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Glentoran to reward key club supporters and volunteers with free Irish Cup final tickets

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The moment Glentoran's Irish Cup semi-final victory was sealed as goalkeeper Elliott Morris saved the crucial penalty.

The moment Glentoran's Irish Cup semi-final victory was sealed as goalkeeper Elliott Morris saved the crucial penalty.

The moment Glentoran's Irish Cup semi-final victory was sealed as goalkeeper Elliott Morris saved the crucial penalty.

Glentoran have been allocated 250 match tickets for Friday's Irish Cup final and have confirmed those will be distributed free of charge as a thank-you to select supporters.

The east Belfast side edged past Ballymena United 7-6 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in a fascinating semi-final on Monday evening, making it through to their first Irish Cup final since 2015.

Due to the restrictions surrounding the matches, no supporters were permitted to the semi-final while only 500 will be allowed through the Windsor Park gates on Friday.

Those have been evenly split between the two clubs and Glentoran have explained how those will be allocated.

First preference will be given to players' families, club vice-presidents, life members, life season ticket holders and key volunteers who provide services to the club.

The remaining tickets will be allocated via a raffle which includes all season ticket holders and the winners announced on Wednesday.

"All of these tickets will be issued free of charge by the club as the Board of Directors wish to thank those volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help the club through the recent public health emergency and to reward as many of our loyal season ticket holders as possible," confirmed a club statement.

Opponents Ballymena United held a ballot for the tickets, involving season ticket holders, match day staff and volunteers with tickets prices £20 for adults and £10 concession.

A list of the 250 names drawn out is available on the Ballymena United club website.

Belfast Telegraph