2010–11 IFA Championship

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IFA Championship
Season 2010–11

The 2010–11 IFA Championship (known as the Ladbrokes.com Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the third season since its establishment after a major overhaul of the league system in Northern Ireland. The Championship was divided into two divisions, with the clubs in both divisions having intermediate status. Championship 1 served as the second tier of Northern Irish football, with Championship 2 as the third tier. Loughgall were the defending champions of Championship 1.

In Championship 1, Carrick Rangers secured the title and promotion to the Premiership on 2 May 2011, after Limavady United failed to beat Ballymoney United, leaving them 7 points behind with only two games left to play.[1] Limavady United finished as runners-up but were ineligible for promotion as they did not gain the required licence from the IFA. As a result, the promotion/relegation play-off did not take place. Ballymoney United and Ballyclare Comrades finished in the bottom two, and were relegated to next season's Championship 2.

In Championship 2, Warrenpoint Town were playing their first ever season as an intermediate club, and they went on to win the Championship 2 title after only one season in the division. With the title came promotion to next season's Championship 1. Also promoted were Tobermore United, who finished as runners-up.

Chimney Corner finished bottom of Championship 2 for the second successive season, but avoided relegation when Dollingstown, playing in the Mid-Ulster Football League Intermediate A division (one tier below Championship 2), finished as league champions but were denied promotion to Championship 2 when they were later found to have fielded an ineligible player in eight league matches. As a result, Dollingstown were deducted all the points that they had gained in the matches the player had taken part in, demoting the club to 4th place in the final league table. The club appealed the decision and took their case all the way to the High Court, but it was dismissed. Tandragee Rovers were crowned champions of the division instead, but did not apply for entry to Championship 2.[2][3] If Dollingstown had won their case they would have been promoted to Championship 2, with Chimney Corner being relegated.

Team changes from 2009–10[edit]

Promoted from Championship 1 to IFA Premiership

Relegated from IFA Premiership to Championship 1

Promoted from Championship 2 to Championship 1

Relegated from Championship 1 to Championship 2

Elected to Championship 2

Championship 1[edit]

IFA Championship 1
Champions Carrick Rangers
Promoted Carrick Rangers
Relegated Ballyclare Comrades
Ballymoney United
Matches played 182
Goals scored 562 (3.09 per match)
Biggest home win Larne 7–0 Bangor
Biggest away win Loughgall 1–5 Bangor
Ballyclare 0–4 Larne
Highest scoring Limavady United 6–2 Carrick Rangers

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Stadium Location Capacity
Ards Dixon Park Ballyclare 1,800 (500 seated)
Ballinamallard United Ferney Park Ballinamallard 2,000 (100 seated)
Ballyclare Comrades Dixon Park Ballyclare 1,800 (500 seated)
Ballymoney United Riada Stadium Ballymoney 5,752 (218 seated)
Banbridge Town Crystal Park Banbridge 1,500 (100 seated)
Bangor Clandeboye Park Bangor 2,850 (500 seated)
Carrick Rangers Taylors Avenue Carrickfergus 6,000 (400 seated)
Dergview Darragh Park Castlederg 1,200 (100 seated)
Glebe Rangers Riada Stadium Ballymoney 5,752 (218 seated)
Harland & Wolff Welders Tillysburn Park Belfast 3,000 (100 seated)
Institute Riverside Stadium Drumahoe 2,350 (1,540 seated)
Larne Inver Park Larne 1,100 (656 seated)
Limavady United The Showgrounds Limavady 524 (274 seated)
Loughgall Lakeview Park Loughgall 3,000 (180 seated)

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Carrick Rangers (C) (P) 26 18 4 4 57 27 +30 58 Promotion to 2011–12 IFA Premiership
2 Limavady United 26 15 6 5 53 27 +26 51
3 Dergview 26 15 3 8 51 32 +19 48
4 Bangor 26 11 8 7 45 38 +7 41
5 Ballinamallard United 26 11 6 9 45 38 +7 39 Head-to head tiebreaker:
BMD 4–2 HAR; HAR 2–2 BMD
6 Harland & Wolff Welders 26 11 6 9 45 38 +7 39
7 Ards 26 9 7 10 37 42 −5 34
8 Institute 26 10 4 12 28 43 −15 34
9 Larne 26 8 6 12 38 41 −3 30
10 Loughgall 26 8 6 12 37 48 −11 30
11 Banbridge Town 26 7 7 12 31 39 −8 28
12 Glebe Rangers 26 7 7 12 36 46 −10 28
13 Ballymoney United (R) 26 5 8 13 31 48 −17 23 Relegation to 2011–12 IFA Championship 2
14 Ballyclare Comrades (R) 26 5 6 15 28 55 −27 21

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head points; 5th head-to-head goal difference
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results[edit]

Each team plays every other team twice (once at home, and once away) for a total of 26 games.

Home ╲ Away ARD BMD BCC BMY BBT BGR CRK DGV GBE H&W INS LRN LIM LGL
Ards 2–2 0–3 3–3 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 4–3 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2
Ballinamallard United 3–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 0–3 1–3 2–1 2–2 4–2 2–0 3–3 0–2 2–0
Ballyclare Comrades 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–3 1–3 0–3 1–2 0–4 1–4 2–1
Ballymoney United 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–2 3–0 3–2 2–3 0–2 1–1 2–0
Banbridge Town 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–2 1–2 1–2 1–3 2–3 2–0 0–0 3–1
Bangor 2–0 2–3 2–2 2–2 4–1 1–2 4–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1
Carrick Rangers 3–1 2–1 3–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 3–3
Dergview 1–2 0–1 4–2 6–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 4–2 1–2 4–1 1–0 1–0 5–0
Glebe Rangers 0–3 1–0 3–3 1–2 1–3 4–0 0–4 0–2 3–2 3–0 1–1 1–2 1–2
Harland & Wolff Welders 3–2 2–2 3–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–2 0–1
Institute 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–3 2–1 0–0
Larne 1–3 0–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 7–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 2–3 0–3 3–2 1–3
Limavady United 2–1 3–2 2–1 5–0 2–0 0–1 6–2 5–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–3 3–0
Loughgall 5–1 1–2 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–5 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–2 4–1 1–1 1–4

Source: rsssf.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship 2[edit]

IFA Championship 2
Champions Warrenpoint Town
Promoted Warrenpoint Town
Tobermore United
Matches played 240
Goals scored 860 (3.58 per match)
Biggest home win Queen's University 7–0 Lurgan Celtic
Biggest away win Chimney Corner 2–8 Warrenpoint Town
Annagh United 1–7 PSNI
Highest scoring Chimney Corner 2–8 Warrenpoint Town
Sport & Leisure Swifts 7–3 Chimney Corner
Location of the Belfast-based teams in the IFA Championship 2 2010-11

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Stadium Location Capacity
Annagh United Tandragee Road Portadown 1,250 (100 seated)
Armagh City Holm Park Armagh 3,000 (330 seated)
Chimney Corner Allen Park Antrim 2,000 (100 seated)
Coagh United Hagan Park Coagh 2,000 (179 seated)
Dundela Wilgar Park Belfast 2,500 (100 seated)
Killymoon Rangers Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown 1,000 (100 seated)
Knockbreda Upper Braniel Knockbreda 1,000 (100 seated)
Lurgan Celtic Knockrammer Park Lurgan 1,000 (100 seated)
Moyola Park Mill Meadow Castledawson 1,000 (200 seated)
Portstewart Seahaven Portstewart 1,000 (100 seated)
PSNI Newforge Lane Belfast 500 (112 seated)
Queen's University Newforge Lane Belfast 500 (112 seated)
Sport & Leisure Swifts Glen Road Heights Belfast 500 (215 seated)
Tobermore United Fortwilliam Park Tobermore 1,500 (100 seated)
Wakehurst Mill Meadow Castledawson 1,000 (200 seated)
Warrenpoint Town Milltown Playing Fields Warrenpoint 500 (100 seated)

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Warrenpoint Town (C) (P) 30 22 7 1 84 26 +58 73 Promotion to 2011–12 IFA Championship 1
2 Tobermore United (P) 30 20 4 6 67 36 +31 64
3 Knockbreda 30 19 5 6 59 32 +27 62
4 Dundela 30 16 9 5 74 41 +33 57
5 Queen's University 30 17 4 9 61 35 +26 55
6 Coagh United 30 16 6 8 66 48 +18 54
7 Wakehurst 30 13 7 10 62 54 +8 46
8 Sport & Leisure Swifts 30 12 6 12 52 58 −6 42
9 Portstewart 30 12 2 16 51 52 −1 38
10 PSNI 30 11 4 15 56 58 −2 37
11 Lurgan Celtic 30 9 6 15 48 62 −14 33
12 Armagh City 30 8 9 13 43 60 −17 33
13 Annagh United 30 7 5 18 34 66 −32 26
14 Killymoon Rangers 30 5 9 16 37 64 −27 24
15 Moyola Park 30 6 5 19 31 67 −36 23
16 Chimney Corner 30 1 4 25 35 101 −66 7

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored; 4th head-to-head points; 5th head-to-head goal difference
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results[edit]

Each team plays every other team twice (once at home, and once away) for a total of 30 games.

Home ╲ Away ANN ARM CHI COA DND KMR KNB LGC MOY PST PSNI QUE SLS TOB WAK WPT
Annagh United 1–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 0–1 2–2 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–7 3–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–3
Armagh City 2–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–3 1–5 1–4 0–1 1–1 0–2
Chimney Corner 2–3 2–3 0–3 2–4 1–1 3–3 1–3 2–4 3–1 0–0 1–5 1–3 1–4 1–4 2–8
Coagh United 3–3 2–4 1–0 2–2 5–0 1–0 4–3 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–3 5–1 0–2
Dundela 3–1 4–1 7–1 4–1 2–0 0–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 4–2 2–3 3–4 4–3 4–2 1–1
Killymoon Rangers 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–2 3–3 2–2 2–2 0–0 5–4 0–3 0–2 7–2 1–3 1–1 0–2
Knockbreda 1–2 2–0 3–0 3–4 2–2 2–1 4–1 3–0 2–1 4–1 1–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 2–1
Lurgan Celtic 4–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–4 2–2 1–3 3–1 5–3 1–1 1–4 1–1 0–1 3–4 1–3
Moyola Park 1–0 2–2 3–2 1–5 0–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 0–0 2–3 0–2 4–2 0–3 0–5 1–2
Portstewart 4–0 2–1 3–0 2–3 3–0 5–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 4–3 0–2 3–1 1–2
PSNI 1–0 3–4 5–0 3–3 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–2 4–2 3–2 1–2 0–0 3–2 2–4 1–3
Queen's University 4–4 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 7–0 1–1 2–3 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–2
Sport & Leisure Swifts 1–0 1–4 7–3 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–4 4–1 1–4
Tobermore United 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 4–0 3–2 5–2 0–3 1–0 4–0 2–4
Wakehurst 2–0 2–2 7–2 3–3 0–0 4–2 1–2 2–3 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 2–3
Warrenpoint Town 1–1 6–0 4–1 2–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 0–0 2–2 4–0 5–0 1–0 5–2 2–2 2–2

Source: rsssf.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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