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David Scullion: I had an amazing time at Larne, but now I'm relishing Intermediate challenge

Moving on: ex-Glentoran and Larne ace David Scullion
Moving on: ex-Glentoran and Larne ace David Scullion

By Steven Beacom

David Scullion has paid a warm tribute to Larne after leaving to join Premier Intermediate outfit Annagh United and backed the Inver Park men to have a strong season in their first top-flight campaign since 2008.

Winger Scullion played a key part in Larne's promotion last season and would have stayed another year but couldn't commit to the full-time regime.

The 35-year-old departed with his head held high and fans appreciating his talents. He's made a habit of that. Glentoran followers still think fondly of Scullion for his Irish Cup final-winning goal against Portadown in 2015.

Now Scullion's plan is to help Annagh win their division and reach the Championship. Tonight they travel to Coleraine for the second round of the BetMcLean League Cup. The winger would love to feature against one of his former clubs but is unsure if he will be fit enough to do so.

"I was still contracted to Larne for another year but couldn't do the full-time training so decided to move on," said Scullion. "Now I'm at Annagh and looking forward to working with manager Ciaran McGurgan and the team. The target is to win our league.

"We have a big match in the League Cup against Coleraine but it may come a little too early for me. Not being able to train with Larne, I've been training on my own, so we'll have to see."

On his experience at Larne, Scullion had kind words for owner Kenny Bruce, chairman Gareth Clements, manager Tiernan Lynch and the players.

He said: "When I left Glentoran it was tough, and I was thinking about retiring, but signing for Larne was one of the best things I've ever done.

"If Kenny Bruce says he is doing something, he does it, Gareth Clements and Kenny were great and Tiernan was excellent. The players are brilliant. I hope they do well this season and believe they can."

Bet McLean League Cup second round fixtures (7.45pm): Ballymena United v Newington YC, Bangor v Carrick Rangers, Coleraine v Annagh United, Dundela v Tobermore United, Dungannon Swifts v Dergview, Glenavon v Portstewart, Glentoran v Ballyclare Comrades, Larne v Lisburn Distillery, Limavady United v Ards, Loughgall v Newry City, Moyola Park v Cliftonville, Portadown v Dollingstown, Warrenpoint v H&W Welders.

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