Down Area Winter Football League round-up, January 30
It was great to see a fuller programme this Saturday, despite Storm Gertrude's attempts during the week to play havoc with the weekend's programme.
In the Premier Division, it's 'as you were' at the top, with Moat Park Rangers leading the way, closely followed by Greenwell Star. Moat Park have slipped up in recent weeks, only winning one point in their last two games, so they were keen to get back to winning ways against visitors Comber Star, who have yet to register a point this season. Although not at their fluent best, Moat Park coasted to 6-0 win to maintain their slight advantage at the top and inflict Comber's 14th straight defeat of the season. Greenwell weren't to be outdone though, as they scored 10 without reply against second bottom club Ravenhill YM III to stay one point behind with two games in hand. Brentwood and Comber YM also registered home wins to maintain their own challenges, but it's clear this division is a two-horse race.
Division 1 was full of goals, but Agape continue to lead the way and maintained their unbeaten record as they beat Queens Grads III 5-2. Clonduff maintained their own challenge and pressure at the top as they coasted to a 7-2 home win over Castlereagh FC 82, and the day's highest scorers were Ballygowan, who rattled in 12 against Bangor Swifts III to keep their outside challenge of promotion on track.
In Division 2A, Brentwood II moved into second place following a tight 1-0 win over Comber Star II, who have shown better form in their last three games, and 3rd Bangor recorded a 3-0 scoreline against Agape II to move three points clear of their weekend's opposition. In Division 2B, Abbey Villa IV joined Comber YM II in second place as they narrowly beat 43rd Dundonald II, conquerors of leaders Clonduff II in their last outing, 2-1.
In the Mervyn Bassett Reserve Team Cup, Greenwell Star II and Moat Park Rangers II entertained us to a seven-goal thriller, with Greenwell just edging it 4-3.