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Coyle backs Cliftonville to come up trumps in Cup decider

By Graham Luney

Glentoran are hoping to land their first trophy of the post-Roy Coyle era on Saturday but their old boss believes Cliftonville will have the final laugh.

Coyle brought 16 glittering prizes to the Oval during his nine year reign but he is backing the north Belfast Reds to end their trophy famine in the CIS Insurance Cup Final.

Eddie Patterson's men will go into the showdown as underdogs but Newry City chief Coyle is warning his former club that any complacency will be ruthlessly punished at Windsor Park.

"I have a sneaky feeling Cliftonville could win this one," he said.

"I'm not looking at it from an ability point of view because Glentoran have the more talented individuals.

"I just feel Cliftonville will have the greater hunger and desire.

"I think that hunger will see them cross the line this time.

"They have struggled to win trophies over the last few seasons and they know this is a tremendous opportunity to put that right.

"Manager Eddie Patterson will not be in the dug-out and that will be another motivating factor for them. Any team that beats Linfield 3-0 at Windsor Park demands respect. They will be hard to beat and I just feel they will have that little extra motivation to do the job."

Cliftonville have made a blistering start to the season and it would not be a major surprise if the Glens leave Windsor empty handed this weekend.

Coyle added: "Glentoran are top of the league but form and confidence can change because these things happen in football.

"Surprises can happen - look at Sunderland beating Leeds or Wimbledon beating Liverpool in the FA Cup final.

"I think the Glentoran defence will have their work cut out against two big front men. They will be a real handful. Chris Scannell is a real threat.

"I also like Conor Downey in the middle - he is a quality player but I like Cliftonville as a team. The players work hard for each other and there is an excellent team spirit there which is important."

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