Belfast Telegraph

Star in real scrap for Superleague survival, admits coach O'Neill

Belfast Star coach Darren O'Neill admits that his side are now "in a dog-fight" as they seek to secure their All-Ireland Superleague status.

After a 75-60 defeat at home to Moycullen, Star are fourth from bottom with the three sides behind them hot on their tails and just four games remaining.

The club was rocked by the departure of American Dillon Stith last week as he returned to the Australian league with Melbourne, and it was clear to all that the Belfast men badly missed their professional.

"I thought it was a very good team performance, we were very competitive and I couldn't fault the guys for effort, but playing without a professional is always going to be tough," said O'Neill, who is trying to bring in a European pro to replace Stith .

"We clearly missed the rebounding of Dillon and the intimidation he brings to defences, but other than that we did a lot of good things.

"We have four games left and two huge ones against KUBS and Eanna who are just behind us at the bottom.

"We're in a dog-fight to stay up but it is in our hands and I believe we have the quality to secure our Superleague status."

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