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Star need to shine as brightly as ever: Fulton



Adrian Fulton

Adrian Fulton

Adrian Fulton

Coach Adrian Fulton has sent out a clear warning to his Belfast Star men as they seek to remain at the summit of the All Ireland Superleague tomorrow night.

Star entertain struggling Moycullen at La Salle College on the back of their stunning victory away to Tralee last weekend and the consensus of opinion would be that they should chew up their latest opponents.

But Fulton is not allowing his players to entertain any such thoughts and was quick to point to the roller-coaster ride endured by Templeogue, who seemed all conquering at the start of the season but have dipped dramatically in recent weeks.

"After three games Templeogue had three wins, they were top of the table and their experienced guard Puff Summers said he was happy they had a target on their back. But since then they have lost three straight games so it just shows you the kind of league we're in this year and that's a warning right there for our boys," said Fulton.

"It's very easy after being on such a high from the win over Tralee to let your guard drop and think a team like Moycullen who have won two and lost five are not going to be that dangerous but that would be foolish.

"That's when you end up in the middle of a game and realise it's not as easy as you first thought but you're stuck in second gear and can't get out of it.

"As coaches our mantra all week has been about how we have to stick to what we have done from the start of the season, the basics we have been working on and Moycullen are a talented team who have good size and have pushed a lot of teams very close."

Fulton has been very pleased with how his men have responded to the way he wants them to play with professionals Mike Davis, Sergio Vidal and Mark Berlic dovetailing into a dynamic trio that has driven Star to the top. Now, the whole squad have to stand up and prove they are ready to truly push hard for Superleague title glory.

Fulton added: "There's a different pressure, new expectations and this is another moment when the guys have to show they can handle that. Any time you are looking to win silverware there are various elements that arise and must be handled and this is another one.

"I have every confidence in these guys and it's up to them to show they have the right mentality."

Killester and Templeogue face each other this weekend and the loser will move to three defeats so a win for Star would certainly bolster their lead.

Belfast Telegraph