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McDermott: My players deserve credit for setting up £200k battle

 

By Graham Luney

It will be Cliftonville against Glentoran on Saturday night for the right to play in the Europa League qualifiers, worth around £200,000.

The final - a repeat of last year's decider - will take place at Solitude.

Glentoran recorded a 4-2 win over Glenavon at Mourneview Park last night, while the Reds stormed to a 5-3 home victory over Coleraine after extra-time.

Glens boss Mick McDermott hailed his players for making the play-off final.

"It's not me, the players take the credit - there is no secret formula," said McDermott when questioned about his team's recent surge in form.

"We have organised them, we've trained them and given them a role and responsibility.

"They know what they have to do when they step out onto the pitch. When they do that, that creates a belief.

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"It was a great spectacle for the fans - it was a great game to be involved in."

Meanwhile, Cliftonville boss Paddy McLaughlin also paid tribute to his players for their fantastic fightback from two goals down to defeat Coleraine to reach the play-off final on Saturday, which they will host.

"A lesser team would have given it up and folded - not those boys," asserted McLaughlin.

"That took all the bottle and all the character in the world to do what they did.

"They were brave and passionate, and I know it's a cliche to talk about supporters being the twelfth man, but the way they kept the team's confidence up and kept driving them on was fantastic."

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