Amateur League Intermediate Round Up 12-04-2014
Crumlin Star hit a bump in their climb up the Premier table with a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands off Ards Rangers. They are still favourites for the Title but Ards have the chance to inflict further damage when they meet again this weekend. Drumaness Mills kept their hopes alive with a 1-0 win over reledgation candidates Dumurry Rec. Islandmagee came out on top of a 9 goal thriller with Ardglass winning 5-4. There were also wins for Albert Foundry 2-1 over Kilmore Rec and a 4-1 win for Shankill United away to Killyleagh.
Derriaghy CC moved another step to the title with another 1-0 win, this time over relegation strugglers Wellington Rec, proving there are no easy games at this stage of the season. With Rathfriland losing to 2nd placed Crumlin United 3-2, Immaculata jumped up into 3rd place with their 8-0 demolition of Dundonald. Downpatrick kept promotion hopes alive with a 2-1 win at home to Abbey Villa and still have some games in hand to catchup. Barn United win 3-2 over Larne Tech and UUJ and East Belfast shared a 2-2 draw.
The Battle for Division 1A looks like it will go to the wire with both St Patricks and Lisburn Rangers winning at the weekend. St Pats 4-1 winners away to Ballywalter Rec and Lisburn an impressive 7-2 victory over Rathfern Rangers. It’s out of St Pats hands at the moment with Rangers a point behind and a game in hand. At the other end of the table Saintfield could only draw while fellow strugglers Downshire Lost to Newcastle 2-0. One win for Downshire from their final 3 games will save them.
Portaferry are slight favourites for 1C simply with points on the board and a game in hand over Ballynahinch Olympic. A 3-3 draw with Bangor Amateurs was a setback for Poraferry but with the Amateurs pushing for promotion it might not be a bad result come the end of the season. The potential title decider could be on Tuesday night when Olympic are away to Portaferry. Kilroot Rec posted their first point of the season with a 1-1 Draw at home to Groomsport. Bryansburn (4-0 Dromore), Donard (5-0 Iveagh) and Bangor Swifts (3-2 Shorts) all had away wins.