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'That was for him': Former Cliftonville star Marty Donnelly dedicates Larne man of the match display to Tommy Breslin

Marty Donnelly paid tribute to Tommy Breslin after his opening goal at Inver Park.
Marty Donnelly paid tribute to Tommy Breslin after his opening goal at Inver Park.
Pacemaker - Belfast - -10/08/2019. Larne v Warrenpoint Danske Bank Premiership Larnes Martin Donnelly celebrates his goal during todays game at Inver Park. Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker - Belfast - -10/08/2019. Larne v Warrenpoint Danske Bank Premiership Larnes Martin Donnelly celebrates his goal during todays game at Inver Park. Photo Desmond Loughery/Pacemaker Press
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Larne striker Marty Donnelly dedicated his man of the man performance to legendary Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin on Saturday afternoon.

Donnelly dazzled the Warrenpoint defence, netting twice and adding another two assists during the 6-0 win at Inver Park.

After opening the scores early on, he kissed his black armband, being worn in remembrance of the double league winning boss who passed away during the week, and raised it to the sky.

"That was for him and what he has done for me," said Donnelly, who played a huge role in both of Cliftonville's Premiership wins under Breslin.

"I was absolutely devastated during the week. I was coming into training and wasn't feeling myself.

"I'm even getting a wee bit emotional now talking about him. He was brilliant not just in the titles that we won but also the man that he was.

"I was actually going to do a t-shirt yesterday it was getting me a bit upset.

"I just wanted to concentrate on the game but then when I scored, my emotions came out a bit.

"What was getting me upset was that I'm trying to get in to do my badges next year and he would be the man I'd be phoning for guidance. For him not to be there is really sad.

"The stories I could tell about him, we could stand here for hours. He was just a brilliant man."

Donnelly scored well over 20 goals in Larne's run to the Championship title last term.

After just one game this term, the 30-year-old is well in line to break his own Premiership scoring record of seven.

"I was buzzing," he said of his own performance. "I've been working hard to get fit so it was good to get the win, the goals and to play well."

He was simply unplayable in a sumptuous team performance. Tommy Breslin would certainly have approved.

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