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Mark Snodden will not take the Cup defence lightly

By Keith Bailie

Dundela will start their defence of the Steel & Sons Cup with a home game against Amateur League side Rosario. Dundela may be top of the Belfast Telegraph Championship and Rosario may be bottom of 1A, but Duns boss Mark Snodden is taking nothing for granted.

Snodden said: "I remember as a Dundela player going to Rosario in a cup game and getting taught a lesson. We were a good B Division team and they were an Amateur League side, and we thought we just had to show up, but they turned us over.

"I'll be reminding the lads of that before the game, because we can't become complacent.

"We're the holders of the competition so the spotlight will be on us, so it's important we are on our guard. Rosario suffered a heavy defeat on the opening day but I consider it a banana skin."

After a year in senior football, Ards will return to the Steel & Sons Cup with a game against 2002 winners Killyleagh YC at The Showgrounds. Then-manager Dee Heron is now the club's assistant manager, with Barney Ross in charge.

Carrick Rangers will travel to 1B side Newcastle, while 2012 winners Bangor will play Championship Two side Glebe Rangers at the Riada Stadium.

Harland & Wolff Welders, winners in 2010, will host Shankill United, while Lisburn Distillery take on Castlestar at New Grosvenor. Elsewhere, Lisburn Rangers host Linfield Swifts.

While the majority of the Championship One teams are in cup action, Larne have an opportunity to go clear at the top of the table. They travel to west Belfast to face Donegal Celtic. In the other league game, Dergview host Armagh City.

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