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Captivating twists and turns deliver heartbreak and elation in dramatic Irish Cup final climax

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Fine margins: Crusaders players celebrate Johnny McMurray’s winning goal amid dejection from the Ballymena United players. Credit: David Maginnis

Fine margins: Crusaders players celebrate Johnny McMurray’s winning goal amid dejection from the Ballymena United players. Credit: David Maginnis

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David Jeffrey. Credit: David Maginnis

David Jeffrey. Credit: David Maginnis

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Fine margins: Crusaders players celebrate Johnny McMurray’s winning goal amid dejection from the Ballymena United players. Credit: David Maginnis

As he fought back tears at his post match press conference, David Jeffrey called it the cruellest moment of his managerial career and nothing more needed to be said.

For the majority of this Irish Cup final, Crusaders were toothless, smothered and second best, but they scored goals at the end of normal time and extra time to go home with the trophy.


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