Causeway Chronicle

Changes in Ballymena Premier League and opening fixtures announced

The new Ballymena Premier and Intermediate season kicks off on Saturday, August 5, 2023 with the First Round of the Steel & Sons Cup being played and involving three of the league’s clubs. Two Intermediate league games will also take place on August 5.


However, there are changes that will take place this season: Intermediate Teams are split into two groups A and B with each team playing 16 league games. When all the teams have played 16 games the Top Two teams will play in a round robin home and away. 

Top team in group A will play the second team in group B and the winners of group B playing the second team in group A. The winners of the two groups will then play a one off final to decide the overall winner of the Intermediate section.

When all games have been played the Top Five teams in each group will form Divisions One for Season 2024-25 and the bottom Four teams in each group will form Division Two for the 2024-25 season.

New members joining the league from 2024 onwards will join in Division Two.

Junior Teams are split into two Divisions where promotion and relegation will take place at the end of the season. 

The registering of players in all categories will change as follows: A professional player cannot participate within the league. Teams can register players up to and Including March 31st 2024. Transfer of players from outside the league can take place up to and including March 31st 2024.

Internal transfers between member clubs can only take place within two windows as follows: From 1st June to the Friday before the Third Saturday in August and from 20th December to the 31st January in each season.

The maximum transfers between two member clubs, must not exceed two in any one season. 

Fixtures Saturday 5th August 2023
League games kick off @ 2.00pm
Intermediate League Group A
Desertmartin v Wellington Rec                
@ Dromore Par. Desertmartin
Simon Mackey           
Group B
Rathcoole v Ballymoney United   
@ Diamond PF. Rathcoole
Joe Mullan
Steel & Sons Cup 1st Round – Kick off 1.30pm
Bangor Amateurs v Ballynure OB                        
@ Clandeboye Road. Bangor
Wakehurst v Kilmore Rec                       
@ 3G Pitch. Ballymena Showgrounds.
Glebe Rangers v Malachians FC
@ Riada Stadium. Ballymoney
Friday 11th August 2023 – Kick off 7.00pm
Intermediate  League Group A
Donegal Celtic v Wellington Rec
@ Celtic Park. Suffolk Road. Belfast
Saturday 12th August 2023 – League Kick off @ 2.00pm
Intermediate League Group A
Chimney Corner v Maiden City
@ Allen Park. Antrim
Irish Cup 1st Round
Ballynure OB v Fivemiletown United       
@ Mossley Park. Newtownabbey
Belfast Celtic v Warrenpoint Town           
@ Glen Road Heights. Belfast
Brantwood v Rosemount Rec
@ Skegoneil Avenue. Belfast
St James Swifts v Lisburn Distillery         
@ Celtic Park. Suffolk Road. Belfast
Desertmartin v Wakehurst
@ Dromore Park. Desertmartin
Bangor Amateurs v Dunloy                                 
@ Clandeboye Road. Bangor
Banbridge Town v Cookstown Youth
@ Chaney Park. Banbridge
Strabane Athletic v Coagh United
@ Melvin Park Arena. Strabane
Shankill United v Ballymoney United       
@ Hammer Sports Complex. Belfast
Rectory Rangers v Newbuildings United 
@ Brownstown Park
Moyola Park v Newtowne
@ Coleraine Showgrounds.

Maurice Bradley