GLENTORAN 1 PORTADOWN 0
Glentoran lifted the Marie Curie Irish Cup following a 1-0 win over Portadown at The Oval.
David Scullion’s clinical strike in the second half was enough to clinch the showpiece decider.
Scullion hammered home the defining blow in the 54th minute, the winger guiding a superb strike past David Miskelly following a neat interchange with Jordan Stewart.
It was a moment to light up any cup final - not least on a cold and blustery May afternoon in east Belfast.
It also saw the Glens repeat their cup-winning success of 2013 when Eddie Patterson’s side saw off Cliftonville
Glentoran - cheered on by a buoyant support of over 5,000 - started on the front foot in atrocious conditions at The Oval
Curtis Allen flashed a header wide of the target from Stewart’s cross in the fourth minute, while Scullion could only flick an ambitious shot straight to David Miskelly less than a minute later.
Tempers flared in the 19th minute when Robert Garrett came in late on Barry Holland, with Michael Gault and Stevie Gordon exchanging verbals in the aftermath.
The best effort of the half arrived in the 23rd minute when Scullion fizzed a 30-yard shot just over Miskelly’s bar.
Portadown’s best attack came on the stroke of half-time when Mark McAllister’s shot was bravely blocked by Willie Garrett.
In the 50th minute Niall Henderson’s free-kick was met by the header of Calum Birney, but the effort was easily gathered by Miskelly.
At the other end Sean Mackle’s low cross from the left was smothered by Elliott Morris.
Glentoran’s opener in the 54th minute was laced with a bit of controversy.
It came less than a minute after defender Garrett almost gifted Portadown a goal of their own.
Garrett’s errant back pass was pounced on by Gault, but as the Ports midfielder ran past Garrett he appeared to be impeded before tumbling to the ground.
Referee Ross Dunlop waved play to leave Gault thumping the sodden surface in disbelief.
And as the remonstrations from the Ports bench continued, Glentoran struck the fatal blow.
It came down the left channel with the livewire Stewart, and when he crossed to the middle Scullion was able to take a touch before angling a superb shot into the far corner of Miskelly’s net.
The goal sparked Portadown into life.
In the 63rd minute Gary Twigg’s header rebounded off the outstretched arm of Garrett, but despite appeals for a penalty referee Dunlop was unmoved.
Robbie Garrett fired a long-range effort over the bar, and Garry Breen had a header expertly tipped over by Morris as the Ports looked to hit back.
Ross Redman’s low drive was well held by Morris in the 83rd minute.
The Ports searched for a late reprieve, but referee Dunlop soon sounded the whistle to complete their misery - and kick-start Glentoran’s celebrations.
GLENTORAN: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Birney, Scullion (McCaffrey90), Allen, Stewart (Nelson 95), Henderson (Addis 90), McAlorum, Gordon, Holland.
Subs not used: Hogg, Nelson, McKee.
PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, Redman, O’Hara, Breen, McMahon, Mackle, McAllister (Murray 73), Gault, Twigg, Garrett.
Subs not used: Brennan, Ramsey, Conaty, Lyttle.
Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus)