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Championship: Around The Grounds, October 19

Bangor retained their place at the top of the Championship with a 1-0 win over Donegal Celtic on Saturday.

After the game Garth Scates said: “It wasn't a pretty game of football this afternoon, but to be frank, we will be playing teams who will not let us play attractive, flowing football.

"In our last few games we have not seen much flowing football and that is the way it is going to be from now to the end of the league campaign. We have a healthy competition for places on the team and the players know that they have to earn their place each week.”


Carrick Rangers were saddened to hear of the passing of former director Ernie McCormick.

Club chairman David Hilditch said: “Ernie joined the board when we were really down to the bare bones and played a pivotal role along with Noel Patterson as we tried hard to firstly sustain the club and then move forward.

"Ernie undertook many of the commercial activities during that time and I am sure that our sponsors who knew Ernie will join with the board, management, players, match-day team and supporters in extending our deepest sympathy to his dear wife Vilma and family circle at this difficult time."

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Lisburn Distillery striker Darren Smyth has parted company with the Whites. Smyth has now joined Amateur League outfit Comber Rec.

Moyola Park and Lurgan Celtic are starting to cut away from the pack in Championship Two as the race for the two promotion slots hots up. Moyola are six points clear of third and remain unbeaten, while Lurgan Celtic are five points clear.

Ballymoney United remain without a point in Championship Two after six games, but the good news for them is Tobermore United have just one point. Interestingly, the bottom four (also featuring Glebe Rangers and Coagh United) have all been Championship One clubs within the last four seasons.