Down Area Winter Football League round up, March 22
All eyes in the DAWFL were on the top of the Premiership clash between heavyweights Brentwood and Moat Park Rangers. In a game that had just about everything, including controversy, goals, penalties, a sending off and a last minute equaliser, the neutrals observing the game were treated to a 2-2 draw.
While both managers will be happy to have taken something from the game, the result suited neither with both needing maximum points to keep their title challenges on track.
With Greenwell Star defeating Comber Star 4-2, a review of the League table shows that if the Ard's men can win their three games in hand, they will go one point clear. However with Greenwell and Moat Park due to lock horns next weekend, James Dickson will be looking to ensure that his side retain the advantage for what is building up to be another exciting climax to the season.
The title dream for Gary Barclay’s side appears to be over, as on current form it appears unlikely that Moat will lose the four out of their last six games that it would require to let Brentwood back in the frame for honours.
At the bottom of the table Alan Harvey’s 3 Bangor OB had the opportunity to try and achieve an almost mission impossible, however their 1-1 draw with Oakfield Breda looks like being the deadly blow that will send the seaside men down to Division 1 next season.
Pat Egan’s Vision Athletic pulled off a superb result with a 10-1 win against Castlreagh Colts and with Ravenhill YM only managing a goalless draw against 8 OB, it looks like Athletic will grab fourth spot in the final standings.
A solitary goal against Bryansburn Rangers III’s saw league leaders North Down retain their 10 point lead at the top of Division 1 and with only seven games to play it looks like the deficit will be too much for the chasing pack to catch.
Comber Rec III’s achieved an impressive 3-2 victory against neighbours Ballygowan which sees them remain 2nd, however hot on their tails are Newtown Forest who sit only two points behind following their 2-1 win against Bangor Rangers III’s.
One time favourites for promotion Bangor Swifts III’s will have to address their dip in form as soon as possible if they want to put themselves back in contention, with their defeat against Abbey Villa III’s seeing them not having won in four games. Another Bangor side, Young Men III’s, still remain within touching distance with their 6-2 win over Ballywalter Rec III’s.
In the remaining ties, 43 OB defeated Ards Rangers III’s 5-4, Agape ran out 4-2 winners against 82 and Queens Graduates III’s won 2-1 against Stranmillis 37 OB.
Moat Park Rangers II’s pulled off one of the come backs of the season to keep their title challenge alive, coming back from 3-0 down at halftime to win 4-3. That result sees them sit one point behind current leaders Bryansburn Rangers IV’s, who hit 3 Bangor OB II’s for seven yesterday, with a game in hand.
Ravenhill YM II’s brought Brentwood II’s recent run of form to an end with a 2-0 win, while Newtown Forest II’s easily defeated Comber YM II’s 3-0.
League leaders 43 OB II’s suffered a shock draw against Queens Graduates IV’s in Division 2b, while there was another surprise in store, as bottom club 82 II’s recorded only their fourth victory of the season again Agape II’s.