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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
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17Kilmanahan Utd
18
19
20St Micheals
21Ballyneale
22
23
24
25Cahir Park B
26Wilderness Rovers
27Two Mile Borris B
28Peake Villa B
29
30
31
32Peake Villa
33The Fighting Cocks A
34The Castle Bar A
35
36Biddy’s Bar A
37
38
39Clonmel Town
40Bansha Celtic
41Moyglass Utd
42Kilsheelan Utd
43
44
45Cahir Park
46Clonmel Celtic
47Clonmel Town B
48Bansha Celtic B
49The Central B
50Vee Rovers
51The Central A
52Newmarket Celtic
53The Auburn Lounge B
54
55
56Tipperary Town B
57Rosegreen Rangers
58Kilusty
59
60Mc’s Bar The Stand
61Shannon Olympic
62Cullen/Lattin
63
64Killenaule Rovers
65St Michael’s B
66The Castle Bar B
67
68Suirside
69Biddy’s Bar C
69Delboys
71Avenue Utd
72The Full House
73Burncourt Celtic
74Tipperary Town
75
76Shannon Town
77Slieveardagh Utd
78
79The Clough Inn
80Bridge Utd
81
82The Auburn Lounge A
83Fitzpatrick’s Clonmore
84Cashel Town
85Mickey Phelan’s
86St Nicholas
87Donohill & District
88John Carroll’s B
89
90Jacks Bar
91Old Bridge
92Glengoole United
93Galbally Utd
94
95Glenakenny
96
97Sporting Ennistymon
98
99
100Bernie’s Boys
101
102John Carroll’s A
103Tulla Utd
104Biddy’s Bar B
105Cullen/Lattin B
106
107
108Kilrush Rangers
109
110The Fighting Cocks B
111
112
113Moher Celtic
114Mullinahone
115
116
117Cashel Town B
118Two Mile Borris
119John Carroll’s C
120
121
122
123The White House
124Bridge Celtic
125
126
126Bob
126Curry
126Della
126Fred
126Gringo
126Obbis
126Pa
126Whisks
126Willie
136
137
138The Templemore Arms

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