No ‘prawn sandwiches’ for Stephen McAlorum as he prepares for cup battle

Stephen McAlorum
Stephen McAlorum

Stephen McAlorum admits there will be ‘no prawn sandwiches’ at The Oval on Saturday as Glentoran and Portadown go to battle.

This year’s Marie Curie Irish Cup final sees two fierce rivals lock horns on Mersey Street for the end-of-season showpiece.

McAlorum admits he will “share a pint” with Portadown’s players after Saturday’s game.

But until the final whistle is blown it will be no holds barred at The Oval.

“At the end of the day we want to win,” McAlorum said.

“After the game we will seek each other’s hand and have a pint.

“We are all winners and do what we have to do to win. If that means going through one of them, then that’s what will be done.

“Irish League football is different. It’s the old ‘no prawn sandwiches’ mentality. You get commitment and hard work.

“It is the highest level you can play over here and a lot of kids want to play for their local club.”

McAlorum will look to lead by example on Saturday as Glentoran’s young kids go into their first ever Irish Cup final.

“They are good kids and they are good players. Hopefully come the cup final the likes of Elliott (Morris) and myself can help them,” he added.

“But they have no fear. They don’t shirk any challenges and they will rise to the occasion on Saturday. They will enjoy the cup final.”