Intermediate Roundup

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.

1Immaculata F.C.18132340142641
2Shankill United1894538261231
3Crumlin Star1010003242830
4East Belfast129215194229
5Ballynahinch Olympic1382331171426
6Rathfriland Rangers1574431191225
8Drumaness Mills2266104649-321
91st Bangor Old Boys1862103431320
10Derriaghy C C1862102443-1920
11Ards Rangers1954102646-2019
12Crumlin United155192436-1216
13Albert Foundry F.C.2026122446-2212
14Downpatrick F.C.1712141785-685


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

2Banbridge Rangers17106146163036
3Windmill Stars19113555262936
5Crewe United1492353262729
6Richhill AFC1782735231226
7Valley Rangers158163331225
8Ballymacash Rangers187382632-624
9Bourneview Mill196583034-423
10Fivemiletown United156453226622
11St Marys2053123357-2418
12Tandragee Rovers1835102439-1514
14AFC Silverwood1901188101-931


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

1Glebe Rangers16141143133043
2Bangor FC1211105084234
3St James Swifts1190249163327
4Coagh United158343427727
5Cookstown Youth167362933-424
7Ballymoney Utd176563731623
9Donegal Celtic1862103059-2920
10Wakehurst FC165472531-619
11Dunloy FC154472326-316
12Chimney Corner134272531-614
13Ballynure OB1633101740-2312
15Cookstown RBL1822141855-378


NI Intermediate League

Ardstraw 2-1 Oxford United Stars
Maiden City 3-4 Newbuildings Utd
Strabane Athletic 2-0 Dungiven

1Newbuildings Utd1181229121725
2Strabane Athletic87102151622
3Magherafelt Sky Blues127143122922
4Maiden City852122111117
8Oxford United Stars110110528-231