H&W Welders beat Albert Foundry in Steel Cup shoot-out
Championship One title contenders H&W Welders have won the Steel & Sons Cup by beating Amateur League club Albert Foundry in a penalty shoot-out.
The traditional Christmas morning final at Seaview had ended 1-1 and the favourites, managed by former Glentoran star Gary Smyth, won 4-1 on spot-kicks.
Ex-Portadown striker Michael McLellan shot H&W into a 34th-minute lead.
Foundry equalised through a superb lob which beat keeper Michael Dougherty 17 minutes from the end of normal time.
Both sides had chances to snatch victory but the showpiece game went to penalties and the Welders, last season's beaten finalists, came out on top with Chris Middleton netting the final kick.
It was the second time the east Belfast club have won the trophy, their only other triumph coming in the 2010-11 season.