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Star will need a bit of devil to get better of Demons: Adrian Fulton

 

High class: Belfast Star will look to Mike Davis for inspiration tonight in Cork
High class: Belfast Star will look to Mike Davis for inspiration tonight in Cork
Belfast Star coach Adrian Fulton
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Coach Adrian Fulton says the lingering hurt from last weekend's home defeat at the hands of Maree will have his Belfast Star side primed for a big performance against Demons in Cork this evening.

Fulton is expecting a response from his side after their winning streak came to a thudding halt and he is determined to enter Christmas as the number one side in the All Ireland Superleague.

With the exceptional Kyle Hosford and Colm O'Reilly in their line-up, Demons are a real threat and it doesn't help Star's cause that regulars Liam Pettigrew, Paddy McGaharan and Dominic Lynn will not be travelling to Cork.

But Fulton is adamant that his side have what it takes to come away with the win and the former Irish captain believes it would remind the rest of the league why his men are at the summit.

"If we go and win against Demons I feel that it sends out a big statement," he said.

"Back-to-back defeats would be tough to take but I am confident after what I've seen in training this week that the lads are ready to fight for the win," added Fulton.

"I could see how much the defeat to Maree hurt the lads so they will be fired up for this game.

"We may be missing a few players but every side is dealing with different issues so that can't be an excuse.

"The fact is that we have to see our professional players, Mike Davis, Mark Berlic and Sergio Vidal step up and give big performances - lead the guys right from the start."

Fulton says it was a case of going back to basics in training as they prepare for what he expects to be a tough challenge.

"We know the qualities of Hosford, he's a super player and O'Reilly is arguably the best Irish player ever," said Fulton.

"Demons may be in mid table but they have the quality to beat anyone and this league has proven again and again this season that anyone can win on their day.

"It has been a rollercoaster start to the league for many teams.

"I want to see my players get back to what they do best and stick to it and if they do that then we'll be alright."

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