Down Area Winter Football League round-up, October 24
With a number of clubs in Junior Shield action, it was an opportunity for some of the chasing pack to close the gap at the top of the Premier Division and defending champions Brentwood led the way with a 4-2 away win against Vision Athletic to move ominously up to third position.
Comber Star's miserable campaign continued with their tenth straight defeat of the season with a 6-3 derby loss against Comber Young Men to remain rooted to the bottom, a result that moved the Young Men to fifth position. 3rd Bangor had a comfortable 5-0 win against Ravenhill YM III and the final game saw an entertaining 3-3 draw between 8th OB and Bangor Rangers III.
This week also saw the first fixtures in the Sittlington Cup and there was a surprise in store for high flying Clonduff as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Division 1 rivals Bangor Swifts III. Carrowdore YM secured a comfortable 5-1 win over Ards Rangers III , and Newtown Forest enjoyed a 7-2 home victory over Stranmillis 37th OB.
In Division 1, Ballygowan got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win away to Abbey Villa III to move up to second place, due to Agape being in Junior Shield action, and Queens Grads III moved up to third place following a 3-1 away win against Shorts III. Newtownards RBL moved up to fourth position following a 5-2 win over 43rd Dundonald, which means that there is only two points separating the top six clubs.
In Division 2A, Greenwell II continued their excellent start to the season with a 2-0 win over Corrymeela II, but Brentwood II lost ground following a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Agape II. In Division 2B, Clonduff II maintained their unbeaten start to season following a 4-1 over Ballygowan II, but Abbey Villa IV and Bangor Rangers IV maintained pressure at the top, following 4-2 and 4-3 victories.