By Aidan Barry
Manager – Kenny o’Shea
Last Season – Champions
Clonmel Celtic won the TSDL for the first time last season going unbeaten in the process and look to have strengthened their already strong side with some shrewd signings. Former Waterford United striker Aaron Moroney has bolstered their attacking options after signing from Old Bridge, while another forward in Patrick O’Donnell has rejoined after a very successful stint at Cahir Park. Celtic will fancy themselves for good cup runs after getting to the last 8 of the FAI Junior Cup and going all the way to the final of the Munster Junior Cup before losing out to Limerick kingpins Pike Rovers.
Celtic will be favourites for the title this year and it will be interesting to see how they handle that tag. With such a strong and large squad the hype is justified but while the large squad is useful as Celtic look to attack on all fronts it will interesting to see how long some experienced players will take warning the bench. With Moroney and Kevin Waters they have two of the best players ever to play junior soccer in Tipperary and while I’m not going to tip them to defend their title it would be no surprise to me to see Celtic go all the way in Munster or the FAI this year – 2nd
Manager – Jamie o’Flaherty
Last Season – 2nd
For a team supposedly going through a transition period, nine wins, five draws and no loses was a pretty good return last year for Town. Eventually losing out by just 2 points to local rivals Clonmel Celtic. Manager Jamie O’Flaherty although obviously disappointed will surely be encouraged by what he saw last year. A fine mixture of experience in Ronan Stanley, Tony Scully and the Shanahan brothers, exciting youngsters such as Adrian Cleere, Shane Flynn, Levi Whelan and goalkeeper Evan Comerford as well as some new signings will have the Town faithful quietly confident about title no 17 .
It was probably a season too early for this Town team last year but they will have learned a lot. Their starting 11 will be as good as any in the league and there’s definitely another title push in them, but ultimately, they may fall just short again – 3rd
Manager – Jason Purcell
Last Season – 3rd
A new manager for the Saints this year with former Fairview supremo and TSDL’s Oscar Traynor boss for the last two years Jason Purcell taking the helm. The former Limerick player has been involved in many of Fairview’s FAI Junior Cup winning sides in the last 20 years and he could be the man to bring the Tipperary side the national title they crave so much. New signings include former Fairview defender Brian Buckley, who is considered as one of the greatest to ever play junior Soccer in Limerick and former Cahir Park goalkeeper Aaron Wall. These two along with club veterans Jimmy Carr, Ritchie Ryan, Pa Quinn and Paul Breen will ensure the Saints will be competitive on all fronts this season
The appointment of Purcell is very significant and this Michaels side will feel they can beat any team in the country on their day, will go well in the cups and could bring the TSDL title back to Tipperary for the 15th time his year – Champions
Manager – Jocky Landers
Last Season – 4th
A terrific season last year after the club nearly becoming extinct in 2012. Last year’s manager Paul Ryan is gone and has been replaced by former Ballypatrick manager Jocky Landers, who has brought new faces with him from his old club including Barry Kiely and Paulie Landers. Losing top marksmen from last season in Aaron Moroney and Emmet Johnson as well as keeper Brian Sweeney is a major blow but Martin Kennedy returns from long term injury which is a boost.
The Bridge will struggle to find the form of last season but should have just enough quality to stay up – 6th
This season could be a struggle for Cashel as there has been no new signings and they have lost a couple of players from last season. There is a decent bunch of players there, but if they do get some injuries or suspensions their small squad may find it difficult ,managing to avoid the drop should be their main aim.
Cashel won’t be ripping up any trees this year but if they avoid injuries and suspensions, they should have enough to stay up – 5th
Manager – Scott Holdsworth
Last Season – 6th
Peake Villa had a very solid season last year and the winning of the Tipperary Cup(beat Celtic 2-1 aet) will do wonders for the side’s confidence. They have many quality players in their ranks like Jody Mahoney, Gary Lyons and Noel Kent but probably just not enough to challenge the big three, but will be very tough to beat especially at home in Thurles.
Another solid season is in store for the Thurles outfit, and theywill fancy another good run in the cup competitions, as well as improving on last year’s finish– 4th
Manager – Colm Lonergan
Last Season – Division 1 Champions
At the end of last season and a treble in the bag newly promoted Cahir Park might have envisaged a promising return to the top division. Alas, up to as many as 10 players from last season’s squad have left for various reasons including their captain, who has joined a 3rd div team, goalkeeper Aaron Wall to St Michaels and top striker Paddy O’ Donnell to Celtic. A few new faces including former Wilderness marksman Jonas Kerr have joined the club but it would seem likely that a season of fighting relegation lies in store for the Division 1 champions.
It’s going to be a tough season for Cahir Park this year and unless they get a few new signings they could be heading straight back to Div 1 – 8th
Manager – Martin Hayes & Michael Heffernan
Last Season – 2nd in Division 1
Glengoole gained promotion to the Premier League last year for the first time ever and their main aim will be to maintain that status this season. They will start the season with pretty much the same squad they have had for the last couple of year; all local players unlike many of the other teams in the division. As mentioned this group have been together for years and this unity will be vital if they are to survive in the big time
Glengoole have never been relegated in their history and they will hope to continue this statistic this year, will no doubt be difficult to beat at home but with so much quality in the league, they will struggle – 7th