Irish Cup final: David Healy seeking first trophy as manager
|Tennent's Irish Cup final: Glenavon v Linfield|
|Date: Saturday, 7 May Venue: Windsor Park Kick-off: 14:30 BST|
|Coverage: Live on BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC Sport website and Radio Ulster.|
Northern Ireland's record scorer David Healy will attempt to win his first trophy as a manager when Linfield take on Glenavon in the Irish Cup final.
Healy took over from Warren Feeney in October and the Blues were title contenders until finishing Premiership runners-up behind Crusaders.
Linfield's last Irish Cup triumph was under David Jeffrey when they completed the double in 2012.
Glenavon hope to win the competition for the second time in three years.
Linfield will have home advantage as the cup final is traditionally staged at their Windsor Park ground in Belfast, Northern Ireland's international stadium.
Healy, 36, enjoyed many memorable moments at the venue, notably Northern Ireland's winner against England in 2005 and hat-trick in the 3-2 victory over Spain the following year.
"Linfield showed a lot of faith in me, giving me the opportunity to be manager," said Healy, scorer of 36 goals for Northern Ireland.
"Personally, winning the Irish Cup would mean a great deal to me. But it would mean a lot to the players as well, especially those who have been at the club for a few years."
Healy v Hamilton
Former Rangers and Fulham star Healy will be up against a familiar face in Saturday's showpiece as he has known Gary Hamilton since his youth league days.
"We go back a long way, I played at Lisburn Youth when he was there and I was at Blackburn when he was at Man United, so we saw each other at school every Thursday," said player-manager Hamilton, 35.
"I was lucky enough to be in a few Northern Ireland squad when he was top man and banging the goals in."
Hamilton has earned praise for the progress Glenavon have made since he took over at Mourneview Park midway through the 2011/12 season.
In his second full season in charge the Lurgan club won the Irish Cup and they have finished third and qualified for Europe in the last two campaigns.
Linfield, league runners-up and playing on their own pitch, are favourites with the bookmakers.
But Glenavon, having pulled off a remarkable 4-3 win over champions Crusaders at Windsor in the semi-finals, will fancy their chances of more silverware.
Healy missed a chance to land his first trophy as Blues boss in January when they lost 3-2 to Ballymena in the County Antrim Shield final.