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Dundela are on a high after convincing win over Ballyclare Comrades

Dundela opened up a two point lead at the top of the Belfast Telegraph Championship with an impressive 3-0 victory over Ballyclare Comrades at Wilgar Park.

The Duns have won all seven of their competitive games this season, scoring a sensational 40 goals in the process.

Star man Owain Beggs – who has scored nine goals to date – is absolutely ecstatic about Dundela's incredible start to the season.

“Everything has just clicked – we haven't had a bad day yet. We've got quality in each position and quality coming off the bench,” he said.

“It's not just our attackers who are scoring goals, we are hitting the target from all over the park. It's great for me, but it's even better for the team.”

Against Ballyclare, Mark Snodden's men opened the scoring when Carl McCombe latched onto a through-ball from Jamie Jackson in the 18th minute, before slotting the ball past Paddy Flood. McCombe joined the Duns on a season-long loan from Glentoran just before the transfer window closed at the end of August.

Former Glentoran striker Michael Halliday grabbed the second in the 28th minute, when he got onto the end of a Ross Davison throw-in, before turning the ball into the back of the net.

The Duns added a third, 20 minutes before the end of the game, when Kyle Cherry was brought down inside the box. Former Wimbledon trainee David Murphy stepped up and slotted home the penalty kick.

The east Belfast side are now two points ahead of their local rivals Harland & Wolff Welders at the top of the Belfast Telegraph Championship One table. The Duns have also opened up a four-point lead on highly-fancied Carrick Rangers, and Tommy Kincaid's Lisburn Distillery.

Although it's hard to make a judgement after just four games, former Glentoran man Owain Beggs believes that if Dundela continue to work hard they will be in the mix at the end of the season.

He said: “Hopefully we can kick on from our strong start and get our reward for it at the end of the season. It's a big challenge, but it's not one we are going to back down from. We're not afraid of anyone in this division.”

On a personal level, Beggs is in a much better place than he was last season. Glentoran loaned Beggs to Distillery, where he struggled to make an impact as the Whites were relegated from the top flight.

After failing to win a new contract with the Glens, Beggs admitted that he considered quitting football altogether. The 21-year-old student said: “I had a terrible season. I couldn't get into a team that were relegated. It was frustrating, but I knew my performances hadn't been great. I was actually considering quitting football over the summer, but Dundela came in for me and I'd been told it was a great place to play your football.

“I'm now playing first team football every week and I'm enjoying the game again. Hopefully I'll continue to improve as the season goes on.”

If Beggs and Dundela do continue to improve, then the rest of the Championship better watch out. 

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