Intermediate Roundup

A very busy midweek of Intermediate football this week, with Bangor the big winners picking up full points from their doubleheader.

The action began on Tuesday night as they travelled to Allen Park to face Chimney Corner. Bangor eased to a 4-0 victory against the young Corner side, with Ben Arthurs (2), Scott McArthur & Mark Cooling netting the goals. On the same night, league leaders and reigning champions Glebe Rangers secured a huge result, travelling to Celtic Park to defeat St James Swifts 2-1.

Thursday was a busy evening in the BPIL, and Bangor secured another big win on the road. The Riada was the venue and following a tough first half, where the teams turned around level at 1-1, Bangor scored two quickfire goals early in the second half to take the initiative, before netting two more to win 5-1. There was another brace for Ben Arthurs, with Scott McArthur, Gerard McMullan and Jordan Lucas completing the scoring to lift Bangor within 6 points of Glebe, with five games in hand.

Elsewhere, St James got back to winning ways thanks to a hard-fought 2-0 home win over Brantwood, while Cookstown Youth secured bragging rights in their 2-0 win over nearby Coagh United. Wakehurst came out on top following a tight battle at Allen Park, winning 1-0 over hosts Chimney Corner, while Newtowne secured an impressive 3-1 win away at Dunloy.

This weekend sees the top three all away from home, with Glebe heading to the Ballymena Showgrounds to face Wakehurst, Bangor heading north again to take on Newtowne, while St James Swifts are at Hagan Park against Coagh United.

In the Mid Ulster league, leaders Hanover made the short trip to Pepperton Park to face local rivals Bourneview Mill, and goals from Jake Gilpin (3), Justin Bradley & Jake Richardson eased them to a 5-0 win. This means Stephen Hyndes men now sit 13 points clear of 2nd placed Banbridge Rangers, albeit having played 4 games more than their rivals.

This weekend Hanover travel to Lisburn to take on Ballymacash Rangers at The Bluebell, while second-placed Banbridge Rangers have a weekend off from league action as they have been selected by the Mid-Ulster Football League officials to represent the league in an inter-league tie against Leinster Senior League champions Bluebell United AFC at Banbridge Town’s Crystal Park.

Onto the NAFL now, where Tuesday night saw three league games taking place, and all three were very tight, low scoring affairs. Champions and title favourites Crumlin Star played host to East Belfast at the Cricky, and the pair fought out a 0-0 draw which edged the hosts a little closer to leaders Immaculata. The gap is now nine points, but Star still have seven games in hand.

Third-placed Islandmagee travelled to Drome Park in Newtownards and they fell to a 1-0 defeat against 1st Bangor, while lowly Downpatrick held Shankill United to a 1-1 draw at Rosconnor. This weekend third plays second at Wilbourne where Islandmagee host Crumlin Star, while East Belfast host Albert Foundry at East Park.

Tuesday 9th April

Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League
Chimney Corner 0-4 Bangor
St.James Swifts 1-2 Glebe Rangers

Mid Ulster Intermediate A
Bourneview Mill 0-5 Hanover

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division
Downpatrick 1-1 Shankill United
Crumlin Star 0-0 East Belfast
1st Bangor OB 1-0 Islandmagee

Thursday 11th April

Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League
Ballymoney United 1-5 Bangor
Coagh United 0-2 Cookstown Youth
Chimney Corner 0-1 Wakehurst
Dunloy 1-3 Newtowne
St.James Swifts 2-0 Brantwood