Curtis Allen admits he is “driven” to lift the Irish Cup with Glentoran.
Allen helped former club Linfield reach two showpiece finals back in 2010 and 2011, but ended up being dropped for both end-of-season deciders.
The Blues would go to beat Portadown and Crusaders, leaving Allen to ponder what could have been after suffering the axe from then manager David Jeffrey.
Fast forward to 2015 and Allen is finally on cusp of Irish Cup success as Glentoran prepare to face Portadown at The Oval on Saturday afternoon (2.30pm kick-off).
The 27-year-old striker has earned his shot at glory after scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Premiership champions Crusaders in the semi-finals.
“It was disappointing to miss out on those two finals with Linfield. I remembering being dressed in the suit at the hotel and being told I wasn’t playing,” Allen recalls.
“So I am really looking forward to this final with Glentoran. It would mean so much to me to help win the Irish Cup.
“I have won a league title, and an Irish Cup with Glentoran would be special.”