Hanover moved within three points of the title in Mid-Ulster thanks to this weekend’s 2-1 win at the Bluebell versus Ballymacash Rangers. The points were secured thanks to a last minute winner which moves them 16 points clear of Banbridge Rangers. A victory in their final game, this Saturday at rock bottom AFC Silverwood, will secure the title for Steven Hyndes’ men.
While Banbridge were not in league action, the remainder of the top five all secured full points this weekend. Windmill Stars saw off Valley Rangers 2-0 at Derryleckagh, while Crewe United stayed in the hunt for the title thanks to their 2-1 win on the road at Bourneview Mill.
Meanwhile, Moneyslane got back to winning ways with a hard-earned 2-1 win away at Fivemiletown. In the final game of the weekend in Mid-Ulster, Laurelvale picked up a fine win as they played host to Richhill AFC at Laurel Park. The hosts secured a 4-1 win to tighten the pack at the foot of the table.
Onto the NAFL now, where back to back champions, Crumlin Star, continue to hunt down a hat-trick of titles. This weekend they travelled to Wilbourne to take on third-placed Islandmagee, and following a tough battle, they managed to secure a 1-0 win thanks to a second-half Paul McLarnon goal. The gap to leaders Immaculata is now down to six points, but with six games still in hand, the Star remain clear favourites to make it three in a row.
Ballynahinch got back to winning ways thanks to a thumping 5-1 win away at Crumlin United, while East Belfast also leapfrogged Islandmagee thanks to a win by the odd goal in seven at home to Albert Foundry. Rathfriland Rangers picked up a good win, grabbing a late winner of their own in a 3-2 win over 1st Bangor OB, while Derriaghy and Shankill United shared the spoils, fighting to a 1-1 draw at Seycon Park.
The top two in Ballymena continue to pull away from the pack, as both sides took full points over the weekend. Leaders, and reigning champions, Glebe Rangers made the journey to the Ballymena Showgrounds and won a five-goal thriller by 3-2. Bangor were on the right side of another goal fest, theirs coming in a 5-3 win at Scroggy Road against Newtowne.
St James Swifts lost out 1-0 to 4th placed Coagh United at Hagan Park, while Cookstown Youth took all three points from the Riada, seeing off hosts Ballymoney United 2-1. Six goals were shared at Celtic Park as hosts Donegal Celtic split the spoils with Chimney Corner in a 3-3 draw. Bottom side Cookstown RBL lost out 2-0 to visitors Dunloy, while the final game of the day saw Brantwood take the full points thanks to a 3-0 win away at Desertmartin.
There was only one game in the NI Intermediate League this weekend, and newly crowned champions Strabane Athletic were held to a 2-2 draw at the Melvin Sports Complex by Trojans.
Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division
Rathfriland Rangers 3-2 1st Bangor Old Boys
Derriaghy C C 1-1 Shankill United
East Belfast 4-3 Albert Foundry F.C.
Islandmagee 0-1 Crumlin Star
Crumlin United 1-5 Ballynahinch Olympic
|9||Derriaghy C C||23||7||4||12||29||53||-24||25|
|10||1st Bangor Old Boys||22||7||3||12||39||39||0||24|
|13||Albert Foundry F.C.||22||2||7||13||27||50||-23||13|
Mid Ulster Intermediate A
Ballymacash Rangers 1 – 2 Hanover
Bourneview Mill 0 – 2 Crewe United
Fivemiletown United 1 – 2 Moneyslane
Laurelvale 4 – 1 Richhill AFC
Windmill Stars 2 – 0 Valley Rangers
Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League
Ballymoney Utd 1-2 Cookstown Youth
Coagh United 1-0 St James Swifts
Cookstown RBL 0-2 Dunloy FC
Desertmartin 0-3 Brantwood
Donegal Celtic 3-3 Chimney Corner
Newtowne 3-5 Bangor FC
Wakehurst FC 2-3 Glebe Rangers
|3||St James Swifts||20||16||0||4||82||27||55||48|
NI Intermediate League
Strabane Athletic 2-2 Trojans
|4||Magherafelt Sky Blues||14||8||1||5||33||28||5||25|
|8||Oxford United Stars||14||1||1||12||7||32||-25||4|