STRABANE Athletic and Ardstraw both kept alive their hopes of a first ever NI Intermediate League title with important victories at the weekend.
Ardstraw did all the main challengers a favour – apart from their opponents that is – by defeating Maiden City 1-0 at the Swilly Stadium.
A second half goal by Darren Boyd proved decisive and means Ardstraw remain third, 10 points behind leaders Magherafelt Sky Blues but with two games in hand.
The Sky Blues were held 2-2 at Dungiven and that allowed second placed Strabane to close the gap to eight points.
Goals by Dylan Peoples and Ronan McBrearty keeps Eamon Curry’s charges firmly in the hunt. Like Ardstraw, they, too, have two games in hand of the table-toppers.
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