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Eoin Bradley's Irish Cup clincher is the biggest buzz I've had in football, says Coleraine boss Oran Kearney

By Gareth Hanna

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney has hailed Eoin Bradley's clinching goal at the end of the Irish Cup final as the best feeling of his football career.

The Bannsiders beat Cliftonville 3-1, Bradley's injury-time goal the icing on a sweet-tasting cake.

Former Linfield player Kearney was used to winning and scoring big goals during his time on the pitch but he says nothing tops the moment his first major success as a manager was sealed.

"It's probably the biggest buzz I've ever had in football," he told the BBC, after legging it down the touchline when the ball hit the net. "When I score important goals as a player, I thought that was the biggest buzz. But when Skinner chipped that ball over the keeper, it was unbelievable - words couldn't describe the feeling.

"It means everything. It was a real war and Cliftonville were brilliant, particularly in the first half. Credit to our lads, we've been on a real journey and we were going to have to show mental strength to get the win. I thought that we did that in the final part of the game."

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