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Irish Cup final: Coleraine are Cup winners as Cliftonville heartache goes on

Cliftonville 1-3 Coleraine

Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018
Cliftonville vs Coleraine
Coleraines captain Stephen ODonnell lifts the Tennets Irish cup
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraines captain Stephen ODonnell lifts the Tennets Irish cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry celebrates the club's Irish Cup success last season.
Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry celebrates the club's Irish Cup success last season.
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraines players celebrate after winning the Tennets Irish cup Winky Murphy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's Eoin Bradley celebrates his goal during today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's Eoin Bradley celebrates his goal during today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's Eoin Bradley celebrates his goal during today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's Eoin Bradley celebrates his goal during today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's manager Oran Kearney celebrates Eoin Bradley's goal during today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney celebrates Irish Cup success.
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Stephen O'Donnell lifted the trophy as Coleraine landed their sixth ever Irish Cup title.
James Nesbitt of Coleraine celebrates as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
James Nesbitt of Coleraine celebrates as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
James Nesbitt of Coleraine celebrates as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney celebrates Irish Cup success.
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney celebrates Irish Cup success.
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine celebrate as they win the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraines captain Stephen ODonnell lifts the Tennets Irish cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraines captain Stephen ODonnell lifts the Tennets Irish cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraine players celebrate after winning the Tennent's Irish Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraine players celebrate after winning the Tennent's Irish Cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's James Nesbitt celebrates after today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's Alan Simpson after today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's James McLaughlin after today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's Brad Lyons after today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's Brad Lyons and Adam Mullan celebrate after today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Coleraine's manager Oran Kearney before the final whistle at today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast.
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's James Nesbitt celebrates with Lyndon Kane after today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's James Nesbitt celebrates after today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's Brad Lyons and Adam Mullan celebrate after today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 5-5-18 Coleraine v Cliftonville - Tennents Irish Cup Final 2018 Coleraine's Brad Lyons and Adam Mullan celebrate after today's game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Coleraines Aaron Burn's celebrates after firing his side into a 2-1 lead
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraines Aaron Burns celebrates after firing his side into a 2-1 lead Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraines Aaron Burns celebrates after firing his side into a 2-1 lead Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraines Aaron Burns celebrates after firing his side into a 2-1 lead Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly scores in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly scores in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly scores in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly scores in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine's Darren McCauley scores in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraines Darren McAuley celebrates after firing his side into a 1-0 lead Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Tennent’s Irish Cup Final, The National Stadium, Windsor Park, Belfast 5/152018 Cliftonville vs Coleraine Coleraines Darren McAuley celebrates after firing his side into a 1-0 lead Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton
Coleraine's Darren McCauley scores in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly vs Coleraine's Stephen O'Donnell in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly vs Coleraine's Chris Johns in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Coleraine's Stephen Dooley in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Michael O'Neill during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly vs Coleraine's Stephen O'Donnell in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Joe Gormley vs Coleraine's Gareth McConaghie in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly vs Coleraine's Stephen Dooley in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly vs Coleraine's Gareth McConaghie in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Joe Gormley vs Coleraine's Chris Johns in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Jay Donnelly vs Coleraine's Adam Mullan in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly vs Coleraine's Chris Johns and Gareth McConaghie in action during the Irish Cup Final on May 5th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

By Gareth Hanna

Coleraine have won the Irish Cup for the sixth time with a 3-1 victory over Cliftonville.

With the game tied at 1-1, former Linfield man Aaron Burns, who signed for the Bannsiders in January, came off the bench to net in the 78th minute and Eoin Bradley then sealed Oran Kearney's first major trophy as Coleraine boss.

The Reds still have not won the trophy since 1979.

After a tight first half, Darren McCauley rocketed Coleraine into a 50th minute lead, blasting an upstoppable effort into the top corner from Aaron Traynor's cross.

They led for just five minutes as Cliftonville equalised with a goal just as impressive.

It wasn't as spectacular a finish - Rory Donnelly converting from close range - but the build-up was superb from Conor McDonald, surging through midfield with a strong run and crossing perfectly for the striker to score.

That cleared the path for Aaron Burns to put his side ahead and become only the sixth substitute ever to score in an Irish Cup final with a well-timed run, latching on to Eoin Bradley's flick.

In injury-time, Bradley romped clear to cap the win with a deserved goal, chipping a finish over Brian Neeson.

Here's the game as it happened:

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