Belfast Telegraph

Kane able to make Irish Cup history

By Stuart McKinley

Marcus Kane is urging Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson to give him the chance to make Irish Cup history.

The Glens' semi-final match-winner has an impressive record in the competition and is desperate for the opportunity to take things one step further.

Kane's goal against Portadown, which booked the Glens' place in Saturday's Windsor Park decider against Cliftonville, was his fourth in this season's Irish Cup having scored in every round.

Now he wants a shot at completing the job with a goal in the final and if Patterson is looking for someone with goalscoring form against the Reds he only needs to look to Kane.

"It was a great feeling to come on and score the winner in the semi-final, but every player wants to start – particularly when it comes to the Cup final," said Kane.

"I would love to get in and maybe score another one or two. I've scored in every round this season and I would fancy myself to score against Cliftonville.

"I have scored against them on big occasions before.

"When I was at Linfield I scored the winner at Solitude, so I'd be confident I can get another one."

Kane made the move from south Belfast to the east of the city after being released by Linfield 12 months ago, but having been with the Blues for a number of years the 21-year-old knows all about Irish Cup final day – and he has the suits to prove it.

"Over the last couple of years when I was at Linfield I was always hoping that I might sneak a place on the bench, but it didn't happen," said Kane.

"It would be some experience to play in an Irish Cup final in front of a full house at Windsor Park and this time I'll be very disappointed if I only make the bench, but it's the manager's decision and I have to go along with whatever he thinks."

Kane knows, however, that substitutes can have an impact and if cast in that role again he will hope to pull off another super-sub act.

"I definitely believe that we can win the Cup," he said.

"It is seven years since Glentoran were even in a final, so this is a big moment for the club.

"I don't think any Glenman would have expected to get to the final this year, but we have done it and now we want to go one step further."

• JASON Hill has signed a new one-year contract with Glentoran and has taken a pay cut after turning down other clubs.

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