Defended Of The Cup”
Linfield star Ian Young did his best to prevent Glentoran players
getting their hands on the Irish Cup ahead of the big cup final
last weekend. Glens stars Phillip Simpson and Gary Browne tried
to snatch the famous trophy as Young kept guard over it in the most
unlikely of hideaways – a kickboxing gym.
Young trains The Oval pair at the Prokick Gym each week but noted
their desire to leave with the cup before Saturday’s big Windsor
Park showdown with the Blues winning 2 goals to 1.
“The boys weren’t concentrating on their training, they
were eyeing up the cup,” said Young.
“I reckon they were about to lift it and sneak it back into
The Oval trophy cabinet before the final. But I had to do my bit
being a Blueman and defended the cup as best I could and the boys
Ironically, Young got his hands on the trophy for the first time
He was part of the Linfield team controversially beaten by Cliftonville
in the 1999 semi-final, the year the cup final was abandoned.
Cliftonville won the semi-final but were later found to have fielded
an eligible player, Simon Gribben, and the cup was awarded to Portadown.
“I still get annoyed about never winning an Irish Cup medal,”
said Young, a two-time Premier League winner with the Blues.
“It was the closest I came to playing in a cup final and I’m
sure missing out that year hurt Linfield players as much as it did
“I always believed that the 1999 cup final should have been
played in the best interests of the game. Cliftonville beat us in
the semi-final but broke the rules and I think a lot of people would
agree that maybe that game should have been replayed or Linfield
given a place in the final.”