Belfast Telegraph

Time for Star men to sparkle the way I know they can, says O'Neill


Coach Darren O'Neill has called on his Belfast Star players to go out and "express themselves" ahead of tonight's tough clash at home to Cork side Demons in the All Ireland Premier League.

Star go into the match on the back of an away win against KUBS last week but so far this season they have not performed at a high level in front of their own supporters.

O'Neill is eager for the Star men to secure their biggest win of the season tonight by throwing off the shackles and producing a much more potent offence.

American Dillon Stith has lived up to all expectations since joining a third of the way into the season but Star need their local players to play with more freedom.

O'Neill said: "We've had a good week in training and now the main message is go out and express yourself.

"I want all the guys to go and be very positive because we need more scoring across the board.

"We've won more games on the road than at home and maybe that's because they have been a bit tight playing in front of our fans.

"Statistics don't tell you everything but our average score away is in the 70s and the average score at home is in the 60s which just isn't good enough.

"In our last game Fergal Toner stepped up and scored more and we need him to give us more consistent performances like that and hopefully others can step up and give us even more.

"We couldn't have asked more from Dillon since his arrival, he has been very consistent.

"I think he has helped the other players and I hope they really go out and play the way they are capable against a side like Demons."

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