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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, November 22

Corrymeela hosted Abbey Villa III this week, knowing that a victory would take them level on points with Brentwood at the top of the league.

With Abbey Villa battling to avoid the relegation-zone, the two sides knew that they were in for a difficult afternoon. Corrymeela's quality, however, shone through and they came away with a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

It wasn't long ago that Ravenhill Young Men were in Corrymeela's position, but after a few poor performances, they now find themselves in seventh place. Saturday saw them lose to a struggling North Down side and the challenge for the rest of the season will be to remain motivated, despite having little to play for in the league.

Vision Athletic are having their worst season so far in the DAWFL. After 11 games, they sit second from bottom on seven points and, after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of 8th OB, must now see relegation as a likely possibility.

In the Premier Division's remaining fixtures, Comber Young Men claimed the bragging rights, as they defeated local rivals Comber Star 8-0 and Moat Park Rangers were 5-1 winners in their game against Willowfield Parish.

In Division One, 3rd Bangor OB stretched their lead at the top with a 3-1 win over Bangor Rangers III, Stranmillis 37th OB defeated Bangor YM III 3-2 and Agapé handed Ards Rangers III their heaviest defeat of the season as the game ended 9-0. Bangor Swifts III claimed a 6-3 victory in the game against Ballywalter Rec III and Queen's Graduates III lost 2-0 at home to Bryansburn Rangers III.

Moat Park Rangers II remain Division 2A's only unbeaten side, after their 3-1 victory over Ravenhill YM II, Newtown Forest II were 3-2 winners in their game against Brentwood, while North Down II narrowly defeated Corrymeela II 1-0 at Dairy Hall Playing Fields. Last-placed 43rd OB II were on the end of a 7-0 thrashing from 3rd Bangor OB II, leaving them with only one point from their opening 10 games.

In Division 2B, Stranmillis 37th OB II and Bangor Rangers IV won their respective games 3-2, Agapé II were 5-2 winners in their game against Oakfield Breda II and 82nd II defeated Bangor YM IV 4-0 to move out of the bottom two.

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