Down Area Winter Football League round-up, May 7
What a great season so far, with the top two divisions still not decided yet.
In the Premier Division, the battle continues to rage between the top two. Moat Park Rangers finalised their league campaign with a game against North Down, knowing a win would keep them in pole position and keep the pressure on Greenwell Star, and they finished in style with an emphatic 7-0 win. Greenwell's opposition was much tougher, as they faced Sittlington Cup winners Corrymeela, so could they maintain their challenge? The answer was a resounding 'yes,' as they demolished Corrymeela 9-1, taking the title race to their final game of the season next Saturday against third-placed Vision Athletic. A win or draw gives them the title, with a defeat taking it to a play-off. What a great battle this has been all season. Last year's champions Brentwood have had a bad run recently, but finished their season during the week on a positive, with a 2-0 in over North Down. There was also a battle between the bottom two, as Comber Star entertained Ravenhill Young Men III and signed off with a 3-2 win, giving departing manager Gordon Montgomery a positive to end his reign on.
In Division 1, the battle continues between Agape and Clonduff, but a dip in form for Agape has seen them lose two out of their last three games, going into this weekend's game, giving the upper hand to Clonduff - so could they turn things around against 43rd Dundonald, to keep their challenge going and keep the pressure on Clonduff? League positions suggested this should be a routine win for Agape, but 43rd had other ideas, as they inflicted Agape's third defeat in four games in a pulsating nine-goal thriller, winning 5-4. Clonduff's opposition was Ards Rangers III, so could they maintain the upper hand that they've seized in recent weeks? Despite the same number of goals being scored as in the Agape game, Clonduff delivered a champion's performance to ease to a 7-2 win to leave them with one hand on the trophy. Clonduff now only need one more point from their final two games to take the title in their first season in the DAWFL.
With the Division 2A title already in the hands of Greenwell Star II, it was over to Comber Young Men II to see if they could claim the title against tough opposition Bangor Rangers IV, and they duly delivered in a 3-1 away win, to be promoted as champions. Abbey Villa IV maintained their own charge for promotion with a resounding 6-0 win over 43rd Dundonald II.