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Mid Ulster League round-up November 30

Away victories for both Lower Maze (at Seapatrick) and Tandragee Rovers (at Lisanally Rangers) saw both clubs leapfrog Dollingstown at the top of the Intermediate A Division. Broomhill and Fivemiletown United also moved up the table after they both won.

Division B leaders Newry City were held to a draw by St Mary’s. This allowed three of their closest rivals, Valley Rangers, Dungannon Tigers and Hanover, who all recorded victories, to close the gap.

In Division 1, leaders Hill Street recovered from a goal down and going down to 10 men to beat Scarva Rangers by 4-3 to maintain a nine-point lead at the top. Ambassadors and Derryhirk United both won to maintain their places in second and third respectively.

The joint leaders in Division 2, Donaghmore and Celtic Club (LN1), both won to maintain an eight-point gap at the top from third-placed Glenavy. Tullyvallen's narrow victory over Lurgan BBOB moved them up into fourth.

Rectory Rangers suffered their first league reverse of the season at home to Sandy Hill. This allowed White City, who won 4-1 at home to Moira Albion, to retake the lead in Division 3. The chasing pair of Cookstown Celtic and Lurgan United also both had convincing wins to keep themselves in the mix.

It was a disaster for all the teams involved in the chase for the Division 4 title. Both leaders Goodyear (away to CTA Athletic) and third-placed Knockmenagh Swifts (away to The Dons) lost for the first time this season. Second in the table Union Lusa fared no better as they succumbed to defeat to the improving Castlecaulfield.

Dollingstown and Camlough Rovers will contest the Premier Cup final on a date to be decided. The normal Christmas showpiece will have to be re-arranged due to Dollingstown's date with Armagh City in Boxing Day's Bob Radcliffe Cup final. Dollingstown are the first Mid Ulster League club to contest this final since Tandragee Rovers in 2001.

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