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Sport Glentoran captain Marcus Kane will carry memory of late son Harrie into Irish Cup final

14:55  30 july  2020
14:55  30 july  2020 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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Marcus Kane 's son Harrie Marcus died earlier this week. Glentoran have expressed condolences to club captain Marcus Kane after the death of his baby son Harrie Marcus . The tragic news emerged as Glentoran were about to start their Irish Premiership game against Carrick Rangers at

Marcus Kane 's late header gives Glentoran a 1-0 win over Portadown in the Irish Cup semi- final at Windsor Park. Kane rose in a crowded penalty area to get on the end of Richard Clarke's corner from the left. Earlier Portadown could have taken the lead but Darren Murray lobbed a good chance wide

a group of young men playing a game of football: Glentoran captain Marcus Kane © Presseye Glentoran captain Marcus Kane

Glentoran captain Marcus Kane will carry the memory of his late son Harrie into Friday night’s Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup final with Ballymena United at Windsor Park.

While local football has endured a period of turmoil due to Covid-19, the season has been one of high emotion and reflection for Kane who suffered a deep family tragedy in December.

A week before Christmas and 32 weeks into her pregnancy, the Oval defender’s wife Aimee was told their baby son no longer had a heartbeat.

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Glentoran substitute Marcus Kane scores the winner in the Irish Cup semi- final against Portadown. Kane rose to get the touch with a near post header from Richard Clarke's corner in the 79th minute at Windsor Park. It put the Glens into their first final since 2006.

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Little Harrie, whose funeral was on Christmas Eve, gatecrashed Kane’s mind just moments after Glentoran beat Cliftonville on penalties on Monday night.

And the 28-year-old is bracing himself for a similar rollercoaster of emotion as he prepares for tomorrow’s blue riband showdown with David Jeffrey's Sky Blues.

“My emotions have been up and down and still are,” said Kane, who helped raise £50,000 for bereavement care at the Royal Maternity Hospital by fronting a Hike for Harrie initiative earlier this year.

“Football is an escape, but my emotions spilled out a bit on Monday, especially after the final whistle. I wanted to reach the final and make Harrie proud.”

a group of young men playing a game of football: Glentoran's Marcus Kane and Conor McMenamin of Cliftonville © Presseye Glentoran's Marcus Kane and Conor McMenamin of Cliftonville

With only 500 fans permitted at the final, Kane is grateful Aimee and young daughter Mollie will be in attendance as the Glens bid to win their first silverware in five years.

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Glentoran hold the record for most consecutive Irish Cup triumphs, lifting the trophy four years in a row from 1985-88. Curtis Allen's Irish League career started with Lisburn Distillery and he has also played for Linfield and Coleraine. Overall, the all-Belfast semi- final was a disappointment as a spectacle with

The Official Facebook of Glentoran Football Club. Marcus has asked that his winnings are sent to the "Bereavement Fund" set up in memory of his beloved son "Harry Marcus 1987 - Glentoran celebrate a third consecutive Irish Cup victory by defeating Larne 1-0 in the final ! Respect to Paul McElroy, Ryan Harpur and Ross Lavery who completed a 126km bike ride in honour of Harrie Kane .

His parents will also be at Windsor thanks to a wonderful gesture by two Glentoran volunteers who gifted their tickets to the family.

“Two volunteers at the club - Sam and Clifford - wanted to give their tickets to my parents and I was very emotional when I was told,” he said.

“It means my mum, dad, Aimee and Molly will be able to sit together in their own little bubble.

“Mollie loves going to the football and she was cheering us on watching it on TV in the Westbourne Supporters Club on Monday night.

a group of football players on a field: Marcus Kane takes a free-kick in Monday's semi-final © Presseye Marcus Kane takes a free-kick in Monday's semi-final

“She had a little board so every time a penalty went in during the shoot-out she would put down a tick.

“I would have loved to have had her as a mascot beside me for the final but that isn’t possible this year.

"But to have her there will be amazing.”

Kane, who scored from the spot in Monday’s shootout win over the Reds, is one of the few survivors from the last Glentoran team to lift the Irish Cup in 2015.

He was also a late replacement in a 3-1 win over Cliftonville in the 2013 showpiece, but now has an opportunity to lift the trophy wearing the skipper’s armband.

“I’ve been dreaming about lifting the trophy since I was about 18,” he smiled. “I’ve had about 10 years to think about it.

“To lift it would be very special but I’m sure Jim (Ervin, the Ballymena captain) is thinking the same thing.”

Irish Cup emotion reminds David Jeffrey why he returned to management .
The highly-decorated boss will grace the Irish Cup Final as a manager for the ninth time tonightPre-lockdown when the Sky Blues were pawing for form and struggling near the foot of the league table, Jeffrey was stalked by doubt and dismal results.

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