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Dundela rise to league summit after winning nine-goal thriller against Welders

By Keith Bailie

Dundela have shot to the top of the table thanks to a sensational 6-3 win over derby rivals Harland & Wolff Welders at Tillysburn.

The Duns have been in fine form this season, but they surpassed themselves on Saturday with one of the finest 45 minutes of football the club has ever produced.

A delighted Mark Snodden praised his players for their incredible derby victory.

“It's a great feeling to win our local derby by such a comfortable margin. Our first half performance was as well as we've played since I've been managing the club,” he said.

“I had a chat with the players before the game and I told them it was important to get off to a good start, as the Welders will be a little low on confidence after losing in the Steel & Sons Cup last week, but I never expected anything like that.

“At half time, I usually have a list of things written down to discuss with the players, but at 5-1 up, what can you say? It was a great day.”

Dundela raced into a 4-0 lead and were 5-1 up at the break. Glentoran legend Michael Halliday scored two early goals before Carl McCombe added a third. Kyle Cherry scored a fourth with a stunning free kick, before Matty Burrows pulled a goal back.

Halliday secured his hat-trick just before half time to restore the Duns' remarkable four-goal lead.

The scoring didn't end there. Burrows scored another against his old side, before McCombe made it 6-2. Young winger Stephen Cockcroft completed the scoring, but it wasn't enough to stop Dundela from claiming a remarkable six-goal victory.

The 6-3 hammering, along with Institute's 1-1 draw with Loughgall, took Mark Snodden's men to the top of the Belfast Telegraph Championship One League table.

Snodden said: “We've been joint or joint top since the first day of the season, but I'm not reading too much into it.

“Hopefully come April we will still have our hat in the ring, but for now we're just trying to put in good performances and win football matches. In this league, if you lose a couple of games then it can all change very quickly, but at the moment I'm more than happy.”

Dundela will hope to cement their place at the top of the division with a victory over Donegal Celtic in this Saturday's game at Wilgar Park.

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