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NT&DL Preview Week 1

The NT&DL makes its return and it will be as exciting as ever.
stoppagetime.ie will attend newcomers Roscrea Town’s first two matches as they look to hit the ground running this season.

Premier Division:

All Kick Offs 11.30pm

Sallypark Odhráns Fc Vs Cloughjordan Fc
Cloughjordan travel to Sallypark and look set to be missing a few bodies. Last seasons fourth placed team have new addition Jason Ryan in goal and will look to players Kevin Kennedy and Dean O’Meara for the goals. Consistent strugglers Sallypark will be hopeful here and will look to start as strong as possible against a depleted Clough side.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Cloughjordan Fc

Borrisokane Fc Vs Lough Derg FC
This is already a huge game for both teams as it will be one that both sides will have hoped for three points before the season started. Lough Derg finished last season strongly and will know that last seasons Division 1’s champions will be no pushover.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Draw

Ballymackey Fc Vs Nenagh Celtic
Ballymackey’s first games as a Premier Division side could not come in a tougher manner as this one. Last seasons champions Celtic know that a win is a must here and will look to do it in convincing style.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Nenagh Celtic

BT Harps Vs Roscrea Town
An Interesting tie here as an improving BT Harps play the unknown quantity in Roscrea Town. Both sides will be desperate for a win here and Harps beat Town 4-2 in a friendly only last week.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Roscrea Town

Division 1: (2pm unless stated)

Arra Rovers Vs Borroway Rovers (11.30am)
This could very well be a relegation battle if it was later in the season so both teams will hope to come away with points here. A huge game even this early in the season.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Draw

Clodiagh Rangers Vs Ardcroney Fc
Clodiagh’s fight to return to the top flight starts with what should be a straightforward clash with Ardcroney. The home side should be too strong against a side who are already braced for a relegation battle.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Clodiagh Rangers

Roscrea Town B Vs Portumna Fc
Portumna travel to Roscrea knowing they will be very capable of coming away with something here. It was only two years ago the away side brought home the Division 2 Shield from Roscrea. The home side will be hoping for a title challenge this season but this could be a little too soon for such a young club.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Draw

Nenagh Celtic B Vs Moneygall Fc
Another tight affair here as Moneygall make the short trip to Nenagh. Last seasons Division 2 champions will once again be strong and will come up against a very youthful away side. Moneygall were denied Premier Division status this season after a narrow playoff loss against Ballymackey last season.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Draw

Division 2: (2pm KO)

Cloughjordan Fc B Vs Clodiagh Rangers B
Again a tight fair expected as these two sides aim to get off to a winning start. Not much to separate the teams here and it’s certainly going to be a close game.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Draw

Ballywilliam Utd Vs Rearcross FC B
Division 3 champions Ballywilliam will start their new adventure against a Rearcross side that’s expected to struggle this season. If the home side can be just as clinical as last season it will be very hard to look past them here.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Ballywilliam Utd

Borrisokane Fc B Vs Gurtagarry Fc
Champions elect Gurtagarry will not have it easy here as they travel to Borrisokane. Both sides are well capable of scoring but Gurta know these matches are a must win if they want the title this season.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Gurtagarry Fc

BT Harps B Vs Ballymackey Fc B
BT Harps B return this season and will be looking to win this in order to get the start that’s required of a title chasing team. Ballymackey B are always strong and will most definitely be no pushover.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
BT Harps B

Lough Derg FC B Vs Templetuohy Fc
We can’t see anything but a home win here as Templetouhy look to adjust your the higher standard that is division 2. Lough Derg will mix youth with experience in the hope that they get a win that’s expected here.

stoppagetime.ie Prediction:
Lough Derg FC B

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