For the third consecutive time, Dunipace faced higher league opposition with a visit to Ashfield. Dunipace boss Craig McKinlay made a number of changes with Mick Cullen, Andy Hunter, Barry Rodger and Stephen Oates all out with niggling injuries.
From the first whistle and up to half way through the second half, Dunipace dominated in all areas with Ashfield not being able to get a proper shot on goal. Within the first fifteen minutes, Dunipace could have had the game sewn up by being three nil up by that point. The clearest chance came on 15 minutes when a Richie Kirwin squared ball towards the face of goal picked out Paul Mallon with bobble producing a fresh air shot.
Dominance finally came through for Dunipace on 28 minutes, when Grahame McMullen chased down a loose ball to cross the ball back into the danger area finding Mark Batchelor, who fought off a barrage of Ashfield bodies to find the bottom corner from 12 yards. Batchelor came close to grabbing a second on 50 minutes when clipping the ball towards the back post but goalkeeper showed enough agility to force it over the crossbar.
The winning goal came on 66 minutes when Erald Krasniqi done well to show a bit of skill on the by-line to cut the ball back into space for Mark Miller to run onto and rifle the ball into the top corner.
From half way through the second half, Ashfield looked to get into the game with a number of phases of pressure. They did though grab a conciliation goal on 70 minutes when the Ashfield strike was deflected looping over goalkeeper Steven Mathers, finding the net in at the back post. Dunipace would manage to play out the game with periods of possession and finding the corners to frustrate the Ashfield defence.