Sunday, February 1 (Derryleigh Park)
The Junior A’s continued their recent run of good league results with a convincing 6-2 victory over mid-table side, Charleville AFC, in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. Goals from Dean Lenihan (2), Dave Murray (2), Brian O’Sullivan & Ross Dunne scored the goals to consolidate our second place position and keep the pressure on league leaders, Wembley Rovers.
The sun shone down on Derryleigh Park on the first day of spring and given the time of year, the pitch was in immaculate condition for this Div 1A league game. Newport almost had the perfect start in the second minute, when a goal bound shot from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan was superbly saved by the Charleville keeper, who got a strong hand to what looked like a certain goal. Just 3 minutes later, Dean Lenihan had a chance but just pushed his low shot wide of the upright. Newport were well up for this game and continued to put pressure on the visitors in the early stages. However Charleville were quick on the counter attack and their lively number 9 was proving a handful for our defence. Continue reading
Sunday, January 25, Mungret
Newport bounced back from last week’s disappointment in the Munster Junior Cup with an emphatic 4-0 away win over fellow promotion rivals Mungret Regional. This win consolidates our second place position and closes the gap to leaders, Wembley Rovers to just 4 points.
Before the game, Newport realised the importance of today’s game and set out their stall right from the kick off by pressurising Mungret high up the pitch. Newport played with the wind and the hill in the first half and almost took the lead on 14 minutes, when Dean Lenihan, who is having a great season, came close with a low shot, which just went wide of the post after Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan played him through with a great pass. However Newport went into the lead just one minute later when Sean ‘Bond’ O’Brien cleverly lobbed the keeper from just outside the box. Continue reading
Derryleigh Park, January 18
Newport bowed out of this year’s Munster Junior Cup after a 6-1 home defeat to South Tipp side, Clonmel Celtic FC. Our solitary goal came from captain, Brian O’Sullivan, who maintained his remarkable achievement in scoring in all five MJC games this season. Newport came into the game full of confidence and were hopeful of causing an upset. Unfortunately for us, Clonmel are a side in top form who currently lead the South Tipp Premier League and are also in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup and this latest win extended their unbeaten run to 18 games.
The stage was set for a great game; the playing surface was immaculate, a clear blue sky, albeit freezing cold and a large crowd in attendance. By their own admission, Clonmel were a little wary entering this encounter and were mindful of the good season Newport are having. We enjoyed a decent start and Brian O’Sullivan came close with a shot in the 4th minute, which went wide of the mark. Unfortunately we fell behind in the 10th minute, when we failed to deal with a corner, which was poked home by Clonmel’s no. 8, David Joyce. Clonmel then extended their lead in the 18th minute with a fortunate goal, when a clearance struck their star man, Seanie O’Hara and rebounded back over the line. Continue reading
This Sunday at 2pm, we welcome Clonmel Celtic F.C. to Derryleigh Park for the Munster Junior Cup 4th round tie. This is our second time in three seasons to reach the 4th round, out of town stage (last 32) of the Munster Junior Cup. In 2013, we beat Avondale of Cork in the 4th round before losing out to Douglas Hall in Cork in the last 16. This year we are hoping to go a bit further but to get there we will have to defeat Clonmel Celtic, which will be a major challenge.
To even get to this stage of the competition is in itself a significant achievement. In fact, Newport is one of only 7 teams from the Limerick District League to make it this far and one of only two who currently do not play in the L.D.L. Premier League. The other L.D.L. teams are Moyross, Geraldines, Regional, Aisling Annacotty, Janesboro & Mungret Regional. Continue reading
This Sunday, all roads lead to Derryleigh Park, when Newport Town AFC play host to Clonmel Celtic of the Tipperary Southern District League in the fourth round (last 32) of the Munster Junior Cup.
Clonmel Celtic are the current leaders of the South Tipperary Premier league and will provide us with a mighty challenge.
However Newport will be well up for this game as we are currently in solid form, playing good football and are really looking forward to the encounter.
Kick off is at 2pm and we are hoping for a large home crowd in Derryleigh to give Clonmel a real Newport welcome and to get behind the lads.
Please spread the word and come along and support the lads.
Newport bounced back from the disappointment of last weekend’s Lawson Cup defeat with a comfortable 7-0 home win against Caherdavin Celtic in Derryleigh Park. This result now puts Newport into second place in Div 1A and sets us up nicely for the Munster Junior Cup game fourth round game at home to Clonmel Celtic next Sunday.
Newport were quick out of the blocks and three goals in the first ten minutes from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan, Sean ‘Bond’ O’Brien & Peter ‘Pistol’ O’Sullivan was the perfect start. However thoughts immediately went back to the crazy reverse fixture last August, when we also raced into a 3-0 lead after 13 minutes only to go in at half-time 4-3 down before finally going on to win 7-4. This team have grown and developed as the season has progressed and there was no way that they were going to allow a repeat of that first half collapse. After being reduced to ten men after 40 minutes after John Meskell was harshly sent off, this only seemed to spur the lads on and a few minutes later in-form Dean Lenihan fired home a great finish to put the home team 4-0 up at half time. Continue reading
Clonmel Celtic, who currently lead the Premier Division of the Tipperary Southern & District League, will be our fourth round (last 32) opponents in the Munster Junior Cup, after they defeated Clonmel Town 1-0 last Sunday.
We now look forward to a mouth watering fixture in Newport on Sunday, January 18.
We hope to see the whole of Newport in Derryleigh Park in 2 weeks time supporting our local team.
Please spread the word and let’s give Clonmel Celtic a real Newport welcome.
Kick off time will be decided shortly.
Newport travelled to Rathuard last Sunday morning to take on fellow 1A side, Wembley Rovers, in the first round of this season’s Lawson Cup. Unfortunately Newport won’t be in the hat for the second round after suffering a 3-2 defeat in a game that had everything including 4 goals in a nine minute spell, a disallowed goal and plenty of talking points.
Newport started badly after conceding a soft goal in the fourth minute but did not allow this upset them as they began to play all the football and if the first half was decided on possession alone, Newport would have been well in front. However goals win games and despite creating plenty of chances, we just couldn’t put the ball in the net. At one stage, Brian O’Sullivan was one on one with the keeper and looked destined to score but the Wembley keeper pulled off a miracle save with his legs. Despite all the chances, Newport went in at half-time 1-0 down but knew that if they kept playing the same way, the equaliser would come. Continue reading
Newport kept up their recent run of good results with a comprehensive 6-1 victory away to Cappamore Celtic, with the goals coming from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan, with a hat-trick, Paul Ryan, Brian Cosgrove & Ross Dunne. This win maintains our fourth place in the league and keeps us right in the promotion battle.
Played on a soft and sticky surface and given the wintry weather conditions, this game was going to be all about digging in and getting the result and wasn’t going to be one for the purists. Newport finally made the breakthrough when Paul Ryan tucked one away from close range. However the next goal didn’t arrive until the 40th minute, when like the buses, three arrived in quick succession. Two for Newport and one for Charleville. Team captain, Brian O’Sullivan made it 2-0 but Cappamore quickly responded to make it 2-1. Then on the stroke of half time, Clemy made it 3-1 with a cool finish after a superb defence splitting pass from his brother, Pete. Continue reading