Thursday, August 30 2018 (Greenhills)
Scorers: Christy Doyle (2), Davy Ryan, Dave Kennedy & Devlin Courtney
The A team continued their good start to the season with a comfortable 5-0 victory away to Caherdavin on Thursday evening at the Greenhills. Unbeaten, coming into the game on the back of 3 wins and a draw, the Newport lads were in a confident mood and when Christy Doyle headed home the opener from a Kevin O’Brien corner, it was the perfect start.
Christy was unlucky not to get a second, when from an identical corner, his powerful header rebounded off the crossbar. Then on 18 minutes, the same player hit a well-struck shot, but the keeper was well-positioned to make the save. On 31 minutes, Dave Kennedy did brilliantly on the left wing to get into the position to swing in a great cross, which was expertly met by the head of Doyle, who headed the ball back across the goal to the opposite corner to give the keeper no chance. 2-0 and Newport were well in control.
With 3 minutes remaining in the first-half, Davey Ryan, slid the ball under the Caherdavin keeper to make it 3-0 and gave Newport a fully deserved half-time lead. Christy Doyle was replaced at half-time by Devlin Courtney, who was making his return after a lengthy absence due to injury.
Just 1 minute into the second half, Newport made it 4-0, when Clemy went on a mazy run down the right-hand side and slipped a lovely low cross in to the box, where Dave Kennedy was on-hand to fire home from close range.
On 56 minutes, Devlin Courtney, latched on to a corner and drilled home from inside the box to make it 5-0. With the result not in doubt, the final 30 minutes was a lack-lustre affair, with both sides creating some chances but failing to find the back of the net. Newport are now joint-leaders if Div 1B on 16 points and next up is the visit of Ballylanders to Derryleigh Park next Sunday.
Team: Brendan Coffey, Mark McGuire, Kevin O’Brien, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Darren Collins, Davy Ryan, Sean Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Christy Doyle, Dave Kennedy.
Subs (all used): Kev Connolly, Devlin Courtney, Nathan Hartigan & John Ryan.