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McCotter urges Belfast Star defence to toughen up

By David Kelly

Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter has had a real baptism of fire since taking charge of the All- Ireland Premier League side and tomorrow provides another stern examination of his leadership when his side entertain Killester.

The Dubliners come to MCB (3pm tip-off) on the back of a defeat at the hands of Demons but continue to be seen as genuine contenders for silverware and McCotter's young side know they will have to find another level in order to come way victorious.

McCotter has watched his men throw away three clear opportunities for a first victory this season, two of them coming last weekend when narrowly losing to UCD Marian and Dublin Inter. Now he wants to see them stepping up with a more clinical performance against Killester, who are without the injured Ciaran Roe.

"In the three games where we had a real chance of winning we just switched off for a time and at this level you get punished," says McCotter.

"We have the talent but it takes more than that to win at the highest level. I want to see us show more aggression and toughness in defence because that will be the foundation we can build on."

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