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Glentoran lift Irish Cup during first UK match played in front of fans

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Glentoran beat Ballymena 2-1 after extra time in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup final with 500 fans in attendance.

The first match in the UK to be played in front of spectators since March took place at Windsor Park on Friday.

Glentoran beat Ballymena 2-1 after extra time in the Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup final with 500 fans in attendance.

On the day plans to allow spectators into a number of sporting events in England over the weekend were cancelled due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the showpiece match in Belfast went ahead.

Glentoran and Ballymena had played their respective semi-finals behind closed doors on Monday night, with both progressing after penalty shoot-outs.

In Friday’s final, originally scheduled to be played in May, Glentoran opened the scoring through Paul O’Neill’s low shot after 22 minutes, and Cathair Friel headed Ballymena’s equaliser from a corner just after half-time.

The match looked set to end in another penalty shoot-out until the 115th minute when Glentoran won it through Robbie McDaid.

The former Leeds trainee tucked away a cross from Ciaran O’Connor to secure the trophy, as well as a place in the Europa League, and send all 250 fans of the east Belfast side wild.

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