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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, March 15

With another round of fixtures behind us, the DAWFL Premier Division title is now officially a two-horse race.

Brentwood and Greenwell Star have been leading the way for much of the last few months and, with another two victories this past weekend, the sides have ensured that there will be a celebration in Newtownards at the end of the season, though exactly where is still far from decided. Brentwood faced off against Abbey Villa III at Valentine Playing Fields, but it was clear from the outset which of the teams still had something to play for, as Brentwood strolled to an 8-0 victory. Greenwell Star faced-off against Corrymeela in a game that promised so much, yet ultimately failed to deliver, with Greenwell taking the three points after a 7-0 win.

Comber Star played their 24th and final game of the season, as they lost 4-2 at home to Moat Park Rangers. The Comber side have finished in ninth place, which is an improvement on last season, but they will be hoping for a bit more consistency next year.

Vision Athletic travelled to Billy Neill to take on Ravenhill Young Men in the top flight's remaining game and, despite trailing by two goals late on, Pat Egan's side rallied together and salvaged a 2-2 draw for the second week running.

3rd Bangor OB climbed to the top of Division One with a 2-1 win at Newtown Forest, which finally confirms their promotion to the Premier Division, along with Bangor Rangers III. Queen's Graduates III narrowly defeated Ballygowan 1-0, while Agapé were humbled 5-1 at home by Stranmillis 37th OB.

With Moat Park II only managing a 0-0 draw at North Down, Greenwell Star II took control of the Division One title race with a 4-1 win over Ravenhill YM II. Greenwell II may still trail by six points, but, with three games in hand, the top spot is very much theirs to lose.

82nd II defeated Agapé II 4-3 in Division 2A's only fixture, while Oakfield Breda, Bangor Rangers III, 3rd Bangor OB and Bryansburn Rangers IV all progressed in their respective cups.

Belfast Telegraph