Sunday, January 31 2016 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorers: Sean O’Brien & Brian O’Sullivan
After last week’s disappointing league defeat to Caherconlish, Newport had some excellent training sessions during the week and were anxious to get back to winning ways when they welcomed Div 2A side Athlunkard Villa to Derryleigh Park on a miserable Sunday morning in the second round of the Lawson Cup. Despite the gap in divisions between the sides, Newport knew that this was going to be a very difficult encounter as the visitors are currently in second place in Div 2A.
Despite the bad weather in recent months both our pitches are in excellent condition and visiting teams are full of praise for the playing surface and there was never any danger that the game wouldn’t go ahead unlike a lot of other games at the weekend. Newport played the first half into a very strong wind and driving rain and were playing well but clear cut chances were few and far between for both sides. The home side did have a great chance to take the lead in the 18th minute, when Dean Lenihan made a surging trademark run down the left wing and drilled in a low cross to the inrushing Brian O’Sullivan who just failed to make connection from 10 yards out. Continue reading