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Kee's Cup final heartbreak

Linfield loan deal rules Coleraine skipper out of showpiece

By Graham Luney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney says his captain David Kee can help the Bannsiders stun Linfield in the Tennent's Irish Cup final - even though he can't play in the May showpiece.

The midfielder cannot feature in the glamour game on Saturday, May 6 because of the rules of his season-long loan deal from Linfield.

Kee was unable to face David Healy's side in Danske Bank Premiership battles and now he must sit out the biggest game of Coleraine's season.

The former Ballinamallard ace feared this scenario would arise but Kearney says the 28-year-old will continue to use his knowledge and experience to help his team-mates bring the trophy back to the north west.

"It's very unlucky for David but it should be stressed that it's not Linfield digging their heels in, these are the rules now for players that go on loan, they can't play against their parent club," said the former Linfield favourite. "Although we understand there was a chance of this scenario coming about you still have a lot of sympathy for the player but David will be a part of the Irish Cup final in other ways and still involved with the squad." Coleraine's captain on May 6 could now be either David Ogilby or Steven Douglas, depending on selection.

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