The Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League was where the action was this weekend, with a remarkable 31 goals scored in the weekends four games.
Leaders Glebe Rangers travelled to bottom side Ballynure OB, and they secured a comfortable 6-1 victory to move nine points clear at the summit. The reigning champions have played four games more than the sides believed to be their nearest challengers, Bangor & St James Swifts, but manager Jason Wilmont will prefer to have the points on the board.
There was another seven-goal thriller at Hagan Park, where Coagh United made it three wins on the trot thanks to a heavy 6-1 win over Donegal Celtic. Stefan Thompson was the star of the show with four goals, while Hugo Batista and Matthew Sloan rounded off the scoring.
Chimney Corner were the next side to come out on the right side of a seven-goal thriller, this one coming with a 5-2 victory away at Cookstown RBL. The hosts had taken a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes, but Corner fought back to take the lead by halftime, and added a further two goals in the second half to complete the scoring.
One side outgunned all the above though, as Ballymoney United romped to a 9-1 win over Desertmartin at the Riada. Trevor Parkhill notched four goals, with Gareth McLaughlin netting a brace. Jon McConaghy, Gerard Gillen and Lee McClelland completed the scoring on a day to forget for Desertmartin.
On to the NAFL now, and East Belfast were the big winners of the day, romping to a 7-0 win over lowly Downpatrick at East Park. This win moved them back up into second place, a point behind 1st Bangor but with four games in hand on their rivals.
Elsewhere, Immaculata and Rathfriland fought out a 0-0 draw at Iveagh Park, while Ards Rangers and Derriaghy CC also shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at the Drome. In the final game of the day, Albert Foundry secured an impressive win at Paisley Park, winning 3-2 over a Ballynahinch Olympic side enjoying their first ever season in the Amateur leagues top flight.
Onto Mid Ulster now, where leaders Crewe United were in Irish Cup action, and that allowed rivals, Hanover, to overtake them thanks to a 3-1 away win at Richhill AFC. 3rd place Windmill Stars were on the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline away at Bournevew Mill, while Valley Rangers jumped up to eighth thanks to a 2-0 win away at Laurelvale.
Meanwhile, St Marys and Ballymacash Rangers fought out a 2-2 draw which did neither side any favours at the bottom end of the table.
There was only one game this weekend in the NI Intermediate League and that saw Ardstraw pick up their first win since the departure of Ivan Sproule, winning 3-1 at home against Trojans.
Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League
Ballymoney Utd 9-1 Desertmartin
Ballynure OB 1-6 Glebe Rangers
Coagh United 6-1 Donegal Celtic
Cookstown RBL 2-5 Chimney Corner
|4||St James Swifts||7||6||0||1||35||8||27||18|
Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division
Rathfriland Rangers 0-0 Immaculata F.C.
Ards Rangers 2-2 Derriaghy C C
Albert Foundry F.C. 3-2 Ballynahinch Olympic
East Belfast 7-0 Downpatrick F.C.
|1||1st Bangor Old Boys||10||5||2||3||24||12||12||17|
|8||Albert Foundry F.C.||9||2||4||3||14||16||-2||10|
|13||Derriaghy C C||9||1||2||6||9||31||-22||5|
Mid Ulster Intermediate A
AFC Silverwood P-P Moneyslane
Bourneview Mill 4 – 3 Windmill Stars
Laurelvale 0 – 2 Valley Rangers
Richhill AFC 1 – 3 Hanover
St Marys 2 – 2 Ballymacash Rangers
NI Intermediate League
Ardstraw 3-1 Trojans
|1||Magherafelt Sky Blues||2||2||0||0||6||2||4||6|
|8||Oxford United Stars||2||0||0||2||0||4||-4||0|