Saturday, October 13 2018 (Dooradoyle)
Scorers: Christy Doyle (3), Kalem Harte, Christy O’Connor, Darren Collins, Dave Kennedy & OG
The A team maintained top place in Div 1B with a comfortable 8-2 win away to Regional Utd B under lights in Dooradoyle on Saturday night. In-form, Christy Doyle, once again proved to be the tormentor-in-chief with a hat-trick and the other scorers were Kalem Harte, Christy O’Connor, Darren Collins, Dave Kennedy & and OG. The A team are approaching the halfway mark in the league campaign, with just one game remaining against Kilfrush in the first round of games. Kilfrush are just 1 point behind Newport, so this will be a real top-of-the-table clash when the sides meet. Next Sunday morning sees the A team welcome Patrickswell (Div 2A) to Derryleigh Park in round 3 of the FAI Junior Cup. K.O. at 10.30am.
Team: Brendan Coffey, James Lynch, Christy O’Connor, Elliott Slattery, Mark McGuire, Kevin O’Brien, Darren Collins, Sean Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Christy Doyle & Kalem Harte
Subs: Kevin Connolly, Dave Kennedy, Nathan Hartigan, Davy Ryan & Ciaran Flynn
Sunday, October 7 2018 (Garryowen)
Scorer: Brian O’Sullivan
On a recent good run of form, the A team were in confident mood heading into Garryown on Sunday morning to take on Premier League side Geraldines in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup. With almost a full squad to choose from, manager, Marc Barry, was hopeful of his side causing a cup upset. However it wasn’t to be as it was Geraldines who ran out winners on a 4-1 scoreline, which wasn’t a true reflection of the game.
Newport did soak up a fair bit of pressure and rode our luck at times in the first half but our resistance was finally broken in the 38th minute, when we failed to clear a corner and the Geraldines player was able to tap-in from close range. A goal down at half-time but Newport were still well in this game.
In the 49th minute, skipper, Brian O’Sullivan, made a surging run into the box and when he was clearly taken down, referee Ryan McCann, pointed to the spot. Having won the penalty, the captain, calmly slotted the spot-kick to level the game.
The turning points of the game came on the hour mark. Newport should have been awarded a freek kick in the Geraldines half but the ref waved play in and the home side attacked and were awarded a penalty, which they duly converted to make it 2-1. Just a minute later, Peter O’Sullivan, received his second yellow and his marching orders and as if the job wasn’t hard enough, Newport would have to play out the remainder of the game with just 10 players.
Newport dug deep and put in a great effort for the final half hour but couldn’t find a way back into the game. Geraldines scored two late, late goals in injury time to distort the scoreline and advance into the next round. The A team will be back in league action next Saturday under lights when they travel to Dooradoyle to play Regional at 7pm.
Round 3 draw has been made for the FAI Junior Cup. NTAFC have been drawn at home to Div 2A side Patrickswell. Date & time TBC.
Sunday, September 30 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan 2, Christy O’Connor, Elliott Slattery, James Lynch & Nathan Hartigan
The A team maintained their excellent run of form, with a solid 6-0 defeat of Geraldines B on Sunday afternoon in Derryleigh Park. The win, moved Newport to the top of Div 1B on 22 points after 9 games, one point ahead of second placed Kilfrush and two ahead of third placed Geraldines B. Prior to the game, the visitors had an unbeaten record but on the day they came up against a determined Newport side who commanded the game throughout. Christy O’Connor opened the scoring with a strong header from a corner swung in by Kalem Harte in the 10th minute. Just 2 minutes later, Geraldines had a great chance to equalise but their player blasted over from close range. Newport extended their lead in the 13th minute when Elliott Slattery fired home a super free-kick, which gave the keeper no chance. Newport dominated the first half and had good chances from Mark McGuire, who saw his shot go just wide after a scintilating run and on the stroke of half-time, Kalem Harte will feel that he should have scored when his shot was fired over the bar after getting on the end of a good cross from Captain, Brian O’Sullivan. 2-0 up at half-time and in truth, the lead should have been more. Continue reading
Sunday, September 23 (Rathuard)
Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan (3), Dave Kennedy, Sean Ryan & Elliott Slattery
Sunday, September 16 2018 (Long Pavement)
Scorers: Christy Doyle (2) & Kalem Harte
Sunday, September 9 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorer: Christy Doyle (2)
Newport were in confident mood after working hard for a late winner against Hill Celtic midweek when they welcomed Shelbourne to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. The surface on the top-pitch was in superb condition and there could be no excuses for not playing ball.
It was a tight first-half, but Newport struck the lead in the final few minutes of the first 45, when Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan did well to skip past two tackles on the end-line and square the ball to Christy Doyle, who made no mistake from close range. 1-0 up at half-time and a fully deserved lead.
In the second half, Shelbourne pushed on looking for an equaliser and they got the goal not too long into the second half to level the game. Both sides were playing some good football and there was no quarter being asked or given in the tackles with both sides realising that this would be a big 3 points for whoever could win the game.
Thankfully, it was the home side who scored next, when that man, Christy Doyle, was once again in the right place to score and put Newport 2-1 in front. That’s 9 goals now for the in-form Doyler in the league since his return from Fairview.
Despite some nervy moments, Newport held on to secure a great victory and now see themselves in third place just 2 points behind leaders Kilfrush and 1 behind second-placed Geraldines. Newport still have to play both of these sides in the first round of games, so they should be cracking encounters whenever they take place. 19 points out of a possible 24 and third place is a good start before the league breaks for FAI & Munster Cup games.
Next up is the visit to Northside Legacy next Sunday in the FAI Junior Cup. Northside are currently mid-table in Div 3B and any away game in the FAI Junior Cup is always a tricky proposition but hopefully the lads recent run of good form will continue next week.
Munster Junior Cup – NTAFC have been drawn away to Dromore Celtic (Div 3B) with the winners away to the winners of Geraldines (Premier) v Patrickswell (Div 2A). Round 1 games to be played on or before October 14.
Munster U18 Youth Cup – NTAFC have received a bye in Round 1 and have been drawn at home to Mungret Regional (Div 1) in Round 2, with the winners away to the winners of Cals (Div 2) v Aisling Annacotty (Div 1). Round 2 games to be played on or before November 4.
Thursday, September 6 2018 (Hogan Park)
Scorers: Dave Kennedy & Christy Doyle
Newport faced into the tricky visit to Hogan Park to play league-leaders Hill Celtic after suffering a disappointing 4-3 home defeat to Ballylanders in the previous game. Minus a few regulars for various reasons, Manager, Marc Barry once again had to call on players from the B & C teams to bolster his squad.
On a decent surface, both teams set out to play decent passing football in an open and end-to-end first half. Both sides created good goal-scoring chances in the opening 45 minutes with Hill Celtic almost opening the scoring in the 28th minute but were denied by a goal-line block from Kieran ‘Fletch’ O’Sullivan. Not long after, Davy Ryan was replaced by James Lynch due to injury and a few minutes later the sub had a great chance to give Newport the lead, when he was slipped through by Christy Doyle after some great work by the striker. Unfortunately, Lynch blasted his shot over from inside the penalty box.
On 37 minutes, Newport keeper was relieved to see a well-struck Hill Celtic shot whistle just side of the post. On the stroke of half-time, Dave Kennedy produced a wonder-save from the home keeper, who did brilliantly to push his shot onto the post. 0-0 at half-time and anyone’s game. Continue reading
Draw has been made for the FAI Junior Cup. NTAFC have been drawn away to Northside Legacy (Div 3B). The game will take place on Sunday, September 16 at 2pm.