Intermediate Roundup

Another fairly quiet week across the Intermediate leagues, with none of the leaders in action due to cup action. There was drama in the BPIL, however, with Sofia Farmer withdrawing from competition.

In the only game of the day in the BPIL, Dunloy welcomed Donegal Celtic to McCamphill Park. The hosts ended the day with their first victory of the league season, romping to a 7-2 win over Celtic, which they will be hoping will jump-start their campaign. This weekend sees a full programme of BPIL Intermediate action, with only Cookstown Youth not in action.

The imbalance in the league is because of the recent withdrawal of Sofia Farmer from the Ballymena league. The largely Portuguese side have had a topsy-turvy existence in the BPIL. Upon joining the league in 2015 they established themselves as the whipping boys of the division, conceding an average of seven goals a game. The second season was much improved, as they found their feet and began to show plenty of promise on the field. By their third season, they were in a position to challenge for the BPIL title and indeed made their intentions to be considered for promotion to the Premier Intermediate League known in the early stages of the campaign.

As the season wore on, however, their form tailed off and at one point a club representative took to social media to claim the club had folded. That wasn’t the case, however, and they saw out the season despite being on the end of some heavy defeats. They began this season with high hopes of another league challenge but the early optimism has worn off and they have officially taken a break from competitive action as they regroup ahead of a potential return next season.

Their tenure in the league was not without controversy, however, with a number of clubs complaining about their lack of sportsmanship, while their disciplinary record has seen them in front of the powers that be on more than one occasion.

In Mid Ulster, Laurelvale’s struggles continued as they fell to a fourth defeat in four, this time going down 3-0 at Ballymacash Rangers. Crewe United lead the way with a 100% record, and they return to league action on Saturday with a trip to Tandragee Rovers.

The NAFL was the busiest league this week, with a whopping three games taking place. 1st Bangor OB had a chance to jump into top spot, but they ended the day still in 2nd place after a 3-2 home defeat against Immaculata. Drumaness Mills secured their first win of the season, welcoming Derriaghy CC to Meadowvale before seeing them off 4-1. Elsewhere, Downpatricks struggles continued, falling to another heavy defeat, this time 6-0 at home vs Crumlin United.

Mid Ulster Intermediate A

Results 15th September
Ballymacash Rangers 3 – 0 Laurelvale

1Crewe United44002061412
3Richhill AFC43019369
4Windmill Stars530212759
6Bourneview Mill521289-17
7Banbridge Rangers41309636
8Ballymacash Rangers62041016-66
9Tandragee Rovers31115504
10St Marys411259-44
11Valley Rangers3102610-43
12Fivemiletown United3102510-53
14AFC Silverwood3003212-100


Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division

Results 15th September
1st Bangor Old Boys 2-3 Immaculata F.C.
Drumaness Mills 4-1 Derriaghy C
Downpatrick F.C. 0-6 Crumlin United


1Crumlin Star44001711612
21st Bangor Old Boys64021751212
3East Belfast43101731410
4Shankill United531174310
5Immaculata F.C.
6Rathfriland Rangers52129817
7Ballynahinch Olympic421178-17
8Crumlin United520310826
9Albert Foundry F.C.
11Derriaghy C C5113515-104
12Drumaness Mills61231013-32
13Ards Rangers402238-52
14Downpatrick F.C.6006034-340


Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League

Results 15th September
Dunloy 7-2 Donegal Celtic

1St. James Swifts55003052515
3Ballymoney Utd4310104610
4Glebe Rangers531199010
7Donegal Celtic62041128-176
9Coagh United4112911-24
11Cookstown RBL411258-34
12Cookstown Youth51131016-64
14Ballynure OB200218-70
15Chimney Corner3003213-110