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Giants stars have two matches to save jobs

Belfast Giants 1 Cardiff Devils 2

By Stuart McKinley

Published 03/10/2007

Belfast Giants forward Scott Cameron and Neil Francis of the Cardiff Devils collide in centre ice during last night's game at the Odyssey
Belfast Giants forward Scott Cameron and Neil Francis of the Cardiff Devils collide in centre ice during last night's game at the Odyssey

Ed Courtenay has given his Belfast Giants players two games to save their jobs after suffering a seventh defeat in eight last night.

The coach has threatened changes and last week's signing of Shaun Sutter means that one of the team's imports will be leaving in a matter of weeks.

They may not even last that long with a fed-up Courtenay reacting angrily after losing 2-1 to the Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey - despite taking the lead just before the midway point of the game.

With a 'home' match against the Hull Stingrays in Dundalk on Saturday followed by a trip to Cardiff on Sunday, anyone who doesn't perform in those games will run the risk of being given their two weeks' notice on Monday morning.

Courtenay went into a rage after the game, saying: "A couple of our Brits aren't good enough and our leaders aren't leading.

"I have given them the benefit of the doubt and I warned them.

" They now have two games, Saturday and Sunday, and they better start leading or they are done.

"I told them after the game last Friday night that before I go I will take them with me and once again mistakes cost us the game."

It was Leigh Jamieson who paid a heavy price for a late penalty as the Giants revival turned out to be short lived.

The six-game losing streak was brought to an end in Edinburgh on Sunday night, but if that was looked upon as a turning point the team will now have to search for another.

Scott Cameron - who is the only Giants player regularly chipping in with goals - put his team in front, but the lead lasted only eight minutes when Max Birbraer scored for the Devils and just over 10 minutes from the end the visitors completed a comeback victory when Jason Silverthorn netted while Jamieson sat out for two minutes after being guilty of delaying the game.

The Giants would have been on a powerplay had Jamieson stayed on the ice as Gerard Adams had just been called for a delayed penalty, but instead it was 4-on-4 and Silverthorn grabbed the winner from Birbraer's assist to give Cardiff only their second win of the season.

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