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Harland & Wolff Welders' Michael McLellan is eager for Steel & Sons Cup triumph

By Keith Bailie

A year on from his remarkable nine-goal haul against Rathcoole in the Steel & Sons Cup, Harland & Wolff Welders striker Michael McLellan is on the goal trail once again.

The former Northern Ireland Under-21 international has already scored seven times this season, as well as claiming the Championship Player of the Month award for August.

Tomorrow, McLellan and the Welders face Amateur League side Ulster University Jordanstown at the Factory Grounds in Newtownabbey in the third round of the Toals Bookmakers Steel & Sons Cup.

McLellan said: "I scored nine goals in the same round last season but I'm not sure I'll start against UUJ. I've been carrying an injury, so I may be on the bench.

"We're keen to win the Steel & Sons this season because we got all the way to the final last year and we didn't do ourselves justice.

"We also lost in the final of the Intermediate Cup, so we want to get our hands on something. We would like the chance to put it right, plus it's probably the club's last chance as Championship One teams aren't entering next year."

Elsewhere, David McAlinden's Larne play Amateur League side Wellington Rec in the Inverside derby. Another Inver side looking to cause an upset are Larne Tech Old Boys, who travel to Castlereagh to face Knockbreda. Ards will play Carrickfergus club Barn United in Bangor.

Glentoran Seconds face Albert Foundry at Paisley Park and Crusaders Reserves travel to East Belfast, while Cliftonville Olympic host Nortel. Carrick Rangers Reserves host Championship Two side PSNI.

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