On-song Lakeview Park striker Mullen has sights set on securing the holders second successive trophy triumph

Warner Mullen (back row, third left) during last season's Bob Radcliffe Cup final. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Warner Mullen (back row, third left) during last season's Bob Radcliffe Cup final. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Warner Mullen - scorer of two goals in both the quarter-final and semi-final wins for Loughgall - is happy to skip the scoresheet this weekend in exchange for a winner’s medal.

The free-scoring forward will enter tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Boxing Day test against Armagh City in search of a second successive Bob Radcliffe Cup triumph.

“It really doesn’t matter who scores as long as we win, although I am feeling really good at the minute about my game,” said Mullen. “The partnership with Daniel Ryan is working out well and I think we have 21 goals or so now, which is great considering the games both of us have missed this season for different reasons.

“We work well together as a partnership and Danny’s pace is a real threat to teams.

“We can both help the team and switch around, so it is definitely really positive.

“It is a squad game and although missing Marcus Dallas because of suspension is a blow, we have midfield options and it just proves the quality at the club.

“I really enjoy it at Loughgall and a Bob Radcliffe Cup win would mean so much to the club.”

Mullen found the net in last season’s showpiece final against Annagh United and holds the benefits of a trophy win beyond the short-term celebrations.

“I won the Craig Memorial Cup with Strabane as my hometown club and it was great going back after to see what it meant to everyone,” said Mullen. “I am not from here but know the Bob Radcliffe Cup is very important to Loughgall.

“Last year’s final was a derby against Annagh and you can really feel it means more when in the middle of the game.

“There is a real desire in this season’s squad to push on and we are all hungry for success.

“Armagh will be tough opposition but we have to go in confident of our performance.

“Over the past year we have had quite a few changes around the club and a trophy can really help us push forward.

“It is always great as a striker to score in any game but especially in a final.

“Last year was brilliant and it is just about getting the result.

“There is a great buzz around the club leading up to the final.”