There were just four games in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League (PIL) on Saturday but no shortage of action to talk about.
Banbridge Town 0 Tombermore United 3
Tobermore made it three wins in arrow on Saturday as the moved above their opponents on Saturday into 5th place in the table. Goals from Neil Lamont, Andrew Laughlin and a Conor Kearns penalty ensured it was Adrian Whiteside who left the happier of the two managers. There’s still a lot of football to be played in the PIL before the split and United have games in hand against 3 of the 4 teams above them so and with their next two games coming against teams below them in the table they may fancy their chances of moving further up the league before Christmas.
Portstewart 2 Dundela 2
It’s been all chance at Dundela this week as Stephen Gourley has moved upstairs into a Director of Football role at the club with Russell Bowers replacing him as manager. Dundela kept their good form going with a point on the road, the draw may have caused mixed emotions as while points away from home are always precious in this league Dundela may have fancied three points against one of the sides based in the bottom half. Dundela frustrations may have been added to as they took the lead twice in the game through Owain Beggs and Ben Murdock only to be pegged back. A point seems them knocked into 3rd spot and the Seahawks continue to hold their own in 8th.
Queens University 7 Annagh United 2
Queens scored seven goals for the second time this season to become the top scorers in the division and more importantly in manager Peter Thompson’s eyes move themselves into second place in the table. Queens goals on Saturday came through a Matt Hughes hat-trick, Ryan McCready, Ciaran O’Hare, Ronan Young and Adam Robinson so Thompson will also be pleased to see the goals spread around.
Sport and Leisure Swifts 1 Lisburn Distillery 2
Distillery now have more wins now than they did after 22 games going into last season’s split and remain three points clear at the top. The first half produced few chances with Steven Hislop going close for the Whites but seen his effort tipped onto the post by the keeper and Jonah Nicholl saved comfortably at the other end from a corner. At half-time the game seemed to have 0-0 written all over but the Whites did take the lead through a bizarre own goal and soon doubled it through Paul Young. The Whites controlled the game mostly but Sport and Leisure did pull a late goal back to make them sweat at the end.