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Stars in stripes

There was trophy joy of sorts for Cliftonville at the Tommy Breslin Cup yesterday – but it wasn’t either of the Reds line-ups on show that got to grips with the silverware.

Instead, it was Manager Paddy McLaughlin, First Team Coach Marty McCann and Goalkeeping Coach Conleth McCrudden who were celebrating at the finish as Derry City took the honours at Inver Park, where Irish League stars of yesteryear came together in support of MACS, as generously captured by photographers Damien Toolan and Bill Guiller.

It wasn’t just Derry – whose line-up also included former Cliftonville favourite Tommy McCallion – who featured ex-Red representation, with Gerry Flynn part of the Marty Quinn-bossed Coleraine team, Tim McCann turning out for Glentoran and tournament organiser Kieran O’Connor donning his boots for Lisburn Distillery.

Though the Candystripes lifted the trophy, the real winners on the day were MACS – a charity dedicated to helping children and young people, with further information on the work they do available here.