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Adrian Fulton calls on Belfast Star players to show a mean streak

By David Kelly

Belfast Star need to show their mettle tomorrow night when they entertain DCU Saints in a crucial All Ireland Superleague clash at La Salle College (6.30pm).

Star threw away a great opportunity of victory on the road against UCD Marian last weekend and that has left them six points behind leaders Templeogue. With Marian facing Templeogue this evening, it could be a night when Star close the gap at the top.

If Star are to turn up the pressure on Templeogue then they simply have to defeat Saints and coach Adrian Fulton is demanding his men show more of a mean streak in the heat of battle.

"We have to fight harder to make sure that teams don't get second chances. We know that we are usually going to give up size but that can't be an excuse for not making rebounds. If there's one thing I want to see it's more aggression in our defence.

"Going to Marian and scoring 96 points is impressive but you're not going to win too many games when you give up 100 points. We were up for a large part of the match but then got a bit ragged and a few bad calls didn't help us either."

Fulton had called for his Irish players to step up to the plate in the absence of Slovenian Mark Berlic and they certainly did and it is a case of more of the same from Matthew Jackson and Conor Johnston while Liam Pettigrew will be available this weekend, having missed the Marian clash.

Fulton added: "Matthew Jackson and Conor Johnston did a good job for us and they're experienced enough to know they've nothing to fear in this league. I was very happy with a lot of the performances against Marian and we need to keep it going.

"Our American Mike Davis gave a brilliant performance and that's what we need from him all the time. I think we're going to see a similar match to the one against Marian. Earlier in the season we thumped DCU but they have improved and added a couple of players so it's going to be a lot tighter."

Meanwhile, Fulton helped his St Malachy's lads make it through to the All Ireland schools final earlier this week. It will be held later this month.

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