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Super Cooper sinks Reds to fire Blues into Cup semis


Get in: Linfield’s match winner Joel Cooper celebrates
Get in: Linfield’s match winner Joel Cooper celebrates
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Joel Cooper was the match winner for Linfield as they made it into the semi-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup with a 1-0 win over Cliftonville at Windsor Park.

The winger struck in the first-half to decide the tie and ensure David Healy's side progressed.

But he should have had a second as well when he connected with a rebound from Shayne Lavery's penalty, with replays showing that the whole ball looked to have crossed the line before it was cleared.

Joe McCready's ninth-minute strike proved the difference for Institute as they edged a 1-0 win over Championship outfit Newry City to book their place in the last four.

A first-half hat-trick from Ben Doherty set Coleraine on their way to the semis with a 5-1 win over Championship side Dundela at Wilgar Park.

And at the Ballymena Showgrounds, Crusaders ace Jarlath O'Rourke slammed in the winner in the final minute of extra time as the visitors edged past the Sky Blues 2-1.

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