KILKENNY & District League Youths’ manager Ronnie Grace is under no illusions about the importance of his side’s game on Saturday.
“It’s simple - win or bust,” he said. “We gave to beat Tipperary (TSDL) if we are to progress in this competition.”
The Cats go into Saturday’s game at the Watershed (kick-off 2pm) knowing that a win is needed if they are to reach the knockout stages.
Having beaten West Waterford/East Cork 5-0, Kilkenny suffered their first defeat in over a year when going down 1-0 away to Waterford. With Waterford expected to beat the WWEC, who were demolished 11-0 by Tipp, a win will see Kilkenny qualify as group runners-up.
“We know we have to be on top from the off against Tipp,” said Grace. “They are similar to Waterford, but if we put in more intensity there’s no reason we can’t get the result. We’re unbeaten at home in seven games, so we’re keen to keep that run going.”
The team will train this evening (Wednesday) at 6.45pm on the wall-weather pitch at Derdimus. Players are asked to meet for 1pm at the Watershed on Saturday.
Kilkenny & District League panel - Jason Mahoney (Freebooters), Eoin Maher (Evergreen), Ciaran Bowe (Clover United), Aaron Molloy (Freebooters), Vinny Teehan (River Rangers), Shane Butler (River Rangers), Ciaran Wallace (Deen Celtic), Andy Valentine (Freebooters), Nathan Culleton (Freebooters), Jimmy Fox (Clover United), Cian Morton (Evergreen), Eamon O’Reilly (Fort Rangers), Paddy Cahill (Freebooters), Dara Egan (River Rangers), Stephen Finan (Clover United), Dara Fitzpatrick (Clover United), Emmet Nugent (Fort Rangers), Tadgh Sullivan (Lions), Ronan Delahunty (Lions), Michael Vaughan (Lions), Davy Burke (Newpark/Ormonde Villa), Gary Mason (Thomastown United).