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Cliftonville heroes toast yet another double

By Graham Luney

Fresh from celebrating back-to-back titles for the first time in Cliftonville's 135-year history, the Reds have just netted another double.

Tommy Breslin and winger Chris Curran have pocked the BT Sport Manager and Player of the Month Awards for April.

It's a first gong for former Ballinamallard United winger Curran.

Breslin has a much bigger collection of the individual awards – it's Tommy's eighth and his third in a row, emulating the hat-trick he got last season from November, 2012 to January, 2013.

Curran scored five goals last month to help the Reds retain the Premier League title.

The end of season awards bash will take place at the Ramada Hotel on Monday night and the Solitude men should leave space for more silverware on their mantlepieces.

The north-Belfast side will now look forward to the second qualifying round of next season's Champions League with their place being secured by Chelsea's defeat at Stamford Bridge last night.

A possible rematch with Glasgow giants Celtic is a possibility for Breslin's men.

Meanwhile, Kyle McDowell will not be returning to Ards next season, deciding instead to take a break from football.

The left-sided player has indicated that he has both work and personal commitments that will not make it possible for him to commit to the club for another year.

Manager Niall Currie said: "I'd like to go on record to thank him. It was a pleasure working with him and getting to know him so well over the last two years.

"Kyle has given me his word that if anything changes, he will be available to Ards at any time, and likewise the door will always be open for him."

Glentoran have revealed that Marcus Kane has successfully undergone surgery on his knee injury.

The Glens expect to see him back in training by the end of July.

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