Despite a rain-lashed week across the province, we enjoyed another busy week of Intermediate football with 17 games and 63 goals across the four divisions.
In both the Ballymena Intermediate League and North West based NI Intermediate League, the reigning champions stayed on top of the league’s thanks to a pair of impressive victories.
BPIL champions Glebe Rangers welcomed a young and improving Chimney Corner side to the Riada, and secured a fine 3-1 win. Luke Mitchells brace was topped off with a goal from Josh Elliott to give the hosts a ten point lead at the summit, albeit with nearest challengers St James Swifts having played four games less.
Glebes co-tenants at the Riada, Ballymoney United, continue to enjoy their return to the BPIL. They jumped up to third spot thanks to a 3-2 win away to Wakehurst, goals coming from Gareth McLaughlin, Gerald Gillan and Trevor Parkhill.
Sandwiched between the two Ballymoney clubs are St James Swifts, with the Belfast side romping to a 6-0 win over lowly Cookstown RBL. Eugene Gallagher was the star turn again for the Swifts, netting four goals, with Sean Pat Donnelly and Martin McDonald putting the finishing touches on a fine day.
That result also allowed Ballynure OB to leapfrog Cookstown RBL at the bottom, thanks to their first win of the season. Stevie Howe (3) and Marc Campbell seeing them to a 4-0 win away at Desertmartin. Elsewhere Dunloy kept up their own good run of form with a 4-0 home win over Cookstown Youth, while Brantwood and Coagh United fought out a 2-2 draw at home to Coagh United.
In the NI Intermediate league, champions Magherafelt Sky Blues kept up their perfect start to their title defence thanks to a heavy 4-0 win at Spires Park over Trojans. Anthony O’Neill, Mark Kelly, Emmett McGuckin and Mark McGrogan were on the scoresheet on a fine day for Ciaran Monaghans men.
Not far behind are Strabane Athletic, who secured a 2-1 away win at a young Oxford United Stars side. Aarons Patterson & Porter on the mark for the visitors, who had fallen behind to an own goal from Mark Roarty. Level with Strabane are Newbuildings Utd, who clinched a hard-fought 1-0 home win over an Ardstraw side still finding their feet following the departure of manager Ivan Sproule. In the final game of the day, Maiden City and Dungiven fought out a 1-1 draw. Jack Kealey netting the hosts’ goal at Ballyguddin, while Eoghan Quigg ensured the spoils would be shared.
Just two games in the NAFL this weekend, but plenty of action in the ties. Shankill United kept up their good form with a fine 4-1 win over Ards Rangers at the Hammer. That result keeps them in the mix at the top, just one point behind the leaders, 1st Bangor, but having played three games less. Meanwhile, Islandmagee have kept up their impressive return to the top flight, securing a 2-1 win on the road at Drumaness Mills.
On to Mid Ulster now, and Moneyslane moved up into third place in the table thanks to an impressive 4-1 home win over Windmill Stars, leapfrogging their guests in the process. With the scores locked at 1-1 at halftime, ‘Slane took the initiative with a brace of goals from Jonny Kernaghan adding to a strike from Johnny Black to complete the scoring.
Banbridge Rangers are just a point behind in fourth place thanks to a 3-2 win at Bourneview Mill. The hosts had earned themselves a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes of the start but Rangers fought back thanks to a double from Matty Hazley. That was how it stayed until almost the last kick of the game when Paul Greenaway netted the winner to seal the points.
Laurelvale were the big winners of the day as they romped to a 5-0 home win over St Marys. Tiarnan O’Brien, Nathan Stewart, Aaron Black and a double from Ross Stewart saw the hosts ease to victory, and jump ahead of St Marys in the table.
Tandragee Rovers were on the right side of a 3-2 scoreline at home to AFC Richhill, goals coming from Dean McCammon (2) and Zane Brown at
Ballymacash Rangers boosted their own position thanks to a 2-0 win at home to lowly AFC Silverwood. Daniel Hamilton and Diogo Inacio on the scoresheet at the Bluebell to lift Rangers up to 9th spot.
Northern Amateur Football League – Premier Division
Shankill United 4-1 Ards Rangers
Drumaness Mills 1-2 Islandmagee
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|9||Albert Foundry F.C.||9||2||4||3||14||16||-2||10|
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Mid Ulster Football League Intermediate A
Ballymacash Rangers 2 – 0 AFC Silverwood
Bourneview Mill 2 – 3 Banbridge Rangers
Laurelvale 5 – 0 St Marys
Moneyslane 4 – 1 Windmill Stars
Tandragee Rovers 3 – 2 Richhill AFC
Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League
Brantwood 2-2 Coagh United
Desertmartin 0-4 Ballynure OB
Dunloy FC 4-0 Cookstown Youth
Glebe Rangers 3-1 Chimney Corner
St James Swifts 6-0 Cookstown RBL
Wakehurst FC 2-3 Ballymoney Utd
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NI Intermediate League
Dungiven 1-1 Maiden City
Magherafelt Sky Blues 4-0 Trojans
Newbuildings Utd 1-0 Ardstraw
Oxford United Stars 1-2 Strabane Athletic
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|8||Oxford United Stars||3||0||0||3||1||6||-5||0|