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Dundela boss Snodden has his eyes set on Steel & Sons Cup

Dundela 3 Downpatrick 0

By Keith Bailie

Dundela boss Mark Snodden believes that anybody could win this season's Steel & Sons Cup.

On Saturday, the Duns booked their place in this Saturday’s quarter-final draw with a 3-0 win over Downpatrick at Wilgar Park, with Carl McComb, Daniel Burns and Jamie Jackson hitting the back of the net.

The Duns are now one of the favourites to lift the famous old trophy, but manager Snodden isn't getting carried away just yet.

“I think it's anybody's trophy this year. You've five Championship One sides in the last eight, so there is obviously nothing between those sides. There are no weak links in the draw.

“You also have to take the two Amateur League sides very seriously, as everyone knows what Crumlin Star are capable of and Albert Foundry are always tough opponents. The four quarter-finals should all be tight affairs.”

McComb opened the scoring with a tremendous 20-yard effort that curled into the top corner. Downpatrick missed a number of chances to send the game into extra time, before Burns and Jackson weighed in with two goals in second half stoppage time.

The Dundela boss was honest enough to admit that the 3-0 scoreline was harsh on Downpatrick.

“To be honest, 3-0 flattered us. Downpatrick are a very good young team and I can see why they are doing well in their league. We knew all about them going into the game and we knew this was a potential banana skin, so I was delighted to get the victory.

“We haven't been playing as well as we can in the last couple of weeks, so I was certainly worried about this match, but thankfully we got the win. Our last two goals didn't arrive until the last few minutes and they had their chances, so it was a tough game.”

Dundela have been in fine form in front of goal this season, scoring goals by the bucket load, but Snodden is concerned that the goals might dry up.

“Realistically we can't expect to keep scoring six or seven goals in every match. We've scored 51 goals in 10 games, which is incredible, but you're not going to be able to maintain that all season.

“I worried that Saturday might be the day that we finally dried up, but Carl McComb scored a fantastic goal to break the deadlock. It was a win, but it wasn't a magnificent performance, we will have to up our game if we want to keep challenging in the league and the cups.”

Unbeaten Dundela's next game is against Cliftonville next Tuesday week in the third round of the League Cup. Their game against Loughgall on Saturday has been postponed due to the Quadrangular Tournament in Limerick.

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