Glenavon celebrate Irish Cup win

Glenavon 2-1 Ballymena Utd
Published Saturday, 03 May 2014
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Glenavon have been crowned Irish Cup Champions for the first time since 1997 following a 2-1 victory over Ballymena United in an absorbing final at Windsor Park.

Glenavon celebrate Irish Cup win
Celebrations for Glenavon as they lift the Irish Cup. (© Pacemaker)

The opening exchanges were predictably tense as both sides sought to keep things tight, with the first moment of real drama coming in the 27th minute.

Match referee Raymond Crangle, having already warned the sides about their behaviour at set pieces, was forced to issue a straight red card to Gareth McKeown after he appeared to elbow United stopper Aaron Shanahan while waiting for a corner to be delivered.

That however didn't stop the Lurgan Blues taking the lead just a few minutes later.

Kyle Neill netted the opener as he arrowed a sweetly-struck free kick from all of 30 yards straight into the top corner.

Crangle was forced to reach for the red card again before the break when Gary Thompson was dismissed for a dangerously high challenge on Shane McCabe as Glenavon went in 1-0 ahead at the break.

The Sky Blues levelled in the 70th minute when skipper Allan Jenkinson forced the ball home from David Cushley's corner, but the sides were level for just five minutes before Mark Patton netted what proved to be the winner when he cut inside and fired low past Shanahan to make it 2-1.

United finished with nine men when Tony Kane was red-carded for a rash challenge on Glenavon player-boss Gary Hamilton in stoppage time, but the afternoon belonged to Glenavon as they secured the Irish Cup for the sixth time in the club's history.

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7 Comments
Aodhan Corrigan in Armagh wrote (166 days ago):
Great to see a team from the Orchard County do so well in such a prestigious tournament. Really thought Gary Hamilton did the right thing by taking his point in the dying seconds of the game, as the saying goes 'Take your points and the goals will come'. Finally I really am excited at what the future holds for Glenavon with great young, exciting prospects Rhys Marshall and Ryan Corrigan. I'm an Armagh football fan!!!!
Belfast in Belfast wrote (168 days ago):
Well done Glenavon. Good to see clubs who are not heavily funded by the IFA picking up the major honours.
Brian Erskine in east Belfast wrote (168 days ago):
Well done Gary YOU certainly have made everyone sit up.Good team performance all round.All the very best for the future.
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (169 days ago):
Mickey mouse cup is a better cup ! Irish league and cup football should be wrapped up ! Call it a day its a joke
Joe the goal in Glen"GORMLEY" wrote (169 days ago):
Darzo ur a full....y not congratulate the reds from last week????
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