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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 May, 2005, 20:26 GMT 21:26 UK
Linfield beat Shelbourne in final
Peter Thompson of Linfield
Peter Thompson celebrates his goal against Shelbourne
Linfield won the inaugural Setanta Cup by beating favourites Shelbourne 2-0 in Saturday's final at Tolka Park.

The Belfast side were 3-1 outsiders against the Dublin full-timers but first half goals from Glenn Ferguson and Peter Thompson sealed victory.

Ferguson stroked home the opener on 26 minutes with a first-time effort from an Aidan O'Kane cross.

Thompson added the second 10 minutes later for the Blues who bank a winners' cheque of 150,000 euros.

Ferguson's well-taken opener came after Shelbourne had made the better start.

Jason Byrne had the first opening but was blocked by a timely challenge from Linfield skipper Noel Bailie.

The Shels then lost Ritchie Baker through injury with Bobby Ryan coming on as a substitute.

The match ended with a double sending-off in stoppage-time.

An off-the-ball offence by Byrne brought him his second yellow of the match and he was immediately followed by team-mate Alan Moore for comments made to referee Mark Courtney.


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