Belfast Telegraph

Championship: Around The Grounds, March 1

By Keith Bailie

Bangor booked their place in the last four of the Intermediate Cup with a win in the repeat of last season’s final.

The holders beat Armagh City 2-1 at Holm Park, with goals from Barry Walsh and Andy Morrow. The other three quarter-finals will take place on Saturday. Harland & Wolff Welders travel to Immaculata, Dundela host Lisburn Distillery and Carrick Rangers travel to Castlederg to play Dergview. The draw for the semi-finals is set to take place on Tuesday week.

 

Carrick Rangers will start their incredible climax to the season on Tuesday, which will see them play 14 league games in just two months. Rangers will host Knockbreda at Taylor’s Avenue in a floodlit game that kicks off at 7.45pm.

 

Armagh City will be in league action on Saturday. The Holm Park club will host Ballyclare Comrades, as both clubs aim to put some distance between themselves and the bottom two of PSNI and Dundela. The only other Championship One game sees Bangor host Knockbreda. The Seasiders will go five points clear of second-placed Ards if they beat Raymond Bell’s side. There is a full programme of Championship Two fixtures.

 

As this year’s Belfast Telegraph Championship One battle hots up, The Park took a look at how many points are usually required to win the second tier. Using an average of the four seasons, where Championship One has consisted of 14 clubs, we found that it normally takes 59 points to win the league, while 54 is the average points tally for the club who finishes second. As things stand, Bangor can score a maximum of 67, Ards a maximum of 62, Larne can reach 58, Harland & Wolff Welders can reach 66 and Carrick Rangers can hit 69.

 

Ballymoney United remain without a league win this season. The Riada Stadium club went close on Saturday, drawing 2-2 with Glebe Rangers in the Ballymoney derby. United have claimed four points from 19 games this season. It’s looking increasingly unlikely they will escape relegation out of the Northern Ireland Football League.

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