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Championship: Around the grounds

By Keith Bailie

Dundela booked their place in the final of the Steel & Sons Cup with a 3-1 victory over Amateur League outfit Immaculata.

The Duns raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Kyle Cherry and Kyle Owens, before Star pulled one back just after the break, thanks to a penalty kick. Cherry wrapped the game up with a goal in the 78th minute that secured Dundela's place in the Christmas morning final.

Harland & Wolff Welders will be one of only six Championship One sides in action next Saturday when they play Bangor. All other games have been postponed due to the Intermediate Cup. Elsewhere, Knockbreda play Carrick Rangers while Ballyclare Comrades face Institute. In Championship Two, Wakehurst against Lurgan Celtic is the only league game.

December will be a barren month for many Championship sides. Between the Irish Cup, the Intermediate Cup and the festive break, very few league fixtures will take place. Only eight are scheduled in Championship One and nine in Championship Two.

Bangor fans have picked midfielder Andy Hall as their Player of the Month for October. Hall has previously played for Glentoran and Lisburn Distillery.

Larne right-back Stuart Scott won their October Player of the Month. The Englishman has impressed since signing from Islandmagee in the summer.

Lisburn Distillery hosted an U-23 Learning Disability International match on Sunday afternoon between Northern Ireland and their counterparts from Wales.

PSNI are mourning the recent loss of one of their best-known and best-loved figures.

Jimmy Black, the club's chairman for the past 20 years, passed away quietly at home surrounded by his loving family.

A club official commented: "The PSNI FC, Newforge Country Club and indeed Northern Ireland football have lost a true gentleman and friend who loved his sport.  He was so passionate about police football in particular, but all football in general."

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy's family at this sad time.

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