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NT&DL Preview – Killavilla Utd On The Cusp Of Glory

The NT&DL’s top two divisions are nearing their climax and both titles could be won this weekend with Killavilla Utd huge odds on favourites to win the Premier Division as they host relegation threatened Holycross Fc.

This is a huge game at both ends of the table as nothing short of a win will help in Holycross’ bid to avoid relegation. Villa need just two points in their final two games to guarantee the title but they will want to do it here as their final game will be against title challengers BT Harps in the coming weeks. David Nash’s side have the ageless Paul Kirwan on the top of his form this season and the veteran has notched up an incredible 32 goals in all competitions, 22 of those in twelve top flight games. He has been aided by the good form of two Moloney’s (not related) Joe and Shane, who have amassed 21 league goals between them with the trio accumulating 75% of their sides league goals this far.

Holycross’ season has been a disappointing one and but for a late surge recently their destiny would already have been sealed at this point with John King top scoring for them with just four goals I the league.

BT Harps look to keep themselves in the title hunt as they host an out of form Nenagh Celtic side I Priory Place. Johnny Doran’s will host Ballymun Utd in the FAI Junior Cup the week after, but they will hold nothing back here as they look to end an 18-year title drought. This will reportedly be Robbie Ryan’s last game I charge of Nenagh Celtic ending a trophy laden spell with the club, so this will by no means be an easy tie for the home side. Harps will look upon their tight defence, marshalled by Johnny Coleman and Lorcan Roche but with Eanna McBride hitting form at the right time of the season we can only see a home win here.

The relegation battle really hots up in the other two Premier Division games as Portumna Town host Thurles Town and bottom of the table Clodiagh Rangers travel the short distance to Borroway Rovers. This is a must win game for Clodiagh as they look to keep their feint hopes alive in catching Portumna sitting two points adrift at the bottom having played two games more and they travel to Galway to face Portumna in their final game.

The Division 1 could very well come to its conclusion on Sunday as Leaders Shinrone Utd host a resurgent Cloughjordan and second placed Moneygall travel to play a tough Borrisokane side.

If Shinrone win and Moneygall lose or draw the title will go to the former but and win for Moneygall will see the game go down to the wire on the last day as Shinrone host their rivals in the coming weeks. Elsewhere Ballymackey Fc will host Sallypark Odhráns in a Toomevara derby game.

The Division 2 is now a two-horse race as Lough Derg and BT Harps battle it out for the title. BT Harps travel to Birdhill as they look to win the first of their four games in hand as Lough Derg remain idle for the weekend. Elsewhere Templetuohy face host Clodiagh Rangers B and Silvermines face off against Clonmore Utd.

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