A much busier week in Intermediate football this week, with 52 goals scored across the 15 games that took place. The biggest movement came off the pitch, however, as the result emerged of a disciplinary challenge between St James Swifts and reigning Champions Glebe Rangers.
The pair met on the opening day of the new league season and St James won an exciting game 5-2, but following the game, Glebe alleged the Swifts had played an ineligible player. This was confirmed by the IFA Disciplinary Committee recently, and the game was awarded as a 3-0 Glebe victory.
This meant that despite having no league game this weekend, Glebe extended their lead at the top of the table to three points. This was also helped by the fact that Bangor lost their 100% record this weekend, drawing 0-0 at home to league new boys Ballymoney United.
St James, meanwhile, responded to the blow in the best fashion they could, by seeing off Cookstown Youth 5-2 in another high-scoring game on the 3G at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena.
At the other end of the table, Ballynure’s woes continued as they fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat at Coagh United, while Dunloy leapfrogged Cookstown RBL with a 3-1 home win. Elsewhere, Newtowne’s excellent recent form continued with a 3-0 home win over Desertmartin, while Wakehurst secured a 2-0 win over Chimney Corner at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
In Mid Ulster, high flying Crewe United dropped their first points of the season in a 2-2 home draw with Bourneview Mill. The visitors had taken an early lead but United fought back to lead 2-1 before a Bourneview equaliser saw the sides share the spoils.
Rock bottom AFC Silverwood picked up their first point of the season in an impressive 1-1 draw at Cheney Park, Banbridge. Hosts Rangers have become the divisions draw specialists this season, having come close to the title last term. Saturday was their fourth draw in six games, and although they have yet to taste defeat, manager Clifford Sterritt will be looking to convert those draws into wins as the season progresses.
Third-placed Richhill AFC saw their game away at St Marys fall foul of the day’s weather, but in the final scheduled game of the day, Fivemiletown United secured an impressive 5-1 home win over Tandragee Rovers at the Valley Stadium.
Onto the NI Intermediate League, and champions Magherafelt Sky Blues made it two wins from two this weekend, but they didn’t have it all their own way at Ballyguddin. Hosts Dungiven took the lead but the Sky Blues had the scores level by halftime. Dungiven went ahead again shortly after the break before two goals in five minutes saw the visitors in the lead, a score they would hold on to until the final whistle.
At the bottom of the table, Oxford United saw their own 100% record extended, an unwanted record, however with two defeats from two, this one coming in a 1-0 defeat at near-neighbours Trojans. In the final game of the day, Strabane Athletic and Newbuildings United shared the spoils in a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Melvin Sports Complex.
Onto the NAFL now, where lowly Downpatrick saw a chink of light in a so far bleak season, as they held league leaders 1st Bangor to a 2-2 draw at the Drome. The hosts took the lead but Downpatrick fought back to lead 2-1, only for the leaders to equalise before the finish. This leaves 1st Bangor four points clear of second-placed East Belfast, but having played four games more. Downpatrick, meanwhile, will take great heart from an impressive performance and result and give them something to build on for the rest of the campaign.
Ards Rangers secured their first win of the season, with a 2-1 victory on the road at Paisley Park over Albert Foundry, while Rathfriland secured a 3-2 victory away at Derriaghy CC, who this week have welcomed former Linfield & Glentoran striker Mark Miskimmin as their new player/manager.
Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League
Bangor FC 0-0 Ballymoney Utd
Coagh United 4-0 Ballynure OB
Cookstown Youth 2-5 St James Swifts
Dunloy FC 3-1 Cookstown RBL
Newtowne 3-0 Desertmartin
Wakehurst FC 2-0 Chimney Corner
|3||St James Swifts||7||6||0||1||35||8||27||18|
Mid Ulster Intermediate A
Banbridge Rangers 1-1 AFC Silverwood
Crewe United 2-2 Bourneview Mill
Fivemiletown United 5-1 Tandragee Rovers
St Marys P-P Richhill AFC
Northern Amateur Football League Premier Division
Derriaghy C C 2-3 Rathfriland Rangers
Albert Foundry F.C. 1-2 Ards Rangers
1st Bangor Old Boys 2-2 Downpatrick F.C.
|1||1st Bangor Old Boys||9||5||2||2||23||9||14||17|
|10||Albert Foundry F.C.||7||1||3||3||10||13||-3||6|
|13||Derriaghy C C||7||1||1||5||7||23||-16||4|
NI Intermediate League
Dungiven 2-3 Magherafelt Sky Blues
Strabane Athletic 1-1 Newbuildings Utd
Trojans 1-0 Oxford United Stars
|1||Magherafelt Sky Blues||2||2||0||0||6||2||4||6|
|8||Oxford Utd Stars||2||0||0||2||0||4||-4||0|