September 7th, 2017
Lisburn Distillery 1-0 Dundela Premier Intermediate League 02/09/17
Former Duns man Matthew Ferguson hit the killer goal to send The Wilgar men to their first league defeat of the season.
Dundela had the lions share of the opening exchanges with Murdock and Hughes having good chances but were unable to convert.
The misses become vital as Matthew Ferguson hit his old club were it hurt with the opening goal after a neat turn and finish.
Dundela had a great chance to level before the break when they were awarded a penalty but Hughes weak effort was easily saved.
The second half was one of frustrations for The Duns as try as they might they just could not break the home defence down and indeed could have fallen further behind but for a goal line clearance.
Jay Magee came close for Dundela before Black had a shot blocked and shortly after Calvert’s ball in to the box looked certain to bring a goal but no one was on hand to get a touch and The Whites saw out the remaining time to remain top of the table.
September 7th, 2017
Crusaders 2-1 Dundela BetMcClean League Cup Rd 2 29/08/17 @Seaview
Dundela goal scorer Jordan Hughes.
Dundela suffered the first defeat of the season to Premier League side Crusaders but can hold their heads high after a superb performance which had the game in the balance right up to the final whistle.
Crusaders unsurprisingly made the brighter start although there were signs that The Duns were there not to just make up the numbers.
Ryan McBride in the Dundela goal made a fine save to keep the scores level on fifteen minutes and almost immediately saw his side take the lead when a quick interchange of passes saw Hughes in the clear and he easily beat Dougherty in the home goal.
Crusaders continued to attack and McBride produced another fine save before McAllister got The Crues level with a fine finish to send the teams in to the break level.
Within two minutes of the restart Crusaders took the lead when Nimmick finished from a tight angle.
Dundela attempted to hit back with Burns, McMaster and Hughes causing panic in the home defence at times but the best chance fell to Morrison who’s glancing header went narrowly wide.
At the other end McBride was in great form to deny the home side on numerous occasions while Dougherty in the home goal also had to be alert to thwart the Dundela strikers to help see his side through.
September 7th, 2017
Dundela 8-1 Ballymena Utd U20s Steel & Sons Cup Rd 2 26/08/17
Dundela brushed aside the young Ballymena team at Wilgar, although they left it until the second half Â with seven unanswered goal to progress.
The home side may have thought that after securing an early lead through a Hughes penalty they would make the task of going through to the third round comfortably. However United struck back almost immediately after a defensive slip to send the sides in to the break level.
The second half was barely seconds old when Dundela regained the lead and went on to fire a further six goals in to see off a shell shocked away side.
Goal scorers on the day for The Duns were, Hughes 3, Black 2, Burns 2 and Sofley.
August 23rd, 2017
Dundela 2-1 Queens 22/08/17 Home Premier Intermediate League
Jordan Hughes opening the scoring from the penalty spot.
The Wilgar men grabbed a welcome first home win in this hard fought encounter with Queens.
Striker Jordan Hughes was the hero for The Duns with two goals,his first from a penalty followed by a blistering long range strike to seal the points.
The home side took to the field with several changes to the starting line up from the previous games, with Jay Magee, Adam Calvert and Curtis Black given first starts for the club and also Karl Devine being brought in to midfield.
As in their last two fixtures Dundela were quickly on the attack with Burns and McMaster posing threats down the wings. Black was also proving difficult to handle with his pace through the middle.
It was the lively Black who played a big part in the break through when he was put through by a pin point pass and rounded the keeper only to be brought down and a penalty was the result.
Jordan Hughes was the man given the job of taking the kick and he despatched it in style to put The Duns ahead.
The lead was not to last for long as a mix up in defence allowed Queens to get the leveller and for few minutes things were getting a little heated as some robust challenges were being made by both sides.
It was the home side who nudged ahead again on the stroke of half time when Hughes netted with a long range strike.
The second half was a somewhat bruising affair with both sides going at it Â but unable to create any clear cut chances with the game being punctuated by free kick after free kick.
As the half wore on the visitors seemed to be gaining the upper hand but Magee and captain on the night Morrison were superb in thwarting the high ball tactics being deployed.
Dundela still persisted with playing out from defence and were almost caught a couple of times on the compact Wilgar pitch.
With time running out the visitors were becoming more desperate to get level and only for last ditch tackles might well have got thorough but Dundela are made of stronger stuff these days and saw off any danger to secure the welcome victory.