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Star quality opens door to play-offs

By David Kelly

Belfast Star know that the next seven days could go a long way to bolstering their hopes of making the end-of-season top-four play-offs.

Tomorrow night at MCB, Star entertain UL Eagles and then the following weekend Neal McCotter's men travel to Dublin for a big clash with third-placed Killester.

After a very poor start to their All Ireland Premier League campaign, Star have raised their game and given themselves a real chance at finishing in the top four for the first time in a decade.

Due to his business commitments coach McCotter has relied on the vastly experienced former Ireland coach Danny Fulton this week to take training as Star bid to maintain their current momentum.

"The lads are ready to go, we have to keep up the current level of performance because we know that the Eagles will throw everything at us. They're in the last chance saloon for a top four spot," said McCotter.

"If we can beat the Eagles and then Killester then we would move into third place in the league which would be a huge step forward.

"It's not going to be easy but I have been really pleased with the way Marty McDonald, Paddy McGaharan and Liam Pettigrew have stepped up."

McCotter, named the December coach of the month, added: "Liam actually joked with me that it was no coincidence after I brought him into the starting line-up in December I managed to get the coach of the month award.

"There's some truth in that... I just need them all to keep delivering top performances."

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