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Gareth Fullerton

Cliftonville match hero Rory Hale salutes "joke of a player" after Reds win

Rory Hale described young Cliftonville prospect Sean Moore as a "joke of a player" after the teenager starred against Larne on Monday.

The Reds proved their title character by coming from behind to earn all three points at Solitude.

Lee Bonis had given the league leaders the lead in North Belfast, but deflected strikes from Moore and Hale saw Paddy McLaughlin's men turn the tables.

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Moore showed versatility by playing in different positions on Monday, and Hale believes the 17-year-old has all the ability to reach the top.

"Disgraceful. Absolute joke of a player," Hale said on BBC Sportsound.

"He can go down the line, he can go inside. He has that wee bit of Ryan Giggs about him.

"You don't see too many players like him these days. A lot of players just like to get the ball and play the safest pass or take the safest option.

Cliftonville’s Sean Moore celebrates after scoring against Larne (INPHO/Declan Roughan)

"This kid just gets at you. And you saw it today with Sean up against one of the best left-sided players in the league in Aaron (Donnelly). Hedidn't want to get touch-tight to Sean.

"Wee Sean has been doing that for the past few weeks now. All I said to him was that he needed to get a goal. He has been playing well, but once he gets a goal they will start flooding in.

"So hopefully that's the start of it."

Northern Ireland Under 17 and 19 manager Gerard Lyttle has also worked with teenage prospect Moore.

He said: "Sean looked very mature for a 17-year-old. I think he ended up playing in three different positions in that game.

"He started off on the right side, then went into left-back and then an attacking role in the end. So a really mature performance from young Sean and a big statement from Cliftonville after losing on Boxing Day."


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