Intermediate Roundup

Another quiet week across the Intermediate league this week with just three games taking place in the top flight of the NAFL.

For the second week in a row the leaders Immaculata dropped points as they fought out a 2-2 draw away at the Drome. Hosts Ards Rangers led 2-0 at the break but the ‘Mac’ fought back to grab a share of the spoils.

Second place Shankill United got back to winning ways thanks to an impressive 3-0 home win over Derriaghy CC. Gareth McKeown’s side now tighten the gap at the top to three points and also have a game in hand over the ‘Mac’.

In the final game of the day, Rathfriland moved into the top four with a 2-0 win, also at the Drome over 1st Bangor OB.

So, as we enter 2019 the ‘Mac’ sit in the driving seat with Shankill United close behind. Both sides will be looking over their shoulder though with Ballynahinch Olympic, East Belfast and champions Crumlin Star all having games in hand as the title chase heats up.

In Mid – Ulster, Hanover are firmly in the driving seat but Crewe United remain favourites having played five games less than their rivals due to their cup exploits so far.

In the BPIL, champions Glebe Rangers lead the way again, but like NAFL & MUFL their nearest challengers, Bangor & St James Swifts have a large number of games in hand as we enter the second half of the season.

The NI Intermediate League remains in its infancy with some teams having played as few as three league games, so plenty to play for from here on in with champions Magherafelt Sky Blues on top spot, as they have been for most of the calendar year.

All that remains is for me to wish everyone a Happy New Year, thanks for reading and here’s to a successful 2019 for your club!

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

Ards Rangers 2-2 Immaculata F.C.
Shankill United 3-0 Derriaghy C C
1st Bangor Old Boys 0-2 Rathfriland Rangers

1Immaculata F.C.1492327131429
2Shankill United1382329191026
3Ballynahinch Olympic1071226141222
4Rathfriland Rangers1262427161120
5East Belfast86113562919
6Crumlin Star66002222018
7Drumaness Mills155553728917
81st Bangor Old Boys145272922717
10Ards Rangers133461628-1213
11Albert Foundry F.C.142572131-1011
12Derriaghy C C143291538-2311
13Crumlin United103161723-610
14Downpatrick F.C.1411121373-604


Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

1Glebe Rangers15131141122940
3St James Swifts87014183321
4Ballymoney Utd136253023720
5Coagh United116232722520
7Cookstown Youth125162329-616
9Donegal Celtic144192454-3013
12Chimney Corner103161828-1010
13Ballynure OB113171530-1510
15Cookstown RBL1311111544-294


Mid Ulster Intermediate A

3Banbridge Rangers1265135142123
4Crewe United871035112422
5Richhill AFC126152617919
6Bourneview Mill135352525018
7Windmill Stars1252533231017
8Ballymacash Rangers135262023-317
9Valley Rangers95042121015
10Fivemiletown United84222014614
11Tandragee Rovers123362130-912
12St Marys132291645-298
14AFC Silverwood130112866-581


NI Intermediate League

1Magherafelt Sky Blues65011971215
2Newbuildings Utd7412157813
3Strabane Athletic4310103710
7Maiden City31207525
8Oxford Utd Stars6015215-131