Intermediate Roundup

The BPIL was the main focus for this week’s Intermediate League action, and the top two continue their impressive starts to the season.

St. James Swifts have racked up 30 goals in their five games to date, albeit 13 of those in one game recently. This weekend they came up against a new look Wakehurst side and came away from Ballymena with a 3-0 victory to keep their noses slightly ahead of Bangor in these early stages. The Seasiders kept up their side of the bargain with a 4-2 victory at home to Coagh United, including goals for Irish League stalwarts Michael Halliday and Thomas Wray.

Reigning champions Glebe Rangers won 1-0 at home to Brantwood, Ian Christie grabbing the all-important winner to keep themselves in touch at the top. Their near neighbours Ballymoney United also kept up their impressive record since returning to the BPIL, seeing off Cookstown RBL 3-1. Meanwhile, Donegal Celtic got back to winning ways following last weeks heavy defeat to St.James as they welcomed Cookstown Youth to Celtic Park, coming out with a win by the odd goal in seven.

Elsewhere in the division, Dunloys early season struggles continued with a 4-0 defeat at Desertmartin, while 2nd bottom Chimney Corner also suffered a 4-0 defeat, theirs coming on the road at Newtowne. Ballynure got their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory away to Sofia Farmer.

There was only one game apiece in the NAFL and Mid Ulster Intermediate top flights, and in the NAFL, champions Crumlin Star travelled to Paisley Park and saw off Albert Foundry 4-0 to keep up their own perfect record at the top of the division.

In Mid Ulster, Banbridge Rangers got their campaign up and running with their first league win following three draws, as they got a 4-1 win over Ballymacash Rangers.

Northern Amateur Football League – Premier Division

Results Saturday 1st September
Albert Foundry F.C. 0-4 Crumlin Star

1Crumlin Star44001711612
21st Bangor Old Boys54011521312
3East Belfast43101731410
4Shankill United531174310
5Rathfriland Rangers52129817
6Ballynahinch Olympic421178-17
7Immaculata F.C.42028446
8Albert Foundry F.C.51318806
10Derriaghy C C4112411-74
11Crumlin United410348-43
12Ards Rangers402238-52
13Downpatrick F.C.5005028-280
14Drumaness Mills5023612-6-1

Mid Ulster Intermediate A

Results Saturday 1st September
Ballymacash Rangers 1 – 4 Banbridge Rangers

1Crewe United44002061412
3Richhill AFC43019369
4Windmill Stars530212759
6Bourneview Mill521289-17
7Banbridge Rangers41309636
8Tandragee Rovers31115504
9St Marys411259-44
10Valley Rangers3102610-43
11Fivemiletown United3102510-53
12Ballymacash Rangers5104716-93
14AFC Silverwood3003212-100

Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

Results Saturday 1st September
Bangor FC 4 – 2  Coagh United
Cookstown RBL 1 – 3 Ballymoney Utd
Desertmartin 4 – 0 Dunloy FC
Donegal Celtic 4 – 3 Cookstown Youth
Glebe Rangers 1 – 0 Brantwood FC
Newtowne 4 – 0  Chimney Corner
Sofia Farmer 1 – 3 Ballynure OB
Wakehurst FC 0 – 3 St James Swifts

1St.James Swifts55003052515
3Ballymoney Utd4310104610
4Glebe Rangers531199010
7Sofia Farmer420289-16
8Donegal Celtic5203921-126
10Coagh United51131013-34
11Cookstown RBL411258-34
13Cookstown Youth51131016-64
14Ballynure OB310249-53
15Chimney Corner4103615-93