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Wednesday, August 15 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: (Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan 3 & Christy Doyle)
The A’s, under new Manager, Marc Barry, got the new season off to the perfect start when they put 4 unanswered goals past Knockainey, who were playing in Div 1B, following their relegation from 1A last season. Most observers felt that this was going to be a real tough opener for Newport and in the first 5 minutes, it was the visitors who exerted pressure on the home rear-guard. However in the 6th minute, Christy Doyle, on his return to his hometown club, following a recent transfer from Fairview, powered home a header from a corner to open the lead. Less than 60 seconds later, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sulivan picked up on a loose ball and drilled a low shot past the Knockainey keeper to double the lead. This was a dream opening to the game. Continue reading
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
Tuesday, July 24, (Rearcross)
Saturday, May 19 2018 (Shelbourne Park)
Scorers: Aidan O’Brien & O.G.
Sunday, May 13 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 3 & Andrew Kennedy
Sunday, May 6 2018 (Caherconlish)
James Lynch (3) & Sean Ryan
Thursday, May 3 2018
Scorers: Devlin Courtney 2, Brian O’Sullivan & Kevin Connolly
The A team took a massive step in retaining Div 1B status for next season with a huge win over Southend in Derryleigh Park on Thursday evening. The same team had knocked us out of the cup at the semi-final stage just a few days previously so the lads knew this was going to be a tough encounter. It was a real ding-dong game and at stages Newport looked like they were going to throw the game away after missing a penalty and failing to capitalise on numerous chances. However a well-taken goal from right-back, Kevin Connolly, late in the game ensured that all 3 points went Newport’s way. Next up is an away trip to play Caherconlish on Sunday morning. With 3 games remaining and a good finish to the season, Newport could finish up in the top half of the table and provide a good platform for next season. However we will continue to take it one game at a time.
Sunday, April 29 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Peter O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan & Ross Dunne
The A’s exited the Div 1B Cup after losing on penalties to Southend after a rip-roaring cup contest. Newport missed a penalty in the 10th minute and went 2-0 down in the first half hour but Peter O’Sullivan scored late in the first half to leave it 1-2 at the break. Not to be outdone by his brother, Brian O’Sullivan scored the equaliser in the 75th minute and the game went to extra-time. Newport took the lead with 5 minutes remaining of extra time through Ross Dunne but Southend then scored a controversial equaliser to level the game and then the visitors had a goal disallowed in the last minute to ensure that the game would be settled by penalties. Unfortunately it was Southend who won 4-2 on penalties and advanced to the Div 1A final. Southend are once again the visitors in the A’s next league game on Thursday at 6.30pm and on Sunday the A’s travel to play Caherconlish at 11am. Both are crucial games in terms of the A team retaining their Div 1B status.
Tuesday, April 18 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Mark McGuire 2, Devlin Courtney & Kieran McCarthy
Newport climbed up the table and a small bit further away from the relegation trap-door with this crucial win over Regional Utd B in Derryleigh Park on Tuesday evening despite falling behind in the very first couple of minutes. Newport put this early setback behind them and began to put pressure on the Regional rear-guard and Kieran McCarthy was on hand to score the equaliser in the 12th minute.
Newport continued to dominate the early stages of the game and if truth be told should have extended their lead on a few occasions but just couldn’t find the target. This was keeping Regional in the game and in the 25th minute they were awarded a soft penalty but Marc Barry, in the Newport goal, once again proved himself to be an excellent penalty stopper, getting well down to his left to make a great save. 1-1 at half-time and Newport were scratching their heads as to why they weren’t well in the lead.
A much improved second half performance saw Newport up the gears and continue to dominate the game. In the 55th minute, Mark McGuire, who continues to make a liar of his birth cert, made it 2-1 when he was in the right place to tap-in a low cross across the box from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan and Mark was unlucky just 2 minutes later when he hit the cross-bar from close range.
On the opposite side of the age spectrum, U18 player, Devlin Courtney, made it 3-1 in the 60th minute, when after a mazy run he unleashed a thunderbolt from 30 yards out, which dipped under the crossbar giving the Regional keeper no chance. Not to be undone, just 3 minutes later, McGuire latched onto a pinpoint cross from the left from Kalem Harte and struck a superb volley to the net. There was a lot of huffing and puffing for the remainder of the game and Regional scored a late consolation goal to leave the result 4-2 and a valuable 3 points remaining in Derryleigh Park. With 4 league games remaining, Newport aren’t completely safe but another win or two would go a long way to ensuring the A team will be playing in Div 1B again next season.
Sunday, April 15 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Sean Ryan & James Thompson
The A’s advanced to the next stage of the Div 1B Calvert Cup following a well-deserved 2-0 win at home to Caherdavin Celtic. James Thompson & Sean Ryan were the Newport scorers. Special mention for Chris Carroll who came out of retirement for the umpteenth home to play in goals for Newport and rolled back the years with a string of world-class saves.