Matty Burrows has enjoyed an unforgettable season — but the Glentoran striker won’t be satisfied until there is one more memorable moment to savour.
Unknown outside of Northern Ireland until he scored a stunning back-heeled volley against Portadown in October, Burrows went global, with his goal quickly becoming an online YouTube sensation.
There was more to come — much more — when he landed a nomination from Fifa for their Goal of the Year Award. The Bangor-boy rubbed shoulders with superstars of the world game at the Balon D’Or gala in January, with even Real Madrid manager and player Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo saying he should have won the award that went to Bayern Munich’s Hamit Altintop.
It’s at home that Burrows wants glory now and that means getting his hands on the JJB Sports Irish Cup.
The trophy that was practically Glentoran property during the 1980s, has become elusive for the east Belfast club and manager Scott Young is trying to end a seven year itch, with the green, red and black ribbons not adorning the silverware since 2004.
With Linfield eight points ahead of the Glens in the league, tomorrow’s Irish Cup semi-final between the Big Two at Windsor Park is bigger for the visitors than for the title-chasing Blues.
“Linfield are way ahead of us in the league and it’s definitely theirs to lose now, but the Irish Cup is still there for us” said Burrows, pictured right with the County Antrim Shield.
“This is our biggest game of the season and we want to get into the final of the Irish Cup,” he added .
“It’s been a while since we won it, so that adds up to make Saturday’s game even bigger.
“Scott Young has told us that getting to an Irish Cup final and winning it will be the best day of our careers and that’s what we want to achieve.”
Burrows can claim one personal award this season, as he is today named as the Carling Player of the Month for March, thanks partly to a hat-trick in a 4-3 win over Newry City.
“I’ve had a good season. I went through a bit of a dip, but I’ve scored six goals lately to take me to 22 for the season,” he said.
“For me personally it was great to get the recognition when I was nominated for the Fifa Goal of the Year Award and I have great memories from the night.
“Winning the Irish Cup would be different. It is something that I want to win and it’s important for the club as well.”