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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
14St Micheals
15
16
17
18
19Cashel Town
20
21
22Clonmel Town B
23Cahir Park B
24
25
26Biddy’s Bar A
27Cashel Town B
28Glengoole United
29Peake Villa
30
31Two Mile Borris
32The Full House
33
34Mc’s Bar The Stand
35Delboys
36Clonmel Town
37Bansha Celtic
38St Michael’s B
39
40
41Biddy’s Bar B
42Cahir Park
43Killenaule Rovers
44Clonmel Celtic
45The Fighting Cocks B
46Mullinahone
47St Nicholas
48
49Kilsheelan Utd
50The Castle Bar B
51Kilmanahan Utd
52Bansha Celtic B
53
54
55Ballyneale
56
57Galbally Utd
58Peake Villa B
59
60
61Fitzpatrick’s Clonmore
62The Castle Bar A
63
64Vee Rovers
65
66
67The Fighting Cocks A
68The White House A
69Tipperary Town B
70Bernie’s Boys
71
72
73
74Mc’s Bar The Stand B
75Mickey Phelan’s
76Slieveardagh Utd
77
78Cullen/Lattin
79Tipperary Town
80
81
82Wilderness Rovers
83
84Donohill & District
85
86Kelly’s Bar A
87Burncourt Celtic
88Kelly’s Bar B
89
90Suirside
91Lilly O’Briens
92
93Killusty
94The Central B
95
96Soc’s Bar Mountrath
97Rosegreen Rangers
98
99Old Bridge
100The Central A
101Avenue Utd
101Biddy’s Bar C
101Bob
101Bridge Celtic
101Bridge United B
101Bridge Utd
101Bridge Utd A
101Brookville AFC
101Callan United
101
101Castlewarren Celtic
101
101Clover United
101Cullen/Lattin B
101Curry
101Deen Celtic
101Deen Celtic B
101Della
101East End United
101Evergreen 46
101Evergreen Fc A
101Evergreen Fc B
101Evergreen Fc C
101Fort Rangers Fc
101Fred
101Freebooters AFC
101Freebooters AFC B
101Freshford Town A
101Freshford Town B
101Gringo
101Highview Athletic
101Highview Athletic B
101
101
101
101Jacks Bar
101John Carroll’s A
101John Carroll’s B
101John Carroll’s C
101
101Kilrush Rangers
101
101Lions AFC
101
101Moher Celtic
101Moyglass Utd
101
101Newmarket Celtic
101Newpark AFC A
101Newpark AFC B
101Obbis
101
101Ormonde Villa Fc
101Pa
101Paulstown 06 FC
101River Rangers
101
101Shannon Olympic
101Shannon Town
101
101Spa United AFC
101Sporting Ennistymon
101St Johns Fc
101
101Stoneyford United
101The Auburn Lounge A
101The Auburn Lounge B
101The Clough Inn
101The Templemore Arms
101Thomastown United
101Thomastown United B
101Tulla Utd
101Tullaroan
101Two Mile Borris B
101Whisks
101Willie
101
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180Tommy’s Angels

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