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Munster Champions Trophy Semi Final:

Nenagh Celtic Vs Abbeyfeale Utd
GAME OF THE WEEK

NT&DL Premier Division:

Roscrea Town Vs BT Harps
Roscrea Town face a BT side that have beaten them twice this season already. With scorelines of 4-1 and 5-1 Harps go into this one as strong favourites. Despite this, Town still sit two points clear of the visitors albeit with one more game played. Town have been out of sorts as of late losing their last three in all competitions, scoring 4 goals whilst conceding 13. Harps however have won 2 and drawn one in their last three having scored 11 and conceding 4. Town will look to Brian Franks and Craig Byrne on midfield in an effort to curb their poor run while Harps have Johnny Coleman and Tommy Brophy in top form coming into the second half of the season.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: BT Harps

Borrisokane Fc Vs Thurles Town
This should be a routine fixture for Town as they face a Borrisokane side that are now six points clear of the relegation zone. Borrisokane will hope to put last weeks quick fire loss behind them as they face Town for the first time this season. Thurles remain unbeaten in NT&DL competition this season and were impressive in putting Cahir Park out of the FAI Junior Cup last weekend. Borrisokane’s Shane Stapleton remains on top of the Premier Division Top Scorers charts with nine goals while Barry Ryan has scored twelve goals in all competitions for the visitors.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Thurles Town

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NT&DL Division 1:

Ardcroney Fc Vs Nenagh Celtic
Ardcroney’s fight against relegation gets no easier here as they face Promotion contenders Nenagh Celtic. The hosts are on a five game losing streak, scoring 7 and conceding 18. This will give Celtic all the confidence they need as they are unbeaten in their last five games having won three and drawn two. The visitors have scored 14 goals and conceded 6 in that time and if they continue in this vein they will be contenders come the end of the season. Ardcroney depend hugely on the goals of Jamie Heffernan who has scored 11 goals in the league this season while Celtic have Danny White on good form scoring 5 goals this far. Celtic won the reverse fixture 6-2 and go into this as huge favourites.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Nenagh Celtic

Holycross Fc Vs Arra Rovers
Holycross’ feint promotion hopes are hugely dependent on games like these as they face a Rovers side who are quickly running out of time in their bid to avoid relegation. Holycross are unbeaten in their last 6 league games having won three and drawn three in the process. Rovers have only won one game in thirteen this season and that was against fellow relegation strugglers Ardcroney so it it hard to see how they could manage a win here. Holycross won the reverse fixture comfortably by four goals to one with Calum O’Connor grabbing a brace on the day. Another comfortable win is expected here especially with Jojo O’Meara returning to form.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Holycross Fc

Portumna Town Vs Clodiagh Rangers
Portumna could end Clodiagh’s promotion push if they manage to grab all three point here. Clodiagh are coming off the back of a three two loss to Nenagh Celtic last weekend and will know a win here is a must to continue their quest for Premier Division football. The hosts have won their last 4 league games scoring 13 and only conceding 4 goals. Clodiagh though have only won once in their last 5 league outings and have lost two in that time. They did however win the reverse fixture by three goals to one with Paul Shanahan scoring a brace. Sean O’Meara is nearing match fitness again for Town but David Fogarty, Garry Curran and Kevin Brummill are all capable in front of goal as are Paul Ryan and Ailbe O’Donoghue for the visitors.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Portumna Town

Roscrea Town B Vs Rearcross FC
The Divisions two most prolific strikers face off in the interesting encounter. Joe Callaghan of Roscrea leads the scoring charts having amassed 19 league goals this far while Michael O’Gorman is second with 12. Rearcross need a win here as the look to keep up the pace with leaders Portumna Town & Borroway Rovers. They shouldn’t have it easy as Roscrea, although inconsistent, are a tough game for anyone on their day. The hosts have won one, drawn two and lost two in their last five games while Rearcross have been equally inconsistent just collecting seven points from a possible fifteen. Rearcross won the reverse fixture by six goals to nil with O’Gorman scoring four on the night.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Draw

Moneygall Fc Vs Borroway Rovers
Unbeaten league leaders Borroway Rovers travel to Moneygall knowing a win will edge them ever so closer to Premier League Football next season. Moneygall have struggled this season and will hope Gearoid Larkin and Andrew Hodgins will help them get a much needed result here as they battle bravely against relegation, Rovers have Keith Moore, Gary Dunne and Benny Connolly in superb form having scored 27 league goals between them this season. The reverse fixture ended in a whopping four all draw, something that will give the host confidence.

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NT&DL Division 2:

Rearcross FC B Vs Gurtagarry Fc
Champions elect Gurtagarry travel to Rearcross in what should be a walk in the park for the leaders. Gurta have amassed 67 league goals so far in eleven games, averaging just over six goals per game with does not read well for a Rearcross side that has only scored 15 times in ten games. Gurta won the reverse fixture by four goals to one with 23 league goal striker Paul Ryan grabbing a hattrick on the day. Another comfortable win expected for the leaders here.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Gurtagarry Fc

Cloughjordan Fc B Vs Ballywilliam Utd
Ballywilliam play their penultimate league game against a Clough side that have been less than consistent this season. Both sides have won six games so far but the visitors won the reverse fixture by three goals to one and could easily do the same here again.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Ballywilliam Utd

BT Harps B Vs Borrisokane Fc B
Harps promotion hope are on the line as every match between now and the end of the season will feel like Cup Finals after last weekends draw with leaders Gurtagarry. Borrisokane are destined for a seventh placed finish after failing to recover from a poor start to the season. Darren Russell and Chud Fennell are the players to watch although veteran James Kavanagh returned to goalscoring last weekend. A home win is expected here.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: BT Harps B

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