2018/2019 Manager: Marc Barry
Coach: Dave Ryan
Team Captain: Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan
Scheduled Training Times: Tuesday (7-8pm) & Thursday (8-9pm)

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Junior A, FAI Junior Cup, Rd 4, Granville Rangers 2-4 Newport Town Town AFC

Sunday, November 11 2018 (Glenwood)

Scorers: Christy Doyle 2, Davy Ryan & Brian O’Sullivan

It was a historic & memorable day for our club last Sunday, as for the first time in our 48 year history, we have made it through to the out of town stages (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup following the 4-2 win away to Granville. Despite going 2 goals behind in the first 6 minutes, the lads didn’t panic and having brought the game level at 2-2 at half-time, thanks to goals from Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan, Newport dominated the second half and further goals from Christy Doyle & Brian O’Sullivan ensured our safe passage into round 5. All eyes will be on the draw that’s due to take place on Tuesday, Nov 13, to see if we are home or away and to which of the other 63 teams from all over Ireland that we will face in the next round. Well done to Marc Barry and his squad on this great achievement.

UPDATE: We have been drawn at home to Carbury FC of the Sligo / Leitrim Disrict League with the game provisionally scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 2 in Derryleigh Park.

FAI Junior Cup, Round 4 Draw

Newport Town AFC have been drawn away to Granville Rangers with the game due to be played on or before November 11. This is the last local round before the out-of-town stages 🤞

Junior A, FAI Junior Cup, Round 3, Newport Town AFC 5-2 Patrickswell

Back row L-R Jimmy Fyffe, Elliott Slattery, Mark McGuire, Kalem Harte, James Lynch, Christy Doyle, Kevin Connolly Front row L-R Darren Collins, Dave Kennedy, Kevin O’Brien, Davy Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Brendan Coffey, Nathan Hartigan

Sunday, October 21 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Davy Ryan 3, Kalem Harte & Christy Doyle

The A team progressed to round 4 of the FAI Junior Cup with a comfortable and well-deserved 5-2 victory against Patrickswell on Sunday morning in Derryleigh Park. A first-half hat-trick from Davy Ryan and second half goals from Kalem Harte & Christy Doyle ensured Newport’s safe passage to round 4.

On paper, Newport were warm favourites going into the game as they currently top Div 1B and their opposition are in the bottom half of the division below. However anything can happen in cup football and form goes out the window. Within one minute of the kick-off Newport were sent an early warning when the home keeper, Brendan Coffey did well to touch a long-range effort onto the post and deny the visitors an early lead. Thankful of the early let-off, Newport took the lead in the seventh minute when Davy Ryan did well to get on the end of a cross from the right wing and fired home from inside the penalty box.

The next twenty minutes were 50-50 with neither side really asserting their game on the opposition. In the 26th minute, Patrickswell were awarded a penalty when their player was was deemed to have been taken down in the box when moving away from goal. Maybe a harsh decision but the ref had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Despite Brendan Coffey doing well to get a hand to the spot-kick, the power of the shot was too much to stop the ball hitting the back of the net.

Newport realised they were in a game and began to up the tempo and two quick goals in the 34th and 36th minutes gave Newport a 3-1 lead. Both goals were identical. Darren Collins firing in a long-range shot which the keeper could only parry and on both occasions, Davy Ryan was in the right place to capitalise on the loose ball. Newport took this lead into the half-time break.

Newport made some changes in the second half and one of them paid off, when substitute Kalem Harte scored a cheeky lob from inside the box on the hour mark to make it 4-1. Just 5 minutes later, Christy Doyle scored a trademark headed goal when he latched onto a cross from Kalem Harte. 5-1 and the game was safe.

Newport took the foot off the pedal as the whistle final approached and Patrickswell scored a late consolation goal in the 88th minute to leave the final result 5-2 in Newport’s favour.

This probably wasn’t Newport’s best performance of the season but in cup football, it’s the result that’s all-important. Round 4 is still the local stage of the blue riband of Junior football and Newport will be hoping for a favourable draw when their name is pulled from the hat in FAI HQ in the next week or two.

Junior A, Div 1B, Regional Utd B 2-8 Newport Town AFC

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

Junior A, Munster Junior Cup, Geraldines A 4-1 Newport Town AFC

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.

FAI Junior Cup – Round 3 Draw

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.

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 6-0 Geraldines B

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

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 2-1 Shelbourne

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.