May 20 2010 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
STEVE McCluskey this week hailed his Scottish Amateur Cup final winner as a dream come true.
Experienced McCluskey, who had played junior football for a number of clubs including Blantyre Vics, admitted he dreamed of one day hitting a Hampden winner, but can’t believe it has actually happened.
He said: “That means the world; to score the winning goal is unbelievable, fantasy stuff. It’s out of this planet and I’m on top of the world.
“You have ambition and you dream of stuff like this, coming to Hampden and scoring the winning goal in a Scottish Cup final, and to actually do it is amazing.
“I’ve been playing football for a long time now and I’m 30 this year, so to come to Hampden and score a cup final winner is frightening – I can’t say much more than how happy I am. It’s different class.”
Steve remembers the goal well and said it seemed to move in slow motion.
He said: “I saw Jamie Dunbar going in and I knew that if the keeper blocked it I could get on the end of it so I sprung, got my head on it and it seemed to take an eternity for the ball to go into the net.
“I heard all the boys shouting and that was it – I was ecstatic, and you could see how much it meant to the supporters.
“That was some amount of people to come and watch an amateur team – some junior clubs wouldn’t get support like that.
“But we’re a wee community team, it’s brilliant, and the whole of Hamilton will be over the moon, not just Eddlewood.”