Belfast Telegraph

Halliday's in mood to be a cup hero again

By Keith Bailie

Amateur League outfit Crumlin Star have an opportunity to cause an upset in tonight's Steel & Sons Cup semi-final (Seaview, 7.45pm).

The Division 1A champions face in-form Dundela, with a place in the prestigious Christmas morning final up for grabs.

Star will have to watch out for Dundela striker Michael Halliday, who unlike most players on the field, has plenty of big match experience.

"I don't know too much about Crumlin Star, but I've talked to people who have seen them play and they all speak highly of them," said Halliday, who twice scored Irish Cup final winners as a Glentoran player.

"I hear they're a good team who pass the ball and work hard for each other.

"We're favourites because we're in the Championship and they're in the Amateur League, but I've played in enough semi-finals to know that doesn't matter, it's all about what happens on the day."

The second semi-final will take place on Monday night when Ballyclare Comrades play Immaculata at Seaview.

With leaders Dundela in cup action, second placed Institute have a great chance to close the gap at the top of the the Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 table when they host H&W Welders at the Riverside tomorrow.

Third placed Bangor welcome Dergview to Clandeboye Park as the Seasiders aim to put pressure on the top two clubs.

Loughgall face Carrick Rangers at Lakeview, with Gary Haveron's men just a point ahead of the Villagers in the league table. Paul McAreavey's Donegal Celtic face Larne in West Belfast.

The Invermen are yet to appoint a new manager, but current coach Ciaran Kelly and former Cliftonville defender David McAlinden have both linked with the vacant post.

Elsewhere, struggling Limavady United will be hoping to claim a rare win against Knockbreda.

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