Junior B v Pallas Aug 16 2016
Dave O’Brien
Assistant Manager: Marc Barry & Stephen Carroll
Team Captain: TBC
Vice-Captain: TBC

Training Times: Thursday (9-10pm) Astro

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Junior B, Div 2B, Newport Town AFC 2-1 Mungret Regional B

Thursday, September 7 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Tristan O’Sullivan & Elliott Slattery

The B team continued their impressive start to the season with a real gritty performance against Mungret on Thursday night.

The weather and fading light certainly hindered any possibility of good football and surely the league will have to question the amount of games that are played at this point of the season at some point. On that note the management would like to thank the players for the sacrifices made in the last 3 weeks to put the team in the position we are in early doors and hopefully that will continue in the coming months.

The game itself began brightly considering the madness that occurred prematch with players struggling to get to the ground on time and we took the lead on 15 mins following a corner from Dermot Ryan a game of pin ball occurred in the six yard box with Tristian O Sullivan forcing the ball over the line eventually. For the remainder of the half we were comfortable in defence with our midfield winning the physical battle but without ever threatening the opposition goal. Continue reading

Junior B, Div 2B, Murroe B 1-3 Newport Town AFC

Saturday, September 2 2017 (Murroe)

Scorers: Dean Ryan, Dave Kennedy & Dermot Ryan

Following on from a draw with Star Rovers and a very good win against Pallasgreen midweek the B team made the short journey to Murroe hoping for another positive result.

On an awful night for football, free flowing ball was never going to be on the agenda. After a nervy opening littered with mistakes we caught Murroe on the break on 12 mins after a poorly taken free kick by Murroe was booted clear from our defence and was impressively controlled by Tristian O’Sullivan who then slipped Dermot Ryan in behind the rear-guard and his goal bound effort was slotted home by Dean Ryan. Continue reading

Junior B, Div 2B, Holycross B 1 – 3 Newport Town AFC

Saturday, August 19 2017 (Holycross)

Scorers: Kalem Harte & Dean Ryan 2

Following our disappointing opening day loss to Athlunkard we got our season up and running with a real battling performance in Holycross on Saturday night. A few changes in personnel and tactical changes certainly made the team more functional to cope with what was a very poor playing surface.

We started brightly in the game with John Ryan dominating the early midfield exchanges. On 10 minutes following a long punt down the field by Eoin Larkin, confusion between the opposing defence and goalkeeper occurred allowing Kalem Harte to slip between them and calmly slot home.

We allowed the home team back into the game on 20 mins when a harmless looking cross was converted with a bullet of a header from the edge of the box by their centre forward. Continue reading

Junior B, Div 2B, Newport Town AFC B 2 – 3 Athlunkard Villa B

Tuesday, August 16 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Kalem Harte & John Ryan

Newport went into this game hopeful of a positive outcome even though two starters were missing due to injuries picked up in the last pre-season game. In the first minute a mix up between our defence and goalkeeper allowed Pa Moloney the simplest of tasks to open the scoring. After dominating the next ten minutes another lapse in defence allowed Pa Moloney down the side of both centre halves and he showed great strength and composure to make it 2-0 on twenty mins.

We continued to try and play the right way and following a fantastic through ball by Dave Kennedy on 28 mins which spilt the visitors rear-guard and found Kalem Harte who duly rifled a fantastic shot to the top corner. We wasted two glorious chances to equalise shortly after that and got caught with a sucker punch right on half time when a long diagonal ball found Pa Moloney who duly tucked away the chance to complete his hat-trick.

The second half was end to end with chances spurned at both ends but we continued to plug away and got a goal back on 68 mins when after some good work by Kalem Harte on the wing who found John Ryan in space inside the box and he fired in a great shot which the visitors keeper found too hot to handle and it was now game on again. On 80 minutes we got our chance to equalise when a high ball broke on the edge of the six yard box to Dave Murray whose shot was somehow saved by the keeper. Try as we might the equaliser didn’t arrive and an opening day loss was the outcome.

If the same level of commitment is shown in the next few weeks from the players results will follow as there was far more positives than negatives to taken from it.The management would like to wish Dave Kennedy a speedy recovery who took a nasty knock to the head late on in the game.

Report by Marc Barry.

Junior Management Set-up for 2017/18 Season

The club has finalised the junior management set-up for the upcoming 2017/2018 season. All squads & management will be in support of the club policy of the development of our young players potential.

Along with team managers, a large backroom support team will be in place across the five squads working in unison. We thank everyone for their interest in our team management this year. We wish our squads the best of luck for the season.

Junior A’s – Ailbe Coffey / Marc Barry / Adrian Hurley / Lar Kennedy / Ger O’Brien / Mike O’Donoghue / Tom Hickey;

Junior B’s – Dave O’Brien / Marc Barry / Stephen Carroll;

Junior C’s – Kevin Healy / Chris Madden;

Youths (U18) – Adrian Hurley / Don Houlihan / Ailbe Coffey / Lar Kennedy / Tim Coffey ;

U17 – Peter Coleman / Alonn Flynn / Dave Noble / Tom O’Malley;