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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, September 13

Ravenhill Young Men have surprised a lot of people this year, with some great results against the bigger teams in the league.

However, if they are serious about competing for silverware, come May, they will have to avoid results like Saturday's 3-3 draw at home to Abbey Villa III. Although this may prove to be a minor hiccup, it handed the initiative back to Brentwood and Comber YM at the league summit, as they both cruised to comfortable victories over Oakfield Breda and North Down, respectively.

Moat Park travelled to Blanchflower to take on Corrymeela in the weekend's most entertaining fixture. Both sides created enough chances to put the game to bed, but after a 3-2 away win, the Dundonald side went home with all three points and now sit in fifth place, leapfrogging their opponents in the table.

Last season Willowfield Parish were one of the most competitive and hardest working teams in the league, but after five games of the new campaign, they sit rock bottom with zero points and a goal difference of minus 29. What has changed? They will have to figure it out soon if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

Their opponents on Saturday, Comber Star, started the season in similar form, taking one point from their opening four fixtures. Since then, however, they have won three games on the trot and are sitting comfortably in mid-table, showing how quickly a bad run of form can be turned on its head.

In Saturday's final Premier Division Game, Greenwell Star comfortably defeated 8th OB 3-0 at home and, with top two Brentwood and Comber YM facing off next week, they are in a prime position to capitalise on any slip-ups.

In Division One, Queen's Graduates III climbed above Bangor Rangers III into first place, after the two sides met at QUB Playing Fields, Stranmillis 37th OB put five past Ballywalter Rec III and bottom two, Bangor YM III and Bangor Swifts III, lost again.

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Ballygowan's game against Ards Rangers III was postponed and Bryansburn Rangers III left Valentine playing fields with three points after their 5-3 victory over Clandeboye YM.

Moat Park II are the only team in Division 2A and 2B to take maximum points from their opening two games, with Ravenhill YM II drawing at Vision Athletic II and Comber Star II following up last week's 11-0 victory with a 3-3 draw at 8th OB II.