A relatively quiet month across the Intermediate divisions, with cup action taking preference over the bread and butter of the league. In fact, all three of the active divisions are led by the same team as at this point last month.
In the NAFL Crumlin Star remain in command by virtue of their 4-0 home win over bottom side Drumaness Mills early in the month. The rest of the top six remains unchanged also, with all five sides picking up three points in the solitary game each team played this month.
At the foot of the table, 1st Bangor OB picked up their first points of the season, triumphing 3-0 at Drome Park against visitors Immaculata. This lifted the hosts above Shankill United, who have recently appointed former Crusaders & Cliftonville defender David McAlinden as their new manager.
In the BPIL Dunloy strengthened their position at the summit thanks to full points in both their games this month. A thumping 8-0 home win over Chimney Corner was followed by a hard-fought 3-2 win on the road against Cookstown RBL kept the North Antrim side three points ahead of Coagh United.
The Hagan Park men also enjoyed a perfect month, with a 5-2 win over Chimney Corner, before seeing off Donegal Celtic 3-2 at Celtic Park. Belfast Celtic, meanwhile, jumped into 3rd place, a further four points back, following two high scoring wins away from home. A 6-2 win at high flying Ballymoney United was followed by a 4-1 win at Wakehurst.
Bottoms side Donegal Celtic remain pointless, while Ballynure OB sit just above them on 2 points but also remain without a win.
On to Mid Ulster now, where only six league games took place across the month. Ballymacash Rangers made it two wins from two thanks to a win at the Bluebell over Tandragee Rovers. In a game notable for the goal-scoring debut of the clubs big signing, former Crusaders & Derry City striker Rory Patterson, Michael Gault’s men eased to a 6-1 win.
There was a high scoring game at Barrack Street where hosts Rectory Rangers shared the spoils with Crewe United. In a topsy turvy game, the lead changed hands twice in the early stages, before Rangers went into the break leading 3-2. Crewe got an equaliser early in the second half, but that was the end of the scoring. The draw meant Rangers dropped their first points of the league campaign so far, while Crewe’s up and down start continues.
Laurelvale remain rock bottom with five defeats from five, while Fivemiletown United also remain pointless from their four games played. Valley Rangers remain at the top of the division with 16 points garnered from their six games played to date.
Northern Amateur Football League – Premier Division
|5||Derriaghy C C||5||3||1||1||6||4||2||10|
|7||Larne Tech O.B.||4||2||1||1||6||6||0||7|
|12||1st Bangor Old Boys||5||1||0||4||8||13||-5||3|
Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League
|4||St James Swifts||7||5||0||2||23||9||14||15|
Mid Ulster Intermediate A