Down Area Winter Football League round-up, January 16
Despite another weekend of poor weather, it was great to see more games being played this weekend.
In the Premier Division, it was first against second, as Greenwell Star entertained leaders Moat Park Rangers, so with not much to choose between them to date, a close encounter was envisaged. However, close it didn't turn out to be, as Greenwell turned in a five-star performance to overwhelm their closest rivals in a resounding 10-2 victory to close the gap at the top to one point with two games in hand.
In Division 1, with leaders Agape in Sittlington Cup action, Clonduff had the opportunity to close the gap further and they delivered with a 2-0 win over Shorts III to close the gap to one point with all to play for. There was a six-goal thriller, as Castlereagh FC 82 and Carrowdore YM shared the goals and the points in an entertaining 3-3 draw.
In Division 2A, Greenwell Star II firmed up their grip on the division, as they secured a 6-3 local derby win over North Down II. Comber Star II, with nine straight defeats to date, secured their first point of the season in an entertaining 1-1 draw with Agape II to move off the bottom, so is this the start of better times for them?
In Division 2B, Abbey Villa IV joined Comber YM II in second place, as they secured a comfortable 5-0 win away to Oakfield Breda II, with all top five teams all still in with a realistic chance of automatic promotion, so it's all still to play for.
In the Sittlington Cup, Agape secured a notable 2-1 away win over Premier Division opposition Newtown Forest to progress into the next round, and Comber YM secured their place in the next round, following a 3-1 derby win over Ballygowan.