A delighted Carl McComb took the plaudits on Christmas morning after he hit a hat-trick for Dundela in the Toals’ Steel & Sons Cup final.
Man of the Match McComb, who is on loan from Glentoran, said: “It’s fantastic. I scored the goals so I will get the credit, but it’s a team effort and the rest of the lads were superb. I was only able to score because they put it on a plate for me.”
The Duns beat Immaculata 4-1 in the Yuletide final, with McComb scoring two marvelous first half goals before completing his treble with a 76th minute penalty.
Daniel Burns got the all important third goal for the East Belfast side, just a minute after his team Ross Davison had scored an own goal.
It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the 21 year old striker, who won the trophy with Glentoran Seconds last season, only to have their success scrubbed from the record books after it was discovered the Glens had fielded an ineligible player in an earlier round.
It also looked as if lightening might strike for McComb, when beaten semi-finalists Crumlin Star lodged a complaint against Dundela.
They believed McComb was ineligible, as he played for Glentoran in Europe earlier in the season, but the appeal was thrown out.
“It’s fantastic after what happened last season. I’ve still got my medal, so as far as I’m concerned this is the second time I’ve won this cup.
“To win it two years in a row is fantastic. Nobody can take those memories away from me.”
Dundela manager Mark Snodden is no stranger to Christmas morning cup finals. Snodden played in six as a manager, and managed the Duns to success in 2007.
Reflecting on his success, he said: “We knew what had to do, and we went out and did it.
“We weren’t at our best but we did enough to win it and that’s all the matters in a cup final.
“I said to Carl on the way out the dressing room door, ‘Do me a favour and get me a hat-trick’ and he went and repaid me.
“He’s a great kid and he deserves everything he gets. Whether or no Glentoran recall him, is up to Eddie Patterson, who was here today.
“We’d certainly like to keep him, but we will have to wait and see what happens.”
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