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STAR Sports have opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier Division after a 6-2 win over Cardiff Police.

Michael McDonagh and Paul Davies both netted hat-tricks, while Dave Ham and Ash Saunders replied for the Police.

British Military Fitness moved up into third place in the First Division after they stormed to a 10-1 victory over Arriva Trains. Matthew Young lead the rout with four strikes, with Gareth Corcoran (2), Gareth Payne, Andrew Rowe, Matthew Carrel and an own goal completing the score.

Second-place Rhiwbina moved to within a point of leaders Tremorfa Hotspurs with an emphatic 7-1 win over fourth-placed Heath Park Wanderers. Rhys Crabtree and Wayne Lewis both hit two goals apiece, while David Dewey, Adam Alexander and David Trace added to the score.

Roath Park Rangers achieved a double over Plough Albion with a 4-3 win at Roath Park.

In a disappointing performance, Rangers were heavily indebted to Duncan Culley, whose four goals decided the game in their favour. Rangers started really poorly, conceding to a sloppy header from Glen Powell on three minutes, and an own goal 15 minutes later.

Before the break though, Culley won a free-kick, and aimed his shot right into the top corner to halve the deficit at the break.

Rangers changed their tactics after the break to try and keep possession, but it was the visitors who Ploughed into a 3-1 lead through Adam Parsons with another desperately sloppy goal from the hosts point of view.

All appeared lost, but then one of the Plough players was sent off for an incident which left Rangers centre-back Dave McKenzie needing hospital treatment.

It proved to be the turning point in the match as the red-card fired-up Rangers and they made the most of having an extra man by sending three up front.

The tactic worked as Roath Park snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

With 10 minutes to go Joel Jones' misdirected cross fell kindly for Culley, who side-footed home, and soon after he rose higher than the goalkeeper and centre-back to nod home Luke Williams' hopeful lob into the box and bring the scores level.

Then with injury time looming Plough conceded a soft penalty for handball, and Culley smashed home a winner.

The Greek Cypriot Association of Wales enjoyed some rare success in the Second Division, as their 4-3 victory over John Davey Builders secured only their second win of the season.

Tassos Lukas, Barri Lazarou and Nick Jackson (2) hit the GCAW goals, while the Builders replied through Darran Gibbs, Paul Davies and Alex Roberts.

Elsewhere, Inter Cwmbran and Cardiff Cossacks shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

David Chaundy netted for Inter, while Anthony Davies replied for the Cossacks.

Lisvane Panthers continue to set the pace in the Third Division, with their latest success being an 11-0 demolition of RDL Blackweir.

There were also 11 goals in the other Third Division match as fourth-placeRailway Wanderers steamed to a 9-win over Michaelstone Rangers.

-The Wanderers goals were sharebetween Glyn Spillane (2), Kieron Mcdonald (2), Andrew Cann (2), Andrew Bestwick (2) and Andrew Paddock. c-w na Space Jam Galaxy and PontcannRangers produced a 14-goal thriller in match of contrasting halves, with Rangers eventually coming out on top by 8-6 in the Fourth Division.

npve It was always set to be a close encounter, with just goal difference separating the teams in their respectivfourth and fifth positions in the table.

The early exchanges were evenl matched with Galaxy playing some nicpassing football, playing through thRangers midfield, while they also causing numerous problems down the lefwing. ly ce he sft Despite the early pressure largel being created by Galaxy, it was in facRangers who took the lead through Connor Rankmore. ly ct Rangers then sat back and soon afte er found themselves 2-1 behind, with both Galaxy goals coming from a tight angle by Josh Graham. Connor then broke the offside trap to equalise at 2-2. Space Jam then again took the lead through Lee Hamilton and were unlucky to not make it 4-2 when the referee adjudged the ball not to clear the line.

Space Jam did however then get their fourth, from Hamilton, which was then quickly followed by their fifth, from Zac Brookes as they took a 5-2 lead into the break.

Space Jam had by far been the better side in the first half, playing some of the best passing football the Rebels had come up against so far this season.

Rangers started the second half with a bang and an early corner was slotted home by Josh Edwards.

Rangers looked to build on this, and minutes later Connor once again broke the offside trap to complete his hat-trick.

Space Jam Galaxy were next to get on the scoresheet scoring their sixth of the game through Graham, making it 6-4 to Space Jam.

Rangers quickly fired back as Jack Perks lashed in from a tight angle quickly followed by Conner getting his fourth of the game to make it all square at 6-6. Rangers Rebels then took the lead for the first time in the match as Chris Head finished from close range.

Space Jam then caused numerous problems as they looked to get back into the game with the strikers denied by the athletic saves from the Rangers goalkeeper.

In the dying minutes Rangers made sure of all three points when Perks lobbed the keeper to make it 8-6 to Pontcanna.

A strike from Rhydian Fairfax proved to be enough to secure a 1-0 win for Canton Cross Vaults over St Mellons and return the Vaults to the top of the division, albeit on goal difference from CSKA Sophia Gardens.

At the other end of the table, Cardiff Boyo's edged out rivals Rhondda Boyo's by 4-3. Cardiff made the perfect start with a great brace from Aaron Barnes. Former Cardiff Boyo's Ricky Derrick pulled a goal back for Rhondda before the interval.

Lee Blackmore hit an equaliser for Rhondda in the second half, before Matthew Rees made a perfectly timed run and slotted perfectly into the bottom corner, to put Cardiff back into the lead.

However, Rhondda came back again and equalised with a header from Ross French off a corner.

Cardiff finished it off with substitute Robson Sullivan hitting the winning goal to seal their first win of the season.

Elsewhere, four goals from Joe Matthews helped Barry Saints to a 9-4 win over Channel View Athletic.

Zac Cleary (2), Joss Davies, Shane Harding and Joss Cummings were also on target for the Saints, while Athletic replied through Joe Janes, Shaun Staples and Chris Short.

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Christian Roche of top of the table Lisvane Panthers in action against R D L Blackweir Rangers in their 11-1 victory in the La Tasca Third Division

Mathew James of Roath Park Rangers, (white) takes on the Plough Albion F C midfield in their 4-3 victory in The Everson Sports First Division at Roath Park PICTURES: Carl Robertson
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Date:Jan 16, 2013
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