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Injury to skipper Cairns a massive blow for the Star

Published 08/02/2016

Keelan Cairns
Keelan Cairns

There are times when you know it's just not going to be your day and that was the case for Belfast Star when at the tip-off against Swords Thunder captain Keelan Cairns suffered ligament damage.

The loss of Cairns, expected to be out for the rest of the season, made Star's task even harder and despite only trailing 44-40 at half-time they went down 92-75.

This latest defeat means Star's hopes of a top four place in the All Ireland Premier League are hanging by a thread with just five matches remaining - starting with a home date against Templeogue this Saturday night at MCB.

Star coach Neal McCotter said: "Once we lost Keelan the whole game had changed and even though we lost him the guys gave a great team performance. I couldn't believe it... it was a freak accident because Keelan just went up for the ball and came down on an opponent's foot and that was it.

"Because we don't have a lot of depth in the squad this is a major blow but with five left we have to give it everything and see what happens."

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