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Summary

  1. Coleraine 0-3 Linfield - Waterworth (3)
  2. Linfield earn their 43rd Cup success
  3. Eighth win in nine Irish Cup finals for Linfield
  4. Waterworth nets first cup final hat-trick since 1969
  5. First Linfield 'double' since 2012

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By Richard Petrie and Lyle Jackson

All times stated are UK

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Coleraine 0-3 Linfield

So Linfield confirm their position back at the top of the tree in local football by securing a third trophy of the season - the Irish Cup joining the Gibson Cup for winning the Irish Premiership, and the County Antrim Shield in the Windsor Park trophy cabinet.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the 2017 Irish Cup final and keep an eye on the BBC Sport NI website for highlights of today's decider.

The Europa League play-offs and the promotion-relegation play-off are still to come but today belongs to Linfield - their match-winner Andrew Waterworth, manager David Healy, all the players, staff, officials and supporters. 

A record 43rd Irish Cup victory to enjoy.

Bye for now and thanks for joining us.

Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew lifts the Irish Cup
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Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew lifts the Irish Cup

Mulgrew and Healy have their say...

Linfield skipper Jamie Mulgrew and manager David Healy give their reactions to Linfield's 3-0 Irish Cup final success over Coleraine.

The triumph completed a league and cup double for the Blues.

Linfield post match interviews

A memorable day for Waterworth

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Linfield's hat-trick hero Andrew Waterworth

What they said

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I thought we started well but we struggled to keep possession of the ball after that. Congratulations to Linfield though. We couldn't cope with them for a 20-minute spell in the first half. A goal in the second half could have dragged us back into it but it wasn't to be.

Oran KearneyColeraine manager
Linfield manager Oran Kearney
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Linfield manager Oran Kearney

Celebrations in full swing

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The celebrations are in full swing at Windsor Park.

The cup has been handed over and the players and staff are out on the pitch parading the trophy and taking the acclaim of their fans, who have unusually been somewhat success starved in recent years.

That's eight wins in nine Irish Cup finals for the Blues now and they will hope to build on their successes now by claiming more trophies next season.

Party, party, party

Lyle Jackson

BBC Sport at Windsor Park

A champagne occasion for Linfield as they celebrate a convincing cup final victory over Coleraine whose dejected players are applauding their fans down at the old Kop end. The celebrations are about to start for Linfield after a sensational second half of the season - now unbeaten in 20 matches. Hat-trick hero Andrew Waterworth will be the toast of Windsor tonight - but the striker’s party doesn’t stop here. Next weekend he’s off with Linfield team-mates and other pals for his own stag celebrations in Malaga!

What they said

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This final was all about redeeming ourselves after we underperformed this time last year. I thought we were by far the better side and deserved winners today, it was a good performance from us. I'm so privileged to be manager of this club and work with the calibre of players that I have.

David HealyLinfield manager
Linfield manager David Healy
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Linfield manager David Healy

What they said

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This is very, very special. We knew we had to perform to our highest standard to overcome a good Coleraine side. We hit the ground running in the first half and learnt from the disappointments of last season. We have gone on an incredible run and the squad has confidence in abundance at the moment.

Jamie MulgrewLinfield captain

What they said

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It's been a long five years for Linfield but I'm delighted for everyone associated with the club. Hopefully we can kick on from here. I feel on top of the world. Three trophies in one season, I've dreamt of this for a long time.

Andrew WaterworthLinfield hat-trick hero
Linfield hat-trick hero Andrew Waterworth
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Linfield hat-trick hero Andrew Waterworth

FULL-TIME

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Linfield run out comfortable and deserved winners. A commanding performance from David Healy's side to complete a thrilling season for the Belfast Blues.

A league and cup double for the club's supporters to savour for the first time since 2012.

And the County Antrim Shield to boot. Three trophies in the Windsor Park cabinet and their trophy drought is banished to the history books.

INJURY TIME

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Three minutes to add on.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Who else?.......

Linfield's Andrew Waterworth scores three in the 2017 Irish Cup Final
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Linfield's Andrew Waterworth scores three in the 2017 Irish Cup Final

GOAL

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Andrew Waterworth slots home to complete his hat-trick after meeting Paul Smyth's cut-back from the right with three minutes remaining.

Smyth picked out the run of his strike partner and squared the ball to the man of the match and man of the hour.

The first hat-trick in an Irish Cup final since 1969 and his second in successive weeks.

Andrew Waterworth scores a Cup final hat-trick

YELLOW CARD

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Eoin Bradley is the latest Coleraine player to see yellow after another tussle with Mark Stafford.

CLOSE!

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Niall Quinn heads wide from a Paul Smyth delivery as Linfield go close to a third.

SUBSTITUTION

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Aaron Burns is replaced by Cameron Stewart for Linfield.

Stewart has already scored in two finals for Linfield this season - the Steel and Sons Cup decider for the Swifts and the County Antrim Shield final. Can he make it a treble?

Coleraine bring on Jordan Allan for Jamie McGonigle in what has the feel of a last throw of the dice from Oran Kearney.

Bradley opportunity

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Eoin Bradley finds himself in a threatening position on the edge of the box but the ex-Glenavon player cannot find enough space to get the ball onto his favoured left foot and get a shot away. 

Quarter of an hour left

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Fifteen minutes to go for Coleraine to unlock the Linfield defence.

Not looking likely, but who knows?

YELLOW CARD

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Linfield midfielder Stephen Lowry is booked for a foul on Lyndon Kane.

Coleraine should 'have a go'

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Chris Morgan

BBC1 NI co-commentator

Coleraine may as well have a go here. If you end up losing, you should at least have the consolation of knowing that you gave it everything.

Chris MorganBBC One NI co-commentator

CLOSE!

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Mark Stafford puts in a perfectly-timed vital tackle on McGonigle as the striker bears in on goal.

A crucial intervention by the former Ballinamallard player.

Mark Stafford beats Eoin Bradley in an aerial duel
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Mark Stafford is having a tremendous game for Linfield

YELLOW CARD

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Gareth McConnaghie receives a yellow card for a foul on Waterworth.

Case for the defence

Coleraine 0-2 Linfield

Coleraine coming more into the game but they still look unlikely to breach Linfield's defences.

The Blues boasted the most frugal defence in the Irish Premiership this season, conceding only 24 goals in 38 games.

They didn't fare too bad at the other end of the pitch either mind you with 87 goals scored, again better than any other club.

CLOSE!

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Coleraine's best chance of the half so far falls to striker Jamie McGonigle but his header is off target.

Darren McCauley's cross from the left was flicked into the path of McGonigle, who would have hoped to do better from relatively close range.

SUBSTITUTION

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Ian Parkhill comes on for James McLaughlin as Coleraine manager Oran Kearney reshuffles his striking options in a bid to get back into the game.

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney
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Coleraine manager Oran Kearney

Blues in control

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Linfield look in 'easy street' at the moment. Coleraine posing little threat and will be disappointed with their performance in this final so far.

The Blues fans are the ones in full voice as we approach the hour mark.

Linfield players celebrate in front of their fans after Andrew Waterworth's second goal
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Linfield's fans are making all the noise at Windsor Park so far

YELLOW CARD

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Adam Mullan of Coleraine is the next into the referee's notebook for a spot of shirt pulling.

CLOSE!

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Matthew Clarke's left-foot drive is easily dealt with by Chris Johns.

Another defensive lapse from Coleraine which could have been punished. Poor marking again.

Blues 'continuing dominance'

Chris Morgan

BBC1 NI co-commentator

Linfield have picked up just as they finished in the first half. They are playing high up the pitch and Coleraine aren't getting any momentum.

KICK-OFF

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The second half kicks off and Coleraine go into the next 45 minutes with a major mountain to climb.

Linfield were dominant and well in control in the first half. Can Coleraine respond?

One goal and the Bannsiders could be right back in it. Another for the Blues and it is surely all over.

Coleraine 'nervous and disjointed'

David Jeffrey

Ballymena United manager on BBC1 NI

Linfield look composed out there but Coleraine are very disjointed. There is nobody holding the ball up for them in attack. They have looked nervous.

Coleraine 'could be in for hammering'

Marty Quinn

Ex-Coleraine manager on BBC1 NI

Coleraine are going to get beaten 3 or 4-0 if they don't improve quickly.

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Waterworth 'torturing' Coleraine defence

Gary Hamilton

Glenavon manager on BBC1 NI

Waterworth is torturing both Coleraine centre-backs. It's a huge task for Coleraine now to get back into this game.

HALF-TIME

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Lyle Jackson

BBC Sport at Windsor Park

Linfield deserve to be leading at half-time - they’ve played wth more confidence against a Coleraine side who have not really settled into their rhythm. Eoin Bradley is the only man on the Bannsiders’ team to have played in an Irish Cup final before, and suspicions that Coleraine’s lack of big match experience could be a factor have been justified. Andrew Waterworth, whose hat-trick against Cliftonville clinched the title last week, is grabbing the headlines again with both goals. He scored twice when Glentoran won the 2013 final and the 31-year-old former Hamilton Accies striker from Crossgar in County Down is showing again what a class finisher he is. 

Andrew Waterworth's two first-half goals have put Linfield in control in the Irish Cup Final
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Aaron Burns congratulates Linfield's two-goal hero Andrew Waterworth

INJURY TIME

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Two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.

Colourful Fans

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 Official attendance today 12,551  

Coleraine fans savour the atmosphere at Windsor Park
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Coleraine fans savour the atmosphere at Windsor Park

YELLOW CARD

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Aaron Burns is booked for a flailing arm. 

Coleraine 'now in big trouble'

Chris Morgan

BBC1 NI co-commentator

You're looking at the game being possibly effectively over now. Linfield's confidence is totally up and Coleraine face a huge task in getting back into this contest.

GOAL

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Andrew Waterworth makes it 2-0 on 33 minutes. 

The forward was in the right place at the right time to fire home the rebound after Aaron Burns' initial left-foot poke was saved by goalkeeper Chris Johns.

Quick reactions and lethal finishing from Linfield's regular talisman.

Waterworth proves again that he is the man for the big occasion!

Waterworth on target again