Down Area Winter Football League round-up, March 29
The big games just keep on coming in the DAWFL Premiership, with this week seeing the two remaining title contenders Greenwell Star and Moat Park Rangers facing each other in a title showdown.
With a win for either team most likely deciding where the League trophy would end up, managers James Dickson and Lee Cathcart were only too aware of the importance of the game. In the end the result saw both clubs taking a point from the 2-2 draw, which leaves the Dundonald men in pole position. However, the title remains in Greenwell’s hands, with them due to finish a single point clear if both teams win their remaining fixtures.
3 Bangor OB’s drop to Division 1 was all but confirmed following their 4-2 defeat at the hands of 8 OB’s and Oakfield Breda’s win against Willowfield Parish. To have any hope of survival, Alan Harvey’s side would now need to win their last two games of the campaign, just to draw level with Oakfield and Comber Star, the latter who were defeated 3-2 by Vision Athletic.
In the remaining tie, Ravenhill Young Men had a convincing 4-0 win over Corrymeela.
While the destination of the Premiership title still remains a mystery, it seems certain that North Down will be picking up the Division 1 silverware at the end of the season, despite their 2-2 draw against Bangor Rangers III’s. Following Comber Rec III’s shock defeat at the hands of Agape, the Newtownards men now only need nine points from their remaining six games to secure the trophy,
Capitalising on that result, Newtown Forest moved into second position with their 4-1 win over Bangor Swifts III’s, while Abbey Villa III’s still remain in contention for the remaining promotion place following their win against Ballygowan. Bangor YM III’s also still have ambitions of playing Premiership football next season, with their 4-2 win against Ards Rangers III’s keeping them in the frame.
At the other end of the table 82 continue to prop the rest up, while Ballywalter Rec III’s and Stranmillis 37 OB played out an entertaining 3-3 draw. It was also honours even in the remaining tie in the division, with 43 OB and Queens Graduates III’s finishing 1-1.
Moat Park Rangers II’s completed the double over Greenwell Star II’s in style, with a 5-1 win seeing them retain top position. With five games left to go, the Dundonald men now sit two points clear of nearest rivals Bryansburn Rangers IV’s.
North Down II’s win over Comber Star II’s sees them remain favourites for the Division 2b title, however that result had added significance as it saw 43 OB II’s guaranteed a top two finish.
82 II’s pulled off a shock 5-0 defeat over Ballygowan II’s, while Bangor Rangers IV’s defeated 8 OB II’s 2-0.
Tommy Murphy Memorial Shield
In the Tommy Murphy group stages, Bryansburn Rangers IV’s won 7-0, 43 OB II’s beat Vision Athletic II’s 4-2 and Newtown Forest II’s surprisingly beat Ravenhill YM II’s 2-1.
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