Intermediate Roundup

It was goals galore this weekend with almost four goals per game across the intermediate divisions.

In Mid Ulster, Crewe got back to winning ways this week with a 2-1 home win over St Marys at Crewe Park. McDowell & Burns netted the goals to secure the club’s first league win since 12 January against the same opponents.

Leaders Hanover kept up their fine form with a smooth 2-1 home win over third place Moneyslane, stretching their lead over Windmill Stars to nine points.

Valley Rangers secured an impressive 2-1 win over Bourneview Mill at Bignian Park. Kris McNeil & Simon Ardis netting the goals for the home side, while Matthew McDowell got the consolation strike for the Millers.

Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table, Laurelvale picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 draw at Richhill AFC.

Strabane Athletic romped to a fine 4-0 home win over Ardstraw in the only league game of the day in the NI Intermediate League. Sean Ferry was the star man for the league leaders, with Alex Carolan netting the opener for the home side. The home side now sit three points clear of second place Newbuildings United with three games in hand.

On to the Ballymena League now and with the top two in cup action, St James’ Swifts took the chance to tighten the gap at the top with a 3-0 win away at Dunloy. Mark Clarke, Martin Murray and Stephen O’Neil scored the goals to move the Swifts within 13 points of leaders Glebe, with five games in hand.

Ballynure OB picked up a valuable point in a 2-2 draw at home to Cookstown Youth. In a topsy turvy game, the visitors took the lead through Danny McKinless before Gareth Curlett equalised right on half time. Cameron McAuley put Ballynure in front with less than five minutes to go, but Jack Wilson levelled the scores with almost the last kick of the game.

In the final game of the day, bottom side Cookstown RBL lost out 2-1 at home to Brantwood. There was more late drama here as RBL held the lead until the last 10 minutes when a quickfire double from William McMurdie and Mark Tweedie secured the points for the visitors.

Into the NAFL now and leaders Immaculata were held to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining game against title rivals East Belfast at Grosvenor. This keeps a 12 point buffer between the sides, albeit with the East having six games in hand.

Ballynahinch Olympic picked up another win, seeing off Ards Rangers 2-1 at home, while Rathfriland returned home from Drumaness Mills with a fine 4-0 win. The final game of the day saw Derriaghy make it three wins on the bounce in an end to end game, eventually seeing off visitors Crumlin United 4-3 at Seycon Park.

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

Drumaness Mills 0-4 Rathfriland Rangers
Ballynahinch Olympic 2-1 Ards Rangers
Immaculata F.C. 2-2 East Belfast
Derriaghy C C 4-3 Crumlin United

1Immaculata F.C.19133342162642
2Crumlin Star1111004053533
3Shankill United1894538261231
4East Belfast1393153114230
5Ballynahinch Olympic1492333181529
6Rathfriland Rangers1684435191628
8Derriaghy C C1972102846-1823
9Ards Rangers2164113049-1922
10Drumaness Mills2466124761-1421
111st Bangor Old Boys1862103431320
12Crumlin United1761103440-619
13Albert Foundry F.C.2026122446-2212
14Downpatrick F.C.1812151792-755


Mid Ulster Intermediate League

Crewe United 2-1 St Marys
Hanover 2-1 Moneyslane
Richhill AFC 1-1 Laurelvale
Valley Rangers 2-1 Bourneview Mill

2Windmill Stars20123559263339
4Banbridge Rangers17106146163036
5Crewe United15102355272832
6Richhill AFC1984737251228
7Valley Rangers169163532328
8Ballymacash Rangers187382632-624
9Bourneview Mill206593136-523
10Fivemiletown United166463230222
11St Marys2263134061-2121
12Tandragee Rovers1935112645-1914
14AFC Silverwood1901188101-931


Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

Ballynure OB 2-2 Cookstown Youth
Cookstown RBL 1-2 Brantwood
Dunloy FC 0-3 St James Swifts

1Glebe Rangers18151246182846
2Bangor FC1413105784940
3St James Swifts13110260213933
4Coagh United169343729830
5Ballymoney Utd1985643321129
6Cookstown Youth187473237-525
9Donegal Celtic1962113567-3220
10Wakehurst FC175482534-919
11Chimney Corner145272732-517
12Dunloy FC174492532-716
13Ballynure OB1834112045-2513
15Cookstown RBL1922151957-388


NI Intermediate League

Strabane Athletic 4-0 Ardstraw

1Strabane Athletic109102652128
2Newbuildings Utd1381430181225
3Magherafelt Sky Blues1381433221125
4Maiden City952222121017
8Oxford United Stars120111530-251