Intermediate Roundup

Bangor sealed a welcome return to the Premier Intermediate League this week, following another busy week of wins that was topped off on Monday as news filtered through that they would not require a playoff to take their place back among the NI Football League setup.

The title was delivered following a 3-1 win away at one of their main title rivals, St James Swifts. The Swifts were one of the clubs who had applied for the jump into the PIL but with Bangor’s relentless march to the championship, they will have at least another season of BPIL football before they can realise their goal.

Also putting their names forward for promotion from this tier of intermediate football were Mid-Ulster sides Crewe United & Moneyslane, but with Hanover winning the title there that left only Strabane Athletic as possible opponents for the Seasiders. Eamon Curry’s side applied for promotion and duly won the NI Intermediate League, but the Melvin Park ground did not meet the criteria.

Bangor still have three games to fulfil their obligations to the BPIL, with league games at home to Newtowne and away to Desertmartin, while they will once again lock horns with St James Swifts in the McReynolds Cup Final later in May.

On Saturday Bangor defeated reigning champions Glebe Rangers 2-0 at the Bangor Fuels Arena, while St James fell to a 4-2 defeat in Limavady against Newtowne, a result which guaranteed the outgoing champions Glebe a second place finish.

In the NAFL Crumlin Star, seeking to make it a hat trick of titles, all but wrapped it up thanks to a 3-1 win away at nearest challengers, and long-time leaders, Immaculata. They followed this up on Saturday with a 0-0 draw away at Rathfriland, and this meant that they had to wait for that confirmation of the title.

This is because of the form of East Belfast, with their recent form of five wins on the spin, scoring 21 goals in the process, meaning they can still catch the leaders. The two sides meet in a titanic battle tonight (Tuesday) at East Park which will go a long way to determining whether the silverware stays in the north or heads to the east of the city.

It was a relatively quiet week in Mid Ulster, but there was a big result at the bottom of the table as Laurelvale thumped rock bottom AFC Silverwood 7-1 at Lakeview to leapfrog Tandragee Rovers into 12th position. Crucially, they also have two games in hand on the side immediately above them, St. Marys, as they look to secure their place in the division for a second season.

There are two tasty looking games tonight (Tuesday) as Banbridge Rangers host Windmill Stars at Cheney Park, while Crewe United welcome Richhill AFC to Crewe Park with the race for the runners-up spot behind champions Hanover wide open.

Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

Saturday 27 April

Rathfriland Rangers 0-0 Crumlin Star
Shankill United 4-5 Islandmagee
East Belfast 8-0 1st Bangor Old Boys

Thursday 25 April

Immaculata F.C. 1-3 Crumlin Star
Rathfriland Rangers 1-4 East Belfast
Shankill United 4-1 Downpatrick F.C.

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Crumlin Star 22 18 4 0 70 9 61 58
2 Immaculata F.C. 25 17 3 5 53 24 29 54
3 East Belfast 23 16 4 3 83 21 62 52
4 Ballynahinch Olympic 22 14 2 6 62 32 30 44
5 Islandmagee 24 13 3 8 59 43 16 42
6 Rathfriland Rangers 22 11 5 6 45 27 18 38
7 Shankill United 25 10 7 8 51 45 6 37
8 Ards Rangers 26 8 4 14 38 58 -20 28
9 Crumlin United 23 8 3 12 43 51 -8 27
10 1st Bangor Old Boys 26 8 3 15 42 53 -11 27
11 Derriaghy C C 25 7 4 14 30 58 -28 25
12 Drumaness Mills 26 6 6 14 49 74 -25 21
13 Albert Foundry F.C. 24 2 7 15 27 56 -29 13
14 Downpatrick F.C. 23 1 3 19 20 121 -101 6

 

Mid Ulster Intermediate League

Saturday 27 April

AFC Silverwood 0-4 Fivemiletown United
Moneyslane 2-1 Ballymacash Rangers

Wednesday 24 April

AFC Silverwood 1-7 Laurelvale

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Hanover 26 20 4 2 75 30 45 64
2 Windmill Stars 25 15 4 6 66 29 37 49
3 Moneyslane 24 14 4 6 58 30 28 46
4 Banbridge Rangers 22 13 6 3 58 24 34 45
5 Crewe United 21 14 2 5 68 37 31 44
6 Valley Rangers 20 12 1 7 48 38 10 37
7 Richhill AFC 24 10 4 10 46 40 6 34
8 Fivemiletown United 22 8 7 7 47 41 6 31
9 Bourneview Mill 26 7 5 14 41 53 -12 26
10 Ballymacash Rangers 23 7 4 12 34 45 -11 25
11 St Marys 26 7 3 16 43 72 -29 24
12 Laurelvale 24 6 4 14 41 49 -8 22
13 Tandragee Rovers 24 5 7 12 39 50 -11 22
14 AFC Silverwood 25 0 1 24 10 136 -126 1

 

Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

Saturday 27 April

Ballynure OB 3-3 Wakehurst FC
Bangor 2-0 Glebe Rangers
Chimney Corner 4-2 Cookstown Youth
Dunloy FC 3-1 Desertmartin
Newtowne 4-2 St James Swifts

Thursday 25 April

Ballynure OB 4-1 Chimney Corner
St James Swifts 1-3 Bangor FC

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Bangor FC 26 25 1 0 107 19 88 76
2 Glebe Rangers 28 22 1 5 66 30 36 67
3 St James Swifts 25 19 0 6 94 35 59 57
4 Coagh United 25 13 4 8 49 42 7 43
5 Ballymoney Utd 27 12 5 10 60 46 14 41
6 Newtowne 25 9 8 8 48 41 7 35
7 Brantwood 24 10 5 9 43 36 7 35
8 Dunloy FC 28 10 5 13 47 49 -2 35
9 Wakehurst FC 26 9 5 12 45 51 -6 32
10 Cookstown Youth 25 9 5 11 44 55 -11 32
11 Chimney Corner 25 8 4 13 43 64 -21 28
12 Ballynure OB 26 7 6 13 47 61 -14 27
13 Donegal Celtic 26 6 4 16 42 95 -53 22
14 Desertmartin 26 2 5 19 32 89 -57 11
15 Cookstown RBL 26 2 4 20 23 77 -54 10

 

NI Intermediate League

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Strabane Athletic 14 11 3 0 40 8 32 36
2 Maiden City 14 9 3 2 33 14 19 30
3 Newbuildings Utd 14 8 1 5 31 20 11 25
4 Magherafelt Sky Blues 14 8 1 5 33 28 5 25
5 Ardstraw 14 5 1 8 17 29 -12 16
6 Dungiven 14 4 1 9 19 31 -12 13
7 Trojans 14 3 3 8 16 34 -18 12
8 Oxford United Stars 14 1 1 12 7 32 -25 4