Intermediate Roundup

February was an eventful month across the four Intermediate leagues, and as we enter the final few months of the season, the title races remain wide open.

In the NAFL it was certainly a month to forget for Ballynahinch Olympic, who lost three of their five games, loosening their grip on the title. Defeats to Immaculata, Crumlin United and Shankill United undid some of the good work achieved by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Crumlin Star at the end of January. For their part, the Star reacted well, picking up 7 points from 9 to close within 11 points of Olympic, having played 5 games less. East Belfast are now the only team with a 100% record, having seen out February playing only cup matches.

Shankill United continued their resurgence under David McAlinden, adding to that win over Ballynahinch with a 4-0 win over Islandmagee and a 2-2 draw with in form Immaculata. At the foot of the table, Drumaness Mills are all but down, with just four games to play they remain without a point. They now sit 11 points below the team above, 1st Bangor OB.

In the BPIL the race is now down to three teams, Dunloy, St James Swifts & Belfast Celtic. Long term leaders Dunloy have six games left to play, having registered 18 wins and 2 draws from their 20 games played. St James are 19 points behind with five games in hand on the leaders, with Belfast Celtic a further ten points behind.

Celtic have been hamstrung in their league campaign due to their excellent progress in a number of cup competitions, plus the recent spell of bad weather leading to a number of postponements. The key games look set to be played at Dunloy’s McCamphill Park with both the Swifts and the Celts due to make the journey north over the next number of weeks.

Banbridge Rangers have snatched control of the Mid Ulster Intermediate A this month with a full house of five wins from five, sealed with a fine 2-1 win away at Crewe United last weekend. This was a crucial three points in a proverbial six-pointer, stretching the lead over United to 12 points, Ballymacash Rangers are also on 30 points, having played 2 games less than Crewe.

Laurelvale sit rock bottom in the division on 8 points from their 20 games, 2 points behind Fivemiletown United having played 5 games more. Tandragee Rovers are a further 3 points in front as we enter the run-in, they have now played 18 games and picked up a massive three points in their survival battle with a 1-0 win away at reigning champions Hanover last weekend.

In the North West based NI Intermediate League, Newbuildings United maintained their 100% record while also progressing to the quarter-finals of the Intermediate Cup where they will travel to face PIL side Dollingstown.

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Ballynahinch Olympic 17 14 0 3 48 22 26 42
2 Crumlin Star 12 10 1 1 42 11 31 31
3 East Belfast 10 10 0 0 42 6 36 30
4 Shankill United 21 9 1 11 41 50 -9 28
5 Crumlin United 16 8 3 5 36 26 10 27
6 Derriaghy C C 17 8 3 6 31 32 -1 27
7 Ards Rangers 16 7 4 5 41 28 13 25
8 Immaculata F.C. 15 6 2 7 30 31 -1 20
9 Killyleagh Y.C 12 5 2 5 26 18 8 17
10 Larne Tech O.B. 11 5 2 4 27 19 8 17
11 Rathfriland Rangers 8 5 0 3 30 14 16 15
12 Islandmagee 17 4 2 11 39 50 -11 14
13 1st Bangor Old Boys 16 3 2 11 21 46 -25 11
14 Drumaness Mills 22 0 0 22 22 123 -101 0

 

Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Dunloy 20 18 2 0 63 23 40 56
2 St James Swifts 15 12 1 2 56 15 41 37
3 Wakehurst FC 19 11 2 6 52 36 16 35
4 Glebe Rangers 18 11 1 6 34 22 12 34
5 Belfast Celtic 11 9 0 2 51 15 36 27
6 Ballymoney Utd 15 8 3 4 40 26 14 27
7 Cookstown Youth 18 8 3 7 39 41 -2 27
8 Coagh Utd 15 8 2 5 45 35 10 26
9 Donegal Celtic 17 5 2 10 32 55 -23 17
10 Brantwood FC 15 4 3 8 31 37 -6 15
11 Ballynure OB 20 3 4 13 27 58 -31 13
12 Chimney Corner 15 4 0 11 23 45 -22 12
13 Cookstown RBL 17 2 0 15 27 55 -28 6
14 Desertmartin 17 1 1 15 14 71 -57 4

 

Mid Ulster Intermediate A

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Banbridge Rangers 17 13 3 1 37 12 25 42
2 Rectory Rangers 20 10 2 8 51 47 4 32
3 Crewe United 16 9 3 4 48 27 21 30
4 Ballymacash Rangers 14 10 0 4 36 18 18 30
5 Oxford Sunnyside 16 9 2 5 39 28 11 29
6 Windmill Stars 15 8 2 5 35 28 7 26
7 Bourneview Mill 18 7 4 7 38 29 9 25
8 Valley Rangers 15 7 2 6 36 31 5 23
9 Moneyslane 15 6 3 6 40 35 5 21
10 Hanover 16 6 3 7 29 30 -1 21
11 Richhill AFC 15 4 5 6 23 35 -12 17
12 Tandragee Rovers 18 3 4 11 29 47 -18 13
13 Fivemiletown United 15 3 1 11 18 36 -18 10
14 Laurelvale 20 2 2 16 17 73 -56 8

 

NI Intermediate League

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Newbuildings Utd 4 4 0 0 12 3 9 12
2 Newtowne 9 3 3 3 18 16 2 12
3 Strabane Athletic 6 4 0 2 12 10 2 12
4 Dungiven 5 3 2 0 12 7 5 11
5 Ardstraw 6 3 1 2 14 12 2 10
6 Magherafelt Sky Blues 7 1 1 5 8 19 -11 4
7 Maiden City 7 0 1 6 8 17 -9 1