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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 May, 2004, 18:40 GMT 19:40 UK
Glens delight after triumph
Paul Leeman holds the cup aloft
Paul Leeman's move to centre-back steadied the Glens after half-time
Glentoran manager Roy Coyle was delighted with the Nationwide Irish Cup triumph at Windsor Park which gave his team a place in Europe next season.

"It was a hard-fought game and either side could have won," acknowledged the Oval boss.

Match-winner Michael Halliday said that he knew what to do when the chance presented itself in the first half.

"I missed an earlier chance and knew if I got another opportunity, I'd take it around Davy O'Hare," said Halliday.

"We deserved to win it. The first half was scrappy and we were lucky to go in 1-0 up at half-time.

"But we settled down after the break and held on."

Glentoran skipper Paul Leeman said the victory meant "the world" to him.

Perhaps we also should have had a penalty but that's the way it goes and congratulations to Glentoran
Coleraine boss Marty Quinn

"We had a disappointing season in the Premier Division and to finish it off like this is absolutely fantastic," said Leeman.

"We were a bit sloppy in the first half but more solid in the second half."

Coleraine boss Marty Quinn believed that a number of tight refereeing calls hadn't gone his team's way .

"We gave it our best, it was a good game of football with few chances and with both defences on top," said Quinn.

"They took one of the few chances on offer but perhaps we should have had a free-kick.

"Perhaps we also should have had a penalty but that's the way it goes and congratulations to Glentoran."




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