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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, September 6

The 2014-15 DAWFL Premier Division is turning out to be the most competitive in recent history.

Ravenhill Young Men are leading the charge against the status quo and, with their 1-0 win over Greenwell Star on Saturday afternoon, are showing us that the league is there for the taking this year.

Corrymeela scored in injury time to secure a 4-3 victory over Brentwood, and Vision Athletic held onto a 3-2 lead to defeat North Down, as the two Blanchflower sides played their first home games of the season.

After two successive victories, newly promoted Abbey Villa III went into their game against Comber Star full of confidence. The Comber side proved too strong, however, as they left Millisle with all three points after a 4-1 win.

Last year's champions Moat Park got their season back on track with a more than convincing 8-0 win over 8th OB, and Willowfield Parish remain bottom after their fourth defeat on the trot, as they lost 6-3 to Oakfield Breda.

Last week I said that Division one is resembling a 'Bangor Sandwich as of late', with two Bangor sides on top of the league and two at the bottom of the league. I must apologise for this comment as I have realised that a sandwich is defined by the filling and not the outer layer, for example a ham sandwich has ham in the middle and not on the outside. For this, I am sorry.

Clandeboye YM defeated Stranmillis 3-0, Queen's Graduates came away with a win against Ards Rangers III and Agapé handed 82nd their first defeat of the year in a 2-1 upset. Bangor YM III hosted 43rd OB in what was a highly competitive 4-3 away win and, in a top vs bottom clash, 3rd Bangor OB easily defeated Bangor Swifts III 7-1.

Divisions 2A and 2B kicked off this weekend and it seems to have come around too soon for Bangor YM IV. They failed to score and conceded 11 against Comber Star II in what can only be described as, not very competitive. Newtown Forest II started the new season with a win, Vision Athletic II started with a defeat and Ravenhill YM II showed their club is in rude health with a 5-1 victory over 43rd OB II.

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