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Premier Intermediate

NEW BOYS BALLYMACASH BEGIN BUILDING FOR PIL DEBUT

20 Jun 2022
football
Celebrating promotion to the Premier Intermediate League

The NI Football League's newest member club, Ballymacash Rangers, have wasted no time preparing for their inaugural season in the Lough 41 Premier Intermediate League.

The Lisburn-based outfit gained promotion after being crowned Mid-Ulster Intermediate A champions and then defeating St. James' Swifts 5-2 on aggregate in a two-legged promotion play-off.

Manager Lee Forsythe has been busy in the summer transfer market as he shapes his squad for the challenges ahead.

Cash open their campaign with a trip to the seaside to take on Portstewart, and that will mark a return to Mullaghacall for Zach Barr who made the switch from the Seahawks to Rangers when the transfer window opened.

With 17 goals in the Premier Intermediate League last term, the 27-year-old striker can also count Limavady United, Ballyclare Comrades, Knockbreda amongst his former clubs.

Following him to the Bluebell Stadium is former Lisburn Distillery midfielder Mikey Withers. Prior to his spell at the Whites the 28-year-old was also on the books of Portadown and HW Welders.

Withers will be joined in the middle of the park by Johnny Newell, 26, who moves from Valley Rangers.

And completing the quartet of early signings is former Portadown man Jack Smith. Another midfielder, the 24-year-old spent last season at Shamrock Park but was also previously with Carrick Rangers and Crusaders earlier in his career.