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It certainly wasn't the big showpiece occasion as we know it, but Glentoran and Ballymena did us proud


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Glentoran manager Mick McDermott celebrates Irish Cup success.

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott celebrates Irish Cup success.

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Glentoran manager Mick McDermott celebrates Irish Cup success.

Temperature checks, protective face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser. This surely couldn't be local football's most glamorous day of the season - the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup final.

A limited crowd, no merchandise vendors, no pre-match razzmatazz - and little atmosphere. It's a sign of the times.

Instead of tucking into the IFA's finest cuisine, media members were instructed to meet 50 minutes before kick-off at Windsor Park to be briefed on safety guidelines.