Elliott Morris confident young Jordan Stewart will relish big occasion

Elliott Morris (left) with Johnny Addis and Jordan Stewart (right)
Elliott Morris (left) with Johnny Addis and Jordan Stewart (right)

Elliott Morris is confident fledgling star Jordan Stewart will lap up the big-game atmosphere of Saturday’s Marie Curie Irish Cup final.

Stewart has become one of the most coveted young players in the Irish League following two stellar seasons at The Oval.

Handed his big chance by Eddie Patterson, the 20-year-old continues to deliver on the Premiership stage, prompting interest from cross-channel clubs including Barclays Premier League outfit Stoke City.

The versatile winger was also named Glentoran’s Player of the Year this season, an award voted for by the club’s fans.

Now Stewart is preparing for the biggest game of his career on Saturday – the Irish Cup final.

And goalkeeper Morris – who has played in four showpiece deciders – has tipped the youngster to deliver on the big stage.

“I am certain wee Jordan will be buzzing on the day,” Morris said.

“Just give him the ball and let him do whatever he wants. I want to see him shine on Saturday and I can’t wait to see him perform.

“The cup final is made for Jordan. He will be motivated by the crowd and the wee man will be firing.

“We are lucky to have him. Look at the clubs tracking him. It was great to see Jordan stay and sign a new contract. It was massive for the club.”

Morris believes Saturday’s Irish Cup is massive in more ways than one.

While the players will be focused on silverware glory, the two clubs will also have one eye on the financial prize on offer.

Saturday’s winners will qualify for the Europa League, and in the process pocket a guaranteed £145,000 windfall.

“Winning the Irish Cup is beneficial for the players. The financial side of it is for the club, and sustain the progress of the club,” Morris said.

“It is a domino affect. We win the cup, we qualify for Europe and the club gets a financial windfall.

“That means we can improve the team and progress next season. If we win, everything else happens. There is pressure there and we have to deal with it.”

And Morris believes there is more pressure on Portadown to win the cash prize.

“I think there is more pressure on Portadown to win on Saturday. They need the financial windfall,” he said.

“They invested a lot of money in players, and I think they are under more pressure than Glentoran. They need this win. Look at the players they have brought in. The money side of it is massive for both clubs, but more for them. Glentoran don’t have much money, but we are not in trouble any more.”