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Record victory gives Clifftonville a huge lift, says Lyttle

By Keith Bailie

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle believes his side's thumping 11-1 League Cup win over Lisburn Distillery will give the north Belfast men a much-needed confidence boost.

The Reds haven't had the ideal start to the new league season - dropping points against Ards, Glenavon and Dungannon Swifts - but they hammered the Whites on Tuesday night, with both Stephen Garrett and David McDaid grabbing hat-tricks.

Reflecting on the club's record victory, Lyttle said: "We have to be happy with that.

"We asked before the game for a good attitude and a professional performance and I think we got that in abundance.

"The win also gives everyone's confidence a big lift. It's been well documented that the last couple of weeks have been a wee bit doom and gloom for us but we got a good response from the boys.

"They were full of energy and ruthless which we asked them to be and we were delighted for them all. It also gives David (McDaid) and Stephen (Garrett) a big lift, which is exactly what they needed."

Chris Curran, Jude Winchester, Chris Ramsey and Gary Donnelly also found the net for the Reds, while unfortunate Distillery defender Tyrell McCrory scored an own goal.

The 11-1 hammering broke the Cliftonville record for heaviest victory, which was previously set in 1886 when they defeated St Malachy's 10-1.

However, Cliftonville's 11-1 success wasn't even the biggest score of the week.

In the Steel & Sons Cup on Saturday, Bangor hammered Nortel 14-0, despite the fact that goalkeeper Darren Gibbons was sent off in the first half.

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