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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, April 12

In the DAWFL Premiership Greenwell Star are fast becoming the main title challengers following their convincing 5-1 win over 3rd Bangor OB’s. With Moat Park Rangers in cup action , Lee Cathcart’s men took up the opportunity to creep three points closer to the league leaders.

Brentwood remain within touching distance after avenging last week’s defeat against Comber Star in the return fixture, running out incredible 7-1 winners. Not to be outdone in the goal scoring ranks Oakfield Breda put eight past Castlereagh Colts, while Willowfield also got in on the act by putting six past Vision Athletic.

In the remaining fixture 8th OB kept their top six finish aspirations alive with a 4-1 win over Corrymeela. 

The Division 1 champagne remains on ice for another week in the North Down camp, with this weeks results seeing the Ards men now needing just two more points to secure promotion and four to claim the title.

Despite a midweek stumble Steven McKeown’s men were able to pick themselves up and win 5-0 against neighbours Ards Rangers III’s. However, Abbey Villa III’s and Newtown Forest continued their superb run of form, meaning they still have mathematical hope of lifting the trophy come May.

Bangor Rangers III’s won their derby encounter against Bangor YM III’s, while Ballygowan defeated Ballywalter Rec III’s 5-1.

At the bottom of the table Stranmillis 37th OB's draw with Agape was enough to condemn 82nd to last position this season, following their 4-1 defeat at the hands of 43rd OB.

Reserve Leagues

Jamie McClune's Moat Park Rangers II's are celebrating lifting the Reserve League Division 2A League title. Despite being pushed right to the last game of the season by Bryansburn Rangers IV’s, the Dundonald men wrapped up their campaign in style with an 8-1 win over Vision Athletic II’s.

In Division 2B North Down II’s are now only one point away from securing a top two finish following their 4-0 demolishing of Willowfield Parish II’s and Comber Star II’s losing 3-1 against Bangor Rangers IV’s.

A 3-2 defeat for Queens Graduates IV and a 4-0 win for 82nd II’s see the former finishing bottom of the pack, while at the other end of the table 43rd OB II’s kept up their title challenge with a 3-0 win over Stranmillis 37th OB II.

In the Tommy Murphy Shield Ravenhill YM II’s went top of Group A with a 4-0 win over Ballygowan, however, a total of four teams still remain in contention of progressing to the quarter-finals. Group B remains equally as open with five out of six teams still battling it out.

Group C sees no such ambiguity, with Bryansburn Rangers IV’s finishing top, followed by Comber Star II’s, while in Group D Greenwell Star II’s 6-3 win over Comber Young Men II’s means they now need a single point against Bangor Rangers IV’s to take top spot from Corrymeela II’s.

The Sittlington Cup semi-finals take place this Wednesday night (April 16) at Billy Neill Playing fields, with both matches kicking off at 6.15pm.

Comber Rec III’s take on Corrymeela, while Comber Star face Moat Park Rangers.

Belfast Telegraph