Sullivan’s John Matchett nets treble in McCullough Cup victory

John Matchett celebrates for Sullivan.
John Matchett celebrates for Sullivan.

As far as stealing headlines goes, John Matchett has little to learn.

The Sullivan forward not only netted a late goal to seal a 4-3 win in his first senior Ulster final, but he also nabbed a hat-trick and the Man of the Match trophy.

His three goals at Comber Road brought his tally for the season to 25, none more enjoyable than his last gasp clincher.

“I was going to pass it but then I though I had to go for it and thankfully it went in the corner. I went mental,” he laughed.

“It was absolutely incredible. The boys all played really well and it couldn’t have been a more exciting finish. It was really good fun.”

At 2-0 up, it seemed the final could be about to turn into a rout but Wallace raced back to level at 2-2 and 3-3 before going down in the cruellest of fashions.

“It’s not the best way to lose so I feel for the Wallace lads,” said the Lisburn school’s compassionate villain.

“Even at 2-0 ahead, we knew Wallace would work hard to get back into it. They’re a good side and they did well to come back but we worked so hard and we got there.”

Matchett also bagged two in the 4-2 semi-final win over Friends’ and so, perhaps unsurprisingly, even the mention of his name brought a smile to coach Andy Williamson.

“John has scored goals since he was a junior and he has been putting them away this season. I’m delighted for him,” he said.