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Cliftonville want end to trophy pain

Liam Fleming is being driven by a determination to land a major trophy for Cliftonville to end years of being runners-up when it comes to the big prizes.

And for the full-back this would be the perfect season for the Solitude side’s red and white colours to be tied to the Irish Cup as he is currently in the middle of a testimonial year.

“We’ve won the County Antrim Shield a couple of times in recent seasons. but we are missing a major trophy to cap the progress that the club has made,” said Fleming, ahead of today’s trip to Championship Two side Warrenpoint Town.

“The majority of our squad has been together for five or six years. In that time we’ve finished second in the league a couple of times, been to a CIS Cup final and an Irish Cup final, but haven’t been able to finish the job.

“Time is running out for a few of us and we don’t want to look back when we finish playing without having won something.

“None of us are playing football to come second.”

The Reds knocked Warrenpoint out of the competition two years ago, but this time the venue is different, as Eddie Patterson’s side travels to the Milltown Playing Fields.

“We lost to Banbridge Town a few years ago, so we know that cup shocks aren’t just something that happens to other teams,” said Fleming.

Belfast Telegraph