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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
17
18
19St Micheals
20
21
22
23
24
25Cahir Park B
26Kilmanahan Utd
27
28Peake Villa
29Ballyneale
30
31Bansha Celtic
32
33
34
35Clonmel Town B
36Cahir Park
37Biddy’s Bar A
38The Castle Bar A
39Peake Villa B
40
41
42Clonmel Celtic
43Wilderness Rovers
44The Fighting Cocks A
45Clonmel Town
46Vee Rovers
47Two Mile Borris B
48
49
50Tipperary Town B
51
52Kilsheelan Utd
53
54St Michael’s B
55Mc’s Bar The Stand
56
57Bansha Celtic B
58
59
60
61Killenaule Rovers
62Cashel Town
63The Central B
64Moyglass Utd
65The Castle Bar B
66
67St Nicholas
68The Central A
69The Full House
70
71Tipperary Town
72Delboys
73Glengoole United
74Rosegreen Rangers
75Killusty
76
77
78Newmarket Celtic
79Slieveardagh Utd
80Cullen/Lattin
81
82Cashel Town B
83The Auburn Lounge B
84
85Fitzpatrick’s Clonmore
86Burncourt Celtic
87Suirside
88Two Mile Borris
89Shannon Olympic
90Biddy’s Bar B
91Galbally Utd
92Mickey Phelan’s
93Mullinahone
94Donohill & District
95
96Biddy’s Bar C
97Avenue Utd
98The Fighting Cocks B
99Shannon Town
100
101The Clough Inn
102Bridge Utd
103The Auburn Lounge A
104
105Bernie’s Boys
106John Carroll’s B
107
108Jacks Bar
109Old Bridge
110Sporting Ennistymon
111John Carroll’s A
112
113Tulla Utd
114Cullen/Lattin B
115
116
117Kilrush Rangers
118
119
120Mc’s Bar The Stand B
121Moher Celtic
122Kelly’s Bar B
123The White House A
124Lilly O’Briens
125
126
127Soc’s Bar Mountrath
128Kelly’s Bar A
129John Carroll’s C
130
131
132
133Bridge Celtic
134
135Bob
135Bridge United B
135Bridge Utd A
135Brookville AFC
135Callan United
135Castlewarren Celtic
135Clover United
135Curry
135Deen Celtic
135Deen Celtic B
135Della
135East End United
135Evergreen 46
135Evergreen Fc A
135Evergreen Fc B
135Evergreen Fc C
135Fort Rangers Fc
135Fred
135Freebooters AFC
135Freebooters AFC B
135Freshford Town A
135Freshford Town B
135Gringo
135Highview Athletic
135Highview Athletic B
135Lions AFC
135Newpark AFC A
135Newpark AFC B
135Obbis
135Ormonde Villa Fc
135Pa
135Paulstown 06 FC
135River Rangers
135Spa United AFC
135St Johns Fc
135Stoneyford United
135Thomastown United
135Thomastown United B
135Tullaroan
135Whisks
135Willie
176
177
178The Templemore Arms
179Tommy’s Angels

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