Sunday, February 8 (Croom)
The Junior B’s travelled to league leaders Croom Utd. on Sunday afternoon looking to maintain their recent run of good results. Unfortunately, Croom showed why they are one of the favourites to win the Div 3A league, with a very strong performance to run out 6-2 winners.
The Newport scorers were Stephen O’Connor and the ever reliable Chris Carroll. Mr. Carroll Snr. has a remarkable record in the club, in that he’s one of the few players still playing who has managed to score goals in two different centuries. Joking aside, Chris is a great example to some of the younger players of dedication, enthusiasm, club loyalty and no shortage of footballing ability. He is Newport Town AFC through & through. Continue reading
Sunday, February 1 (Kilmallock)
The B’s travelled to Kilmallock on Sunday afternoon for their Div 3A Cup game. We enjoyed the perfect start to the game, when Dave Murray, fresh from scoring 2 goals for the A’s this morning, did very well to get on to the end of a well taken free kick from Danny Healy in the fifth minute.
On 10 mins, we were awarded a penalty after Danny Healy was brought down following a lovely through ball from Kieran Casey. Unfortunately, Dave Murray’s penalty was well saved by the Kilmallock keeper. The remainder of the first half was a dogged affair with very few chances created. Continue reading
Sunday, January 25, Derryleigh Park
Newport entertained Ballylanders in Div 3A of the Limerick District League and ran out worthy 4-3 winners to overtake the visitors in the league table. With a large squad to pick from, the management team of Ailbe Coffey & Mark Barry have some headaches when selecting their starting 11. The B team have some seasoned campaigners in their ranks who have served Newport well down through the years but the it was a young team that started the game for Newport, although Eoin Bonfield, at centre half, did slightly distort the average age. However, in fairness to ‘Bonzo’ he continues to roll back the years and gave another masterful performance at the heart of the home defence. Sometimes you just can’t beat experience.
Newport went a goal down early into the game after a long range speculative shot took a wicked bounce off the surface and beat Mark Shinnors in the Newport goal. However Newport teams don’t give in too easily and not long after, Dermot ‘Dodo’ Ryan scored a Beckhamesque free kick from long range to level the scores. Dave Murray, fresh from his introduction as a sub in the morning’s A game, rose highest from a corner to powerfully header home to give Newport a 2-1 half time lead. The normally ‘quiet’ Dave, who usually doesn’t have much to say, has certainly has made an impact on his return from down under. Continue reading
In a local derby, nothing could separate Newport and Murroe and the honours were shared, with both teams taking a point from the game. However Newport could have snuck it at the death when J C Ahern’s shot came off the post but in fairness, Murroe also had chances so a draw was a fair result.
The draw keeps Newport in the top half of the table. Best on the day for Newport were Kalem Harte and the recently returned, Dave Murray. Continue reading