Dundela boss Mark Snodden believes his side have rediscovered their form just in the nick of time.
After the Duns won the Steel & Sons Cup on Christmas morning they hit a slump, losing four games on the trot. They’ve now got back to winning ways, and on Saturday the beat Lisburn Distillery 2-0 at Wilgar Park thanks to goals from Owain Beggs and Carl McCombe.
Manager Snodden said: “We actually lost five games out of six over the new year period. In that run of games the only match we won was the Steel & Sons Cup final.
“I’ve been managing the Duns for eight years and in that time I’ve never had a run like that, so it was worrying – you start to question yourself. But what I would say is we were always creating chances. We played quite well in a few of those defeats, so I knew it was just a blip.
“Our saving grace was that two of those five defeats were in cup games. Obviously we wanted to go further in the Intermediate Cup and the Irish Cup, but the league is the one we really want.
“We’re in a good position and if we win all of our games then we will win the league. Of course, realistically that’s not going to happen. For now, we’re just taking one game at a time. If we find ourselves in the same position with five games left we might start to think about winning the title.”
Owain Beggs gave the Duns the lead in the seventh minute after some good work down the left flank by Daniel Burns. Burns put a dangerous ball into the box and Beggs guided it home.
The Duns didn’t double their lead until the 83 minute, when substitute Carl McCombe chipped the ball into the back of the net.
Reflecting on the win over Distillery, Snodden said: “It was an important win for us as it kept the momentum going. We are well known for our great goal scoring record but keeping clean sheets are just as important, and it was nice not to concede.
“Distillery are a tough side to beat so it was a big win for us. It keeps the pressure on the other sides at the top of the table.
“I’ve heard people say it’s a three-way battle or a four-way battle. I think there are five teams who can win the league. I wouldn’t rule Knockbreda out yet, they’re a top side who have games in hand.”
Dundela travel to Drumahoe on Saturday for a game against league leaders Institute. Snodden is expected a tense affair.
“Institute is a massive test for us. They’re a quality side with experienced Premiership players in their squad.
“When we played them earlier in the season we drew 1-1 and I was slightly disappointed that we didn’t win the game. It will be a tight match but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward too.”