On Sunday 18th February, The Superbowl will play host to a local derby double header. Vale Wanderers A take on Nurney Villa A in the Division 1/2/3 Cup. While Vale Wanderers B take on Nurney B in the Division 3 league.
Vale B and Nurney Villa B have met twice already this season. Their most recent encounter saw a 1-1 stalemate. While earlier in the season, Nurney Villa got the better of Vale with a 2-0 win. Vale have gradually climbed the Division 3 table and with a game in hand on Nurney Villa, a win for Vale could set them up to overtake their neighbours in the table.
Manager Paddy Kerry was in typical enthusiastic mood:
We are heading into the local derby full of confidence on the back of two victories. Having struggled in the first half of the season with mixing experience with Youths and injuries to key players, at the moment everyone is fit and we are looking forward to the game with Nurney.
Vale club legend Ronnie Devine had this to say about the derby:
Lads, I have a hot date for Valentines night, I havent time to think about the match yet.
While Nurney Villa legend Bobo also added:
I love Waffles
In the early kick off, Vale A take on Nurney Villa A in the Division 1/2/3 Cup. Vale come into the game on the back of two cup exits to Premier Division teams. While performances in both of those games were promising, the Vale lads have been critical of their mistakes in each game and will be looking to put things right against Nurney Villa.
Nurney Villa on the other hand come into the game after a win against Parkville United B. A win which keeps them in touch with second place Bagenalstown. That game saw Seanie Murphy in fine form, with reports from Tullow suggesting Murphy done a great job of hiding footballs to slow the game down.
Coach Podge Doyle had this to say about the tie:
Against Crettyard we done well going forward and created chances, but when you are playing against a team of Crettyard’s quality you get punished. We will be looking to correct those errors against Nurney.
Be sure to call down to The Superbowl for what should be a very entertaining Super Sunday of derby action.
Division 1/2/3 Cup
Vale A vs Nurney A – 11:00
Vale B vs Nurney B – 14:00