Irish Cup final: Glentoran v Portadown (Sat)

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Final vital to future of Glens - Patterson
Marie Curie Irish Cup Final
Venue: Oval, Belfast Date: Saturday, 2 May Kick-off: 14:30 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC2 NI, Radio Ulster and the BBC Sport website

Portadown boss Ronnie McFall believes his team's firepower could be decisive in Saturday's Irish Cup final against Glentoran at the Oval.

"We're fortunate to have three top-quality strikers in Gary Twigg, Darren Murray and Mark McAllister," he said.

"Ultimately that's the cutting edge you need going into an Irish Cup final and our focus is on the match and not on the occasion."

Glentoran have won both Irish Cup deciders between the teams.

The Glens prevailed 3-0 in 1990 and Ian Gilzean's goal gave the east Belfast team victory 10 years later.

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Irish Cup final 2000

Indeed, McFall's first Irish Cup success as a manager came with the Glens when he guided them to a replay victory over Linfield at the Oval in 1983.

McFall is chasing a 30th trophy in an illustrious managerial career while Glentoran are aiming to win the trophy for the second time in three years after beating Cliftonville in the 2013 decider.

Financial troubles have led to the Glens relying on youth, with striker Curtis Allen among the sprinkling of experienced players in the squad.

"It's a massive opportunity for us - an Irish Cup is the height of where we are, we are not quite there to be challenging for the title," said the former Linfield and Coleraine forward.

"Financially it would help and when you are winning players want to come and sign for the club.

"Some of the young lads will gain massive experience from the match and it can only bode well for the club."

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