The Tipperary Southern & District League face Kilkenny & District League in their final FAI Youth Inter-League Cup (Group 1) at Newhill Park, Littleton at 2.00 PM tomorrow Saturday 5 January.
As you can see from the table, it is a win or bust game for the TSDL if they are going to progress to the knock-out stage of this national competition. After a humiliating 7-0 defeat to Waterford, the TSDL Youths recovered some lost ground with a 4-1 victory over West Waterford/East Cork League.
Manager Peter Sullivan and his backroom staff will be looking for mission impossible tomorrow and hope his charges can repeat the performance shown against WWEC.
Kilkenny will come to Newhill Park, Littleton (home of Two Mile Borris FC) looking for a least a draw. The shoe was on the other foot last season when the TSDL needed a draw against the then holders Kilkenny. On a bitterly cold day at Scanlon Park, Kilkenny city the TSDL secure the point in a 1-1 draw that saw the TSDL advance and Kilkenny eliminated. So there is a lot at stake between these neighbours and we can expect a belated Christmas cracker.
Table P W D L G/D Pts
Waterford 2 1 1 0 + 6 4
Kilkenny 2 1 1 0 + 3 4
TSDL 2 1 0 1 – 4 3
WWEC 2 0 0 2 – 4 0
Peter Sullivan, who likes to keep things close to his chest has not named a team for this vital clash, but will no doubt be looking to those players that brought them this far.
For those making the journey to Newhill Park, that is between Littleton and the turnpike on the N8 (the old Dublin to Cork road) should be in for a very entertaining contest that should not be missed.