Down Area Winter Football League round-up, October 17
This week saw Premier and Division 1 teams in cup action in the Jigsaw Financial Billy Allen Memorial Shield.
The game of the day was at Billy Neill pitches, when the two top Premier League teams met, so a close game was expected, and that's what was delivered, with Greenwell Star edging a close game 3-2 against Moat Park Rangers. Agape, currently flying high in Division 1, were up against Premier League rivals Vision Athletic and despite the score being 1-1 after extra time, were beaten on penalties to suffer their first competitive defeat of the season. The highest scoring game was at Upritchard Park, where Bangor Rangers III met Ravenhill YM III with the Bangor team securing a 10-3 win. Another high-scoring game was at Hydebank Playing Fields, where Newtownards RBL secured a 7-1 away win against Willowfield Parish. Abbey Villa III eased to a 6-2 home win against 43rd Dundonald. There was a Comber derby when Comber Young Men entertained struggling Comber Star with the Young Men securing a close 3-2 win after extra time. There were also first round wins for Oakfield Breda, 3rd Bangor, Ards Rangers III, Brentwood, Queens Grads III.
There was a top-two clash in Division 2A, when Greenwell Star II entertained near rivals Brentwood II, with Greenwell inflicting Brentwood's first defeat of the season in a 3-1 win. There was also a bottom-two clash, as Comber Star II entertained Newtown Forest II, with the away team securing a 2-0 win to move out of the bottom two. North Down II moved into the bottom-two, courtesy of a 3-1 home defeat to Agape II. 3rd Bangor II secured their second win of the season with a close 3-2 away win over Corrymeela II.
In Division 2B, Clonduff II maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 home win over 3rd placed Abbey Villa IV. Comber YM II, after securing their first win last week, made it two wins on the trot with a close 1-0 away win over 8th OB II. After conceding eight goal in their last outing, it was Queens Grads IV turn to score eight goals following an 8-4 away win against 43rd Dundonald II. The final game saw eight goals shared between Oakfield Breda II & Bangor Rangers IV in a 4-4 draw.