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Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

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Action from Harland & Wolff Welders v Dundela, December 20

It's been a good few days for David Rainey. Earlier in the week, he received a confirmation that he could play in the Steel & Sons Cup final, while on Saturday, he hit the winner in the east Belfast derby.

Harland & Wolff Welders believed Rainey was ineligible for Christmas morning's cup final against Carrick Rangers as he was part of the Glenavon squad that won the Irish Cup last season. However, as Rainey was an unused sub and did not play in the final, he is free to participate in the Steel & Sons Cup.

A delighted Rainey capped a good week by hitting the winner at Tillysburn as the Welders beat Dundela 3-2. Gary Smyth's men had been behind twice, but Michael McLellan and Rainey both scored in the second half to give the Welders a valuable league win.

Reflecting on a crazy week, Welders boss Gary Smyth said: “Our preparations couldn't be going any better for us, as all our players are now available, and amazingly enough, that includes Davy Rainey.

“We got a wee whisper a couple of weeks ago that Davy was eligible so we went and checked it out and sure enough, he was eligible to play. I broke the news to him on Monday and his emotions were mixed.

“On one hand, he wasn't happy because he's been standing on the sidelines through out the whole competition when he could have been playing, while on the other hand he's obviously delighted he can play in the final. It's big for Davy personally as it's the one big medal he doesn't have.

“It's unbelievable, really.”

The finish to Saturday's east Belfast derby was also scarcely believable.

Dundela opened the scoring through Aaron Keenan early in the match, when he found himself unmarked inside the six-yard box.

The Welders equalised in the 18th minute, when Sammy Devine headed home a corner kick.

Dundela's deservedly took the lead in the 35th minute. Kyle Owens drilled home a free kick to give the Duns a surprise half time 2-1 lead.

The Welders equalised in the 57th minute when Michael McLellan scored his 27th strike of the season. The former Ballymena United striker planted the ball into the bottom corner of the net, with the class Championship fans have come to expect.

Then it was Rainey's time to shine. After some great build-up play from Mark Magennis and Michael McLellan, Rainey was on-hand to give the Welders all three points with a fine finish.

The 3-2 result means Dundela will remain in the relegation zone, while the Welders will move into third. All eyes will now be trained on Seaview and Christmas morning's Steel & Sons Cup final.

Belfast Telegraph


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