Intermediate Roundup

Another week where the Intermediate League action took a back seat, this time to the Steel & Sons Cup.

The Ballymena League is in full flow, and the top two have already laid down a marker to the rest of the division. The BPIL is the largest of the four intermediate leagues this season, with 16 teams making it a hugely competitive division. St. James Swifts had a busy summer and they have begun the season in fine form. In midweek, they smashed 13 goals past their co-tenants Donegal Celtic, meaning they average almost 7 goals a game so far.

Bangor, meanwhile, are keeping pace with the leaders, also with four wins from four. This weekend, however, both were in cup action, but in the league, Ballymoney United kept up their fine start to the season with a 4-1 win at Chimney Corner. The Riada men currently sit third with 7 points from their three games.

Just below that are their neighbours, and reigning champions, Glebe Rangers, also on 7 points. Elsewhere, Newtowne, secured an impressive 5-0 win over Cookstown Youth at Scroggy Road.

In the NAFL, just two league games were played, and Rathfriland got back to winning ways, seeing off Crumlin United 3-0 at Iveagh Park. Elsewhere, Derriaghy CC saw off struggling Downpatrick 2-0 at Rosconnor, for their first win of the season.

1st Bangor remain in front with 12 points from their five games, with East Belfast in close pursuit on 10 points from their four games. Shankill United also sit on ten points, albeit from five games, while reigning champions Crumlin Star wait in the wings with a perfect record from the three games they have played so far.

Just one game this week in Mid Ulster, but what a game it was at Jubilee Park. Moneyslane were the hosts and they took on a Hanover side who remain unbeaten this season. It couldn’t have gone much worse for the hosts in the first half, as Hanover turned around 3-0 to the good. But the second half saw an inspired comeback from Dan Thornton’s side as they pulled it back to 3-3 late in the game.

With just seconds on the clock, they grabbed what looked certain to be the winner, but Hanover weren’t finished and they netted a late, late equaliser to end a pulsating game 4-4. Crewe United remain in pole position in these early stages, with four wins from four so far. Moneyslane are second, with eleven points from 6 games.

Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

Results Saturday 25th August
Chimney Corner 1-4 Ballymoney Utd
Newtowne 5-0 Cookstown Youth

1St.James Swifts44002752212
3Ballymoney Utd32107347
4Glebe Rangers421189-17
5Sofia Farmer32017616
7Cookstown Youth4112511-64
9Coagh Utd21014223
11Chimney Corner3102611-53
12Donegal Celtic4103518-133
14Cookstown RBL201125-31
16Ballynure OB200218-70

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

Results Saturday 25th August
Rathfriland Rangers 3-0 Crumlin United
Downpatrick F.C. 0-2 Derriaghy C C

11st Bangor Old Boys54011521312
2East Belfast43101731410
3Shankill United531174310
4Crumlin Star3300131129
5Rathfriland Rangers52129817
6Ballynahinch Olympic421178-17
7Albert Foundry F.C.41308446
8Immaculata F.C.42028446
10Derriaghy C C4112411-74
11Crumlin United410348-43
12Ards Rangers402238-52
13Downpatrick F.C.5005028-280
14Drumaness Mills5023612-6-1


Mid-Ulster League Intermediate A

Results Saturday 25th August
Moneyslane 4 – 4 Hanover

1Crewe United44002061412
3Richhill AFC43019369
4Windmill Stars530212759
6Bourneview Mill521289-17
7Tandragee Rovers31115504
8St Marys411259-44
9Banbridge Rangers30305503
10Valley Rangers3102610-43
11Fivemiletown United3102510-53
12Ballymacash Rangers4103612-63
14AFC Silverwood3003212-100