Down Area Winter Football League round-up December 8
In the DAWFL Premier Division, Moat Park Rangers won 5-0 away over Ravenhill YM to remain in top spot. Brentwood, trailing in second place, stalled their bid to overtake Moat Park with a 4-4 away draw against Willowfield Parish.
Kyle Cherry wants Dundela to finish strong
Dundela playmaker Kyle Cherry crowned an excellent month by collecting the BT Sport NIFWA Championship Player of the Month award for November.
Kilmore Rec boss Mark Holland wants one of the big teams
Kilmore Rec player-manager Mark Holland will have an opportunity to do battle with one of the Irish League clubs where he made his name, after his Kilmore Rec side booked their place in the Irish Cup fifth round draw for the second time in successive seasons.
Intermediate Cup: Comber Rec boss Philip McDonagh is forward thinking
As Comber Rec’s Intermediate Cup third round clash with Ardstraw approaches, their manager Philip McDonagh admits his new club’s rivals Ards Rangers aren’t too far from his mind.
Fan of the week
Joe McCoy, Aghalee Village
Around the grounds
Larne midfielder Darren McNamee was runner-up to Dundela midfielder Kyle Cherry in the NIFWA Championship Player of the Month award for November. Carrick Rangers forward Jody Lynch was third.
South Antrim League round-up
Nine-man Sandy Row fought out a 4-4 draw with holders Glaston in the Ironside Cup semi-final before winning the penalty shoot-out 4-2 to set up a Boxing Day final with Warren YM.
Mid Ulster round-up December 8
The Intermediate A Division is the place to come if goals are what you want to see.
Fermanagh & Western League round-up December 8
Defending champions and league leaders Enniskillen Town United suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost out 3-2 away to fellow title challengers Beragh Swifts. Stephen Browne scored twice for the hosts with Johnny Kuruc also on target, Frank Wallace and Nicky Dunbar with the visitors' goals.
Ballymena & Provincial League round-up December 8
In the Intermediate Division, Magherafelt and Dunloy shared eight goals in a 4-4 draw in the McReynolds League Cup with Ciaran Monaghan scoring three and Michael Devlin one for the Sky Blues with Chris Smylie, Karl Fitzpatrick, Duane Scott replying for Dunloy, plus an own goal.
Bangor hit five past Knockbreda
Bangor manager Garth Scates returned to the touchline after a sabbatical from the game, following the death of his wife Lesley in October.
Five up front
Michael Herron, Nortel
Six of the boss
Kyle Rendall, Dromara Village
Fixtures for the week beginning December 9
Rathfriland Rangers boss Brian Adair looks for league progress after Banbridge defeat
Banbridge Town scored a 4-2 Irish Cup fourth round victory over a Rathfriland Rangers side managed by their former boss Brian Adair on Saturday, though he was still left feeling positive about the future of his current club.
Rectory Rangers manager Lee Winter challenges players to bounce back
Watching your side lose is never an enjoyable experience, but sucking in the reality of Rectory Rangers’ first defeat of the season just last weekend, their manager was able to draw some welcome positives.
Championship crucial to local football, says Andrew Johnston
NIFL managing director Andrew Johnston believes a successful Championship is key to improving domestic football in Northern Ireland.
Tables and results December 8
For the latest tables and results
Cliftonville and Crusaders keen to avoid a festive disaster
Cliftonville and Crusaders are working together to ensure that their Boxing Day fixture at Seaview goes ahead without a hitch.
Christmas Jumper Day new
Extremely loud knitwear at the ready
Queen's Winter Graduations
This year's university winter graduations
Northern Ireland Wags
Cow passenger in Citroen Xsara
Nelson Mandela: life and times
Key moments in life of former president
Northern Ireland Nightlife - Christmas parties 2013
Victoria's Secret opens first shop on island of Ireland
Top 10 tech toys for children Christmas 2013
World in Pictures
Striking images from around the globe
Xtra-vision pre-orders U-turn
Games and video chain backtracks on policy
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