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Kane family to juggle wedding priorities on Irish Cup final day

By Steven Beacom

It's Match of the Day times two for the Kane family from Coleraine next month.

On May 6, young Coleraine defender Lyndon Kane will be playing in the biggest game of his life when the Bannsiders take on Linfield in the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park and, 60 odd miles away, his aunt Gillian will be getting married.

Lyndon (20) says the clash of occasions is "unfortunate" because he won't be able to attend Gillian's wedding, but he is hoping to celebrate with her that evening by bringing the Irish Cup to the reception.

For the player's mum, dad and sister, they face a dash from the midday ceremony at the Bushtown hotel in Coleraine to the final in Belfast, where kicks-off is at 2.30pm.

Lyndon's dad Mark, who is Gillian's brother, says: "The wedding was planned 18 months ago and nobody would have thought that it would clash with the Irish Cup final and one that Lyndon would be involved in. Gillian is getting married at 12pm in Coleraine, so my wife Shauna and our daughter Carrie-Lyn will go to the service and, when it's over, we will make our way from Coleraine to Windsor Park for the kick-off at 2.30pm. Hopefully Coleraine will lift the trophy and then we will make our way back to Coleraine for Gillian's reception."

Gillian, the eldest sibling in a family of four, is getting hitched to local man John McGrath.

"I know it is my wedding day but I couldn't have wished any better for Lyndon to be playing in such a big game," she said. "I'm pleased for him and that's what family is all about, hoping that those belonging to you do well."

The cup final will be shown on a big screen at the Bushtown hotel with Coleraine aiming to lift the trophy for the first time since 2003. Back then, Lyndon was a six year-old boy, who turned out with thousands of others to cheer the players home as their team coach made it through the town.

"I have supported Coleraine since I was born and it has been a dream to get into the final," he said.

"It would also be a dream to win it so we will see how we go. It is unfortunate that the final is on the same day as Gillian's wedding but I just hope it is fate that my aunt has a great wedding day and we win the cup. I'm born and bred Coleraine and live five minutes from the Showgrounds and I know how much the team means to the fans because I grew up as one."

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