REPORTS Week-Ending 9th December 2017

Dec 10 2017 12:03 PM

      BALLYMENA and PROVINCIAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

                                                                                Sponsored by

                                                     MICHELIN ATHLETIC CLUB

        SEASON 2017-18

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For the first time in a number of seasons we had a complete blank day on Saturday with no games played this also included a number of Divisional Association Cup Games

 

Hopefully e will get back into action on Saturday 16th December as they league will then close down until Saturday 6th January 2018 except one game scheduled to be played on the 30th December. This will see Bangor host Glebe Rangers at the Bangor Fuels Arena kick off 2.00pm

 

Now is a time to reflect on the season so far:

 

Intermediate Division

A very interesting season is developing among the teams and due to IFA and Divisional Association Cup Competitions Cup Games there has become an imbalance with the number of league games played by each team

 

Currently we have Bangor at the top of the division on 21 points closely followed by Coagh United on 20 points. There is an old saying a bird in the hand is worth two in a bush and in the case of both Bangor and Coagh they have the points on the Board.

 

Quite a number of teams will be going all–out to catch Bangor and Coagh due to having games in hand over both.

Glebe Rangers have five games in hand on Bangor and four on Coagh and have to play both teams home and away..

 

Sofia Farmer have three games in hand on  Bangor and two on Coagh and amongst their game left to play are home to Bangor, away to Coagh and home and away to Glebe Rangers.

 

Dunloy have two games in hand on Bangor and one on Coagh and their games left to play include away to Bangor, Home and Away to Coagh, home to Glebe Rangers

 

Desertmartin have two games in hand on Bangor and one on Coagh and their games left to play include away to Bangor, home to Coagh and home and away to Dunloy, Sofia Farmer and St James Swifts.

 

 St James Swifts similar to Glebe Rangers have five games in hand over Bangor and four in hand over Coagh but like all others will not approach any games as a walk in the park.

 

With the season being one of the best competitively there is no doubt the teams above will be pushed all the way by Brantwood, Ballynure OB. Newtowne, Chimney Corner, Cookstown RBL and Cookstown Youth..

 

 These teams are more than capable of putting a good run together and will make their presence felt before the en d of the Season and the Champions Crowned      

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Junior Divisions

One

Currently Woodlands last season’s runners-up in the league are out on their own but Antrim Rovers, Newington YC Res, Brantwood Res and Cookstown Olympic have games in hand over Woodlands.

 

Antrim Rovers have four games in hand over Woodlands, Newington YC Res six, Brantwood Res five and Cookstown Olympic seven

Similar to the Intermediate Division Woodlands have the points on the board and the other will be playing catch up as the season progresses.

A very interesting run in to the seasons end is envisaged.

 

Two

Clough Rangers Athletic have a clear lead at the top of the table at present  and suffered their first defeat of the season against Cookstown Youth Colts the previous Saturday

 

Killymoon Rangers, Mallusk Athletic, Cookstown Youth Colts and Castle Star with games in hand will be making every effort to catch Clough.

On the other side of the coin Clough have the points on the board and will no doubt be trying to gain maximum points from each game they have left to play

 

Three

Carrick Athletic are currently sitting at the top of the table leading Rathcoole by six points but Rathcoole with five games in hand will be hoping to overhaul Carrick.

 

Close behind are Greenisland WM, Ballyclare North End and North Belfast United also have games in hand over Carrick Athletic but again points already gained are a big bonus when it comes down to the run in for Honours.

 

It is planned to level out the number of league games played by each team across all four divisions over the next few weeks.

 

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                                                                     INTERMEDIATE

                                                                                LEAGUE

 

                                                JUNIOR DIVISIONS LEAGUE GAMES

                                                                                 ONE

 

                                                                                TWO

 

                                                                                THREE

 FIXTURES Week-Ending 16th December 2017

Intermediate League

Ballynure OB                       v              Glebe Rangers                      @ Mossley Park. Newtownabbey

Chimney Corner                  v              Dunloy                                   @ Allen Park. Castle Road. Antrim

Newtowne                              v              Cookstown RBL                    @ Scroggy Road PF. Limavady

Bangor                                   v              Coagh United                        @ Bangor Fuels Arena. Bangor

St James Swifts                    v              Desertmartin                        @ Woodlands PF. Finaghy Road North. Belfast

Sofia Farmer                                         Free

Crawford Cup 2nd Round                                                                    Kick off 1.30pm

Cookstown Youth                 v              Brantwood                             @ 3g Pitch MUSA. Cookstown

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Junior Division League Games

One

Cookstown Olympic             v              Antrim Rovers                       @ Beechway PF. Old Coagh Road. Cookstown

3rd Ballyclare OB                 v              Newington YC Res               @ Foundry Lane. Ballyclare

 

Ballynure OB                                       Request free Date

FC Whiteabbey                                     Request free Date

Woodlands                                             Request free Date

Sport & Leisure S Res                         Request free Date

Brantwood Res                                      Free

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Two

Antrim Rovers Swifts         v              Cookstown Youth Colts      @ Allen Park. Castle Road. Antrim

Clough Rangers Athletic  v              Mallusk Athletic                 @ Clough PF. Cloughwater Road. Clough

Northend United Youth       v              Brantwood-Loughside        @ 3g Pitch. Ballymena Showground’s

68th N’abbey OB ‘A’            v              Cookstown RBL Res          @ Threemilewater PF. Doagh Road. N’abbey

 

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Three

Carnlough Swifts                 v              Rathcoole FC                        @ Stoneyhill Park. Ballymena Road. Carnlough

Greenisland WM                  v              Ballyclare North End           @ Threemilewater PF. Doagh Road. N’abbey

 

Red Star                                                 Request free Date

Whitehead Rangers                              Request free Date

North Belfast United                            Request free Date

68th Newtownabbey OB ‘B’                 Free                                       

Carrick Athletic                                   Free    

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County Antrim Junior Shield 4th Round                                          Kick off 1.30pm

Castle Star                            v              Portrush                                 @ Beltoy PF. Beltoy Road. Carrickfergus        

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Mid-Ulster Shield 4th Round                                                               Kick off 1.30pm

Killymoon Rangers              v              Bessbrook United                 @ Fairhill PF. Fairhill Road. Cookstown

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North West Junior Cup 2nd Round                                                     Kick off 1.30pm

Desertmartin Swifts            v              Dromore                                 @ Dromore Park Dromore Road. Desertmartin

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