Nenagh Celtic host CBSL Champions Doolans Cow in the quarter final of the Munster Champions Cup.
In what should be an intriguing affair Doolans will look to avenge their CBSL counterparts MI Daza Rebels as Celtic beat them by a goal to nil in the same stage last season.
Nenagh have not been at their best this season as injuries and work commitments have hampered Robbie Ryan’s side as they look to continue the Nenagh dominance in the NT&DL to a 15th season.
Celtic are once again top of the NT&DL but they are expected to fight it out with the ever improving Thurles Town FC who remain unbeaten this term. Celtic have lost twice already as Thurles beat them 3-2 in the Premier Division Shield Final and their only league loss came at the hands of Roscrea Town who prevailed on a 2-1 scoreline.
The danger men for Celtic will be Jimmy Hynes, Jamie Kelly, Sean Healy and Stephen Flynn who have all been in great form this season. Marky Walsh is a particular threat as his cool finishing means he can’t be given a chance. Danny Ryan has also proved to be a danger going forward this season and has scored two in the league already. Paul Walsh will marshall the defence and his long throws always prove to be a hard days work to defend while the very solid Damien Corcoran will be between the sticks.
Doolans Cow have been in impressive form this far and have racked up a mammoth 32 goals in their first 6 games this season having only conceded 3 goals with 4 clean sheets. Denis O’Sullivans side finished top of the group in The Shield and went on to beat Abtran by six goals to nil in the quarter finals and their only league game this season seen them run out resounding winners against Co. Council away by five goals to nil.
Doolans have Tony O’Reilly up top and his 51 goals last season helped them on their way to league glory last season and he has been the leagues top scorer for the past two seasons now. James Cotter has 12 goals already this season and that makes it 50 in two ad he notched up 38 goals last term. Captain Darren Geraghty will be the heart in midfield while Craig Keegan will be hugely important at centre half as he looks to continue his fine start to the season.
A very entertaining game in store here as both sides look to reach the semi finals here.
Stoppagetime.ie predicts that home advantage might be the key ingrediant here so we predict that Celtic will prevail by the odd goal in five.
Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Nenagh Celtic