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Star are aiming to flash past Swords

By David Kelly

The National Cup is the one trophy that has always eluded Belfast Star and they face a major hurdle tomorrow in the shape of Swords at MCB (3.00pm).

Star's young side have been lifted following their first All Ireland Premier League victory last weekend, despite another heartbreaking, close defeat at the hands of Templeogue.

Head coach Neal McCotter is still away on business and will have to rely on social media to keep in touch with how his men cope with the class of point guard Isaac Westbrookes.

Though, the young coach will be in contact with Danny Fulton who once again takes the side in the absence of former Star player McCotter.

"The guys had a meeting with each other a couple of days after the heavy loss to Killester and they worked some things out for themselves," said McCotter.

"We had a good win against the Eagles and unfortunately lost a close match to Templeogue but they go into this game with Swords with confidence.

"Swords have really developed as a team and they are going to be very dangerous but if we play to our potential there is no reason why we can't win.

"I will be speaking to Danny before the match, we'll talk over a few things about the match but then after that they're his team."

American Ricky Taylor has certainly brought some much needed firepower to Star and McCotter feels he could be the difference tomorrow afternoon.

"Ricky has a great attitude, we need him to shoot more than he would normally... he's been playing very well," added McCotter.

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