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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, December 13

With none of the top three in action, Comber Young Men had the opportunity to move level on points with the league leaders in their game against Moat Park Rangers.

Last year's champions, Moat Park, have struggled to put a solid run of results together in this campaign, but Comber Young Men knew they were in for a tough afternoon in the freezing conditions of Parkway Playing Fields. The game ended in a 2-0 victory to the Young Men, thanks greatly to Moat Park's bad luck in front of goal, leaving the Comber side on 31 points and in a perfect position to contend for the league title in the new year.

At the opposite end of the table, Vision Athletic travelled to Dairy Hall Playing Fields to take on North Down. The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 3-2 Vision victory, so Pat Egan's men went in full of confidence that they could put some space between themselves and the relegation zone with a win. North Down, of course, have their own own season to worry about and were keen to repay Vision for the defeat earlier in the year. The contest ended with a 5-0 win to North Down and seems to have cemented Vision's place in a season long battle to avoid the drop.

Greenwell's game at Willowfield and Comber Star's game at Oakfield Breda were postponed due to the bad weather, leaving Ravenhill's game at Abbey Villa III as the Premier Division's only remaining fixture. Ravenhill have been struggling as of late, but they left Millisle with a much needed victory and three points that may just be the start of a revival in the second half of the season.

Comber Star II defeated Brentwood II 3-1 in the Mervyn Bassett Cup, while in the Sittlington Cup, First Division's Ards Rangers III upset the top flight's 8th OB 3-1 to progress into the quarter-finals.

Division One saw 3rd Bangor OB pull clear at the summit with a comfortable 4-0 victory over 82nd, Bangor YM III defeated Clandeboye YM 3-2 and Stranmillis 37th OB defeated Bangor Swifts III 5-1 to claim their largest victory of the season so far.

In the league's bottom two divisions, 3rd Bangor OB II defeated Bryansburn Rangers IV 4-2, Corrymeela II defeated Comber YM II 1-0 and Stranmillis 37th OB II moved level at the top of Division 2B with a 3-1 win over Bangor YM IV. Bangor Rangers IV and Queens Graduates IV both claimed 4-1 victories in their respective games against Abbey Villa IV and Agapé II.

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