Mixed feelings for Irish Cup captains Kris Lindsay and Allan Jenkins

Kris Lindsay with goal scorers Kyle Neill and Mark Patton
Kris Lindsay with goal scorers Kyle Neill and Mark Patton

The contrasting emotions of captains Kris Lindsay and Allan Jenkins could not have been any more stark on Saturday.

Lindsay was celebrating a heroic Irish Cup success with Glenavon, while Ballymena counterpart Jenkins was nursing the dejection of defeat.

“It is fantastic to win the Irish Cup. And to be captain is brilliant,” Lindsay beamed.

“It is a great honour to captain Glenavon to their first Irish Cup victory in 17 years.”

Lindsay went through the wars to help lift the cup on Saturday – suffering two bangs to the head and a cut nose.

“I took a bang off Big G (Gareth McKeown), but I was okay to continue. It was one of those things,” he joked.

“The second one was another accidental bang, and it split my nose. But I was more interested in getting back on the pitch.”

Jenkins – who scored Ballymena’s equaliser five minutes before Mark Patton’s decisive winner – described Saturday’s final as “one that got away”.

He added: “I think this is a huge opportunity missed.

“This was the biggest game of my career, so lose is disappointing. And it is a tough one to take.

“The fact it did slip away is probably the most frustrating thing.

“I thought in the second half it was only a matter of time before we scored. I thought the game was turning in our favour.

“It did, and then it turned again in Glenavon’s favour. Goals change games and Mark Patton’s did just that.

“But huge credit to Glenavon. They fought and scrapped and got the win.

“They have had a good season under Gary. They have a lot of experience in their team and it saw them through today.

“Glenavon have had a great season and capped it off today.”

Reflecting on his goal, a bundled home effort in the 71st minute, Jenkins said: “Scoring means nothing – nobody remembers who come second.

“People won’t talk about my goal in years to come. They will talk about Glenavon winning the cup.

“It is nice to score at the time, but it means nothing now. We got a lift after the goal but we didn’t kick on.”