October 7th, 2017
Ardstraw 2-6 Dundela Irish Cup Rd 2 30/09/17 Away
The Duns ran out comfortable winners of this Irish Cup game against first time opponents Ardstraw. Although it took a while to assert their dominance against their opponents who had to play this game at Castlederg following flood damage at their home ground.
It was Ardstraw who took the lead after only three minutes when player manager Sproule netted.
However Dundela levelled soon after through Hughes and they never looked back although Sproule did get another to make the score 3-2 at the time. Despite this Hughes grabbed himself five goals in the game and a Jay Magee penalty saw Dundela progress.
October 7th, 2017
Immaculata 3-1 Dundela Steel & Sons Cup Rd 4 23/09/17 Away
Dundela’s hopes of making a return in the Christmas final were ended in disappointing fashion as Immaculata deservedly progressed to the next round.
The Wilgar men suffered a blow before a ball was even kicked as Jay Magee pulled up during the warm up to join the ill Gary Irwin on the sidelines.
Nevertheless hopes were high that The Duns would win this encounter at the Grosvenor Road venue. However from the start they were being outfought and out played by their Amateur League hosts and fell behind early on as hesitancy from a corner allowed The ‘mac to score although the referee missed the ball being put in by a hand.
Within a minute however Curtis Black levelled things and hopes were raised but to no avail as a disjointed Dundela defence conceded another two without reply before half time to leave them with a mountain to climb in the second half.
That mountain was to high for the away side as despite a better showing in the second half it was Immaculata who eased into the next round.
September 20th, 2017
Glebe Rangers 0-4 Dundela C0 Antrim Shield Round 1Ā
Despite being forced to play this game at the home of their opponents rather than a neutral venue Ā as was stated at the draw Dundela made easy work of progressing to the next round.
Two goals late in the first half from David McMaster saw the Duns head in to the break in a comfortable position.
Whilst a better showing from the erstwhile unbeaten home side in the second half it was Dundela who got two further goals from Curtis Black to send them through to Saturdays draw in which they will face one of seven Premier League clubs away from home.
September 19th, 2017
Sport & Leisure Swifts 1-3 Dundela Away 16/09/17 Steel & Sons Cup Round 3
Dundela produced a stunning performance to see off fellow Premier Intermediate League side Sport & Leisure Swifts to move in to the 4th round of the Steel & Sons Cup.
Despite being down to ten men for an hour it was the Wilgar men who prevailed against the west Belfast men.
With young Oliver Fleetham making his debut in the Dundela goal and Stephen McCain making his first start of the season the away side started well, passing the ball around confidently on the heavy pitch.
However it was Swifts who made the breakthrough against the run of play when the Dundela defence was caught out and soon after the Wilgar men found themselves a man short when captain McClelland was red carded when a Swifts player conned the referee by claiming that he had been struck in the face. Despite the official not seeing the incident he produced a red card.
Nevertheless Dundela continued to press forward but were being halted at every move by some blatant body checking and robust challenges by the home defence. That was until winger Daniel Burns decided to unleash a fierce shot from distance which flew into the net.
As in the first half it was The Duns who were the more attack minded but Swifts were using all their know how to thwart them.
It was the ten man Duns who got the vital second goal when Jordan Hughes fired them in front but more was to come from the in form striker.
With Dundela looking ever more dangerous Hughes picked up the ball just inside the Swifts half and off he went on a run with defenders trying to bring him down he simply shrugged them off to square the ball for McMaster to fire in to leave the away fans celebrating.
Despite Swifts best efforts they simply could not Ā break though the superb Dundela backline well marshalled by the impressive Jay Magee and it was The Duns who went through to the next round for an encounter with Immaculata.