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Dundela swoop for trio to fit in with Niall Currie’s plan

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Making moves: Michael Smith has joined Ballyclare Comrades. Credit: INPHO/Declan Roughan

Making moves: Michael Smith has joined Ballyclare Comrades. Credit: INPHO/Declan Roughan

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Making moves: Michael Smith has joined Ballyclare Comrades. Credit: INPHO/Declan Roughan

It was a busy weekend on and off the pitch in the Lough 41 Championship, with a string of high profile signings and departures.

Dundela manager Niall Currie may have missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Dergview due to illness, but that didn’t stop him landing a hat-trick of new players in the form of ex-Glentoran man Dee Fearon as well as Kyle Mackie and Thomas Roscoe, who have joined from Derriaghy CC.

Duns assistant manager Clifford Adams said: “We want to play a fast, attacking style of football and all three lads fit in to that plan.”

Michael Smith has, meanwhile, left the east Belfast club for Ballyclare Comrades, whose boss Paul Harbinson explained: “Michael comes with pedigree. He can score goals and hold the ball up, which is what we need.”

On Saturday, the Comrades lost 2-1 at home to Annagh United, while three key players left the club. Experienced defender Howard Beverland has joined Portadown, while Gary Donnelly and Joe Tully have moved to fellow Championship club Ards.

It was a good weekend for Institute. Not only did they hold league leaders Newry City to a goalless draw, manager Brian Donaghey recruited four new players; Caolan McLaughlin joining on loan from Derry City alongside the additions of Mark McFadden, Jack Morrow and Ciaran Deery.

Elsewhere, Ballinamallard United moved into second with a 5-0 win over basement club Queen’s University.

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Knockbreda have lost striker Ethan Devine to Linfield, but moved quickly to sign Nathan O’Neill as a replacement.

Former Portadown forward Callum Ferris has linked up with his brother Nathaniel at Loughgall, while ex-Cliftonville striker Sean McCarron has returned to Dergview.


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