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Junior Season Preview

With pre-season completed, the 2018/2019 Junior season kicks-off this evening when the Junior A team, under the helm of new manager, Marc Barry, welcome Knockainey to Derryleigh Park with a 6.30pm start. This will be a tough opener for the A team as the visitors were unlucky to be relegated from Div 1A last season and no doubt will be anxious to bounce straight back up. Knockainey have strengthened their squad during the off-season with the signing of former Janesboro player, John Tierney. However, Newport have also been active over the summer and the signings of Dave Ryan from Pike and Christy Doyle from Fairview along with the experienced Jimmy Fyffe will bring lots of experience and talent to the squad. Blend this with the introduction of some of last year’s league winning Youth side and you have an exciting mix of players who will hopefully start the season well and look to better their 5th place league finish last season.

The B’s start their league campaign in Div 2B tomorrow evening when Athlunkard B will be the visitors to Derryleigh Park at 6.30pm. Dave ‘Dobs’ O’Brien will once again be player-manager for the B’s and following-on from their Cup win and third place in the league last season, sights will be firmly set on being involved in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season. Dobs has a large squad to choose from and will also be a mixture of youth and experience, again with some of last season’s youths making the progression from under-age football. Continue reading

Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Registration Nights

The 2018/2019 season is almost upon us.  We are are holding two registration evenings in our Derryleigh Park Clubhouse on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August from 7pm to 8.30pm. We would appreciate if parents & players could please attend on one of these nights to register. This is a very busy time of the year for us in preparing for the new season and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated. Click here for full details of our membership fees and the benefits of membership.

LAST MAN STANDING is back. Will you be the Last Player Standing to claim €500?


Entry is just €10 so be sure to enter before 5pm on Friday, August 10 to be in with a chance to win €500. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your friends, family, team-mates & work-mates, while supporting the soccer club.

If you’d like to play, please text or Whatsapp your name & mobile number to 089-4052382 or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers, Kennedy’s Discount Store or our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins.

If you haven’t played before, it’s easy. Each game week you will be texted the fixture list, you pick the Premiership team that you think will win their game and text back your selection. If your team wins their game, you are through to the next round. You can’t pick the same team twice. If they lose or draw, then you are out. This continues until the Last Man or Woman is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Full rules & entry form are available here. 

August Camp is Now Filling Fast – Only 20 13 places remain!


BOOK SOON; With our July camp now over, we look forward to our next camp from August 6-10. The July camp was a complete sell-out with 150 children taking part and it looks like August will be the same. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available. Also, if you were on our first camp or any other club’s camp, you can also avail of the second camp discount, which makes it €50 for another week of fun. We advise you to book early to guarantee your place. #Summer2018 #SPORTSDIRECT #FAI #SummerCamps

Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Awards


Our annual end-of-season awards ceremony took place in a packed Community Centre last Friday and proved once again to be a very enjoyable evening. The size of the crowd and the number of players in attendance really shows that the club continues to get bigger and stronger every year. The club’s Chairperson, Ger Healy welcomed everyone before the Event M.C, Dave Noble gave a rundown of the achievements both on and off the field during the past season including league & cup honours, players selected for league representative teams, sold out Easter & Summer Camps, the growth in playing numbers and developments in Derryleigh Park. As we continue to grow year on year to cater for the youth in the local community, he had a special thanks for the coaches, assistant coaches etc who give endless hours of their time to our young players. The parents were also acknowledged for their continued support and co-operation.

All of our younger non-competitive players received a medal and certificate from the club, while the competitive players from the under 12’s right up to the under 16’s, were in contention for Most Improved Player and Player of the Year Awards. The U17s & U18s were up for Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards. The coaches deliberated long and hard over their selections and there were some very close calls. However the full list of award winners was as follows.

Most Improved Players  – U12 Boys – Martin McCabe & Darragh Meaney, U12 Girls – Muireann Ryan, U13 Boys – Tommy Lyons & Christopher Egan, U13 Girls – Meabh Gaffrey, U14 Boys – Ryan Madden & David Hannon, U14 Girls – Nadine Hartigan, U15 Boys – Lorcan Delaney & Cillian O’Sullivan, U15 Girls – Kate Harvey, U16 Boys – John Ryan Rose U17 Girls – Roisin Power.

Players of the Year –U12 Boys – Conor O’Brien & Luke Kennedy, U12 Girls – Lauren Bailey, U13 Boys – Nathan Bridgeman & Alex O’Toole, U13 Girls – Shauna Pearson, U14 Boys – Mark Forde & Stephen McCormack, U14 Girls – Sarah Kelly, U15 Boys – Oisin Kenedy & Calum Grant, U15 Girls – Eimear Carey, U16 Boys – Jack O’Carroll, U17 Girls – Jasmyne Butler.

U17 Youths – Jack Foley (Golden Boot) & Colin Coleman (Player of the Year),
U18 Youths– Devlin Courtney (Golden Boot) & Ben Wixted (Player of the Year).

Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Player of the Year was Shauna Pearson.

Thanks to all the players, their parents and families who attended. Roll on the start of the new season. Click here for lots of images from the event

Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Awards Night

Our annual Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Awards take place this coming Friday, July 27. One of the trophies up for grabs is the Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Player of the year. Who will follow in the footsteps of Elliott Slattery, Shaun Bonfield & last year’s winner, Rachel Carey??? Player Registration for the coming season is from 6-7pm with the awards beginning at 7pm. All players, coaches, families & supporters are welcome to join us in the Community Centre. Please spread the word. Hope to see you all there.

2018/2019 Membership Fee & Player Registration


With the new season just a few short weeks away, membership of NTAFC for the coming 2018/2019 season is now open. As an amateur volunteer based football club, we’ve committed to meeting the repayments on the clubhouse loan in excess of €250,000, bringing the total investment to date of €1.2m in Derryleigh Park. We see this as an investment in our local youth, their future as well as being a valuable resource for our community. Everyone’s support and patronage of the club, helps make our vision a reality.

This coming season, we will have upwards on 400 players playing on over 30 teams from Nippers to the Junior A team. Running a club of this size is a very costly business both on and off the pitch and the membership fee is an integral part of our income.

Membership Fees
• Newport Nippers (U7 – born in 2012 or after) – €40
• U8 to U11 (born in 2008-2011) – €70
• U12 to U16 (born in 2003-2007) – €80
• U17 & U18 (born in 2001-2002) – €80
• Junior A,B & C – €90
• Non-playing member – €5 (voting right at AGM)

There are also family discounts where more than one child is registered with the club.

Membership fees contribute towards the following;
• Registration fees with the various leagues (LDMC, LDSL & NTSFL)
• Repayments on €250,000 loan for new clubhouse.
• Player insurance (every registered player receives comprehensive insurance cover)
• Use of top-class training & playing facilities incl. floodlit astro-turf pitch and 2 grass pitches.
• Full use of new modern clubhouse.
• Access to training and match equipment including balls, jerseys, first aid kits, water bottles, bibs etc.
• Countless hours of training and on matchdays put in by our dedicated coaches and team managers.
• Entry fees to FAI National Cup competitions
• Maintenance and running costs of playing facilities and clubhouse in Derryleigh Park. Continue reading

Start of New Schoolboy Season

The new Limerick Schoolboy season (short season) will commence on Wednesday, August 29, with the even age grade (U12, U14 & U16) and Friday, August 31, with the odds age grade (U15 & U13).

The under 11 grade will commence on Saturday September 8th.
The under 10 grade will commence on Saturday September 15th.
The under 9 grade will commence on Saturday September 8th.
The under 8 grade will commence on Saturday September 15th.
The under 7 grade will commence on Saturday September 22nd.

All leagues will be made up of six teams with each team playing five games, there will be no trophy for the league winners except one set of medals. There may be cases for extending some leagues. The season hopefully will finish on or before December 8th.

NTAFC Fantasy Football League


The Premier League returns on August 10 and so does the NTAFC Fantasy League. Enter for free at https://fantasy.premierleague.com/ pick your team and join our private league. Code is 354021-75865. Spread the word amongst your friends and team-mates. Just a bit of craic but it’s your chance to walk the walk and talk the talk!