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Glentoran scorer Michael Halliday
"It is a dream - the biggest game of my life"
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Glentoran manager Roy Coyle
"It was nail-biting stuff"
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Michael Halliday scores the decisive goal
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Saturday, 5 May, 2001, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Happy Halliday is Glens Cup hero
Glentoran celebrate
Glentoran celebrate their Irish Cup final win at Windsor

Glentoran 1-0 Linfield

Glentoran have retained the Nationwide Irish Cup by beating their big Belfast rivals Linfield at Windsor Park.

Young striker Michael Halliday was the Glens hero with an extra-time winner.

The 21-year-old striker bundled the ball in from close-range for the only goal of a tense final.

It meant bitter disppointment for David Jeffrey's Linfield who had been hoping to complete the league and cup double.

Roy Coyle
Roy Coyle has a great Irish Cup record

But Roy Coyle's remarkable record goes on.

He only took over as boss at the Oval in November 1997 but has now guided them to three Irish Cup final triumphs.

Halliday got the cup-winning goal in the 99th minute.

From Justin McBride's corner, Halliday's first touch flicked the ball up for Tim McCann.

His header came off the bar and Halliday was in the right place to force the ball over from close-range.

Earlier, Halliday had missed the best chance to win the cup in normal time, putting the ball wide from just a couple of yards out after sub McBride had crossed low to the far post.

Michael Halliday
Michael Halliday's extra-time goal clinched Cup

The highlight of the first half was an incredible double save by Glentoran goalkeeper Alan Gough.

Jamie Marks sent in a low cross from the right and when it came off Paul Leeman it took a remarkable reflex save by Gough to prevent an own goal.

David Larmour pounced on the rebound and, with Gough still on the floor, a goal looked a certainty.

But the Glens keeper somehow recovered to paw Larmour's header away from underneath the crossbar.

Glentoran: Gough, Nixon, Ferguson, Young, Leeman, Smyth, McCann, Halliday, Fitzgerald, Batey, Lockhart.

Linfield: Robinson, McDonald (sub Beatty 87), Easton (sub Morgan 90), Marks, Murphy, Arthur, Larmour, Scates, Ferguson, Kelly (sub Beatty 74), Bailie.

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