietly confident that his men are ready for the crunch clash.

Dick said: "We won't do anything differently this time. We beat ourselves last game so we will have the same game plan, but we are playing under a new coach so our style is different.

"We are in a tight race, but we have no concern or lack of focus. Everyone knows we have to go and win our last two games."

The stand out game of the weekend will take place tomorrow at the Mardyke Arena in Cork when top of the table UCC Demons go head to head with Dublin side, Killester with the winner expected to go on and win the regular season title.

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