North Tipp District League Preview 23rd Oct

Premier Division:

Nenagh Afc v Sallypark Odhráns
Nenagh Afc look to get back on winning ways in the league this Sunday in Brickfields as they host a Sallypark team that is lacking in confidence. Still reeling from their 4-0 drubbing in Roscrea, Manager Davey Rooney will hope that injuries clear up and goals are more forthcoming.  With Dan Dalton still coming to terms with NT&DL Premier Division football this should prove to be a rare treat for the former Abbeyleix talisman. Sallypark with no player having scored more than one goal this season will not be looking forward to this fixture.

NTSC Prediction:
Nenagh Afc

Clodiagh Rangers v Thurles Town
Mid table Clodiagh welcome the hapless Thurles Town to Drombane in a match that will have serious consequences for either team if they lose. The home side who have been in good form in recent weeks could move 8 points away from the relegation zone if they manage to win here. With Paul Doyle on his best form in every competition it will be interesting to see if Thurles have a plan for him. They themselves have been the surprise package this season, all for the wrong reasons, as they have struggled to find their feet. A very hard game to call.

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Cloughjordan FC v Nenagh Celtic

BT Harps v Lough Derg FC
Lough Derg travel to Priory Place knowing they cannot lose if they are to make an impact this season. With only one point on the table, against fellow strugglers Thurles, they look like struggling all season. BT striker Mickey Greed is on great form with 6 goals to his name already and he will look to add to that as BT go in search of a John Delaney Cup place (Top 4 in the Premier Division).

NTSC Prediction:
BT Harps

Division 1:

Borroway Rovers v Streamstown Celtic
Borroway welcome Streamstown to Thurles in this interesting affair. The home side, hugely inconsistent,  will know a defeat here will almost certainly keep them in Division 1 again for next season. They do have goals in them as they have scored 18 in 7 league games, thanks mainly to Jake Moore and Seamus Woodlock. They come up against an in form Streamstown side who have only lost to leaders Holycross so far this season and they know that they are only a few wins away from cementing their place in the Premier Division next year, a feat not expected by many only a few years ago. Players like Wally Kirwan and Paul Doyle will have to be watched if Borroway are to get anything from this one.

NTSC Prediction:
Streamstown Celtic

Rearcross FC v Moneygall FC
Another interesting one here as the basement battle heats up after Ardcroneys first win of the season last weekend.  The home side haven’t won in 5 games and this will be no easier as they come up against a team that is proving very hard to beat. With Michael Parlon on great form this will be a tough match to call.

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Borrisokane Fc v Nenagh Afc B
Borrisokane’s promotion hopes might very well hang on this game as they face a strong Afc B team who keep getting results in the hope of being given a chance to win this Division. With Mikey Duff and Willie Darcy both scoring at will Borrisokane will have to be at their best. They will hope Gary Power and John Doyle cm can keep their recent good form up to keep their faint promotion hopes alive.

NTSC Prediction:
Nenagh Afc B

Arra Rovers v Holycross Fc
In what will be a very one sided match Arra Rovers will look to spring the shock of the week against leaders Holycross. Having won the reverse fixture via walkover the away side will travel to Portroe knowing another win is on the cards. With Kyle Denny and Calum O’Connor on deadly form it’s hard not to see a landslide win for the away side.

NTSC Prediction:
Holycross Fc

Division 2:

Roscrea United B v Cloughjordan FC B
Clough manager Terry Deane returns to Kennedy Park, where he managed last season, in a bid to get his current team out of the relegation zone against the league leaders. With Dean O’Meara on fire and Andrew Brennan improving as the weeks go on they will prove to be a formidable challenge to the home side. Roscrea however, averaging more than 4 goals a game, will see this as just another step in the quest for second Division honours.  With Joe Callaghan,  Stephen Murphy and Marc Woods all on double figures for the season, confidence will be high for a home win here.

NTSC Prediction:
Roscrea United B

Nenagh Afc C v Portumna FC
Portumna travel to Brickfields in a bid to rejuvenate themselves following a disastrous loss last week to Clodiagh B. The face bottom of the table Nenagh Afc C who themselves proving to be a worthy Cup team this season. The home side will look to the young and ever improving Stevie Daly for goals whereas the away team will look to Garry Curran and Sean O’Meara to get them back to winning ways.

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Nenagh Celtic B v Ballymackey Fc
Ballymackey continue their push for promotion against a very tough Nenagh Celtic B side who can beat any team on their day. With Terry Delaney not scoring as of late the home side look to a host of players to get the vital goals none more so than Keith Langton and Darren McGrath. Ballymackey though, who boast a lot of talented youth in Darragh McDonnell and Denis Haverty, will look to Timmy Fleming and Robbie O’Gorman to get the points.

NTSC Prediction:
Ballymackey Fc

BT Harps B v Kilcommon
Kilcommon travel to Priory Place on the back of a humiliating 11-1 loss to Roscrea B last week and this might not prove to be any better as they face a BT team that is locked in a battle for promotion. Dylan Loughnane and Willie Kavanagh will be the ones to watch for the home side while Eamon Naughton will look to restore some pride in the away team.

NTSC Prediction:
BT Harps B

Division 3:

Rearcross FC B v Sallypark Odhráns Fc B
Rearcross host Sallypark on Friday night and they will be full of confidence following their win against Ballymackey last weekend. Things might just be looking up for them as Kieran Devitt and Sean Harte look to add to their tallies. In their way is Sallypark B who have thoughts of promotion and will prove tough to be beaten. Eugene Foley looks to be their biggest threat in front of goal.

NTSC Prediction:
Sallypark Odhráns Fc B

Barnane Fc v Shannon Rangers
Shannon travel to Barnane looking to bring themselves back into the promotion race after a string of poor results ruined their early season standards. They come up against a Barnane side that are improving week by week as they look to move away from the bottom of the table. The home side will look to Michael Everard,  JP Dwan and Jerome Ryan for goals as Shannon will hope Keith Kelly, Andy Austin and Sean Moran can find their early season form again.

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Clodiagh Rangers FC C v Streamstown Celtic B
In this mid table clash Streamstown travel to Drombane looking to stay ahead of their opponents in the league standings. In Clodiagh tho they come up against a rejuvenated David Considine who scored 3 against Templetuohy last week in a 7-0 romp for the home side. Streamstown, very inconsistent, will hope Shane Carroll returns to form to help out veteran Murty Grimes up top.

NTSC Prediction:
Clodiagh Rangers FC C

Templetuohy Fc v Lough Derg FC
Third placed Lough Derg travel to Killoran Park knowing a win is the only option as they start their chase of leaders Gurtagarry.  Players like Eric Monaghan and Jamie Stuart will look to add to their ever increasing tallies while the home side who were easily dismantled last weekend will hope Liam Ryan and John Leahy can help change their fortunes.

NTSC Prediction:
Lough Derg FC B

Ballymackey Fc B v Gurtagarry Fc
In a game with outstanding personal goalscoring tallies,  Ballymackey will hope to shrug the last 3 League games off and cause a huge upset against the undefeated league leaders Gurtagarry. The away side who look in great shape under Johnny Moyles are 9pts clear at the top but will take nothing for granted after last week’s tough 3-2 win over Barnane. The boast Paddy O’Rourke and Billy Corcoran up top whereas Ballymackey will once again look to Martin Flynn and Kevin Mounsey to get the goals.

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Borrisokane Fc v Ballywilliam United
Borrisokane host a Ballywilliam side that haven’t won in 8 games (not including the walkover vs Barnane). With Matty Power on fire against Streamstown last week we can only see a home win here although Danny Wisnaewski might have different notions for Ballywilliam.

NTSC Prediction:
Borrisokane Fc B