NOT for the first time in his career, North Tyrone footballer Ryan Mayse proved he was the man for the big occasion by scoring twice in Dungannon Swifts’ historic BetMcLean League Cup win over Ballymena United at the National Stadium on Saturday evening.
Mayse swooped on 11 and 38 minutes to give Rod McAree’s all-conquering heroes a 2-1 interval lead before Cormac Burke weighed in with a spectacular third to seal the deal and secure a first senior trophy for the Stangmore Park outfit.
Newtownstewart’s finest was deservedly named man of the match and was given a standing ovation when replaced by Ally Teggart with 15 minutes remaining.
The 24-year-old has made a habit of delivering when it mattered most. Just three years ago he recorded a splendid brace in inspiring Strathroy Harps to a magnificent Mulhern Cup Final win over Enniskillen Town United at Ferney Park.
Starring at the National Stadium at though was a whole different ball game and Mayse said his two-goal blast was the “stuff of dreams”.
“Unbelievable, words can’t describe this feeling,” said Mayse, who returned to Stangmore Park in the summer after spells at Strathroy Harps, Dergview and Ballinamallard United.
“It’s a surreal feeling. It’s one I’m glad to be part of and something that you dream of as a youngster.”
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