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Decky targets final push

Declan Dunne says Cliftonville must treat every game like a Cup Final between now and the end of the season.

Disappointed to drop points against Dungannon Swifts on their last Danske Bank Premiership engagement a fortnight ago, the Reds return to action when they play host to Ballymena United tomorrow – and goalkeeper Dunne is well aware of the significance of the occasion if Paddy McLaughlin’s side want to remain in the mix at the top end of the table.

“It happens a couple of times this season,” says the 19-year-old.

“We’ve dropped points against teams that are lower than us in the League – Dungannon Swifts and Carrick.

“We’re not out of it yet but we’re not in it completely. It will be tough but we’ve got to take every game like it’s a Cup Final.”

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