This is the place to find all match results and match reports for Newport Town AFC. Managers are asked to send in results & match reports to Club P.R.O. Vivienne Keane as soon as possible after games. Please include photos taken on match day and we’ll include them on our Facebook page. Thank You!

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U13 Girls, Borrisokane 2-2 Newport Town AFC

Saturday, September 15 2018 (Borrisokane)

Scorers: Aoife Mellerick & Sinead O’Riordan

Our U13 girls played their first league game of the 2018-19 season today away to Borrisokane. Newport took the lead 1-0 halfway through the first half with a great run from midfield by Aoife Mellerick who took on 3 players before putting the ball past the keeper. Borrisokane came back fighting and after defending a corner from Newport they counter attacked and scored the equaliser. They quickly followed this up with a second and Newport went in 2-1 down at half time. Rob Bailey gave some words of advice at half time and Newport started the second half in control of the game and got a deserving equaliser early in the half. Unfortunately the game had to be stopped with about 10 mins to go due to an injury to one of the Borrisokane players. The referee made the right choice in stopping the game and both teams start the season with a point. Newport U13 girls would like to send best wishes to the injured player and we hope she recovers quickly. Our goalie for the match Cliodhna Lenihan played very well and pulled off one excellent save that showed her cat like skills. Our defence of Laura Parsons, Caoimhe Healy, Muireann Ryan and Joanna Van Aelst were resolute. Our midfield of Isabelle Ivers, Lucy Bailey, Aoife Mellerick, Eimear Ryan and Caoimhe Troy all played their part defending and attacking. Our forwards of Slaine Goodwin, Clodagh Healy and Sinead O Riordan gave the Borrisokane defence plenty of work to do.  A few of our players today were new and this was their first ever soccer match although you wouldn’t have known that if you were watching the game as all the girls played very well. Training continues on Wed night at 7pm sharp.

U15 Girls, Newport Town AFC 5-0 Birdhill

Saturday, September 15 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Caragh Flynn (2), Eryn Kennedy (2) & Leah Moran

For our opening game of the season, we welcomed our close neighbours Birdhill to Derryleigh. With both teams looking for a good start to the season, it was Newport that succeeded. Sarah played a through ball to Eryn who took it in her stride and smashed it into the net. BH went looking for an equaliser but the back 4 of Mollie, Mara, Jayne & Nadine were in great form. BH best effort was a strong shot from outside the box but Aoife parried it well and pounced on the loose ball as it threatened to spin into her net. Right on the stroke of half time, Caragh spun on the edge of the box and put her shot beyond the reach of the keeper to score our 2nd.

In the 2nd half Ciara, Leah & Neve controlled the midfield which allowed both Caragh & Eryn to score again, giving us a 4-0 lead. Sarah & Aisling were unlucky not to score but a lovely strike by Leah on the half volley completed the scoring. Overall a very hard-working team performance.

Team: Aoife Kennedy, Mollie O’Hora, Mara Van Aelst, Jayne Hurley, Nadine Hartigan, Neve Ricketts, Sarah Kelly (Capt.), Eryn Kennedy, Leah Moran, Aisling O’Gorman, Ciara Mackey & Caragh Flynn.

Coaches: Rob Kelly & Eddie O’Gorman

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 2-1 Shelbourne

Sunday, September 9 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Christy Doyle (2)

Newport were in confident mood after working hard for a late winner against Hill Celtic midweek when they welcomed Shelbourne to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. The surface on the top-pitch was in superb condition and there could be no excuses for not playing ball.

It was a tight first-half, but Newport struck the lead in the final few minutes of the first 45, when Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan did well to skip past two tackles on the end-line and square the ball to Christy Doyle, who made no mistake from close range. 1-0 up at half-time and a fully deserved lead.

In the second half, Shelbourne pushed on looking for an equaliser and they got the goal not too long into the second half to level the game. Both sides were playing some good football and there was no quarter being asked or given in the tackles with both sides realising that this would be a big 3 points for whoever could win the game.

Thankfully, it was the home side who scored next, when that man, Christy Doyle, was once again in the right place to score and put Newport 2-1 in front. That’s 9 goals now for the in-form Doyler in the league since his return from Fairview.

Despite some nervy moments, Newport held on to secure a great victory and now see themselves in third place just 2 points behind leaders Kilfrush and 1 behind second-placed Geraldines. Newport still have to play both of these sides in the first round of games, so they should be cracking encounters whenever they take place. 19 points out of a possible 24 and third place is a good start before the league breaks for FAI & Munster Cup games.

Next up is the visit to Northside Legacy next Sunday in the FAI Junior Cup. Northside are currently mid-table in Div 3B and any away game in the FAI Junior Cup is always a tricky proposition but hopefully the lads recent run of good form will continue next week.