Redemption for the Bannsiders as Kearney's men lift the Irish Cup for first time in 15 years

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Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry with manager Oran Kearney.

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Coleraine have won the Tennent's Irish Cup for the first time since 2003, beating Cliftonville 3-1 in Saturday's final at Windsor Park.

It was third time lucky for the Bannsiders who lost to Linfield in last year's decider - then agonisingly missed out on the league title last week to Crusaders.

The Stripes' goals were scored by Darren McCauley, sub Aaron Burns and Eoin Bradley. Rory Donnelly replied for the Reds.

McCauley broke the deadlock with a spectacular strike early in the second half, his 20th goal of the season...

Aaron Burns played against Coleraine for Linfield in last season's final, but the Banbridge man told Q Radio he's delighted to have made the switch to the Showgrounds and dedicated his goal to the fans...

Manager Oran Kearney also paid tribute to the Stripes supporters...



Cliftonville will now host Ballymena United in the semi-finals of the Europa League play-offs on Wednesday night.

Linfield face Glentoran at Windsor Park in the other tie, with the final set to be played next Saturday.


In other football news, Darren Murray has left Crusaders to sign for his former club, Championship side Portadown. 





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