ALAN ‘Ducka’ Larkin’s name will go down in the Meath and District League’s record books after he won his third MDL Challenge Cup winners medal at Oriel Park on Saturday.
Woodview’s 3-2 win over Quay Celtic means that Ducka has now won the cup with three different clubs - Rock Celtic, Glenmuir United and Woodview Celtic – and speaking afterwards, he was understandably a proud man.
“That’s all I wanted. I’ve won three winners medals with three different clubs. I’m happy now.”
After coming on as a 78th minute sub, Ducka played his part in the winning goal, releasing Mickey O’Kane with a quick throw, leading to Paul Warnock’s crucial strike. But would this be his last contribution to the MDL?
‘I think I’ll retire now”, he said. “I remember saying that to you last year but I’m 36 now. This is the most important medal. It’s probably going to be my last so it’s the one that means the most”.
As a veteran of the junior football scene, Ducka is well placed to rank this Woodview team and he said they are up there with the best there has ever been.
“If you had asked me last year I would have said they weren’t as good as some of the others I played with but this year, and what we have won, this is the best I have ever played with.
“They just keep getting better and better”, he added. “You have the likes of Mickey O’Kane in the team, how he has never won a junior international cap is beyond me.”