Intermediate Roundup

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

11st Bangor Old Boys1052324121217
2East Belfast65102932616
3Immaculata F.C.8512167916
4Shankill United7511146816
5Crumlin Star44001711612
7Rathfriland Rangers83231312111
8Ballynahinch Olympic63121511410
9Albert Foundry F.C.92431416-210
10Crumlin United7214121207
11Drumaness Mills10235191906
12Ards Rangers8134918-96
13Derriaghy C C9126931-225
14Downpatrick F.C.10118651-454


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

2Crewe United761030102019
4Banbridge Rangers84401910916
5Windmill Stars1050528181015
6Richhill AFC95041912715
7Bourneview Mill94232218414
8Tandragee Rovers93241821-311
9Ballymacash Rangers93151420-610
10Valley Rangers5302161249
12Fivemiletown United42021011-16
13St Marys101271136-255
14AFC Silverwood10019745-381


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

1Glebe Rangers12101130102031
2St James Swifts87014183321
3Ballymoney Utd1162329181120
4Bangor FC76102361719
6Coagh United94232219314
7Dunloy FC93241819-111
8Wakehurst FC83231314-111
10Chimney Corner103161828-1010
11Cookstown Youth103161727-1010
13Donegal Celtic113081842-249
14Ballynure OB9117827-194
15Cookstown RBL111191336-234


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

1Magherafelt Sky Blues330010289
2Strabane Athletic32107257
3Newbuildings Utd42116427
7Maiden City20204402
8Oxford United Stars300316-50