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Premier Intermediate


07 Jan 2023
© Paul Harvey

The net rippled no fewer than 22 times during an action-packed afternoon in the Lough 41 Premier Intermediate League.

Leaders Ballymacash Rangers led the way with an astonishing 8-0 defeat of PSNI at The Dub, with Jack Smith helping himself to no less than a five-goal haul.

Skipper Jordan Morrison opened the scoring after six minutes, with Smith grabbing his first on 12 minutes. Zach Barr added a third midway through the first half before another three from Smith before the break saw ‘Cash race into a commanding lead.

Morrison struck again early in the second half before Smith completed the scoring before the hour.

Tobermore United came from three goals down to earn a point from Armagh City’s visit to Fortwilliam Park.

The Eagles held a two-goal lead at half-time through early strikes from Scott McCann and Marc McConnell. James McCormack then added a third on 51 minutes.

United pulled one back through Declan Martin, with Tiarnan Rafferty reducing the deficit further with around a quarter-of-an-hour to go. Then, in stoppage time, Ciaran McKeever marked his debut with a sensational leveller.

Queen’s University held onto a three-goal advantage to get the better of Portstewart at Mullaghacall.

A couple of goals from Adam Robinson and Chris Middleton inside the opening 20 minutes put the Students into a strong position, and when Ciaran O’Hare added a third after the hour it looked like the points were save.

However John Watt and Ryan Campbell struck for the Seahawks to set up a grandstand finish.

Meanwhile, at The Showgrounds, Limavady United hit three and kept a clean sheet against Lisburn Distillery.

Alex Pomeroy opened the scoring midway through the first half, before Dean Brown and Caleb Wan added further goals in the final minutes.