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Dundela hoping for Christmas cheer as they target Steel final

By Keith Bailie

Published 25/11/2016

Dundela could reach their 22nd Steel & Sons Cup final tonight.

The east Belfast outfit are preparing to face Ballymoney club Glebe Rangers in this evening's semi-final showdown at Seaview (7.45pm).

The Duns are one of the competition's most successful sides, lifting the famous trophy on 10 occasions, whilst losing 11 finals.

They last got to grips with the silverware in 2013 when they defeated Immaculata 4-1 on Christmas Day, with Carl McComb scoring a hat-trick.

Championship teams no longer compete in the competition, with the Duns now plying their trade in the Premier Intermediate League, the new third-tier of the Irish League.

Managed by former Wimbledon and Ards player David Murphy, they are currently one from bottom, sitting three points clear of Sport & Leisure Swifts.

However, with the likes of Matty Burrows (ex-Glentoran), Mark McClelland (ex-Ards) and Ben Roy (ex-Carrick Rangers) in their squad, the Wilgar Park club will be favourites to win tonight's semi-final.

Glebe have also endured a difficult few seasons. Earlier this year the Riada Stadium club were relegated into regional football.

Manager Jason Wilmont is currently rebuilding the team in the Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League.

The other semi-final, between NIFL Development League side Linfield Swifts and Amateur League club Crumlin Star, will be held at Seaview on Monday night.

As Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, this year's final will be held at Seaview on Christmas Eve.

Belfast Telegraph

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