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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, February 14

Through much of the 2014-2015 campaign, the DAWFL Premier Division crown could have went any one of four or five ways.

Ravenhill YM were the early pacesetters, while Corrymeela and Comber YM bided their time for a big mid-season push. As we approach the final months, however, it looks like the title will be contested between two of the league's most established and successful clubs; Greenwell Star and Brentwood.

Given that their home pitches are mere feet apart at Westwinds Playing Fields, their rivalry cannot be overemphasised.

Saturday saw both clubs notch up another three points, with Greenwell comfortably beating Abbey Villa III 7-1 and Brentwood defeating Moat Park Rangers 2-0, but their next fixture has been marked on the calendar for quite a while. This coming Saturday sees the two teams face off in a game that will definitely go a long way to deciding who will be crowned champions come May.

At the lower half of the division, North Down secured their place in the top flight with a 3-3 draw at Comber Star, while 8th OB moved up to ninth, with a 3-1 win at Willowfield Parish. Vision Athletic fell to a 4-2 defeat at Comber Young Men, however, with a nine-point lead over Abbey Villa III, it seems that they may have done enough to avoid the drop this year.

In the division's remaining fixture, Oakfield Breda defeated Ravenhill YM 2-0 at Billy Neill.

Division One is proving to be just as competitive as the top tier, with a number of clubs pushing for promotion. Bangor Rangers III moved into second place with a 4-1 win over Queen's Graduates, whilst 82nd kept their hopes alive with a victory over Ards Rangers III. Agapé still have an outside chance, despite falling to a 6-3 defeat at 43rd OB, however, Newtown Forest still lead the way and, by defeating Ballygowan 2-0, they have secured another three points and must be in line to claim one of the highly coveted promotion places.

In Division 2A, Greenwell Star II defeated 3rd Bangor OB II 4-0, Ravenhill YM II humbled Brentwood II 6-0 and Bryansburn Rangers IV continued the high scoring with a 6-0 win at North Down II.

Division 2B couldn't have been more different. With four draws in four games, the division moved one step closer to the finishing line, without any team budging an inch.

Belfast Telegraph