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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, February 13

Despite, once again, poor weather trying to play havoc with the fixtures, it was great to see a fuller programme going ahead.

In the Premier Division, Moat Park Rangers and Greenwell Star continue to trade punches as they continue their push for this year's title. Moat Park continue to lead the way, and although recent results haven't been at the level of the first part of the season, they edged past Newtown Forest 3-2 to maintain their slender lead over their closest challengers. Greenwell, however, continue to score goals, averaging seven per game, aided by the meanest defence in any of the divisions where they have conceded, on average, less than one per game, and they came close to that average, as they disposed of Bangor Rangers III 6-1 to stay within one point of Moat Park with two games in hand. Comber Young Men maintained their fourth position, courtesy of a good 4-2 away win over 3rd Bangor and Oakfield Breda kept their own good season going with a 3-1 away win over 8th OB.

In Division 1, Agape and Clonduff continue to push each other, with only one point separating them. Agape were up against lowly Castlereagh FC 82, and with 13 places between them, you could only see one winner, and that's how it turned out, as Agape coasted to a 7-1 win to stay top. Clonduff, however, continue to maintain the pressure on their rivals for the title, as they also eased to a 6-0 win over Bangor YM III. Ballygowan kept their own challenge going, with a close 1-0 win over Newtownards RBL to stay three points behind Clonduff, but have played three games more, which might count against them at the end of season.

In the Sittlington Cup, Brentwood progressed to the next round, following a closely-fought contest with Abbey Villa III, and in the Tommy Murphy Memorial Shield Group matches, fierce rivals Moat Park Rangers II and Greenwell Star II produced a six-goal thriller to share the points, Agape II disposed of Comber Star II 3-0, Comber YM II drew 2-2 with Abbey Villa IV and Clonduff II edged a seven-goal thriller4-3 against Oakfield Breda II.

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