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Tuesday, 3 December, 2002, 19:41 GMT
Glens win Big Two final
Linfield manager David Jeffrey is having a tough time this season
David Jeffrey's Linfield suffered more disappointment

Glentoran 2-0 Linfield

Goals from Michael Halliday and Gary Smyth earned Glentoran a deserved victory over a disappointing Linfield outfit in Tuesday's CIS Cup final at Windsor Park.

In truth, Glentoran didn't have to overly extend themselves to defeat the competition holders.

The opening quarter was reasonably even but once Michael Halliday put Glentoran ahead with a 27th minute goal, there was only going to be one winner.

And there was no way back for Linfield, when Gary Smyth stabbed home the second goal in the 63rd minute.

The match was delayed by 15 minutes because of crowd congestion.

When the game did get underway, Glenn Ferguson started in midfield for the Blues with Justin McBride partnering Chris Morgan up front.

Smyth's goal made the game safe for Glentoran
Gary Smyth: Man-of-the-match

Morgan had the first decent chance of the match in the 15th minute but he fired a foot over the bar after a mistake by Glentoran's Darren Lockhart.

Halliday opened the scoring in the 27th following a superb one-two with Andy Smith after Lee Feeney had given the ball away in midfield.

The goalscorer was left in yards of space by Smith's return ball and the angled-shot beat Linfield goalkeeper Greg Shannon.

Probably the key period of the match came immediately after half-time when Linfield missed two great headed chances.

Stuart King's 48th minute effort was grabbed by superb Glentoran goalkeeper Elliott Morris at the second attempt.

Two minutes later, Pat Wall wasted an even better opportunity with the ex-Cliftonville man heading a pointblank chance straight at Morris.

A minute later, the excellent Michael O'Neill fired a superb left-footed shot which was inches wide of Greg Shannon's goal.

Linfield boss David Jeffrey introduced Davy Larmour for the disappointing Chris Morgan on the hour.

Brilliant Morris

However, Glentoran closed the door on any prospect of a Blues comeback three minutes later with the totally unmarked Smyth stabbing past Shannon.

A minute earlier, Shannon had made a fine save to tip over an Andy Smith header.

But with Linfield slow to react to the corner, Tim McCann had plenty of time to find Smyth with his cross and the big centre-back was able to pick his spot.

Glenn Ferguson should have set up an exciting finish by scoring in the 73rd minute but his close-range shot was brilliantly saved by Morris.

Five minutes from time, Linfield fans were already leaving Windsor Park which said a lot about the Blues' performance.

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