David Scullion is the reluctant hero as Glens net windfall

David Scullion and Elliott Morris with the trophy
David Scullion and Elliott Morris with the trophy

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.”