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O'Neill expects Star to rise again against Dubs on back of poor run

 

By David Kelly

It somehow seemed appropriate at this Halloween time that coach Darren O'Neill should have to show his side what amounted to a horror movie ahead of their clash at home to Templeogue tomorrow night.

Star go into the Tayto-sponsored showdown with the Dubliners on the back of four straight defeats and the most recent loss to Demons left O'Neill utterly frustrated.

"We sat down this week and showed the match to the lads and pointed out that we didn't lose on ability, it was effort and that is just not acceptable," said O'Neill.

"Video analysis is always good because players have a natural defensive mechanism about how they perform and often it's only when it is shown to them that they realise how they have underperformed.

"The good thing is that we had guys who put their hands up and accepted that they had to raise their game and that's what you want. So now we look ahead to the game with Templeogue looking for a good response."

O'Neill is certainly not pressing the panic button, just as he didn't get carried away with three straight wins at the start of their All Ireland Superleague campaign.

"I believe with the right effort and desire we can beat any team in the league. We lost to Templeogue recently in controversial circumstances so I feel we owe them one," he added.

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