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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, September 12

The Premier Division saw a bit of a goal-feast on Saturday, with some high scoring games.

A top-of the-table clash saw Moat Park Rangers taking on Greenwell Star at home. With both teams having started the season with 100% records and averaging around 5 goals a game, a close game was expected and we weren't disappointed as they played out an enthralling 4-4 draw. Defending champions Brentwood were away against high-flying Comber Young Men and they too played out an entertaining 4-4 draw. 8th OB have moved into third position, courtesy of a 3-2 away win over Ravenhill YM III. Comber Star are still rooted to the bottom of the league following a 6-3 home defeat to North Down.

In Division 1, with league leaders Clonduff in Junior Cup action, it was up to the chasing pack to close the gap at the top. Second-placed Ballygowan accepted the challenge and closed the gap to one point with a 4-1 home win over Bryansburn Rangers III, who have yet to register a point this season, to maintain their own unbeaten start to season and a further point behind is Abbey Villa III, who had a comfortable 3-0 home win over Shorts III. Fourth-placed Ards Rangers III maintained their challenge with a 4-0 home win over bottom club Castlereagh FC 82 and the division's highest scorers of the day were newcomers Carrowdore YM, who secured a 5-0 home win over Stranmillis 37th OB.

Division 2A saw the highest scoring match in any of the divisions, with top-of-the-table Greenwell Star II earning a resounding home victory and maintaining their 100% start to the season over the 2B champions from last year, Comber Star II, 15-1. Defending champions Moat Park Rangers II maintained their own 100% record courtesy of a 3-1 home win against CorrymeeIa II as did Brentwood II with a 3-1 home win over North Down II. Newly-promoted Agape II kept up their own unbeaten start to the season with a narrow 2-1 home win over Newtown Forest II.

In Division 2B, Clonduff II had a resounding 12-0 home win over bottom team Willowfield Parish II to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and there were also comfortable wins for 43rd Dundonald II, who beat Oakfield Breda II 8-2 at home and Bangor Rangers, who secured a 4-0 home win over Queens Grads IV.

Belfast Telegraph