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.

1Crumlin Star2218407096158
2Immaculata F.C.25173553242954
3East Belfast23164383216252
4Ballynahinch Olympic22142662323044
6Rathfriland Rangers22115645271838
7Shankill United2510785145637
8Ards Rangers2684143858-2028
9Crumlin United2383124351-827
101st Bangor Old Boys2683154253-1127
11Derriaghy C C2574143058-2825
12Drumaness Mills2666144974-2521
13Albert Foundry F.C.2427152756-2913
14Downpatrick F.C.23131920121-1016


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

2Windmill Stars25154666293749
4Banbridge Rangers22136358243445
5Crewe United21142568373144
6Valley Rangers20121748381037
7Richhill AFC24104104640634
8Fivemiletown United228774741631
9Bourneview Mill2675144153-1226
10Ballymacash Rangers2374123445-1125
11St Marys2673164372-2924
13Tandragee Rovers2457123950-1122
14AFC Silverwood25012410136-1261


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

1Bangor FC262510107198876
2Glebe Rangers28221566303667
3St James Swifts25190694355957
4Coagh United2513484942743
5Ballymoney Utd271251060461441
8Dunloy FC28105134749-235
9Wakehurst FC2695124551-632
10Cookstown Youth2595114455-1132
11Chimney Corner2584134364-2128
12Ballynure OB2676134761-1427
13Donegal Celtic2664164295-5322
15Cookstown RBL2624202377-5410


NI Intermediate League

1Strabane Athletic1411304083236
2Maiden City1493233141930
3Newbuildings Utd1481531201125
4Magherafelt Sky Blues148153328525
8Oxford United Stars141112732-254