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Dundonald FC

Dundonald FC

Dundonald FC

Dundonald manager Scott Harvey was a happy man on Saturday night, after he guided his side to a 3-1 derby win over East Belfast.

The delighted Duns boss said: “It's well documented that East Belfast have been experiencing a few problems this season, but I think they've improved in recent weeks.

“Because they're at the bottom of the league and we're going well, all the pressure was on us to win. But I don't think form matters when it comes to derby games, it's all about what happens on the day.

“We actually didn't play that well. We missed chances early on and scored an own goal to give them the lead. Thankfully, we got back into it and won the game. I was relieved, because it was a banana skin for us.

“The derby is always a big game and it was massive win for us, the biggest of the season so far.”

Saturday's victory over East Belfast was a major improvement on last week's outing, when Harvey's men lost 4-0 to Kilmore Rec in the Border Cup.

“Everything went wrong at Kilmore. We lost two players on the morning of the match and our goalkeeper made a couple of errors he wouldn't normally make.

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“It was disappointing because I don't think we gave a good account of ourselves against a team from the league above. Thankfully we bounced back against East Belfast.”

So far, Dundonald have been 1A's surprise package. They are currently in third position, but the manager isn't aiming for promotion.

“I'm very happy with how we are performing as I brought in 10 new players in the summer and I was concerned it might take a while to gel, so I'm pleased that we've started well.

“My real aim was just to make sure we stay in this division, anything else is just a bonus. If promotion came along we'd be absolutely delighted, but I think it might be a little soon for us.

“I'm not getting carried away, I've been in the Amateur League for too long. One week you're fighting for promotion, and then you lose a few games and you're in a relegation battle.”

Dundonald can add another three points to their tally when they face Wellington Rec on Saturday, a game Harvey expects to win.

“Wellington is another game like East Belfast, as they're also struggling at the moment. I've been in that situation in the past and I've every sympathy for them, but we just have to focus on our own game.

“We beat them 6-0 earlier in the season, so we know we're capable of beating them.”

If Dundonald know all about Wellington, their trip to Strabane in the Intermediate Cup later this month is a journey into the unknown.

Scott Harvey is honest enough to admit he knows little about the Intermediate League side.

“I honestly don't know an awful lot about Strabane. Their league has only just started, so it's hard to get a grasp on them.

“But we're looking forward to the game. It's a long journey, but the lads are all looking forward to the bus journey. It will be good fun on the way home — if we win!”


Club focus with Dundonald manager Scott Harvey

Name: Dundonald FC

League: NAFL 1A

Founded: 1956

Nickname: The Duns

Ground: Billy Neill Centre

Colours: Red and Black

Gaffer: Scott Harvey

Skipper: Ross Calder

Sharpshooter: Johnny Tumilty

Most Skilful: It has to be Tumilty

Hard Man: Michael Barron

Club Comedian: Bill Youle is a character

Best Moment: Winning 1B as a player

Club Man: Michael Preston does everything