Nenagh Celtic Vs Thurles Town
Nenagh Celtic host Thurles Town in what should be a pulsating final between the top two sides in the NT&DL.
Celtic go into this final missing five players through various reasons. Manager Robbie Ryan has told stoppagetime.ie that Jimmy Hynes, Brian Mitchell, Paddy Flynn, Sean Healy and Senan Stanley will all miss the game and that leaves his squad with just fourteen players. Mark Walsh will lead his side out knowing a top performance is needed. Damien Corcoran will start in goal and will expect a busy day with Paul Kirwan and Barry Ryan on the opposite side. Paul Walsh will look to continue his fine start to the season at right back and with Mikey Hynes, Danny Ryan and Mark Walsh in midfield Celtic will always be dangerous. Walsh could indeed start up front because of the absence of Jimmy Hynes alongside Jamie Kelly or Darren Scully.
Thurles themselves have their own problems today after news reached us that seven goal striker Tommy Brophy has left the club to join BT Harps. Thurles though have rallied and signed former Evergreen and Kilkenny Oscar Traynor player Liam Hickey to shore up things on the right hand side. Graeme Loughman will most likely start between the sticks and has plenty of experience in front of him with the likes of Ted O’Connor and Aaron Ryan. Indeed the spine of the team continues with Micheál Foley and Paraic Fogarty, a fine balance of power and passing. Robbie Jordan should return to the starting line-up with the absence of Brophy as we expect Noel Byrne to revert to a 4-4-2 system. Young Fionn Ryan will look to make an appearance and the lad has been impressive every time stoppagetime.ie has seen him. The strike force of Captain Barry Ryan and Paul Kirwan would nearly guarentee a team goals and Celtic will have to be alert for every minute if they are to win this.
We expect a lot of goals in this one as both have plenty going forward but we think Thurles might just have too much in the tank at this stage of the season.
We would like to wish both teams well as they look to win their first piece of silverware of the season.
Stoppagetime.ie Prediction: Thurles Town