Intermediate Roundup

A much busier week across the Intermediate leagues this weekend with 18 games in a bumper day’s action.

We start in Mid Ulster, where long-time league favourites Crewe United dropped points for only the second time this season in a 1-1 draw at Windmill Stars. This result was capitalised on by both Hanover and Banbridge Rangers, who both picked up solid victories.

Hanover travelled to Kilkeel to face Valley Rangers, where goals from Jake Gilpin (two), Jake Gilchrist and Stevie Douglas saw them to a 4-2 win. Rangers, meanwhile, welcomed Laurelvale to Cheney Park and they triumphed 2-0 over the relegation-haunted side, goals coming from Josh Cahoon and Andy Mallen.

This was followed by a bumper match up in midweek, as Hanover travelled to Crewe Park in a match that could have a big say in the destination of the title. Hanover inflicted the hosts first league defeat of the season in a 6-3 victory following a tremendous game of football. Jake Gilpin netted a hat trick, while Matty Richardson and Jake Richardson finished off the scoring to open up a 12-point gap between the sides, albeit with Crewe having five games in hand.

Meanwhile, Bottom side AFC Silverwood’s struggles continued as they fell to a 7-0 defeat at StMary’ss, while the spoils were shared at Madden Park in a goalless draw between Tandragee Rovers and Moneyslane. It was a point apiece at the Valley Stadium as well where Fivemiletown United welcomed Richhill AFC and they fought out a 1-1 draw with the two sides comfortably nestled in mid table.

There was plenty of drama in the NAFL, with the results tightening up the top four even further. Leaders Immaculata kept up their good form with a 1-0 win over Drumaness Mills at Grosvenor, while second place Shankill United dropped points in their home game with fourth placed city rivals East Belfast, losing 2-1 at the Hammer.

Champions Crumlin Star enjoyed a 3-0 win on their return to league action, this win coming at the Drome over Ards Rangers, Ryan McPhillips, Barry McKervey and Ciaran Murphy netting the goals that made it nine wins from nine in the league campaign for Paul Trainor’s men.

At the foot of the table, Crumlin United picked up a massive win, seeing off relegation rivals Albert Foundry at Paisley Park 2-1, Andy Mooney with a brace to give United a four-point lead over Foundry, while having played six games less. Rock bottom Downpatrick picked up a rare point, only their fifth of the season while sharing the spoils in an entertaining 3-3 draw at home to Islandmagee.

Title challenging St James Swifts were back in league action this weekend, and they travelled north to Ballymoney United where their title credentials were put to the test by the hosts. A topsy turvy game ended 5-4 to the Swifts, with Eugene Gallacher the star man netting a hat trick. Elsewhere, Chimney Corner romped to a 6-0 win over Desertmartin at Allen Park, while Brantwood eased to a 3-0 home win over lowly Ballynure OB at Skegoneill.

In the NI Intermediate League, the top four all secured wins this weekend. Leaders Newbuildings welcomed near neighbours Trojans to the Newbuildings Community Centre, where Dylan McCorkell, Jordan Killen and Darren Robb goals saw them to a 3-0 victory. Second-placed Magherafelt Sky Blues got back to winning ways thanks to a 5-3 home win over Dungiven, Ciaran Monaghan, Ray Wilkinson, Mark McGrogan, Anthony O’Neill and Conor McCluskey got the goals to give the reigning champions a much-needed victory.

Strabane Athletic welcomed rock bottom Oxford United Stars to Melvin, and the hosts secured a hard-fought 1-0 win against a spirited Stars rearguard. Sean Ferry netting the winner with almost the final kick of the game to leave the visitors devastated to be leaving with nothing. In the final game of the day, Maiden City triumphed 3-0 over Ardstraw at Swilly Stadium, their goals coming from Matthew Duffy, Aaron Walsh and Declan McKeever. This result opened up a six-point gap between 4th and 5th place, making it very much a league of two halves.

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

Immaculata F.C. 1-0 Drumaness Mills
Albert Foundry F.C. 1-2 Crumlin United
Shankill United 1-2 East Belfast
Ards Rangers 0-3 Crumlin Star
Downpatrick F.C. 3-3 Islandmagee

1Immaculata F.C.17122334132138
2Shankill United1894538261231
3Crumlin Star99003032727
4East Belfast118214693726
5Ballynahinch Olympic1282230151526
6Rathfriland Rangers1464429181122
8Drumaness Mills216694644221
91st Bangor Old Boys176293228420
10Ards Rangers185492440-1619
11Derriaghy C C1752102141-2017
12Crumlin United145182334-1116
13Albert Foundry F.C.2026122446-2212
14Downpatrick F.C.1612131679-635


Mid Ulster Intermediate A

Saturday 16/2/19
Banbridge Rangers 2 – 0 Laurelvale
Fivemiletown United 1 – 1 Richhill AFC
St Marys 7 – 0 AFC Silverwood
Tandragee Rovers 0 – 0 Moneyslane
Valley Rangers 2 – 4 Hanover
Windmill Stars 1 – 1 Crewe United

Tuesday 19/2/19
Crewe United 3-6 Hanover

2Windmill Stars18103553252833
3Banbridge Rangers1696143162733
4Crewe United1292151193229
6Valley Rangers148153228425
7Richhill AFC1672732221023
8Ballymacash Rangers177282632-623
9Fivemiletown United146443225722
10Bourneview Mill186483034-422
11St Marys2053123357-2418
12Tandragee Rovers173592337-1414
14AFC Silverwood180117897-891

Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

Brantwood 3-0 Ballynure OB
Ballymoney Utd 4-5 St James Swifts
Chimney Corner 6-0 Desertmartin

1Glebe Rangers16141143133043
2Bangor FC109104073328
3St James Swifts1090148123627
4Coagh United158343427727
5Cookstown Youth167362933-424
7Ballymoney Utd156363731621
9Wakehurst FC155462525019
10Donegal Celtic1752102757-3017
11Dunloy FC144462123-216
12Chimney Corner134272531-614
13Ballynure OB1532101740-2311
15Cookstown RBL1712141755-385

NI Intermediate League

Magherafelt Sky Blues 5-3 Dungiven
Maiden City 3-0 Ardstraw
Newbuildings Utd 3-0 Trojans
Strabane Athletic 1-0 Oxford United Stars

1Newbuildings Utd107122591622
2Magherafelt Sky Blues127143122922
3Strabane Athletic76101951419
4Maiden City75201971217
8Oxford United Stars10019426-221