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NT&DL Game Of The Week

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This Week’s game of the week was of course very hard to pick as across in the Greyhound Stadium Thurles Town face TSDL Premier Division outfit Tipperary Town in the 4th Round of the FAI Junior Cup. We have however picked the local derby that is Ballymackey and Gurtagarry.

Amongst the obvious bragging rights this game has huge implications on where the NT&DL Second Division will be come the end of the season. With BT Harps sitting in second place in the table they have little chance of catching Gurta with only two games left. Ballymackey however in third know that two of their last five league games are against their neighbours and in reality both games can win them the title and promotion or indeed finish off any chance of that promotion (which cannot happen if their A team are relegated as expected).

The Balinree side have lost only two of their eleven league outings whilst their opponents and league leaders have remained unbeaten in thirteen. Gurta have been nothing short of spectacular in front of goal as they have managed 70 goals and conceded just the 14. Ballymackey have themselves been impressive notching up 36 and conceding 15.

The leaders have been the best team in the division this far and are strong all over the park and manager Johnny Moyles will start with two time Goalkeeper Of The Year Brendan Hayes between the sticks. If injury free the back line will consist of Boland, Eamon O’Rourke, Hassett and Captain Kieran Brislane……. a quartet that have been near immaculate all season.

With Forde, Delaney and Cummins marshalling the midfield this makes it so much easier for Ronan Kinane to grab the freedom to set Paul Ryan on his way to being top scorer in all divisions for this season. That is just some of the talent at the disposal of the Latteragh side and it is no wonder they are on the brink of the championship.

Ballymackey however have not gone away all season and under the guise of Jimmy and Anthony Kenneally they could prove very hard to beat here. Shane Nolan has been in great form in the goal and has time and time again made important saves this season. They are however at their best up the top of the pitch and goals this season from Mark and Gary McCarthy have helped Timmy Fleming and Co along the way aswell as Colin Hall being unusually clinical in front of goal. A hardened team as always and they know they have to win which could make them as dangerous as ever.

Gurta’s Paul Ryan has notched up 27 league goals this season and 30 in all competitions while Fleming has 12 in the league and 19 in all competitions.

Stoppagetime.ie feels that Gurta will have too much class here despite rumours of injuries coming from their camp. Their sheer volume of goals shows that no team at this level have stopped them from scoring while they themselves have shut teams out on numerous occasions. The Bally boys will need Fleming at his beat if they are to keep their title chances alive but we fear this could be another walk in the park for the away side.

Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Ballymackey Fc B 1-4 Gurtagarry Fc

PosClub
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4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26Newmarket Celtic
27
28
29Clonmel Celtic
30
31
32The Castle Bar A
33St Micheals
34Shannon Olympic
35Ballyneale
36Peake Villa B
37
38Biddy’s Bar A
39Clonmel Town
40Kilsheelan Utd
41
42
43Avenue Utd
44The Auburn Lounge B
45Shannon Town
46Cahir Park B
47Kilmanahan Utd
48Kilusty
49
50
51
52The Fighting Cocks A
53Wilderness Rovers
54Bridge Utd
55
56Tipperary Town B
57Slieveardagh Utd
58
59The Clough Inn
60The Central B
61Bansha Celtic
62Two Mile Borris B
63Peake Villa
64Galbally Utd
65
66Clonmel Town B
67The Auburn Lounge A
68Tipperary Town
69Biddy’s Bar C
70The Castle Bar B
71Cahir Park
72Cullen/Lattin
73St Michael’s B
74Sporting Ennistymon
75
76
77The Central A
78Moyglass Utd
79Vee Rovers
80Cashel Town
81Rosegreen Rangers
82Jacks Bar
83St Nicholas
84Mickey Phelan’s
85Tulla Utd
86
87
88Delboys
89Suirside
90The Full House
91Glengoole United
92Kilrush Rangers
93
94Bernie’s Boys
95
96
97Mullinahone
98Old Bridge
99
100Moher Celtic
101Cullen/Lattin B
102Bansha Celtic B
103
104John Carroll’s B
105
106
107Burncourt Celtic
108Donohill & District
109Biddy’s Bar B
110Mc’s Bar The Stand
111The Fighting Cocks B
112
113Killenaule Rovers
114
115
116John Carroll’s A
117Bridge Celtic
118
119Cashel Town B
120Fitzpatrick’s Clonmore
121John Carroll’s C
122The White House
123Bob
123Curry
123Della
123Fred
123Gringo
123Obbis
123Pa
123Whisks
123Willie
132
133
134The Templemore Arms
135Two Mile Borris

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