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Football: Brantwood planning to put the heat on Welders in Steel Cup

By Colin Speer

The prestigious Steel & Sons Cup quarter-finals take centre stage this weekend, with First Division high-flyers Harland & Wolff Welders travelling to Second Division out-fit Brantwood in the tie of the round.

The Welders - who are unbeaten - sit third in Division One, but know they are going to find things tough at Brantwood, as the home side have only suffered one defeat all season.

There may be an upset on the cards in Lisburn, when the impressive Dromara Village host First Division strugglers Dundela.

The Belfast men are currently fourth from bottom, while their opponents boast three senior teams and five youth teams, the players from which may make the difference in the end.

Paul Millar's Bangor have yet to find top gear, but striking duo Paul McDowell and Andy Morrow are still to really click. McDowell has scored a very impressive 12 goals this season, but Morrow has only found the net four times.

Worryingly for Newington YC, the deadly duo will probably relish playing against a junior side, so a hat-full of goals are expected in North Belfast.

Newly promoted Ballyclare Comrades visit Wakehurst, in a match which the away side should easily win.

Comrades have settled well into the First Division, like a duck to water, and their free-flowing football under Jamesy Kirk's management certainly is paying off. As for Wakehurst, they secured their first win of the season at the weekend.

Meanwhile in the First Division at the weekend, leaders Loughgall had a comfortable 2-0 win over fellow title favourites Ards, while this season's surprise package Coagh United had a hard fought 3-2 success at Dundela.

The Welders drew 1-1 with in-form Tobermore United, and Carrick Rangers secured their second victory of the season when they beat Banbridge Town 2-1, in what was another top quality match. Bangor played out an entertaining scoreless draw with Ballyclare Comrades.

Portstewart remain pointless after they lost their third consecutive match, this time 3-1 at home to fellow strugglers Lurgan Celtic.

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