Premier Intermediate


02 Mar 2024
Goalmouth action at the Limavady Showgrounds

Just five points separate the top five sides in the Playr-Fit Premier Intermediate League following a round of fixtures on Saturday afternoon.

Leaders Limavady United fell to an uncharacteristic home defeat to Dollingstown at The Showgrounds.

The Roesiders moved in front through Ian Parkhill midway through the first half, but Daniel Gordon hit back to level for the visitors eight minutes from the break.

Then, early in the second half, Harry Norton fired the Dollybirds into the lead from the spot but, seven minutes, from time Gary Liggett popped up to make sure of the points.

Second met third at The Dub, but neither Queen’s University nor Armagh City could make the most of Limavady’s defeat as the sides fought out a 2-2 draw.

Matthew Hughes edged the Students in front with less than ten minutes on the clock but Conor Mullen levelled around a quarter-of-an-hour later before Igor Rutkowski nudged the Eagles in front early in the second half.

However Johnny Mairs found the net following a scramble in the box to secure a share of the spoils for Queen’s in the closing moments.

Rathfriland Rangers occupy fourth spot, and began life on a winning note under returning boss Ronnie Haughey with a 3-0 defeat of PSNI at Iveagh Park.

Nigel Prentice broke the deadlock with barely a minute on the clock, before Ryan Woods turned the ball into his own net to double the home advantage after half-an-hour. Matthew Holloway added a third on 53 minutes and could have knocked in a fourth after that only to miss from the spot.

Ballymacash Rangers swept to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Portstewart at the Bluebell Stadium despite playing the entirety of the second half with ten men.

Benny Igiehon bagged the first goal of the game on four minutes, but Ryan Campbell pulled the Seahawks back onto level terms soon after.

Michael Moore restored Cash’s advantage a couple of minutes later, but the home side suffered a blow moments from the break when Dylan Sinnerton was dismissed after collecting his second caution of the game.

That was how it stayed until Jack Smith made it 3-1 with just over 20 minutes remaining, and he made sure with his second of the game with seven minutes to go.

Banbridge Town also swept to a 4-1 home win with Warrenpoint Town the victims at Crystal Park.

Stephen McCavitt knocked home two first half goals to put Banbridge into a strong position at the break, with Conor Curran adding a third early in the second period.

‘Point pulled one back on the hour through Jim O’Hanlon but despite Banbridge losing Andrew Martin after he also picked up a second booking they went on to extend their lead right at the end through Reece Doyle.

But the honour of finishing top scorers on the day fell to Lisburn Distillery and their 5-1 thumping of Moyola Park at Ballyskeagh.

Ryan McNickle found the net twice for the Whites, with further finishes coming through Joe Tully, Jack Berry and Fra Brennan while Adam Gray grabbed a scant consolation for the visitors.

Meanwhile, at Fortwilliam Park, Aaron Campbell and Jack Wilson found the net for Coagh United as they defeated Tobermore United by the odd goal in three.