This Sunday sees the Greyhound Stadium in Thurles host the Nora Kennedy Cup Final between Templetuohy Fc and newcomers Village Fc of Shinrone.
In what looks like a one-sided affair on paper this will be anything but as both sides have shared eighteen goals in their two league outings, Village winning twice by 6-3 and 5-4.
Village have set themselves up for a double in their maiden season in the North Tipperary & District League sitting level on the top of the table with three games in hand making them hot favourites for the title and remaining unbeaten in the process. Led by player/manager Derek McLoughlin, Village have been a welcome addition to the league [roving themselves to be a highly entertaining side with an abundance of goals at their disposal, McLoughlin & Paul Doyle both on thirteen for the season.
Village will start with the ever-present Alan Conlon in goal with the likely partnership of Vioral Bordei and Michael Cordial in centre half, Gary Culbert and John Bevans are likely to make up the back four. In a strong centre midfield pairing Conor Meehan will partner Ray Cordial who returns from suspension with the highly rated duo of Nathan Fogarty and Nestor Tordeci on both wings. The ageless McLoughlin will play in the number ten role behind Paul Doyle, a player that has won the Division 1 Top Scorer and Player of the Year awards in his time at Streamstown Celtic.
Village also have a lot of talent on the bench with Shane Hoctor and Timmy Brosnan particularly catching the eye and both will certainly be pushing for a start in this huge game.
Richie Fogarty’s Templetuohy have been very inconsistent this season but it is no fluke that they have made this final as they have proven very hard to beat all season, whilst being somewhat free scoring in the process, Oisín Jordan, Tony Buston and Pj O’Brien a constant threat throughout.
Liam Ryan will start between the sticks for Templetuohy with Keith Nolan and Mark Kelly in front of him while Tommy Ryan and Brian Fanning are expected to start in the full back roles. Brian Kelly and JP Lanigan will have pivotal roles to play in centre midfield as Shane Ryan and Pj O’Brien will get the nod for the wings. Up front is where this side is most dangerous with Oisín Jordan once again having a fine season as well as Tony Buston who has been in sparkling form.
Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: It is hard to look past Village in this one as all the statistics point to a win for them, we expect this to be again a high scoring affair as Templetuohy’s attacking prowess cannot be taken lightly. 4-2 to Village in a very entertaining game.