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.
Tuesday, April 10 2018 (Athlunkard)
Scorer: Andrew Kennedy
Tuesday, April 3 2018 (Hogan Park)
Scorers: Kalem Harte 2, Kieran McCarthy, Andrew Kennedy & Dave Kennedy
The A team had a vital 5-0 league win away to Hill Celtic with goals from Kalem Harte 2, Kieran McCarthy, Andrew Kennedy & Dave Kennedy. Newport were 2-0 up at the break but when Hill Celtic were reduced to 19 men early in the second half, Newport capitalised on having the extra player and scored 3 further goals without reply. The win increased the points gap between ourselves and the bottom teams in the relegation zone but with six league games remaining every point will be vital.
Sunday, April 1 2018 (Caherconlish)
Scorer: Devlin Courtney
Sunday, March 25 2018 (Greenhills)
Scorer: Sean Ryan
The A team suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Caherdavin on Sunday morning. We were losing 1-0 but equalised through a Sean Ryan goal. Unfortunately two late goals in the last ten minutes saw us leave the Greenhills pitch empty-handed.
Sunday, March 11 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Junior Cup Draws
The draws have been made for the Junior Divisional Cups. Hopefully some of our sides can make it to a final in Jackman Park.
Sunday, February 25 (Shelbourne Park)
The A side faced a very difficult encounter when they had to travel to play Premier outfit Ballynanty in the Lawson Cup. Despite being behind 3-0 at half-time the lads dug deep in the second half and the same scoreline is how the game ended. Not a bad result overall as we were missing a number of regular starters and had to play some of our Bs and U18s in the afternoon after they had earlier played games in the morning.
Sunday, February 4 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan & Peter O’Sullivan
After a 7 week layoff, junior football finally resumed when Newport welcomed 3B side, Weston Villa to Derryleigh Park in the first round of Lawson Cup. Despite being 4 divisions above the visitors, there was always the danger of this being a potential banana skin. The playing surface on the top pitch really was in excellent condition considering the washout that was January and it was great to have Sunday football back on the agenda. Newport started much the stronger and in all honesty could and probably should have been three goals up in the first half hour. However some rusty finishing and excellent saves from the Weston keeper kept the game scoreless. Weston were reduced to 10 min in the first half, when their right back was sent for an early shower. However this seemed to spur them on and they should have taken the lead when their player hit the post late in the first half, when it seemed easier to score.
In the second half, Newport began to make better use of the extra man and took the lead in the 50th minute when Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan converted a penalty awarded for handball. Not to be outdone by his brother, Peter O’Sullivan doubled the lead when scoring from close range after some excellent work on the end-line by his brother. Talk about keeping it in the family! The remainder of the game was straightforward for Newport and they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. It was good for the lads to get a run-out and clear the cobwebs after the long break. The “reward” for this victory is a visit to Premier League outfit Ballynanty Rovers in the next round next Sunday.
Team: Brendan Coffey, Kevin Connolly, Christy O’Connor, Elliott Slattery, Mike O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, Kalem Harte, Peter O’Sullivan, Andrew Kennedy, Devlin Courtney & Brian O’Sullivan.
Subs: Jamie Collins, Dave Kennedy, James Lynch