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Kyle Cherry wants Dundela to finish strong

By Keith Bailie

Dundela playmaker Kyle Cherry crowned an excellent month by collecting the BT Sport NIFWA Championship Player of the Month award for November.

Cherry has played a big part in Dundela's recent success, helping them to the top of the table and scoring two goals in their Steel & Sons Cup semi-final win over Crumlin Star.

A delighted Cherry said: “I'm very happy to win this, as the Writers' award is a prestigious trophy. I have to give credit to my manager Mark Snodden and to my team-mates, because I couldn't have won this award without their help. You can only win individual awards if you've a good team around you.”

Cherry is certainly blessed with that. Premiership champions Cliftonville are the only side who have beaten Dundela this season.

Cherry, 20, believes that the Duns are a capable of repeating their success in the second half of the season.

“After training on Thursday we have a big chat about Saturday's game, and the manager always keeps our feet on the ground. He makes sure that we don't get carried away, but he also makes us believe we can beat anyone.

“We scored a lot of goals at the start of the season, but now I think we are tighter at the back. The forwards have got all the praise this year because of the amount of goals they've scored but I think we've quality the whole way through our team. We have a great balance.

“We're challenging for everything at the moment, but we want to push on in the new year. There is no point starting the season well if you don't keep it going.”

Cherry was the star of Dundela's 3-1 win over Crumlin Star in the semi-finals of the Steel & Sons Cup. The talented midfielder weighed in with two goals, causing the highly rated Amateur League side all sorts of problems.

Reflecting on one of the finest performances of his career, the former Glentoran man said: “I knew it was a big game for the club, but I was relaxed before kick-off. My job is to create chances for the forwards, but on this occasion it was me who scored the goals. It was great to win the game and to get the man of the match award.”

Dundela will face Immaculata in the final of the Steel & Sons Cup on Christmas morning. While Cherry and his team mates respect the west Belfast outfit, they're determined to focus on their own game.

“Everyone is champing at the bit. I'm buzzing, I haven't looked forward to Christmas day this much in years!

“We're confident we will win, but that's not because we're underestimating Immaculata, it's because we believe in ourselves. We know that Immaculata are a good team as they've beaten the Welders and Ballyclare already this season.

“We're not focusing on what they're going to do, we're just concentrating on our own game. We like to pass it out from the back and feed big Michael Halliday up front.

“Dundela is a great place to play your football at the moment. Everyone is enjoying their football.”

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