Tipp Youths take on fancied Dublin at Littleton on Saturday

FAI Youth Inter-League Cup

FAI Youth Inter-League Cup

Quarter Final

TSDL versus Dublin & District Schoolboys League

TSDL Youth Inter-League team lock horns with the Dublin & District Schoolboys League in the FAI Youth Inter-League Cup Quarter Final this coming Saturday 9th March at Newhill Park, Littleton (home of Two Mile Borris).

After a disastrous start by the TSDL to this season’s FAI Youth Inter-League Cup campaign going down to eventual Group winners Waterford 7-0, they turned it around with victories over West Waterford/East Cork by 4-1 and Kilkenny by 3-0 to take the runners-up spot.

The TSDL who had defied the odds to reach the open draw saw manager Peter O’Sullivan and his backroom team mastermind another unlikely result overcoming a highly fancied Kildare League by 4-2 to qualify for the last eight.

Now it is the turn of the biggest league in Ireland to visit Co. Tipperary. The Dublin & District Schoolboys League (DDSL) cater for teams up to 18 years of age and it has been from this league that many of Ireland’s top players have gone on to professional careers abroad. Their Youth League consists of 33 teams divided into 5 Divisions compared to the TSDL who have 8 teams in 2 Divisions. The DDSL were finalists last year and are odds on favourites to reach it again.

The TSDL have met the DDSL just once before at this level. In 2001, the TSDL won 1-0 in the last eight of this national competition in a game played at Peake Villa’s ground in Thurles. Now the question is can the TSDL once again defy the odds and repeat that success by reaching only their second semi-final in the league’s 36-year history?

Well those wishing to find the answer should make it to Newhill Park and give the youngsters that have flown the TSDL flag with pride the support they deserve.

FAI Youth Cup Quarter-Finals Draw:

Castleview (Cork) v Ballynanty Rovers (Limerick)

Cahir Park (TSDL) v Castlebridge Celtic (Cork)

Castlebar Celtic (Mayo) v Letterkenny Rovers (Donegal)

Edenderry Town (Offaly) v Mervue United (Galway)

To be played weekending 25 March 2013