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Glenavon dedicate historic Irish Cup win to Mark Farren

Glenavon 2-0 Linfield

Glenavon dedicated their historic Irish Cup win to former player Mark Farren.

Former Derry City and Glenavon striker Farren was loved and respected across the Irish football community and his brave battle against an aggressive brain tumour touched everyone.

The Candystripes legend and record goalscorer joined the Lurgan Blues in 2013 but was forced to quit after his diagnosis.

At Saturday's Irish Cup final, the Glenavon jerseys featured his number 10 above the club badge.

And on the 10th minute a rousing round of applause was made in honour of the Donegal man.

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At the 2014 final, Mark led out the Glenavon team for the 2-1 win over Ballymena United. On Saturday - two years on his widow, Terri-Louise, travelled with the Mourneview club to the showpiece final at Windsor Park.

And it was goals from Kevin Braniff and Andy Hall either side of the break which secured the cup win at Windsor Park.

Seconds before half time Braniff connected with a lovely cross from Eoin Bradley to give Gary Hamilton a smile on the break.

And it was three minutes into the second half, on the counter from a Linfield attack, Hall saw his shot deflected of Matthew Clarke before the ball went into the corner of the net.

It was the side's second Irish Cup win in three seasons and their seventh in their history.

Player manager Gary Hamilton hailed it a "great day for everyone at the club".

And to honour Mark Farren the Glenavon players held a banner on the pitch after the game with the words: 'Mark, your courage will never be forgotten. Be just and fear not', while Mark's wife Terri-Louise held aloft the trophy.

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