Another action-packed week of Intermediate football, with some huge results at the top and bottom of the four leagues.
Starting in the NAFL, it was bottom vs top at Rosconnor PF where hosts Downpatrick took on league leaders Immaculata. The leaders ran out comfortable 6-1 victors against a Downpatrick side who look all but doomed at the foot of the table.
Champions Crumlin Star kept their 100% record intact thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Ballynahinch Olympic at the Cricky, moving into third spot for the first time this season in the process. East Belfast remain hot on their tails and they had a big win of their own seeing off Drumaness Mills 5-0 at East Park.
Rathfriland moved within a point of Olympic thanks to a fine 2-1 away win at Crumlin United, while Derriaghy made it three wins on the bounce finishing on the right side of a five-goal thriller at Seycon Park. In the final game of the day, Islandmagee welcomed Ards Rangers to Wilbourne and romped to a 6-2 win over their visitors.
Moving on to Mid-Ulster now, where league favourites Crewe United made it three defeats in a row in their double header, coming unstuck twice in a week against a title rival. Banbridge Rangers were the hosts this weekend and three late goals earned them an impressive 3-0 victory at Cheney Park.
This was followed on Tuesday night with a 4-2 defeat at home to Moneyslane, while league leaders Hanover secured three points in a hard fought 1-0 win over Fivemiletown United at Brownstown Park. These results mean that Crewe are now 15 points behind Hanover with four games in hand, putting the title firmly in Hanover’s hands.
Windmill Stars remain in third place thanks to a 2-1 home win over Tandragee Rovers, with Moneyslane in fourth following their comfortable 4-0 win over bottom side AFC Silverwood at Jubilee Park. Richhill AFC remain in sixth spot just behind Crewe thanks to an impressive 3-1 win on the road at Valley Rangers. In the final game of the day, Ballymacash Rangers and Bourneview Mill fought out a scoreless draw in their mid-table battle at the Bluebell.
On to the BPIL now, and in midweek a huge game between two of the league favourites took place at the Bangor Fuels Arena, with Bangor hosting St James Swifts. Sean Pat Donnelly got the Swifts off to a flyer but a brace from Ben Arthurs followed by an Ethan Boylan goal had the hosts well in control at the break. The Swifts were pushing hard to get back into the game but Bangor added a fourth to kill the game off as Boylan completed a brace of his own.
Bangor followed this up at the weekend with a fine 6-0 win away to Wakehurst, Arthurs grabbing another brace, while Scott McArthur got a pair of is own. Jack Mallin and Niall Atkinson completed the scoring to move Bangor within nine points of leaders and Champions Glebe Rangers, with four games in hand.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, bottom side Cookstown RBL picked up an important win, triumphing 1-0 over Desertmartin thanks to a Jonny Taylor goal that moved them within two points of their visitors. Donegal Celtic welcomed Dunloy to Celtic Park and they won by the odd goal in five thanks to a last-minute penalty through Mal Harbinson.
Ballymoney United also had two games this week, and they followed up a midweek 0-0 draw with Newtowne at the Riada with another identical result at Mossley Park against Ballynure OB.
In the NI Intermediate League, leaders Newbuildings United won a seven-goal thriller at near-neighbours Maiden City, Justin McFaul (2), Dylan McCorkhill and Jordan Watson netting the visitor’s goals to secure the three points.
Second place Strabane eased to a 2-0 home win over Dungiven, Sean Ferry and Aaron Patterson goals keeping the hists within three points of the leaders but with four games in hand. In the final game of the day, Ardstraw got back to winning ways thanks to a 2-1 win at Vaughan’s Holm over rock bottom Oxford United Stars, goals coming from Dylan Russell and Robbie Godfrey.
Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division
Crumlin United 1-2 Rathfriland Rangers
East Belfast 5-0 Drumaness Mills
Islandmagee 6-2 Ards Rangers
Derriaghy C C 3-2 1st Bangor Old Boys
Crumlin Star 2-1 Ballynahinch Olympic
Downpatrick F.C. 1-6 Immaculata F.C.
|9||1st Bangor Old Boys||18||6||2||10||34||31||3||20|
|10||Derriaghy C C||18||6||2||10||24||43||-19||20|
|13||Albert Foundry F.C.||20||2||6||12||24||46||-22||12|
Mid Ulster Football League Intermediate A
Saturday 23rd February
Ballymacash Rangers 0 – 0 Bourneview Mill
Banbridge Rangers 3 – 0 Crewe United
Hanover 1 – 0 Fivemiletown United
Moneyslane 4 – 0 AFC Silverwood
Valley Rangers 1 – 3 Richhill AFC
Windmill Stars 2 – 1 Tandragee Rovers
Tuesday 26th February
Crewe United 2-4 Moneyslane
Ballymena & Provincial League Intermediate League
Wednesday 20th February
Ballymoney Utd 0-0 Newtowne
Bangor 4-1 St James Swifts
Saturday 23rd February
Ballynure OB 0-0 Ballymoney Utd
Cookstown RBL 1-0 Desertmartin
Donegal Celtic 3-2 Dunloy FC
Wakehurst FC 0-6 Bangor FC
|3||St James Swifts||11||9||0||2||49||16||33||27|
NI Intermediate League
Ardstraw 2-1 Oxford United Stars
Maiden City 3-4 Newbuildings Utd
Strabane Athletic 2-0 Dungiven
|3||Magherafelt Sky Blues||12||7||1||4||31||22||9||22|
|8||Oxford United Stars||11||0||1||10||5||28||-23||1|