Junior A 2016/2017

Manager: Brian Cosgrove

Team Captain: Christy O’Connor

Scheduled Training Times: Tuesday (7.30-9.00pm) & Thursday (6.30-8.00pm)

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Junior A, Div 1A, Aisling Annacotty 2 – 2 Newport Town AFC

Saturday, March 25 2017 (Annacotty)

Newport scorers: Dean Lenihan & Dave Ryan Rose

Having taking a well-deserved 2-0 half-time lead over Aisling Annacotty, courtesy of goals from Dean Lenihan & Dave Ryan Rose, the A team looked good value to secure the vital three points on offer. However Aisling staged a late fightback and scored in the 80th minute to reduce the deficit. Then in the 9th minute of injury time they managed to snatch an equaliser to share the points, which still leaves us in the relegation zone with 4 games remaining. We remain one point behind Aisling with a game in hand. Next up for the A’s is a home game against Holycross next Sunday morning (11am).

Junior A, Div 1A, Mungret Regional 2 – 0 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, March 19 2017 (Mungret)

Unfortunately, the A team lost 0-2 away to Mungret Regional on Sunday morning. In a game played on a sticky surface, it was the third-placed side who scored two first half goals to ensure that we travelled home empty-handed. With just five games remaining, every game and every point is vital in the fight to avoid relegation. Next Saturday evening, Newport travel to play Aisling Annacotty, in a crucial six pointer. With Caherconlish already relegated, it’s looking likely that Newport or Aisling will join them in Div 1B next season, therefore this game is a six-pointer and we will be looking for our supporters to get behind the lads for their remaining games, starting next Saturday. Kick-off is at 7pm under lights in Annacotty.

Squad: Marc Barry, Andrew Kennedy, Mike O’Brien, Christy O’Connor (Capt), Dave Murray, Sameer Salem, Sean Ryan, John Meskell, Dean Lenihan, Mark McGuire, Damien Walsh Subs: Thomas Carroll, David Kennedy, Tristan O’Sullivan & Kalem Harte.

Junior A, Div 1A, Newport Town AFC 2 – 2 Corbally Utd

Sunday, February 5 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorers: Dean Lenihan & Kieran McCarthy

All that was missing was Ryan Tubridy and one for every one in the audience, when the A team staged their own version of the Late Late Show with a great comeback with two late, late goals to secure a well-deserved 2-2 draw at home to Corbally on Sunday morning. This point could prove vital in our relegation battle.

Newport went a goal behind on the stroke of half-time and when Corbally scored a breakaway goal against the run of play to make it 2-0 with half an hour remaining, the signs were ominous. Lady luck did not appear to be on our side as we managed to hit the post & crossbar three times in the second half. With the clock counting down, it looked like we were going to get nothing out of the game, which would have been very hard to stomach. However the lads showed great strength of character and fighting spirit and when Dean Lenihan scored to make it 2-1 in the 85th minute, Corbally began to lose composure and in the 90th minute, Kieran McCarthy scored the equaliser to the delight of the large home support and rewarded the lads’ never-say-die attitude. Hopefully this result will prove to be the turning point and the change of fortune needed to kick on and climb out of the relegation zone. Continue reading

Junior A, Div 1A, Newport Town AFC 0 – 2 Knockainey

Sunday, January 21 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

The A team were the only junior side in action at the weekend and unfortunately they suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Knockainey. The first half was a tight affair, which ended scoreless with neither side creating any real clear-cut chances. The visitors finally broke the deadlock in the 69th minute when Newport failed to deal with a free kick from the right side of the box and a glancing header nestled in the bottom corner. Newport now had to chase the game to try and salvage something and unfortunately conceded a second in the 79th minute when Knockainey scored a breakaway goal to secure the valuable 3 points on offer. Newport currently lie at the bottom of Div 1A and are in a real relegation battle but with 8 games remaining there is still lots to play for.

Match squad: Marc Barry, Kevin O’Brien, Mike O’Brien, Sameer Salem, Sean Ryan, Peter O’Sullivan, Mark McGuire, John Meskell, Kieran McCarthy, Christy O’Connor, Dean Lenihan
Subs: Andrew Kennedy, Thomas Carroll, Dave Muray, Damien Walsh, Tristan O’Sullivan, Blaine Lenihan, Elliot Slattery & Nathan Hartigan.

Junior A, Lawson Cup, Newport Town AFC 2 – 4 Bruff Utd

Sunday, January 8 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorers: Sean Ryan & Kieran McCarthy

The As were up against Bruff in the Lawson Cup and lost out on a 2-4 scoreline. Newport went two goals down in the first half but did well to score two goals of their own to bring the sides level. However the visitors scored twice in the second half to advance to the next round of the competition. The Newport scorers were Sean Ryan & Kieran McCarthy.

Junior A, Div 1A, Murroe 3 – 1 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, December 11 2016 (Murroe)

Newport scorer: Dave Murray

The A team travelled to Murroe on Sunday morning to take on the home side in a local derby. Despite a promising early start, when we spurned two great scoring opportunities, we fell behind to a 6th minute goal. We continued to make chances and in the 18th minute, Peter O’Sullivan was denied a wonder-goal when his 30 yard strike crashed off the crossbar. On 32 minutes, Murroe extended their lead when they headed home. In the second half, Newport continued to press and finally got a deserved goal in the 72nd minute when Dave Murray headed home from a corner. At this stage, it looked like Newport might salvage a draw but just 4 minutes later were caught out from a Murroe counter-attack and despite looking in an offside position, their player tucked the ball home to make it 3-1. Despite continuing to bombard the Murroe goal, we couldn’t find the back of the net and Murroe took all three points on offer.

Junior A, Div 1A, Newport Town AFC 4 – 1 Granville

Junior A v Granville Dec 4 2016
Sunday, December 4 2016 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorers: Damien Walsh 2, Sameer Salem (P) & Tristan O’Sullivan

The Junior A team welcomed Granville to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. No one was saying it out loud but quietly everyone knew that the 3 points on offer were vital to kick-start’s Newport push up the table and out of the relegation zone. The lads had trained well in the past few weeks and the belief was there that if they could carry this on to the pitch they could get a positive result. In fairness to the lads, they responded in a very positive manner and turned in an excellent performance and recorded an impressive 4-1 win. Continue reading