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Knockbreda's summer signings click to help overturn Dundela

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By Keith Bailie

Knockbreda boss Raymond Bell has praised former Glentoran duo Aaron Boyd and Jordan Hughes after securing their third league win in a row.

Saturday's 3-1 win over Dundela at Breda Park took the Castlereagh club into fourth position, with only the big boys of Bangor, Ards and Larne above them.

Boyd and Hughes joined the club in the summer after failing to make a major impact at The Oval, and both have enjoyed fine starts to the season.

Bell said: “I worked with both Aaron and Jordan whilst I was a youth coach at Linfield and both players have tremendous ability.

“Jordan felt he didn't get a fair crack of the whip at Glentoran so we brought him to Knockbreda and got him enjoying his football and playing regularly again. He's a real handful with his pace and his low centre of gravity.

“Aaron is a big strapping lad who has a real presence to him. He's in your face from kick-off.

“The two lads didn't make it at Linfield or Glentoran, but we've asked them to come down to Knockbreda and help us become a real force.

They're two real talents and it's great to have them in our team.”

On Saturday, Knockbreda found themselves 3-0 up at the break, thanks to goals from Jordan Hughes, Steven Garrett and James Wright. Michael Halliday scored a late consolation goal for the Duns.

Reflecting on the game, Bell said: “I'm delighted because we had three difficult home games in Armagh, Ards and Dundela and we took nine points from them. Nine points in the Championship can take you a long way.

“We were 3-0 up at half time and we were playing some great stuff. My only disappointment is we didn't notch up six or seven and send out a real signal to the rest of the division. We certainly had enough chances to do that.

“The boys were a credit to themselves. We're up into fourth place now and I'm very pleased with the way we are playing.”

The Dundela victory will come as a timely boost for Knockbreda, who were knocked out of the Steel & Sons Cup last weekend, losing to Sport & Leisure Swifts at the quarter-final stage.

Bell said: “Last weekend's result was particularly frustrating after our great win over Ards the week before. Credit where it's due, Sport & Leisure defended very well and made life very difficult for us. In many ways, I think we learnt more from that defeat than we've done from any of our recent wins.”

Although Knockbreda find themselves in fourth place, they've got a nightmare run of fixtures before Christmas, with Harland & Wolff Welders, Larne, Bangor and Carrick Rangers all to come before Santa arrives.

Despite this difficult run of games, manager Bell is confident Knockbreda can do themselves justice.

“We've got a difficult run of games before Christmas but we've no shortage of confidence. The Welders and Larne are both very good teams but we're looking forward to playing them.

“I believe everybody in this division is capable of beating everybody else, so I'm expecting a couple of tight games.

“I wouldn't like to speculate on where we will finish, we're just taking each game as it comes and aiming to finish as high as possible. We want to be in the top five come Christmas time. If we can do that, then we will have the opportunity to give it a real crack. We have a lot of tough games to come but I'm pleased with our current form.”

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