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All around the grounds: Ards fail to narrow league gap

Belfast Telegraph Championship One: Ards will be kicking themselves all week long for failing to take the opportunity to significantly close the gap on league leaders Bangor, who weren't in action over the weekend.

Niall Currie's side are six points behind the Seasiders following their 1-1 draw with Donegal Celtic. It was a much happier afternoon for H&W Welders, who are just one point behind Ards with two games in hand after a 4-3 win over Ballyclare Comrades.

Celtic rise to top of table

Belfast Telegraph Championship Two: Lurgan Celtic have taken the initiative in Championship Two, and with it, the outright lead in the league table.

Fully aware that one-time leaders Moyola Park weren't playing on Saturday, the Hoops fought to a commendable 4-3 victory on their travels to Limavady United. They are now three points ahead of Moyola, who are now level on points with Sport & Leisure Swifts, who in turn also won 4-3 at Annagh United.

Mac crush sorry Corner

Intermediate Cup: In a scoreline that shows how quickly fortunes can change in football, Immaculata defeated the once well-established Championship club Chimney Corner 10-2 in the second round of the Intermediate Cup. Killyleagh YC, a club well accustomed to cup success in recent history, fell to a 4-1 defeat away to Dunloy, while Derriaghy CC secured a tight 2-1 triumph against cup specialists Newbuildings United.

Saints' mixed fortunes

Toals County Antrim Junior Shield: It was a mixed day for the various array of 'Saints' involved in the Junior Shield third round. St James' Swifts lost 3-2 away to Brentwood, St Matthews fell to the same scoreline against Portavogie, while St Oliver Plunkett celebrated a 3-2 win over Portrush.

In a quirky coincidence, St Malachy's continued the trend, with a 3-2 triumph over Newtonbreda, but St Pat's II were the exception, beating Ahoghill Thistle 1-0.

Barn and Dunmurry Rec share spoils

Northern Amateur Football League: Only a handful of league games in the Amateur League's intermediate tiers went ahead, with many involved in the Intermediate Cup.

However, in the only Division 1A game of the day, it finished 1-1 between Barn United and Dunmurry Rec, while it was the same score in the sole 1B game, between Ballynahinch United and Sirocco Works. Shorts lead the way in 1C, after defeating Dromore Amateurs 6-2.

Star hit for eight by Comber YM

Down Area Winter Football League: Comber YM were 8-0 winners in their game against an under-strength Comber Star, Moat Park Rangers travelled home with three points after a 5-1 win at Willowfield Parish and Vision Athletic were beaten 3-1 by 8th OB, leaving the Blanchflower side stranded in the relegation zone.

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