Down Area Winter Football League round-up, May 14
What a great way to finish the season, with both the Premier & Division 1 titles being won on the last day.
In the Premier Division, Greenwell Star went into their game with third placed Vision Athletic knowing that a win or a draw should give them the title. Greenwell showed why they are top of the pile, as they turned in a five-star performance to demolish their opponents 10-1, and go the whole season unbeaten. The league will now make a decision on their previously-abandoned game which, should the decision go in their favour, will give them the title. Comber Young Men finished their campaign with a 2-0 win over the team just above them, Oakfield Breda, and there was a battle between two of the bottom three teams in a relegation battle as Ravenhill YM III, fresh from an emphatic 6-1 win in their last game against Sittlington Cup winners Corrymeela, entertained North Down, who had drawn 4-4 in their previous game - so the signs were that this could be a high-scoring game. However, as it turned out, there was only two goals scored in a tense battle and both went to North Down, as they retained their place in the Premier Division for another season. Well done to both Greenwell Star and Moat Park Rangers for making this a close and exciting race all season, and it seemed fitting that it went to the very last game with only one defeat all season between these two great teams showing how tight things have been.
In Division 1, recent weeks have seen Agape lose their momentum and upper hand in the title race to nearest challengers Clonduff, so could they get back on track against lowly Bryansburn Rangers III to keep the title race going? Despite an eight-goal thriller, they shared the points and goals in a 4-4 draw to lose another two points in the title race, and further tighten Clonduff's grip on the title. Certainly, four points from the last 12 is not champion form. So, it was over to Clonduff to see if they could take things into their own hands against mid-table opposition Bangor Swifts III, and they duly delivered in a 4-2 win to claim the title in their first season in the DAWFL. Well done to both Agape and Clonduff for making this title race very exciting throughout the season, as it was only in the last few games that Clonduff claimed the upper hand.
In the Frank Moore Memorial Cup, it was an Ards derby, as Ards Rangers III (fifth in Division 1) were up against Newtownards RBL (third in Division 1), who are in their first season in the DAWFL. League positions suggested this would be a close game, but Newtownards RBL turned on the style to win their first trophy with a 4-0 victory. In the Tommy Murphy Memorial Shield Final, it was 3rd Bangor II against Moat Park Rangers II, and in a seven-goal thriller, it was Moat Park who came on top, with a 4-3 win.
Well done to all the clubs who won trophies this year, and it's great to see some of the new clubs starting life in the DAWFL on a high.