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McCotter's relief after stars avoid crash injury

By David Kelly

Published 25/01/2016

Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter
Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter

Belfast Star coach Neal McCotter says some of his players were lucky to escape without serious injury following a car accident on the way to Dublin on Saturday night for their All Ireland Premier League clash with Killester, which was subsequently postponed.

McCotter's car along with the car of Matthew Jackson, who was travelling with fellow players Liam Pettigrew, Paddy Mullan and Adam Ryan, were involved in the accident but all walked away largely unhurt and are expected to be back in training tonight.

"I was just glad that everybody was alright because it was a bad accident and Matthew's car is a write-off," said McCotter.

"I must give credit to Killester who were very classy about the whole issue because after we phoned them as quickly as we could to explain the situation they were happy to re-arrange the match and there have been a few messages sent over the past 24 hours from the club, showing their concern.

"Basketball-wise it was a shame we didn't get to play because now we have a fortnight without the match due to this week's National Cup final. But we will try to organise a friendly so the lads stay sharp.

"We are still in with a chance of making the top four.

"Our next match is a very big one against Swords who are also battling for a place and they lost to Marian which was a boost for us."

Cork side Demons remain favourites to retain the All Ireland title and they simply demolished the UL Eagles 85-62.

Templeogue got back to winning ways against SSE Airtricity Moycullen, 84-59.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Rockets are lying third in the women's All Ireland Division One after their 59-41 win away to Longford.

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