Irish Cup glory for Glenavon

Ballymena United supporters were hoping to see their side win the Irish Cup for the first time in a quarter of a century
Ballymena United supporters came to Windsor Park hoping to see their side win the Irish Cup for the first time in a quarter of a century
Glenavon suffered an early setback when their defender Gareth McKeown was sent-off for elbowing Ballymena goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan
Glenavon suffered an early setback when their defender Gareth McKeown was sent-off for elbowing Ballymena goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan
But Glenavon took the lead soon afterwards when keeper Shanahan was beaten by Kyle Neill's long-range free-kick on 35 minutes
But Glenavon took the lead soon afterwards when keeper Shanahan was beaten by Kyle Neill's long-range free-kick on 35 minutes
It was the second time Neill had scored the opening goal in an Irish Cup final - he netted in 2002 when his Portadown side lost out to Linfield
It was the second time Neill had scored the opening goal in an Irish Cup final - he netted for the Ports in 2002 when his Portadown side lost out to Linfield
Ballymena's numerical advantage did not last long as they were also reduced to 10 men when Gary Thompson was ordered off for a high boot on Shane McCabe
Ballymena's numerical advantage did not last long as they were also reduced to 10 men when Gary Thompson was ordered off for a high boot on Shane McCabe
Ballymena celebrate after skipper Allan Jenkins scored their 76th minute equaliser against Glenavon in the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park
Ballymena celebrate after skipper Allan Jenkins scored their 76th minute equaliser against Glenavon in the Irish Cup final at Windsor Park
Mark Patton strikes the winning goal for Glenavon against Ballymena United, giving the Lurgan club their first Irish Cup triumph for 17 years
Mark Patton strikes the winning goal for Glenavon against Ballymena United, giving the Lurgan club their first Irish Cup triumph for 17 years
Glenavon's cup final goal scorers Kyle Neill and Mark Patton celebrate with skipper Kris Lindsay after the 2-1 victory over Ballymena United
Glenavon's cup final goal scorers Kyle Neill and Mark Patton celebrate with skipper Kris Lindsay after the 2-1 victory over Ballymena United
The party begins as Glenavon celebrate winning the Irish Cup for the first time since 1997
The party begins as Glenavon celebrate winning the Irish Cup for the first time since 1997