Intermediate Roundup

Since our last Intermediate update we have seen a bumper festive period come and go, and the new NAFL Premier Division leaders have had a fantastic month. The Kilmore side not only kept up their 100% league record, but they also won the Border Cup following a thrilling New Years Day Final at Seaview against Rathfriland.

Liam Sloans men battled back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 with two quickfire goals on the stroke of half time. Rathfriland grabbed an equaliser in the second half, but that was the end of the scoring and Olympic triumphed on penalties to seal an historic victory.

In ‘domestic’ matters the club secured three wins from three games including back to back victories over near neighbours, and basement boys, Drumaness Mills. This weekend they enjoyed a 5-2 home win over Islandmagee, who have recently appointed former Ards Rangers & Knockbreda boss Lee Forsythe to their hot seat, taking over from caretaker Michael Moore.

East Belfast also enjoyed back to back wins in a double salvo of meetings with Derriaghy, while Crumlin Star secured away wins over Shankill United and Killyleagh meaning both sides also keep their 100% records intact. At the foot of the table, Drumaness remain without a point, with 1st Bangor just four points to the good.

In the BPIL, long time leaders Dunloy show no sign of letting up their title chase with a perfect record of two wins from two leaving them 16 points clear of nearest rivals St James Swifts. The one caveat to add is that the Celtic Park men have four games in hand over the McCamphill Park men, with just one meeting between the sides to come in Dunloy. Coagh United remain in the slipstreams, with only ten games played so far they have seven games in hand on the leaders and sit 24 points behind.

Down at the bottom, Desertmartin and Cookstown RBL remain detached from the teams above, six points behind Chimney Corner and Brantwood, while Ballynure have secured four much-needed points to lift themselves up into 9th position in the table.

On to Mid Ulster now where inconsistency was the order of the day across the festivities. In the 12 league games played there were six draws, with only Ballymacash Rangers picking up full points from their two games played.

On Saturday they came out on the right side of a 5-3 scoreline away to current leaders Rectory Rangers. The visitors had lead 2-0 before a swift turnaround for Rectory saw them go 3-2 up. Rory Patterson got his second of the game to equalise before halftime, with Michael Gaults’ men pulling away from their hosts in the second half.

There was a change at the foot of the table with Laurelvale leapfrogging Fivemiletown United thanks to a pair of home draws, both finishing 1-1 with Hanover and Tandragee Rovers.

It was a fairly quiet time in the NI Intermediate League, but it sets it up for a busy second half of the season with the majority of the league campaign to be played. Strabane Athletic remain in top spot despite not playing a league game since our last update, with their 100% record from four games.

Newbuildings United also have a 100% record, thanks to a fine 4-1 home win over 2018 champions Magherafelt Sky Blues. At the bottom end of the table, both Maiden City and Trojans remain without a point.

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

1Ballynahinch Olympic10100039152430
2East Belfast99004163527
3Crumlin Star88003462824
4Crumlin United1272330201023
5Ards Rangers1464437231422
6Derriaghy C C146352530-521
7Shankill United1760113046-1618
8Larne Tech O.B.951326141216
9Immaculata F.C.125162526-116
10Rathfriland Rangers850330141615
11Killyleagh Y.C93241716111
131st Bangor Old Boys1211101438-244
14Drumaness Mills17001718103-850


Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

2St James Swifts13101248143431
3Glebe Rangers1591528181028
4Cookstown Youth147343630624
5Coagh Utd1072132201223
6Ballymoney Utd1372432211123
7Wakehurst FC157263630623
8Belfast Celtic970240132721
9Ballynure OB163492543-1813
10Donegal Celtic1541102553-2813
11Brantwood FC133372529-412
12Chimney Corner1540112345-2212
13Cookstown RBL1420122240-186


Mid Ulster Intermediate A

1Rectory Rangers148243931826
2Banbridge Rangers117312191224
3Windmill Stars1172232191323
4Crewe United1163232161621
5Oxford Sunnyside116232719820
6Ballymacash Rangers860224131118
7Valley Rangers95222417717
8Bourneview Mill124352721615
11Richhill AFC122551932-1311
12Tandragee Rovers132472335-1210
14Fivemiletown United1421111736-197


NI Intermediate League

1Strabane Athletic44002031712
2Newbuildings United3300152139
5Magherafelt Sky Blues5113714-74
7Maiden City4004410-60
8Trojans YCG2002121-200