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Crues eyeing more prizes but Snoddy is refusing to lose focus

Crusaders 6 Carrick Rangers 0

Magic touch: Matthew Snoddy wants more winnner’s medals
Magic touch: Matthew Snoddy wants more winnner’s medals

By Graham Luney

Crusaders midfielder Matthew Snoddy says the prospect of winning five trophies this season hasn't even entered his thoughts.

The Crues lifted the Toals County Antrim Shield last week and tomorrow night they wrestle with Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park in the semi-final of the BetMcLean League Cup.

Stephen Baxter's side are also in the last four of the IRN-CUP, with Inverness their opponents, and as well as leading the charge for the Danske Bank Premiership title, they travel to Cliftonville on Saturday in the sixth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup.

This week, in particular, is a huge one for the club but the Shield success has taken confidence levels to new heights and even though Baxter rested a few big names on Saturday, the Shore Road side hammered Carrick Rangers 6-0 at Seaview.

"It was a great performance, one to 11," admitted Snoddy who scored the fifth goal.

"It was important to build on the success we had in the Shield final and the early goal helped us. In the past, we might have panicked a little if we failed to score early but that didn't happen here.

"To be honest, I haven't given the idea of winning five trophies any thought. There have been so many games in midweek and on Saturdays that you haven't time to look ahead.

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"The boys are just enjoying their football, the morale in the dressing room is high and confidence is strong.

"The manager has that luxury in that he can make changes and the team is no weaker. That is the quality we have and we need every player in the squad to contribute.

"Mark McChrystal coming in for Rodney Brown is the prime example. Now we've another tough test at Dungannon and in my eight years with the club, I can't remember an easy game there. It will be a battle but we'd love to reach another final."

The visitors' top performer was keeper Harry Doherty but he couldn't keep out a Mark Surgenor own goal and strikes from Jamie Glackin, McChrystal, Billy Joe Burns, Snoddy and Jordan Forsythe.

Crusaders: Jensen , Burns (Forsythe, 60 mins), Coates, Ward, McCrystal (Caddell, 72 mins), Snoddy, Lowry, Glackin, Bonner, Heatley (Cushley, 54 mins), Whyte. Unused subs: O'Neill, Owens.

Carrick: Doherty, Surgenor, Gage, Chapman, Taggart, Scannell (McAllister, 60 mins (Hassin, 81 mins)), Smith, Larmour, Kattoy, Henderson, McNulty (Mooney, 46 mins). Unused subs: Smith, Morrow.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)

Man of match: Matthew Snoddy

Match rating: 7/10

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