The NI Football League have been notified that Glebe Rangers have withdrawn from the playoffs for the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League.

The Ballymoney based side were crowned champions of the Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League on Monday night and were due to participate in a two legged playoff against Dollingstown, with the first leg this Friday 25 May.

As a result of the withdrawl, Mid-Ulster Intermediate League winners Dollingstown will automatically be promoted take the vacant place in the 2018/2019 Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League.

In a statement issued by Glebe Rangers on Wednesday; “Following consultation with all Club members, Glebe Rangers FC have decided not to proceed this season with their opportunity to participate in play offs for a place in the Premier Intermediate League.”

Club Spokesman John McAuley added, “This is not a decision which has been taken lightly and is simply down to the financial requirements of playing in the PIL.”

“It would cost an additional 50% to make the step up and as a result of the current economic climate, the club have failed to secure the required backing from a number of potential sponsors.”

“We will continue to work hard behind the scenes in the hope of overcoming this issue to avoid the same situation in the future as the club's ambitions are still to play at the highest level possible within our capabilities.”

“On behalf of the club, I would like to wish Dollingstown all the best in the Premier Intermediate League next season.”

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