Intermediate Roundup

Crumlin Star put the seal on what has been another excellent season so far with a win over the remaining side who could pip them to the title, East Belfast, coming away from East Park with a 2-1 victory.

This gave the Star an unassailable lead at the summit and with that came their third Premier Division title in a row, a fantastic achievement for Paul Trainor’s men. The Star still have two league games to play. Next week sees them take on Queens at the National Stadium in the Final of the Intermediate Cup as they look to add yet more silverware to their bursting trophy cabinet.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Ballynahinch Olympic came out winners by the odd goal in nine in a cracking game at home to Crumlin United, while Rathfriland secured a 3-2 win over Islandmagee as their surge up the table continued.

On Thursday night the Star celebrated the title win in some style, as they traveled to lowly Downpatrick and romped to a 10-1 victory. Rathfriland leapfrogged Islandmagee into fifth place by virtue of another win, this one coming at home to Ballynahinch Olympic. In the final game of another busy midweek in the NAFL saw East Belfast get back to winning ways thanks to a 3-1 away win across town at Albert Foundry.

With Hanover already crowned champions in Mid Ulster, the fight for places in the top four continued this midweek, with two games taking place that would have a big say in the final shake-up. Windmill Star remain in second position following this week’s games, but they have now fulfilled their fixtures. The three sides behind them are all in with a chance of overtaking them with their games in hand.

On Tuesday night Banbridge Rangers beat Star 1-0 in a hard-fought game at Cheney Park to move within a point of their rivals. Crewe also secured full points, theirs coming in a 3-2 win at home to Richhill AFC that moved them into fourth spot. Moneyslane are the third side chasing down Windmill, sitting three points behind with two games to play.

At the bottom of the table, Laurelvale made it six without defeat as they secured an excellent 4-1 victory away at Valley Rangers to jump into 10th position. Tandragee Rovers also got three points, theirs coming with a 2-0 win at Ballymacash Rangers, a result which sees them leapfrog their opponents.

The bottom two are now locked in following these results, however, with AFC Silverwood doomed from early on. St Marys have now dropped into that second bottom spot in the Intermediate B table.

Bangor, of course, have already secured their return to the PIL but there is still plenty going on below and plenty of goals across the three midweek games in the Ballymena League. On Tuesday night Coagh United played host to Chimney Corner, and the hosts came out on top after an exciting game with a 4-2 win. Elsewhere Cookstown Youth welcomed Brantwood to the MUSA and the visitors triumphed 3-1. On Wednesday night Ballynure OB welcomed St James to Mossley Park, and the title challenging side were given a bloody nose by the ‘Nure as the hosts ran out with an impressive 4-1 victory.

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

Thursday 2nd May

Rathfriland Rangers  2-1 Ballynahinch Olympic
Downpatrick F.C. 1-10 Crumlin Star
Albert Foundry F.C. 1-3 East Belfast

Tuesday 30th April

Ballynahinch Olympic  5-4 Crumlin United
East Belfast 1-2 Crumlin Star
Rathfriland Rangers 3-2 Islandmagee

1Crumlin Star24204082117164
2East Belfast25174487246355
3Immaculata F.C.25173553242954
4Ballynahinch Olympic24152768383047
5Rathfriland Rangers24135650302044
7Shankill United2510785145637
8Ards Rangers2684143858-2028
9Crumlin United2483134756-927
101st Bangor Old Boys2683154253-1127
11Derriaghy C C2574143058-2825
12Drumaness Mills2666144974-2521
13Albert Foundry F.C.2527162859-3113
14Downpatrick F.C.24132021131-1106

Mid Ulster Intermediate A

Tuesday 30th April

Ballymacash Rangers 0-2 Tandragee Rovers
Banbridge Rangers 1-0 Windmill Stars
Crewe United 3-2 Richhill AFC
Valley Rangers 1-4 Laurelvale

2Windmill Stars26154766303649
3Banbridge Rangers23146359243548
4Crewe United22152571393247
6Valley Rangers2112184942737
7Richhill AFC25104114843534
8Fivemiletown United228774741631
9Bourneview Mill2675144153-1226
11Tandragee Rovers2567124150-925
12Ballymacash Rangers2474133447-1325
13St Marys2673164372-2924
14AFC Silverwood25012410136-1261


Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

Wednesday 1st May

Ballynure OB 4-1 St James Swifts

Tuesday 30th April

Coagh Utd 4-2 Chimney Corner
Cookstown Youth 1-3 Brantwood

1Bangor FC262510107198876
2Glebe Rangers28221566303667
3St James Swifts26190795395657
4Coagh United2614485344946
5Ballymoney Utd271251060461441
8Dunloy FC28105134749-235
9Wakehurst FC2695124551-632
10Cookstown Youth2695124558-1332
11Ballynure OB2786135162-1130
12Chimney Corner2684144568-2328
13Donegal Celtic2664164295-5322
15Cookstown RBL2624202377-5410

NI Intermediate League

1Strabane Athletic1411304083236
2Maiden City1493233141930
3Newbuildings Utd1481531201125
4Magherafelt Sky Blues148153328525
8Oxford United Stars141112732-254