February 6th, 2017
Limavady United 0-2 Dundela Away 04/02/17 League
With all the recent new signings in the starting line up Dundela took to the field with confidence that they could go on a winning run to push up the table.
With barely three minutes on the clock Ben Murdock fired in a bullet header from a Jackson free kick to get them off to a great start.
That goal shocked the home side and they strived to get a foothold but were being thwarted by a defence superbly marshalled by goalkeeper Blayney showing already what a valuable asset he is to the club.
Both sides were struggling on the greasy surface with Dundea probably having the better of things.
With less than ten minutes to go to the break United suffered a devastating blow when Bryan McClelland was injured in a challenge with Jamie Jackson, after sliding in to try and win the ball the United player came off the worse, the game being held up for some thirty minutes as the extent of the injury became clear.
When the play restarted the final minutes of the half were played out in a strange atmosphere with the injury to McClelland still on the teams minds no doubt.
The second half started in great fashion for The Duns, with a little over four minutes gone Ben Roy fired in a superb volley to put his side in a commanding position.
In the reverse fixture some three weeks ago the East Belfast men surrendered a two goal lead, but not this time as they dealt comfortably with anything that was thrown at them indeed Blayney only had one save of note to make and did so with ease.
Dundela were content to try and attack on the counter and did cause a few problems for the home defence but with no further goals Dundela left for home fully deserving of the three points.
Dundela would like to offer our sincere best wishes to Bryan McClelland and hope for a speedy recovery.
February 2nd, 2017
Dundela 2-3 Newry City @Wilgar Park 28/01/17 League
A Â hat-trick from striker Mark McCabe helped Newry City grab a vital win in a great game for the neutral at Wilgar.
Newry had a great chance to open the scoring after only 5 minutes, Mark McCabe cutting the Dundela defence open giving Â Carville a run-on goal, Jonathan Sergeant was quickly off his line to block Carvilleâ€™s shot. The visitors followed this up with another half chance, Johnston whipping in a cross for Patton to deflect onto the roof of the net with a glancing header. Play was end to end, the Newry goal getting a scare when James Sofley broke down the left wing before fizzing the ball across the face of the Newry net, the danger cleared by McCabe at the back post.
Newry obviously had their homework done with a changed game plan to hit the twin strike force of McCabe and Carville with long passes and this paid off after 22 minutes when Mark McCabe contested a long ball on the edge of the Dundela penalty area, McCabe the first to react after Sergeant misjudged the bouncing ball, the Newry striker grabbing the opportunity to stroke the ball through Dundela defenders into the net to give Newry the lead.
Dundela also had chances, Murphy producing a fine save to turn a shot from Ben Roy around the post. The final chance of the half came Newryâ€™s way, Murphy delivered a long kick out for Mark McCabe to win, knocking the ball down to Carville who to pulled his shot wide of the far post.
The home side were quickly out of the blocks in the second half and soon had Newry on the back foot so much so that it looked only a matter of time until the equalizer came, a mixture of bad luck, bad finishing and an excellent save from Murphy keeping the Newry goal intact. However, the pressure had to tell and the equalizer duly arrived after 53 minutes, Roy unfortunate when his effort smacked off the post but the rebound fell perfectly for Mark McCelland to drill the ball past Murphy. With their tailâ€™s up Dundela quickly went a goal up, McCelland setting up Jamie Jackson some 25 yards from goal, the winger giving the Newry keeper little chance with a dipping shot which ripped into the top of the Newry net to give his side the lead.
The away side were soon level however when the ball Â broke favourably for Mark McCabe to score, shooting across Sergeant, the ball hitting the far top corner of the Dundela goal for a precision finish. Newry regained the lead on 65 minutes with a goal set up by the quick thinking of Thomas McCann, his free kick aimed to the feet of Carville on the edge of the penalty area not dealt with by Dundela, McCabe once more alert to the chance latching onto the loose ball before firing an unstoppable shot high into the Dundela net to give Newry a 3-2 lead.
And thatâ€™s how it stayed for the remaining 25 minutes despite Newry losing Carville for successive yellow cards. Thatâ€™s not to say Dundela didnâ€™t have their chances to equalize the best of which came after 70 minutes when McCelland, who enjoyed 90 minutes of battle with Newryâ€™s Marcus McKeown, managed to shake off his marker and looked to be clear for a run-on goal only for a challenge from Paddy Mooney who got across to clear the danger and ultimately secure the points for Newry.
January 23rd, 2017
Banbridge Town 1-3 Away 21/01/17 League
Both teams started well and it was the visitors who had the first glimmer of an opportunity when in the 10th minute McClelland was put through but the attentions of Devlin enabled Murphy to make a good save.
Banbridge responded when they were awarded a free-kick and Thompson found Clydesdale but Â Sergeant was equal to the task.
Dundela came back and after good work down Townâ€™s left, Burrows headed just wide from the resultant cross. In the 37th minute, Dundela came close again when McClelland knocked the ball past Murphy towards an empty net but Acheson was able to scamper back to clear. With four minutes of the half remaining, Dundela took the lead. Devlin and Jackson challenged for the ball and as Devlin slipped, Jackson was given time to curl an excellent effort high into the far corner, giving Murphy no chance.
As expected, Banbridge came out for the second period with more purpose and were level within four minutes of the restart. Downey chased a pass into Dundelaâ€™s box and as Lewis Roy slipped e seemed to handle the ball and a penalty was the result with Moffat scoring to level things up.
Town then had a period of superiority and for a while gained a degree of control without ever threatening to dominate totally. The complex of the game changed radically in the 67th minute when Murphy had to be stretchered off after a collision with a Town player. During the course of the incident, the ball was knocked from Murphyâ€™s arms and Ferguson was on hand to give the visitors a controversial lead. Murphy was replaced in goal by Thompson.
Banbridge responded Â and forced corners and set-pieces. Town had a glorious chance to equalise in the 78th minute when the ball fell to Downey in the box only for the striker to blast the chance over the bar. Minutes later, Dundela increased their advantage when, from a corner, Lewis Roy was left unmarked and headed home to secure a well deserved three points.
January 23rd, 2017
Dundela 2-2 Lisburn Distillery @ Wilgar 14/01/17 League
All four goals in this Premier Intermediate League clash at Wilgar Park came in a nine minute flurry either side of the break.
Matthew Burrows opened the scoring for the Duns just before the interval after a Stephen Curley slip allowed him to round ‘keeper Tony Galbraith before slotting home.
But the Whites levelled in stoppage time courtesy of William Wharry’s touch after Curley redeemed himself by flicking the ball on.
And the visitors moved in front just three minutes into the second half after Aaron Harris collected the ball just outside the area to fire beyond Jonathan Sergeant into the corner of the net.
Back came Dundela, however, with a Matthew Ferguson header on 53 minutes from Jamie Jackson’s cross securing a point.