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
Sunday, December 10 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Sean Ryan, Odhran Brett, Brian O’Sullivan & Kevin Connolly
The A team maintained their recent good run of form and continued their climb up the table with an excellent 4-1 win at home to St. Pat’s on Sunday morning. Goals from Sean Ryan & Odhran Brett in the first half and Brian O’Sullivan & Kevin Connolly in the second ensured that Newport took all three points on offer. The score-line did not flatter the lads as they dominated the game from the first whistle to last. They have now won two games and drawn two in the last four games and go into the Christmas break in good shape.
Sunday, December 3 2017 (Croom)
Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 2 & Sameer Salem
Sunday, November 19 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorer: Elliott Slattery
The A team welcomed second placed Shelbourne to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning and both teams played out a hard-fought game, which ended with the points shared after a 1-1 draw. Newport more than held their own and took the lead when dead-ball specialist, Elliott Slattery, scored a contender for goal of the season. His free-kick from 40 yards out was fired to the top corner giving the keeper absolutely no chance. Shelbourne battled back to equalise and in the end a draw was probably a fair result.
Team: Marc Barry, Ross Dunne, Mike O’Brien, Christy O’Connor, Elliott Slattery, Kevin O’Brien, Peter O’Sullivan, Kieran McCarthy, Devlin Courtney, Brian O’Sullivan & Andrew Kennedy.
Subs: James Lynch, Sean Ryan, Nathan Hartigan, Odhran Brett & Jamie Collins.
Sunday, November 12 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 3, Devlin Courtney, Elliott Slattery & Peter O’Sullivan
The A team were the only side in action over the weekend and they recorded a crucial morale boosting victory over Caherconlish on Sunday morning. The lads entered the game on the back of a few defeats and everyone was fully aware that a win was badly needed to get their season back on track. Newport were 2-0 up after 34 minutes courtesy of goals from Devlin Courtney & Peter O’Sullivan but then gifted the visitors two goals in quick succession to see the game level. Elliott Slattery powerfully headed home from a corner to once again give Newport the lead just before half-time. Newport extended the lead to 4-2 one minute into the second half when Brian O’Sullivan scored after some good pressing from Devlin Courtney. Caherconlish once again closed the gap in the 60th minute but two more goals from Brian O’Sullivan ensured that we grabbed all 3 points on offer.
This coming Sunday, November 19, the Junior A’s are at home to Shelbourne (11am).
Sunday, November 5 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Kieran McCarthy & Sean Ryan
The A team suffered a disappointing 3-2 home defeat to bottom side Caherdavin Celtic on Sunday morning. Despite goals from Kieran McCarthy and Sean Ryan it was the visitors who went home with the 3 valuable points on offer. Next up is the visit of Caherconlish to Derryleigh next Sunday morning (11am).
Sunday, October 29 2017 (Kilfrush)
Scorer: Brian O’Sullivan
Sunday, October 1 2017 (Hogan Park)
Scorer: Kieran McCarthy
Sunday, September 24 2017 (Elton)
Scorer: Peter O’Sullivan
The A team were away to Kilfrush on Sunday morning and fell two goals behind. The lads battled back with a goal from Peter O’Sullivan but despite their best efforts failed to grab an equaliser. Next up for the A’s is a trip to Hill Celtic next Sunday in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup.
Sunday, September 17 2017 (Knockalisheen)
Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 2 & Dave Murray
The A’s travelled to Parkville in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup and advanced to the next round following a 3-1 victory thanks to two goals from Brian O’Sullivan and a great headed effort from Dave Murray. Job done and the lads are now away to Hill Celtic in the next round.