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Hyndes is urging his minnows to learn from their Reds hammering

Cliftonville 6 Hanover 0

Cliftonville's Thomas Maguire gets away from Jake Richardson
Cliftonville's Thomas Maguire gets away from Jake Richardson

By Conor McLaughlin

Hanover boss Steven Hyndes believes Saturday's heavy Irish Cup loss at Cliftonville helped him prove a point to his players.

The former Armagh City, Glenavon and Crusaders full-back saw his Mid-Ulster Intermediate side ship five goals in the first half, before a combination of the Reds easing up and the visitors finding their feet saw just one additional strike after the interval.

That in itself was a positive for Hyndes, who wants Hanover to bring the lessons learned from their Irish Cup experience into the remainder of their season.

"The Amateur League is full of players with opinions on football - and I think this match proved to my boys what I meant when I told them the gap between the Premiership and where we're at is huge," he explained.

"It's not just the ability of the players, it's the presence of mind and the speed of thought that they operate with and Cliftonville had that in abundance.

"In the changing room afterwards, I could hear the players talking among themselves, saying, 'I see what Hyndesy meant now'. We now have to go back into our own league and cup games and see if we can take those lessons with us."

Thomas Maguire bookended the scoring on 11 and 51 minutes, with Aaron Donnelly, Joe Gormley, Ronan Doherty and Ryan Curran all on target in between for the Reds, whose boss Paddy McLaughlin said: "We played well, did our jobs and our young players did themselves no harm at all with their performances."

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CLIFTONVILLE: Brush, McDermott, Harney (Ives, 46 mins), R Curran, Foster, Wilson, Doherty (Casey, 54 mins), Gormley (Rocks, 51 mins), Maguire, A Donnelly, McCurry. Unused subs: Dunne, Breen, Bagnall, McMenamin.

HANOVER: Shortt, McIvor, Megaw, A White (Taylor, 63 mins), Topley, Marsden (Douglas, 46 mins), McClelland (Gould, 46 mins), Richardson, Rees, Whitten, Brown. Unused subs: N White, Stewart, Kerr, McKinney.

Referee: Diarmuid Harrigan

Man of the match: Thomas Maguire

Match rating: 7/10

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