Intermediate Roundup

This week saw the remaining two Intermediate titles secured, with Crumlin Star following Dollingstown in making it back to back titles, while Glebe Rangers usurped Bangor in the final game to win the BPIL.

In the BPIL Bangor had done their bit on Saturday, as they eased to a 3-0 home win over Dunloy. Glebe then went into Monday night’s meeting with St James Swifts knowing nothing less than a win would do if they wanted to succeed Coagh United as BPIL Intermediate Champions.

They duly obliged with a hard fought 1-0 win over the Swifts, secured by Ian Christie’s first half strike which set up a tense second half for the club. St.James pushed Glebe hard throughout, and struck the woodwork as the game wore on, but Glebe held out to get the victory which won the title.

The drama didn’t end there, however, as after initially being confirmed as the opponents for Mid Ulster Champions Dollingstown in the PIL playoff, Glebe made the decision to opt out of the tie. Glebe cited the financial commitment required to regain their place in the nation’s third tier as the reason for their decision. They did however reaffirm their desire to once again compete at that level, and they will now focus on retaining the BPIL title they worked so hard to win.

Seven points from their last three games, allied with their nearest challengers dropping points in two of their games, meant Crumlin Star made it back to back titles in the NAFL. The title was wrapped up last Thursday night though, as the Star saw off Shankill Utd 2-0 at the Hammer, while Rathfriland fell to a 3-1 defeat at Crumlin Utd which gave the Star a seven point lead with just two games to go.

Crumlin Star did not let up though, and on Saturday they were on the road again, this time to long time leaders East Belfast. The sides fought out a 2-2 draw at East Park while Rathfriland fell to a second defeat, this time 2-1 at 1st Bangor OB.

The two sides wrapped up their fine league campaigns with victories, Star romping to an 8-2 win over relegated Lisburn Rangers, while Rathfriland were back in Newtownards, this time claiming a 2-0 win over Ards Rangers.

Now onto Mid Ulster, where Dollingstown made it a double, as they added the Marshall Cup to their trophy cabinet on Friday night in a pulsating game at Crystal Park.

Cup holders Crewe United were their opponents and the Dolly Birds got off to a flying start, racing into a 2-0 lead thanks to red hot strikers Aaron Duke & Richard Thompson. Crewe then pulled a goal back to halve the deficit, but Dollingstown got another two quick-fire goals to stretch their lead to 3. Crewe won and scored a penalty right on the stroke of half time, but by the interval Dollingstown were in control of the game with a 4-2 lead.

Crewe began the second half in dominant form and pulled it back to 4-3, but a penalty from Duke gave Dollingstown a two goal cushion again. Almost right from the restart though Crewe made it 5-4 and this made for a nervy last few minutes, but Dollingstown held out to secure the double.

Glebe Rangers decision to opt out of the PIL playoff then meant that Dollingstown had a third reason to celebrate as they took the place of Donegal Celtic in the Premier Intermediate league for next season.

Now the dust has settled, over the next few weeks Over The Turnstile will be having a chat with the manager at each of the Intermediate Champions; Magherafelt Sky Blues, Glebe Rangers, Crumlin Star and Dollingstown to round off our coverage of this seasons Intermediate football.

FINAL INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE TABLES

Mid Ulster Intermediate A

PositionTeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Dollingstown24175272264656
2Banbridge Rangers24181557273055
3Crewe United24155459352450
4Hanover24153661332848
5Valley Rangers24131104948140
6Windmill Stars24105949381135
7Moneyslane24104104241134
8Fivemiletown United2493123356-2330
9Tandragee Rovers246995044627
10Ballymacash Rangers2463154059-1921
11Richhill AFC2462163853-1520
12St Marys2446143162-3118
13AFC Silverwood2431202483-5910

Results

Saturday 19th May2018
Hanover 4-0 Ballymacash Rangers
Valley Rangers 1-1 Tandragee Rovers

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
AFC Silverwood 3-4 Crewe United

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

PositionTeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Crumlin Star26205179295065
2Rathfriland Rangers26183579314857
3East Belfast26157484424252
4Immaculata F.C.26161975542149
51st Bangor Old Boys26115104545038
6Ards Rangers26105115247535
7Albert Foundry F.C.26105115052-235
8Crumlin United26105114354-1135
9Downpatrick F.C.2695126156532
10Shankill United26102145052-232
11Drumaness Mills2693143973-3430
12Derriaghy C C2675143957-1826
13Malachians2663174298-5621
14Lisburn Rangers2632214088-4811

Results

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Crumlin Star 8-2 Lisburn Rangers
Ards Rangers 0-2 Rathfriland Rangers

Saturday 19th May 2018
East Belfast 2-2 Crumlin Star
1st Bangor Old Boys 2-1 Rathfriland Rangers

Thursday 17th May 2018
Crumlin United 1-1 Rathfriland Rangers
Shankill United 0-2 Crumlin Star

Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

PositionTeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Glebe Rangers24192374304459
2Bangor24184282146858
3St James Swifts24163566283851
4Newtowne24141959421743
5Dunloy24115857381938
6Coagh United24107774393537
7Desertmartin24113105964-536
8Brantwood2475124947226
9Cookstown Youth2474134856-825
10Ballynure OB2473143162-3124
11Cookstown Royal British Legion2448123257-2520
12Sofia Farm2452173195-6417
13Chimney Corner24212118106-887

Results

Monday 21st May 2018
Glebe Rangers 1-0 St James Swifts

Saturday 19th May 2018
Bangor 3-0 Dunloy
St James Swifts 5-2 Newtowne

NI Intermediate League

PositionTeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Magherafelt Sky Blues16132140231741
2Ardstraw16111445212434
3Strabane Athletic16103342142833
4Maiden City16101544172731
5Newbuildings Utd166192433-919
6Dungiven165382435-1118
7Trojans1651103046-1616
8Ballymoney Utd1624101743-2610
9Oxford Utd Stars1612131953-345

Results

Saturday 19th May 2018
Oxford United Stars 1-6 Maiden City

Thursday 17th May 2018
Oxford United Stars 1-1 Ballymoney Utd

Tuesday 15th May 2018
Trojans 2-2 Oxford United Stars