Irish Cup final: Glens edge Sky Blues to win Windsor decider


Paul O’Neill starts celebrating after his shot hits the Ballymena net

Glentoran beat Ballymena United 2-1 after extra-time with a late Robbie McDaid winner to lift the Irish Cup at Windsor Park.

McDaid struck in the 115th minute from a Ciaran O’Connor cross to secure victory for the Glens.

It was the first match in the UK since March to be attended by fans, with 500 supporters watching on.

Paul O’Neill gave the east Belfast side a half-time lead that was equalised after the break by Cathair Friel.

It is a 23rd Irish Cup success for the east Belfast outfit who had beaten Cliftionville on penalties in the semi-final on Monday.

It looked like the final was heading for a shoot-out as well until Ciaran O’Connor made a good run down the left and delivered a cross which McDaid met perfectly with his left foot to guide into the bottom corner.

Ballymena bossing it

It was cruel on the Sky Blues who will feel they edged the game, particularly in the first half when they were on top either side of O’Neill’s opener.

This will be a special moment for captain Marcus Kane, who lives Glentoran both on and off the pitch.

The Irish League came together to support Marcus, his wife Aimee and daughter Mollie after baby Harrie passed away in December, so this is an extremely emotional and proud moment for the Kane family.

Bertie Wright, at 100 years old and a former Glentoran player, was among the 500 fans at the final

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