Down Area Winter Football League round-up, December 5
In the Premier Division, Moat Park Rangers had the opportunity to open up a gap with Greenwell Star in cup action, and if league positions were anything to go by, you would have thought it would have been a walk in the park against their lowly opposition 3rd Bangor, but they were made to work for the three points and edged a close 1-0 win.
Game of the day must surely have been at Billy Neill, where Agape entertained Clonduff in a top of Division 1 clash, with both teams unbeaten in the league this year, so a close game was expected, but that didn't turn out to be the case, as Agape put in a top notch performance to win 5-1 and extend their lead at the top. Is anyone going to catch Agape? With Clonduff suffering their first defeat, Ballygowan seized the opportunity to move into second position courtesy of a 5-1 win over Carrowdore YM and five seemed to be the number of the day, as 43rd Dundonald also scored five in a 5-0 win over Stranmillis 37th OB.
In Division 2A, it was another top of the table clash as fierce rivals Brentwood II and Greenwell Star II met at Londonderry Park with Greenwell edging a seven-goal thriller 4-3 and extending their lead at the top. Last year's champions, Moat Park Rangers II, seem to have gone off the boil in recent weeks, as they lost further points in a 1-1 draw with Newtown Forest II. In Division 2B, Clonduff II maintained their own unbeaten record, but were made to work for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Ballygowan II.
In the Sittlington Cup, Greenwell Star were made to work for their place in the next round, as they edged a 1-0 win over Division 1 rivals Shorts III.
Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this report, from everyone in the Down Area Winter Football League.