Wilderness Rovers v Carrick United
If St Michael’s represent TSDL royalty, then the league other representatives in the competition are very much a Cinderella team, but that said, this could be the game that all eyes of football supporters in the county rest upon on Sunday afternoon, as Wilderness Rovers compete in almost a local derby with Waterford League representatives Carrick United.
“The Wildies” now plying their trade in the First Division of the TSDL, are well on course to regain their top division status this year. They have been having a great run of form in the league, and as their participation in this round of the FAI Cup shows, they are more than a match for most teams in a one off Cup game.
The bedrock of their success has been their attacking abilities, and they have a number of free scoring forwards who will be a handful for the United defence next Sunday.
Ger Kennedy, Youceff Brahimi, Ross Condon and Ashley Keane are just a few of those who have been hitting the net on a regular basis, and if they can play as well as they are capable of, then they might upset the odds and continue the clubs fairy-tale run.
On the other hand, Carrick United will bring a very strong team as always to Clonmel, to try to advance. The Carrick club won this competition in 2008 and will be anxious to get back to those heights, starting with a win over Rovers on Sunday. This will be a very well attended game, so supporters should get their early to enjoy the atmosphere that a local derby always throws up. There is no doubt, that come the end of the game there will be talking points aplenty, and hopefully, two TSDL teams in the hat for the last 16.