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Star boss Danny Fulton wants his men to show fighting spirit

By David Kelly

Danny Fulton has called on his young Belfast Star aces to stand up and be counted against Nivea Superleague favourites Killester in Dublin tonight.

Treble winners Killester may have suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Saints last weekend but Fulton is adamant they will be just as dangerous, if not more so.

The Dubliners had looked as if they were going to go throughout the season unbeaten but the Saints proved they are beatable when you bring an intense defence allied to clinical scoring in offence.

Fulton said: “I think the Saints beating Killester was probably the worst result that could have happened for us because they have the Cup semi-final next week and there’s no way that Mark Keenan will want to be facing the Eagles on the back of two defeats.

“They have so much depth and that means you have to play your guts out to win and our young players are going to have show their mettle, they have to stand up and play hard.

“I think they were a little intimidated by their top players earlier in the season but there’s no time for that if you want to win.

“I never thought they would go through the season unbeaten — I remember when we had our great side of Chuck Guitar, John Leahy, Gareth Maguire, Adrian (Fulton) and Kevin Craig and we looked unbeatable but ended up 17 and one.

“Obviously they have a lot of firepower and if we don’t do a good job around the boards then Jermaine Turner will kill us so Clayton Longmire needs to give us a lot of defensive rebounds. We’ll give it our best shot.”

The Ulster Elks take on UCD Marian tonight, seven days before the two sides meet again in the National Cup semi-finals in Cork.

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