Linfield beat Portadown 2-1 in the 2010 JJB Sports Irish Cup final
Early goals from Peter Thompson and Philip Lowry proved enough to give Linfield victory in the JJB Sports Irish Cup final against Portadown.
Thompson poked home the opener in the second minute with midfielder Lowry's 10th-minute header making it 2-0.
Portadown quickly hit back when Kevin Braniff's low free-kick just beat Blues keeper Alan Blayney at his near post.
The Ports missed chances to equalise and Linfield completed their fourth league and cup double in five seasons.
Peter Thompson celebrates his early goal in the final against Portadown
The triumph sees Linfield win the Irish Cup for a record 40th time but the Blues did not have all of the game.
A pulsating opening half saw Linfield snatch the opener with just 76 seconds on the clock.
Damien Curran burst down the left wing, shrugged off the challenge of Portadown right-back Sean Mackle and found Thompson lingering in the penalty area to poke home.
David Jeffrey's side doubled their lead eight minutes later through Lowry's header.
Robert Garrett's quick free-kick from the edge of the area was turned round the post by David Miskelly only for the keeper to be beaten by Lowry from the resulting corner.
Portadown tested Alan Blayney for the first time moments later as they started their assault on the Linfield goal.
If Braniff's first chance was comfortable for Blayney, his goal certainly should have been.
The Portadown striker somehow managed to beat the Linfield stopper from 25 yards at his near post with a low free-kick.
Blayney's protests that the ball had not crossed the line fell on deaf ears with assistant referee Eamon Shanks flagging for the goal.
Linfield striker Mark McAllister in action against Portadown's Darren Kelly
With their goal, Ronnie McFall's side pushed on with Blayney constantly under threat from Andy Hunter's long throw-ins.
Blayney was certainly the busier of the two keepers, making a point-blank save from Braniff and an excellent stop to deny Wesley Boyle from 25 yards.
The Reds continued to push for the equaliser with Johnny Topley rattling the post from 25 yards as the Reds continued to outplay their opponents despite going in at the break a goal down.
Half-time replacement Paul Munster almost made an instant impact with just a minute on the clock in the second half.
Braniff was dispossessed in his own half and Linfield launched their attack. Billy Joe Burns fired across the box and Munster, with his first touch, saw his scuffed shot cleared off the line by Sean Mackle.
On the hour, enterprising work on the left wing saw Jonny Topley deliver a delightful cross into the six-yard box with Damien Curran saving a definite goal by diverting the ball away from Wesley Boyle at the back post, who would have had a simple tap-in.
Relishing the freedom of the left wing, Curran had the beating of Mackle throughout the game and had the chance to net a deserved goal, only to be denied by David Miskelly on the hour mark.
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