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Curran going all out for winners' medal

By Stuart McKinley

Chris Curran has signalled his intention for the last six games of the season by declaring that he didn't join Cliftonville last summer to be a runner-up.

And the tricky winger's hunger to match his Solitude team-mates by claiming an Irish League winners' medal, is what is driving him on for the final laps of the title race.

The defending champions are two points behind Linfield, but with the only remaining contenders in the fight for the Gibson Cup due to meet at Windsor Park next Saturday, they both have their destiny in their own hands.

And that is something that Curran is determined will remain the case, as he is only too well aware that dropping points at this stage of the could be fatal.

"When I signed for Cliftonville the aim was quite obvious – that we wanted to win the league again," said Curran, who joined the Reds from Ballinamallard United last summer.

"I'm not like the other lads in the squad, I haven't won it before and that's what I am working hard to do.

"These next six games are massive for me in trying to achieve my objective.

"I had three months out after breaking my collar bone and it was a tough time, but that will all be forgotten about if we can go on and win the league."

The Reds have responded to a dismal autumn, which saw them win just three times in 11 matches, by losing just once in their last 18 league games.

And that has also seen confidence restored to the north Belfast side.

"We've been on a good run and we haven't dropped much since Christmas, but neither have Linfield," said Curran, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Glentoran.

"It's a matter of keeping the momentum going, but they have momentum too.

"There is a lot of confidence in our camp and the important thing is that we are playing well at the right time," he added.

It's not just the team that has timed their purple patch perfectly, Liam Boyce has scored five goals in the last three matches.

"It's huge for us going into the last six games knowing that we have Liam Boyce and Joe Gormley on our side," said Curran.

"Liam's all-round play has been very good and now he's added to that by going on a goalscoring run.

"When the big games come round at the end of the season you want a goalscorer who is in form and we always expect Liam and Joe to get goals."

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