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Coleraine's Steven Douglas hoping for cup final double after son's birth


Steven Douglas with his wife, Paula, and their new son, Charlie

Steven Douglas with his wife, Paula, and their new son, Charlie

Steven Douglas with his wife, Paula, and their new son, Charlie

Coleraine defender Steven Douglas is hoping it will be child's play at Windsor Park today as he dreams of a very special double celebration.

The former Portadown and Linfield player became a father for the third time yesterday morning when his wife, Paula, gave birth to Charlie Michael Douglas at Antrim Hospital.

The 40-year-old hopes to continue the celebrations by helping Coleraine lift the Tennent's Irish Cup with a victory over Cliftonville at Windsor Park this afternoon. Little Charlie arrived at 9.34am, weighing eight pounds nine ounces and was named after Paula's brother.

Steven, who owns a scaffolding company and also runs a bar and restaurant in Ahoghill called The Afton, with Paula, is now hoping a Coleraine success will make it one of the best weekends of his life.

"It's been a stunning start to the weekend," said Steven who has two other sons, Chandler and Calum.

"Now an Irish Cup win would be the icing on the cake for me, a double celebration and a weekend to really cherish.

"I'll be there with the squad and ready to help the boys if the manager, Oran Kearney, needs me. It's an exciting time for all the family."

This isn't the first time a big Irish Cup tie has come along at a big moment in Steven's personal life. In March last year he married Paula in New York while his Coleraine side defeated Ballymena United in the quarter-finals.

The Bannsiders went on to reach the final, but they lost 3-0 to Linfield, with Andy Waterworth netting a hat-trick.

"I think Oran left me out of the final because of that," joked Steven.

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