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The Verdict: Eddie's final calls spot on... unlike the ref

By Steven Beacom

Published 04/05/2015

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran celebrate with the trophy after winning the final
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran celebrate with the trophy after winning the final
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran celebrate with the trophy after winning the final
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Match stewards hold back Portadown fans who try to get onto the pitch.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Match stewards hold back Portadown fans who try to get onto the pitch.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Match stewards hold back Portadown fans who try to get onto the pitch.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran's Niall Henderson(left) and Stevie Gordon with Portadown's Gary Twigg
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Match stewards hold back Portadown fans who try to get onto the pitch.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Match stewards hold back Portadown fans who try to get onto the pitch.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Match stewards hold back Portadown fans who try to get onto the pitch.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Match stewards hold back Portadown fans who try to get onto the pitch.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Match stewards hold back Portadown fans who try to get onto the pitch.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Match stewards hold back Portadown fans who try to get onto the pitch.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran celebrate with the trophy after winning the final
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/05/2015 Glentoran v Portadown Marie Currie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's David Scullion scores during todays game at the Oval in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 2nd May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Glentoran captain Elliott Morris lifts the Marie Curie Irish Cup after defeating Portadown 1-0 during Saturday's final at The Oval. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 2nd May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Glentoran captain Elliott Morris lifts the Marie Curie Irish Cup after defeating Portadown 1-0 during Saturday's final at The Oval. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02-05-2015 Portadown v Glentoran - Marie Curie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's team celebrate after today's game at the Oval, Belfast. Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 2nd May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Glentoran captain Elliott Morris lifts the Marie Curie Irish Cup after defeating Portadown 1-0 during Saturday's final at The Oval. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 2nd May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Glentoran captain Elliott Morris lifts the Marie Curie Irish Cup after defeating Portadown 1-0 during Saturday's final at The Oval. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
2/5/2015 PACEMAKER BELFAST. MARIE CURIE IRISH CUP FINAL GLENTORAN V PORTADOWN. Glentoran's cup celebrations begin as Elliot Morris lifts the cup after this afternoon's Marie Curie Irish Cup Final at the Oval, Belfast. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.
2 May 2015 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. 2015 Marie Curie Irish Cup Final, Glentoran v Portadown at The Oval. Glentoran captain Elliott Morris lifts the Irish Football Association Challenge Cup
2/5/2015 PACEMAKER BELFAST. MARIE CURIE IRISH CUP FINAL GLENTORAN V PORTADOWN. Glentoran's cup celebrations begin as Elliot Morris lifts the cup after this afternoon's Marie Curie Irish Cup Final at the Oval, Belfast. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran celebrate with the trophy after winning the final
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran celebrate with the trophy after winning the final
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran celebrate with the trophy after winning the final
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran fans celebrate after they score to make it 1-0.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran fans celebrate after they score to make it 1-0.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran fans celebrate after they score to make it 1-0.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/05/2015 Glentoran v Portadown Marie Currie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's Curtis Allen and Jordan Stewart celebrates after the Cup todays game at the Oval in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/05/2015 Glentoran v Portadown Marie Currie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's Curtis Allen and Jordan Stewart celebrates after the Cup todays game at the Oval in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02-05-2015 Portadown v Glentoran - Marie Curie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's team celebrate after today's game at the Oval, Belfast. Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02-05-2015 Portadown v Glentoran - Marie Curie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's team celebrate after today's game at the Oval, Belfast. Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02-05-2015 Portadown v Glentoran - Marie Curie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's team celebrate after today's game at the Oval, Belfast. Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02-05-2015 Portadown v Glentoran - Marie Curie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's goal scorer David Scullion after today's game at the Oval, Belfast. Photo David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/05/2015 Glentoran v Portadown Marie Currie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's Jordan Stewart celebrates after the Cup todays game at the Oval in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/05/2015 Glentoran v Portadown Marie Currie Irish Cup Final Glentoran celebrate after winning the Cup final at the Oval in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran fans celebrate after they score to make it 1-0.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran fans celebrate after they score to make it 1-0.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran fans celebrate after they score to make it 1-0.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran fans celebrate after they score to make it 1-0.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran fans celebrate after they score to make it 1-0.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran fans celebrate after they score to make it 1-0.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran's Niall Henderson(left) and Stevie Gordon with Portadown's Gary Twigg
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran Calum Birney with Portadown's Mark McAllister
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran Calum Birney with Portadown's Mark McAllister
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Marie Curie Irish Cup Final - Glentoran Vs Portadown at the Oval in east Belfast. Glentoran's David Scullion celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/05/2015 Glentoran v Portadown Marie Currie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's Jordan Stewart and Portadown's Michael Gault during todays game at the Oval in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
2/5/2015 PACEMAKER BELFAST. MARIE CURIE IRISH CUP FINAL GLENTORAN V PORTADOWN. Glentoran's Niall Henderson and Portadown's Robert Garrett during this afternoon's Marie Curie Irish Cup Final at the Oval, Belfast. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.
2/5/2015 PACEMAKER BELFAST. MARIE CURIE IRISH CUP FINAL GLENTORAN V PORTADOWN. Glentoran's Stephen McAlorum and Portadown's Peter McMahon during this afternoon's Marie Curie Irish Cup Final at the Oval, Belfast. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.
2/5/2015 PACEMAKER BELFAST. MARIE CURIE IRISH CUP FINAL GLENTORAN V PORTADOWN. Glentoran's David Scullion and Portadown's Garry Breen during this afternoon's Marie Curie Irish Cup Final at the Oval, Belfast. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/05/2015 Glentoran v Portadown Marie Currie Irish Cup Final Glentoran's Stephen Gordon and Portadown's Robert Garrett during todays game at the Oval in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
2/5/2015 PACEMAKER BELFAST. MARIE CURIE IRISH CUP FINAL GLENTORAN V PORTADOWN. Glentoran's Curtis Allen and Portadown's Garry Breen during this afternoon's Marie Curie Irish Cup Final at the Oval, Belfast. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.
2/5/2015 PACEMAKER BELFAST. MARIE CURIE IRISH CUP FINAL GLENTORAN V PORTADOWN. Glentoran's Niall Henderson and Portadown's Mark McAllister during this afternoon's Marie Curie Irish Cup Final at the Oval, Belfast. PICTURE CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/05/2015 Glentoran v Portadown Marie Currie Irish Cup Final Portadown Manager Ronnie McFall during todays game at the Oval in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Irish Cup Final: Portadown's Robert Garrett and Gary Breen with Glentoran's Elliott Morris and Kym Nelson pictured at the Irish Cup Final preview press conference at Queens Sports Pavillion, Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
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For Glentoran the glory, the celebrations and more Irish Cup success. For Portadown frustration, anger and thoughts of what might have been.

While in years to come Glens fans will remember singing in the rain as Eddie Patterson's players ran around the Oval with smiles on their faces and a trophy in their arms, Portadown followers will recall how referee Ross Dunlop cost them the 2015 final.

Refereeing standards in the Irish League have been questioned for too long now, and on Saturday over 8,000 fans at the east Belfast ground and many more on television watched as the officials made a mess of local football's showpiece game.

In the second half Dunlop should have sent off Glentoran's William Garrett for felling Portadown's Michael Gault who was clear on goal and Ronnie McFall's men were also unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty after Calum Birney handled in the area.

In between those two controversial incidents the Glens scored a superb goal that ultimately proved decisive.

There is no guarantee that Gault would have scored had he not been brought down. You couldn't even be sure that a dismissal for Garrett would have led to a Portadown victory or that the mid-Ulster men would have scored the penalty, but they should have been given the opportunity to find out.

Dunlop and his assistants made sure they didn't with a poor display. They were as bad as the awful weather.

Cup finals are normally handed over to referees who have put in the best performances over the course of the campaign. If Dunlop's the best, just how woeful is the worst?

Portadown can feel hard done by. I'd add, though, that on occasions they made wrong calls too, especially in the last 20 minutes when they were chasing an equaliser.

Too often their players failed to take the right option in attacking areas. Only once did Glentoran goalkeeper Elliott Morris have to show his undoubted class, saving brilliantly from a Gary Breen header, with Patterson's solid defence giving little away to the much vaunted Portadown strikeforce.

Overall the final wasn't a classic. The first half was a shocker with the players unable to shine in wet and windy conditions. As they entered the dressing rooms at the break the score was Glentoran 0 Portadown 0 Weather 1.

Thankfully there was more entertainment and drama in the second period, not to mention all that controversy.

Seconds after Dunlop missed Garrett tangle with Gault, the Glens moved swiftly up the other end to produce a genuine piece of attacking quality when David Scullion swapped passes with the dangerous Jordan Stewart, before displaying composure inside the box to provide a clinical finish.

Credit to Scullion for the strike and to his manager for selecting him because by the player's own admission he had been off the pace in the previous month. Patterson had a hunch that on the big occasion Scullion would come up with the goods and it paid off.

What the Glens boss has achieved at the Oval in the past three years, winning two Irish Cups, is a staggering achievement when you think of the financial restraints he has been working under. He merits more support, financial and otherwise, from the board.

For another final victory Patterson and his Glentoran team deserve great credit.

Shame we can't say the same about the officials. Video replays anyone?

Belfast Telegraph

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