Premier Intermediate


07 Jan 2024
© David Hunter

Limavady United moved three points clear at the top of the Playr-Fit Premier Intermediate League on a day that also produced victories for Rathfriland Rangers, Coagh United, Dollingstown and Portstewart.

The Roesiders defeated Lisburn Distillery by the odd goal in five at the Showgrounds. They moved in front midway through the first half when Joe McCready made the most of a poor clearance before, just after the half-hour mark, Alex Pomeroy doubled up when he rounded keeper Ethan Carry.

Distillery did reduce the deficit six minutes from the break after a Jack Berry cross was turned home at the second attempt by Ryan McNickle.

However, United restored their two-goal cushion late in the half through Lewis Tosh after he cut in from the right to fire past Carry.

The Whites came within a whisker of pulling another one back very early in the second half but McNickle was unlucky when his shot on the turn came back off the crossbar.

McNickle did find the net again on 70 minutes when he rolled the ball past home keeper Richard Purcell but despite Limavady being reduced to ten men following Matthew Walker's 83rd minute dismissal for a challenge on Curtis Woods they held on to secure all three points.

Portstewart recorded a second league win in succession with victory over PSNI at Mullaghacall.

The Seahawks moved in front midway through the first half when Ryan Campbell converted from the spot.

New signing Tony Tumelty doubled up just before the hour when he scrambled the ball home at the left post before Aaron Cochrane pulled one back for the visitors with a successful penalty just over ten minutes later, awarded after Henry Capper had been impeded in the area.

But Portstewart made sure of the points in stoppage time when Michael Smith swept the ball past Kai Beck.

Dollingstown made it two wins on the bounce with victory over Tobermore United at Planters Park. Conall Curran bagged what proved to be the only goal of the game late in the first half.

Rathfriland Rangers collected the points from their visit to face derby rivals Banbridge Town at Crystal Park.

Matthew Holloway fired Rangers in front as early as eighth minute, a lead they held until the fourth minute of added time when the veteran James Costello popped up to make sure of the win for Alastair Wilson's side.

Meanwhile, Aaron Campbell bagged the only goal of the game as Coagh United defeated Moyola Park at the Coleraine Showgrounds.