David Scullion played the role of reluctant hero after scoring what he called the “most valuable goal” of his career.
The winger’s clinical 54th-minute strike earned Glentoran the Marie Curie Irish Cup – and a lucrative windfall in the region of £170,000.
Scullion fed the ball out to Jordan Stewart on the left, and when Stewart delivered a cross into the middle, Scullion had made up ground before taking a touch and finishing with aplomb.
“When you consider the amount of prize money on offer, I suppose it was the most valuable goal I have scored. It was important,” Scullion said.
“The players were aware of the European money. We want to be in Europe next year. That is a big thing for us.
“We just wanted to qualify, and the money is a bonus for the club.
“As a player you just want to play in Europe, so this was a very important game for the club. Hopefully this win will galvanise the players and push us on.”
Reflecting on his defining goal in the second half, Scullion added: “The ball was played in and I took a good tough and put it in the far corner. It was a great feeling.
“There weren’t too many chances in the game.
“Do I feel like a hero? “I’m not sure about that. I don’t at the minute, but maybe later when we are out with the supporters’ clubs might be a different thing.”