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Perfect total

Paddy McLaughlin was proud of Cliftonville’s “total football” approach to yesterday’s Danske Bank Premiership victory over Warrenpoint Town.

After a low-key opening, Mark McKee’s breakthrough goal kick-started a dominant home performance that was lit up when Conor McDermott doubled the Reds’ advantage with an outrageous strike from inside his own half.

It was, however, the team move finished off by Joe Gormley that gave the Manager most satisfaction ahead of Ryan Curran wrapping things up with a second-half penalty.

“We came out of the blocks early and two of the three goals in the first half were contenders for Goal of the Season,” said McLaughlin.

“Conor’s individual goal was brilliant – flicking the ball over the opponent’s head and then to see the keeper out of his position and to finish from his own half was excellent.

“And the third goal was superb. Only one outfield player didn’t touch the ball in the move, which is phenomenal. To move it about the pitch and change direction two or three times was great.

“Everyone wants to play total football but it’s not always possible, especially in this League, which is strong and physical, but that’s what we all strive for.”