Irish Cup final – Matchday Guide: Larne v Linfield

May 21, 2021 | Archive

The Invermen have reached their first Irish Cup final since 2005 and will take on David Healy’s Linfield at Mourneview Park on Friday, with the game kicking off at 7:45pm.

Tickets and Entry

For the first time since December, Friday night’s game will be played in front of spectators, albeit, at a reduced capacity. 1000 spectators will be in attendance at Mourneview with the allocation of tickets for Larne fans having sold out on Thursday. Tickets will be sent out today via email by the IFA, so we advise supporters attending to keep checking their emails regularly. As this is a test event, supporters are reminded that proof of a negative test result MUST be shown at the point of entry into the ground.

Our supporters will be situated in the Geddis Stand of Mourneview with more details regarding entry to be released by the IFA today. Supporters are advised to keep an eye on their website –

Watch from Home

BBC 2 Northern Ireland will be providing live coverage of Friday’s final with the build up show starting at 7:30pm.

1889 Sports and Social Club

The 1889 Sports and Social will be open from 5pm on Friday afternoon and will be showing the game live on a number of big screens under the marquees in the beer garden. With an unsettled day forecast, make sure to dress appropriately for the conditions!

No table booking is requred and it will be operating on a strictly first come, first served basis.

The Opposition

The Blues have reached their first Irish Cup Final since they won the competition back in 2017 and will be looking to win the competition for a record 44th time. Their route to this year’s final has included victories over Annagh United, Dungannon Swifts, Loughgall and Ballymena United.

The Inver Reds

The Inver Reds will be looking to lift the Irish Cup for the first time and make it two pieces of silverware for the season, on Friday evening. Conor Devlin will be an absentee from the squad as he continues to recover from injury.

Last Time Out

The Invermen grabbed all three points the last time these two sides met, just last week. Ronan Hale scored the opener just before the hour mark. Linfield looked to have secured a point after an excellent effort from Niall Quinn late on, however Josh Robinson slotted home the winner on the stroke of 90 minutes to send the Reds home with the points.

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