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Glenavon's star is on the rise as Linfield falter in Irish Cup

Glenavon 2 - Linfield 0

By Graham Luney

Published 09/05/2016

Terri-Louise Farren celebrates with Glenavon celebrate after winning todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
Terri-Louise Farren celebrates with Glenavon celebrate after winning todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
Glenavon Manager Gary Hamilton celebrates winning Irish Cup. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavon celebrate after winning todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Terri-Louise Farren celebrates with Glenavon celebrate after winning todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Terri-Louise Farren celebrates with Glenavon celebrate after winning todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
Glenavon celebrate the Irish Cup win ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' celebrations as they win the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' celebrations as they win the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon celebrate after winning 0-2. and lifting the cup. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavon celebrate after todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavon celebrate after todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' celebrations as they win the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavon celebrate after todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' celebrations as they win the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavon celebrate after todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavon celebrate after todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon celebrate after winning 0-2. and lifting the cup. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon celebrate after winning 0-2. and lifting the cup. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavon celebrate after todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Kris Lindsay after todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon celebrate after winning 0-2. and lifting the cup. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' celebrations as they win the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' celebrations as they win the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Andrew Hall scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final GlenavonÕs Andrew Hall scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final GlenavonÕs Andrew Hall scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Andrew Hall scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final GlenavonÕs Andrew Hall scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Andrew Hall scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Andy Hall celebrates during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Paul Smyth and Glenavons Mark Patton during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields David Healy during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Kevin Braniff scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Stephen Lowry and Glenavons Andy Kilmartin during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Kevin Braniff scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Kevin Braniff scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Kevin Braniff scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
Kevin Braniff scores for Glenavon. Picture - David Hunter.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Andrew Hall scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Andrew Hall scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Andrew Hall scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Andrew Hall scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Andrew Hall scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' fans celebrate in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Andrew Hall scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Eoin Bradley and Kevin Braniff celebrate in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Andrew Hall scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' fans celebrate in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 7th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield Andrew Waterworth header close to Glenavon goal keeper Jonathan Tuffy during Saturday's Tennent Irish Cup Final at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' fans celebrate in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 7th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Glenavon Kevin Braniff scores against Linfield during Saturday's Tennent Irish Cup Final at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Gareth Deane looks on as Andy Hall hits home during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Andy Hall celebrates during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Eoin Bradley celebrates during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
Kevin Braniff scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Andrew Waterworth and Glenavons Joel Cooper and Ciaran Martyn during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Kevin Braniff scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 7th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield Ross Gaynor and Glenavon Rhys Marshall during Saturday's Tennent Irish Cup Final at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Kevin Braniff scores in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 7th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield Ross Gaynor challenged by Glenavon Rhys Marshall and Andrew Hall during Saturday's Tennent Irish Cup Final at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Linfield's Stephen Lowry with Glenavon's Kevin Braniff. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon's Ciaran Martyn (left) and Eoin Bradley struggle with Linfield goalkeeper Gareth Deane to score a goal which is disallowed. . Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon's Ciaran Martyn (left) and Eoin Bradley protests after a goal is disallowed. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon's Ciaran Martyn (left) and Eoin Bradley protests after a goal is disallowed. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon's Eoin Bradley protests after a goal is disallowed. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons Eoin Bradley scores a goal only for it to be called disallowed during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Stephen Lowry and Glenavons Andy Kilmartin during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavon fans during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Andy Waterworth during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Aaron Burns and Glenavons Simon Kelly during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Andy Kilmrtin and Linfields' Stephen Lowry in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Eoin Bradley and Linfields' Sean Ward in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Mark Haughey and Glenavons Eoin Bradley during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Matthew Clarke and Glenavons Andy Hall during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Linfield line up before the match. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Eoin Bradley and Linfields' Stephen Lowry in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. Glenavon fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Eoin Bradley and Linfields' Stephen Lowry in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Andy Kilmrtin and Linfields' Stephen Lowry in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' goal disallowed in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Stephen Lowry and Glenavons Joel Cooper during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Andrew Waterworth and Glenavons Joel Cooper and Ciaran Martyn during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Andrew Waterworth and Glenavons Conor Dillon during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Andrew Waterworth almost scores during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final LinfieldÕs Ross Gaynor and GlenavonÕs Rhys Marshall during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Ross Gaynor and Glenavons Andrew Hall during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Ross Gaynor and Glenavons Andy Kilmartin during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final LinfieldÕs Paul Smyth and GlenavonÕs Rhys Marshall during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final LinfieldÕs Mathew Clarke and GlenavonÕs Andrew Hall during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Glenavons goal is disallowed during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final LinfieldÕs Andrew Waterworth and GlenavonÕs Rhys Marshall during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final An applause for MARK FARRAN during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Linfields Ross Gaynor and Glenavons Rhys Marshall during todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER
Glenavon's Eoin Bradley and Linfield's Stephen Lowry in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Linfields' David Healy in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Simon Kelly and Linfields' Andrew Waterworth in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Linfields' David Healy in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Linfields' David Healy in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Linfields' David Healy in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Linfields' David Healy in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' fans in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Stephen McCabe, Alex McCabe and Brian Perry in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' Wade Family in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield fans Brian Moore from Bangor supporting Linfield ahead of the Tennents Irish Cup Final against Glenavon at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield fans William Donald, Emily and David Wilson from Bangor supporting Linfield ahead of the Tennents Irish Cup Final against Glenavon at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield fan Chris Murray from Newtownards supporting Linfield ahead of the Tennents Irish Cup Final against Glenavon at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield fans William and Jamie McNeill from Antrim supporting Linfield ahead of the Tennents Irish Cup Final against Glenavon at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield fan Paige Hawthrone supporting Linfield ahead of the Tennents Irish Cup Final against Glenavon at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield fans (l-r) Calvay,Caron and William Bridley supporting Linfield ahead of the Tennents Irish Cup Final against Glenavon at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Linfield fans Tommy Hawthorne, Olive Hawthorne, Alan Galloway, Paige Hawthrone (11)(, Alastair Galloway and Thomas Hawthrone supporting Linfield ahead of the Tennents Irish Cup Final against Glenavon at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' goal disallowed in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Glenavons' goal disallowed in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 07, Pictured is Linfields' David Healy in action during the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on May 07, 2016 Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

From Tillysburn's muddy surface to Windsor Park's field of dreams, Glenavon have done it again. And they've done it in real style. There's no talk of refereeing blunders or fine margins.

This was a comfortable success for Gary Hamilton's men who were driven on by the desire to honour the memory of former Derry City and Lurgan Blues favourite Mark Farren.

Farren, whose widow Terri-Louise led out the team, fought an aggressive brain tumour with considerable courage before passing away in February.

This was a special tribute to a very special man and it injected even more emotion into an occasion which creates heroes and legends. Ciaran Martyn, when asked about his old friend Farren after the game, was so emotional he couldn't find the words.

When he regained his composure he lifted the trophy along with club captain Kris Lindsay.

After raising the Irish Cup twice in three years, Glenavon might fancy a shot at the Premiership title next season and if Hamilton can keep bolstering his panel perhaps the Lurgan men, rather than Linfield, will threaten to knock Crusaders off their perch. But that's a mission that can wait.

Glenavon thoroughly deserved this 2-0 victory sealed by goals either side of half-time from Kevin Braniff and Andy Hall.

Braniff, who also scored four goals in the semi-final win over Crusaders, was named man of the match but you could have given that award to anyone in an orange jersey. Keeper Jonny Tuffey, once shown the exit door at Windsor Park by Linfield, was sublime, pulling off crucial saves from Stephen Lowry and Aaron Burns. Despite making a lively start the Blues couldn't find a way past the orange wall, with Simon Kelly, Conor Dillon, Rhys Marshall and Mark Patton halting the attacks.

Marshall has two Irish Cup winner's medals and he's only 21-years-old. As commentator Jackie Fullerton, who hung up his microphone after the game would say, 'Can You Believe It?'

Referee Raymond Hetherington, who had an excellent game, disallowed an Eoin Bradley goal when Martyn slid in on keeper Gareth Deane who was making his seventh appearance of the season.

Joel Cooper's curling drive which narrowly sailed past the upright was a warning to the Blues but they were rocked just before the interval when Braniff produced a sweet finish from Bradley's exquisite cross from the outside of his left boot.

The expectation was that Linfield would come out all guns blazing after the restart but it was the 2014 winners who struck again, Hall's strike finding a way past Matthew Clarke and into the net.

Bradley fired another shot wide and Braniff should have made it 3-0 but stabbed his effort past the post. Linfield lacked inspiration and creativity.

They didn't do themselves justice while Glenavon were a hard working and intelligent unit, hungry to land the prize.

That's now two finals Healy has lost, following the CoAntrim Shield defeat to Ballymena United, and he must find a way to unlock the trophy cabinet.

The thing about losing an Irish Cup final is that you carry around those regrets forever.

The Linfield players will look at themselves in the mirror and acknowledge they didn't deliver in front of the bumper crowd of 11,500.

Glenavon were superior across the park with the ugly side of the game carried out beautifully by Andy Kilmartin and Ciaran Martyn.

Bradley and Braniff outshone Andy Waterworth and Paul Smyth.

Cooper looked a tricky customer on the wing and the back five were simply immense. Too many of the Linfield team had an off day.

But there have been too many off days at Linfield Football Club since David Jeffrey ended his trophy laden spell at the club. There's rebuilding work at Windsor Park on and off the pitch to be done.

Elsewhere in local football's top flight, clubs like Glenavon aren't standing still.

With more European money banked, they will remain a formidable force next season.

They were certainly out of Linfield's reach on Saturday.

Linfield: Deane, Haughey, Callacher (Quinn, 76 mins), Waterworth, Lowry, Burns, Ward, Clarke (Millar, 56 mins), Mulgrew, Gaynor, Smyth.

Unused subs: Ross Glendinning, Stafford, Fallon.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Kelly, Dillon, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper (Kearns, 90 mins), Bradley (Hamilton, 86 mins), Hall, Patton, Braniff, Martyn (Sykes, 68 mins).

Unused subs: Lindsay, McGrory

Match Rating: 7/10

Man of match: Kevin Braniff

Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)

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