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Down Area Winter League round-up, February 22

The footballing gods were finally looking down on the DAWFL, with a full League programme going ahead for the first time in recent weeks.

Premiership

Game of the day was in the Premiership, with a repeat of last season’s title decider taking place.

Remarkably Greenwell Star came out on top again with exactly the same scoreline as that incredible night in May of 4-3 against local rivals Brentwood.

Current leaders Moat Park Rangers showed no sign of feeling the pressure, with a 3-2 win against Oakfield Breda seeing them maintain their five point lead at the top of the pile.

The race for a respectable top six finish continues to be interesting, with the 8th recording wins, while Ravenhill YM stumbled with a draw against Willowfield Parish.

At the other end of the table, Clandeboye YM are one more defeat away from relegation, although their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Casltereagh Colts indicated signs of improvement. The remaining relegation spot is likely to come down to a dog fight between 3rd.

Division 1

North Down’s return to the Premiership now looks inevitable, with their 2-0 win against Ballywalter Rec III’s sending them seven points clear at the top of Division 1.

Bangor YM III’s and Comber Rec III’s did themselves no favours in the race to the remaining promotion place, with both recording defeats at the hands of Ards Rangers III’s and Bryansburn Rangers III’s.

At the bottom of the table 82ndAgape and Queens Grads III’s.

Reserve Leagues

In 2a, Moat Park Rangers II’s continued their push for the title with an impressive win against Ravenhill YM II’s, while Brentwood II’s defeated Comber YM II’s 3-2.

Current leaders in 2b, 43rd OB II’s, dropped points with a draw against Castlereagh Colts II’s, while there were wins for 82nd

Tommy Murphy Memorial Shield

It was goals galore in the Tommy Murphy Memorial Shield, with both Agape II’s and Bryansburn Rangers IV’s hitting five, with Greenwell Star II’s could only manage one in their win against Corrymeela II’s.

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