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It was to be one of the most memorable twelve months in Glentoran's history. But before it got under way, Roy Coyle's side wore this smart new design for the 2004 Irish Cup final against Coleraine. Michael Halliday scored the only goal of the game which ensured European qualification for the UEFA Cup. Rossco were back on track with this splendid effort. In November of the next season, Glentoran would win the CIS Cup final against Linfield at Windsor Park. Goal hero of the evening was to be new striker Chris Morgan who had been jettisoned by the Blues during the summer. The league contest had become a dog fight between the Big Two, but when Glentoran lost at Dungannon on the 29th March, the Gibson Cup seemed to be heading for South Belfast. The Blues failed to capitalise though in an evening game against Portadown and the mother of all showdowns was convened for the 23rd April 2005. A crowd well in excess of 12,000 packed the Oval to witness Glentoran snatch the league title away from under the noses of Linfield when that man Morgan side footed the winner in the 94th minute of play (with the sides level at 2-2) and in turn invoking scenes of sheer pandemonium. Glentoran would win the title a week later at Seaview.
Not to be outdone in an epic year, this elegant away shirt would have its own story to tell before the season had even really begun. Glentoran had been asked to return for a second year running to Finland (and ironically for the second year running to the same Vantaa Stadium on the outskirts of Helsinki) for the UEFA Cup clash with AC Allianssi. The home leg came first though and the Glens gave the Finns a real run for their money in a fantastic game which ended 2-2. Glentoran having never won away in Europe had it all to do a fortnight later in Finland. At half time in the second leg and with Allianssi 1-0 to the good on the night, the elusive away win in Europe seemed to be just a fading dream. No one had told the Glens though; Tommy MaCallion levelled the tie half way through the second half; however another goal would be needed to win it. With the clock ticking down, right back Colin Nixon came from nowhere to drive the ball past the Finnish keeper. Glentoran held out for the last few nail-biting minutes and in doing so achieved the near impossible. The second round took Glentoran and their supporters to Boras in Sweden to play IF Elfsborg. Lady luck eluded the side this time although the game would go down as yet another memorable European night with the score 3-1 to the Swedes on aggregate.