Premier Intermediate


04 Nov 2023
Benny Igiehon is congratulated after opening the scoring for Ballymacash Rangers

Queen’s University moved back to the top of the Playr-Fit Premier Intermediate League as Ballymacash Rangers, Banbridge Town, Warrenpoint Town and Armagh City also picked up three points apiece.

The Students made the most of morning leaders Limavady United’s inactivity to hit two goals past Portstewart at The Dub and return to the summit.

Scoreless at the break, Ben Mulgrew edged Queen’s in front early in the second half with Lorcan McIlroy hitting a second with around a quarter-of-an-hour to go.

Warrenpoint Town are just behind Limavady on goal difference after their 3-0 victory over bottom of the table Tobermore United at Milltown.

Steven Ball hit two for Barry Gray’s side, the opener coming on 17 minutes with a strike into the bottom corner before doubling his tally midway through the second half. Declan Loye also found the net for ‘Point in between Ball’s brace.

Fourth placed Ballymacash Rangers knocked two goals without reply past Dollingstown at the Bluebell Stadium.

Benny Igiehon broke the deadlock after half-an-hour but ‘Cash needed a stoppage time Christopher Crane finish to make sure of the points.

Armagh City came from a goal down to get the better of Coagh United at Holm Park.

Mark Kelly had edged the visitors in front on 27 minutes, but Ruairi Duffy hit the leveller five minutes after that. Ben Mullen then made it 2-1 to the Eagles later in the first half before a Jack Wilson own goal completed the scoring nine minutes from time.

Meanwhile, Stephen McCavitt hit a hat-trick for Banbridge Town as they defeated Moyola Park 5-2 at the Coleraine Showgrounds.

McCavitt opened the scoring on 11 minutes, but Tom Patchett levelled for Moyola soon after. Matthew Rendina then tipped the balance back in favour of the visitors just before Adam Gray restored parity once more.

However McCavitt hit a second half double to firmly establish Town’s lead with Ryan Gourley adding a fifth late in proceedings.