Saturday, March 21st, Derryleigh Park
Newport under 10’s Greens, restarted their nine a-side non-competitive league this week. Saturday’s visitors were Parkville. The weather was ideal in Derryleigh and there was a sense of excitement in the air as the team warmed up in the sunshine.
Parkville won the toss and elected to change ends and play with the sun against their backs. The early exchanges were energetic and the boys tried their best to work the ball through the thirds of the pitch. Ciarán, played in Michael who raced from the half way line past the defenders and forced a quality save from the keeper. The rebound fell kindly to Michael, but he blazed over from six yards. Parkville drew first blood with a speculative shot through a crowded area, which beat Chris to the bottom corner. Shortly after, Michael again raced through, only for his effort to miss to the right of the goal. Parkville mounted a few attacks of their own but more than met their match in Ruadh, Mark and Tommy patrolling the backline. The visitors were lucky to make to take a two goal lead after a weak shot bobbled in front of the keeper and trickled in to the net. Continue reading
Saturday, March 21st, Mungret
Newport U8’s attended Mungret Regional today and played 3 small sided games in a blitz against Moyross Utd, Mungret Regional and Aisling Annacotty.
All the children played very well in what was their first game of the season and credit has to go to each player for 3 great games and the effort put in by each player.
Newport won 2 out of their 3 games. Continue reading
Saturday, March 14th (Bawnmore)
On a lovely spring morning our under 11’s went in to town to play Geraldines in a league match in Bawnmore. Unfortunately on this occasion we were beaten on a 3-0 score line.
Geraldines took the lead after 10 minutes after a breakaway goal. It was nip and tuck for the rest of the first half and Newport had a couple of half chances to equalise but did not take them.
On resumption of the second half Newport continued to attack and missed one or two good chances. A ball played in to the Newport penalty made its way to the far post and was scrambled in to the Newport goal to give Geraldines a 2-0 lead. Continue reading
Saturday, March 14th (Corrib Drive, Shannon)
Our under 15’s made the long journey to Shannon on Saturday morning for only their 8th league game of the season. We have had seven games called off this season for one reason or another, so it was good to see some on field action again.
This was always going to be a tough game for the lads and was made even tougher, as unfortunately, we were missing a lot of players for various reasons and almost started the game minus a few others due to navigational issues. The club may have to do some fundraising for sat navs! Continue reading
Saturday, March 14th (Brickfields, Nenagh)
Newport U12 girls had a tough task on Sat morning when we headed down to Nenagh to face the U12 league leaders. Newport started well and there was very little between the two teams for the first fifteen minutes when Nenagh scored the first goal from a long range shot. Two more goals quickly followed fro Nenagh and we were 3-0 down at half time.
Newport started the second half with determination and were unlucky not to have come away with at least one goal from the half with Mollie Hussey hitting the post from a free kick and Rachel Carey and Kaitlyn Bradshaw missing some chances. Nenagh managed to score two more in the second half while Newport were shoving on looking for a score. The 5-0 score line does not so justice to the Newport performance but we had one of those days in front of goals. Continue reading
Tuesday, March 10 (Jackman Park)
Holders, Newport bowed out of the O’Halloran Cup at the quarter-final stage, following a disappointing 2-1 defeat to last year’s beaten finalists, Mungret Regional, who avenged their cup final defeat with two late, late goals to completely turn this tie on its head.
For long times in this game, it looked like one goal would be enough to win the game. When Newport captain, Brian ‘Clemy’O’Sullivan, scored his 27th goal of the season in the 85th minute, it looked like Newport had done enough to secure their passage to this season’s semi-final. Unfortunately for us, Mungret Regional had a different idea and equalised within 2 minutes. Then, as we were all getting prepared for extra-time, Mungret scored the winner deep into injury time, 4 minutes to be exact and at that stage, there was no time left on the clock to salvage an equaliser. Football can be a cruel game sometimes. Continue reading
Sunday, March 8 (Derryleigh Park)
Our Junior B team took pride of place this weekend after they advanced to the final of the Div 3A Power Cup thanks to a two goal salvo from striker, Stevie O’Connor. The B’s will now meet Ballylanders in the decider, after their surprise win over league leaders, Croom. The final will take place in Jackman Park on a date to be decided.
The game between ourselves and our near neighbours took place on the bottom pitch and kicked off following a minute’s silence before the game for the late Joe Murray, grandfather of our player, Dave Murray. The opening exchanges were evenly contested with little between the two sides. Continue reading
Saturday, March 7
Newport Town AFC U12 girls had a good win against Ballymackey in the North Tipperary Schoolgirls League today.
Newport had a lot of players missing but the girls who showed up gave all they had for an emphatic victory.
Aoife Kennedy had a great game in goals and made numerous saves when called upon. Our backline of Amelia Healy, Kate Harvey, and Sadbh Lenihan were solid and are improving the their ability to read the game as they get more experience.
Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Eryn Kennedy and Emma Moloney played well in midfield helping in defence when called upon and also giving support when we were attacking. Kaitlyn Bradshaw scored 2 goals from her attacking runs from midfield. Continue reading
Saturday, March 7
The Under 10’s finished their mid season futsal tournament with a flourish. Up against the likes of Caherdavin, Pike Rovers, Shelbourne and Geraldines, all of the opposition today are long established Premier teams and boy did those teams meet their match today!
Newport are growing in confidence week on week. Once again Newport were fast out of the blocks creating chance after chance. All three teams scoring goals and having fun all the way. A special mention to John Lee who recorded three clean sheets in goals for his team, earning him the nickname “Egyptian Cotton”. Continue reading
Saturday, March 7
Both teams came into this game with a 100% record after 10 games so a very tight encounter was expected. Town as always were lightning out of the blocks and had a three goal lead after just ten minutes, the first goal was always going to be important in this game, Eoin McLoughlin squared a pass to Johnny Ryan who beat the keeper from ten yards out. The second goal was a stunning individual goal not for the finish but the individual brilliance from tied man of the match Diarmuid O’Riordan, beating three players with an unbelievable dribble before slotting home.
The third came just three minutes later, after a short Shelbourne kick out Town pressed them high up the pitch winning the ball back before Diarmuid O’Riordan unleashed an unstoppable shot that left the Shels keeper with no chance. Continue reading