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Glens and Ports fans get their final tickets

Glentoran and Portadown fans can finally get their hands on much sought after Irish Cup final tickets today.

The clubs are being allowed to distribute tickets to their own supporters after the Irish FA agreed to ditch plans to use Ticketmaster.

Glentoran are hoping to construct temporary seating at The Oval to raise the capacity for the showpiece on Saturday, May 2.

Glentoran season ticket holders and shareholders can purchase tickets at the club's Superstore today and tomorrow.

Tickets for general sale will arrive early next week.

Portadown are also selling Cup final tickets this morning from the Club Shop at Shamrock Park.

The shop will be open from 9am to 1.30pm. Tickets will be on sale at face value, stand £15 and terrace £12.

Glentoran have asked for 3,000 extra temporary seats to be installed to bring the capacity up to 9,000 and are expecting an answer from the IFA on Monday.

Meanwhile, the naming rights of the 2015 Irish Cup final have been given to Marie Curie.

Chairman of the Challenge Cup Committee and Irish FA President, Jim Shaw, said: "Marie Curie was the official charity partner of the Irish FA for two years and were given the naming rights of the 2013 and 2014 finals.

"This provided them with a tremendous platform to raise awareness of the charity and giving them the naming rights of this season's final will allow them to continue to raise awareness of the great work that they do."

Portadown's Chris Casement could play in the Irish Cup final, with the club expected to lodge an appeal against his six-match suspension for headbutting before today's deadline. The ban will be lifted pending the appeal.

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