Football: Dundela show mettle in Steel and Sons Cup
Dundela advanced to the quarter-finals of the Steel & Sons Cup on Saturday, with a comfortable 4-2 defeat of Linfield Swifts.
It did, however, take the home side 37 minutes to get on the scoresheet, when Matthew Burrows scored after latching on to a through ball from Tommy Parker, before rounding the goalkeeper to finish.
Eight minutes after half-time, the score was doubled by Stephen Gourley, who converted a penalty after Burrows was fouled in the box.
Burrows himself made it 3-0 on 59 minutes, and it was only an unfortunate Gary Walker own goal that brought Linfield back into the tie in the 59th minute.
Twelve minutes later, Burrows completed an excellent hat-trick, and it remained that way until 89 minutes, when Mark Miskimmin shot low into the net.
"Overall, I felt we deserved the win," said Dundela manager Mark Snodden. "It was a pleasing performance, especially considering the comical own goal, and the fact that we felt their second was offside."
"Matthew Burrows was obviously important to us. He's a young lad who works exceptionally hard on the pitch," he continued. "He's lightning quick, and knows where the goal is, two qualities which you base your strikers on."
"This match sets us up well for our trip to Carrick on Saturday. Though there is only one game gone, they sit at the top of the league, and we need to be in the right frame of mind for the game. We need to be thinking of at least a point, if not three. We are more than capable of getting a result there."
Elsewhere, in what was a high-scoring competition, Brantwood thrashed Dunaghy by 7-0, with goals from McLeery (3), Patterson (2), Nelson, and Harvey.
There were even more goals as Newington YC defeated Drumaness Mills by 6-4, with home goals for Taggert (2), C.Brannigan, Quinn, Morgan, and Duffy.
Drumaness never looked like getting anything out of the game, despite goals from Casey (2), Sharvin, and Walsh.
Dromara Village and Ballyclare Comrades both netted five goals in their contests, against UUJ and Ards respectively.
Dromara's goals came from efforts by McKay (2), O'Connor (2), and Carson, with a Dundas consolation just after half-time.
Ballyclare needed just 30 seconds to take the lead through Michael Smith, and further goals came from Darren McKay, former Ards player Ian McGrath (2), and David Frayne in the second half. A wonderful Ryan Newberry goal did little to help Ards, even when Mannus scored three minutes before the end of the ninety.
Wakehurst's home game to Glentoran II was somewhat more competitive, and was only settled in extra time. Wakehurst took the lead through Stephen McIlroy, only for Glentoran to equalise with a 30 yard bullet from Brown.
Drummond returned the advantage to Wakehurst, but they were once again pegged back by a spirited Glentoran, who equalised through Southam.
But in extra time, the experience Drummond was once again on hand to head home, from which the vistors could not recover.
H&W Welders needed a 60th minute goal from Paul Dickson to squeeze past Crusaders Reserves, and Bangor overcame Cliftonville Olympic by 2-1, after goals from Glenn Hand and Andy Morrow.
The Cliftonville reply was netted by midfielder Ciaran Carson, capitalising on a mix-up between defender Harvinson and goalkeeper Brown.