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Brennan believes UUJ can cause an upset in final push

Main man: teenager CJ Fulton has been in imperious form for Star
Main man: teenager CJ Fulton has been in imperious form for Star
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Ulster University believe they can cause an upset and make it to the final of the second tier, Division One National Cup.

UUJ are currently top of Division One though their solitary defeat has come at the hands of tomorrow's opponents, Dublin side Trinity Meteors.

Assistant coach Deirdre Brennan is banking on Americans Kollyns Scarborough and Lexi Posset inspiring her side to an upset victory in Cork.

"Kollyns is one of our Victory Scholars and had a great season with us last year and has stayed with us after deciding to do another Masters degree. She is also coaching the under-20 side who are hoping to make their Cup final as well this weekend," said Brennan.

"The Meteors beat us earlier in the season and they will be favourites but we believe we can get them. It's going to take a big effort and of course we need Kollyns and Lexi in top form but our local players also have to rise to the occasion."

UUJ's under-20 side face Templeogue in what could be a close call.

Brennan added: "We teamed up with Tigers in the summer and that has helped us compete strongly in the under-20 competition. Whatever happens it will be great experience for these players."

Belfast Star's under-18 side are also in semi-final action when they face Dundalk Ravens this afternoon.

Head coach Ger Ryan knows that Star's hopes of an upset win will largely be down to the scoring exploits of 17-year-old CJ Fulton, who has been instrumental in taking the senior side to the top of the All Ireland Superleague.

Ryan said: "Last year we lost in the final and to be back in the semi-finals is great credit to the lads because we lost some players from 12 months ago. It's going to be tough but we'll give it everything and with CJ in our team anything is possible."

In the men's Superleague National Cup semi-finals, Tralee take on Eanna in what should be a nailbiting clash between two well matched sides, while in the other last four duel, Neptune have home advantage against Templeogue who should nevertheless have the edge.

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