Table topping Bangor’s unbeaten run, since their defeat on the first day of the season, came to an abrupt end on Saturday when they went down 3-0 at Knockbreda.
But the North Down side remain top of theChampiuonship One by a point over second placed Dundela, winners of the Steel and Sons Cup on Christmas morning.
Skipper Miguel Chines was the hero for Breda as the Portuguese striker hammered home a hat-trick which leaves his side just two points of the pace with one game in hand.
Institute ran out easy winners in a 4-0 win at home to Dergview with strikes by Carlin, Crown, McKeever and Doherty.
The win keeps ‘Stute’ in touch only one point behind Bangor in third place on goal difference. They have though played one game more than their closest rivals.
Limavady United might be one of the favourites to go down this year but they will not do so without a fight.
In another gutsy performance they salvaged a point against Ballyclare Comrades at Rathmore Road. United took an early lead but had to come back twice from one goal behind.
They were awarded a 19th minute penalty to equalise at three all and take a point when all had looked lost.
Donegal Celtic and Lisburn Distillery recorded a 1-1 draw at Suffolk Road.
The Whites took the lead through Upton but DC levelled before the break and that’s how it stayed.
In the only other match played Larne defeated Carrick Rangers 2-1 in Carrick’s home fixture which was played at Seaview.
Larne took the lead on five minutes through White but Carrick equalised through Curran on 64 minutes. White then struck again on 70 to give the visitors all three points.
The top of table game between PSNI and Queens University ended in a scoreless draw which leaves the Police in pole position entering the New Year.
Newington had no game but remain second on goal difference over Queens.
Chimney Corner scored three without reply against Killymoon Rangers at Allen Park and in the Ballymoney derby United beat Glebe Rangers 2-1.
Portstewart continue to blow hot and cold as they fell at home 3-1 to Wakehurst.
Annagh recorded a 1-0 win over Lurgan Celtic.
Both Armagh City, Boxing Day winners of the Bob Radcliffe Cup, and Banbridge Town had no match but remain in fourth and fifth respectively, five points behind with only one goal separating them and both teams have two games in hand over the league leaders.