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Pressure on Dundela to win claims Immaculata boss Kevin Lawlor

Immaculata manager Kevin Lawlor

Immaculata manager Kevin Lawlor

Immaculata boss Kevin Lawlor believes all the pressure is on Mark Snodden’s Dundela, ahead of Wednesday’s Toals Bookmakers Steel & Sons Cup final at Seaview (10.45am).

Lawlor has guided his side to five straight promotions, three Junior Cups and two Clarence Cups, and now he is desperate to add the Steel & Sons Cup.

Lawlor said: “It doesn’t matter what division you’re in. We’ve worked hard to get here. They’ve worked hard to get here. It’s all football – it’s all about what happens on the day.

“We relish the tag of underdogs as it means we’ve nothing to lose, while Dundela have it all to lose.

“We don’t consider ourselves to be inferior because we’re a few divisions below Dundela. We’ve played a lot of Championship teams and we’ve always given them a good game. We played Ards in the Steel & Sons semi-final last year, and we were unfortunate not to beat them”

Since leaving the old Dunmurry League for the Amateur League in 2008, the west Belfast side have taken junior and intermediate football by storm.

They now reside in 1A, after conquering 2C, 2B, 2A, 1C and 1B in five short years. Lawlor believes their journey has only just begun.

“Our first aim was to get into the Amateur League and win the Junior Cup, and we achieved that,” he added.

“Then we wanted to move up into intermediate football and challenge for trophies like the Steel & Sons Cup, and now we’ve achieved that.

“I don’t see why we can’t win trophies like this and move up into the Premier section of the Amateur League. After that? Who knows?”

 

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