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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, October 10

It's as you were in the Premier Division, with all the top three teams winning on Saturday.

Greenwell Star and Moat Park Rangers continue to set the early pace with Greenwell earning a comfortable 6-0 win over local rivals North Down and Moat Park securing an excellent 5-2 win over current defending champions Brentwood. Third-placed Corrymeela faced bottom club Comber Star and eased to a 6-2 away win, Comber Star are still looking for their first points of the year and already becoming detached from the teams above them. Vision Athletic moved up to fourth place, courtesy of a 3-0 home win against 8th OB. After picking up their first win of the season last week, Ravenhill YM III travelled to near rivals Newtown Forest and secured a point in a close-fought 1-1 draw. Comber Young Men travelled to Bangor to take on the team above them, Bangor Rangers III and came away with all three points, following a  3-0 win and now sit just a point behind them. The final game saw Oakfield Breda take on second-bottom 3rd Bangor and come away with the points following a closely-fought 2-1 win. 3rd Bangor are certainly finding life tougher in the Premier Division after their unbeaten run last year which secured them the Division 1 title; an indication maybe of the gulf between the two divisions.

There was an average of over five goals per game this week to continue the goal-fest of recent weeks in Division 1. Newcomers Clonduff continue to lead the way and maintained their 100% start to the season as they eased to a 7-0 win over Stranmillis 37th OB. Agape maintained their own unbeaten start to the season and moved up to second position following a comfortable 4-1 home win over 43rd Dundonald. Ballygowan, who were second at start of play, dropped down to fourth position when they suffered their second defeat of the season following a surprise 3-2 home loss to Carrowdore YM. Newtownards RBL, another newcomer to the league, continue to show they can score goals with an emphatic 7-1 away win over Bangor YM III. There was a North Down derby at Londonderry Park as Ards Rangers III took on Bangor Swifts III, with Ards securing the points following a comfortable 4-1 win and move up to third place. Willowfield Parish, languishing towards the bottom of the division, put in a spirited performance as they secured a point in an enthralling 3-3 draw against fifth-placed Queen Grads III. Bottom club Bryansburn Rangers III continue to find life difficult following a 3-1 home loss to near rivals Abbey Villa III and this week's final game saw Shorts III secure the points in a close-fought 2-1 win over Castlereagh FC 82.

In Division 2A, it's Greenwell Star II & Brentwood II who continue to set the early pace. Greenwell had a local derby with North Down II and secured the points following a 3-1 win to maintain their position at the top on goal difference. Brentwood had a home game against bottom club Comber Star II and eased to a 6-1 win to maintain their 100% start to season and leave Star still looking for their first points of the season following their promotion from 2B last year. Defending champions Moat Park Rangers II travelled to Bangor to play 3rd Bangor II and maintained their own challenge following a 3-0 win to sit nicely-placed behind the top two. Vision Athletic II moved up to fourth place following a 3-1 away win against Newtown Forest II.

There were plenty of goals in Division 2B as Clonduff II & Ballygowan II continue to set the early pace. Clonduff secured an enthralling 5-4 away win against 43rd Dundonald II, while Ballygowan had a more comfortable 3-1 away win against Newtownards RBL II. Third placed Abbey Villa IV, with a 100% record at start of play, travelled to Comber to take on Comber YM II, who were looking for their first win of the season following their relegation last season and it was the Comber team who pulled of a surprise with a 2-1 win and inflicting Abbey Villa's first defeat of the season. Willowfield Parish II remain rooted to the bottom, looking for their first points of the season, as they suffered a 6-3 away defeat to 8th OB II and the division's final game saw 10 goals scored as Oakfield Breda II secured an 8-2 away win against Queens Grads IV.

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