U18 2018/2019

Manager: Peter Coleman
Assistants: Allon Flynn, Tom O’Malley & Dave Noble
Team Captain: Darren Collins

Scheduled Training Times: Friday (8-9pm)

Year of Birth for 2018/2019: 2001 or later

You can keep up to date on all things relating to Limerick Junior Soccer on the LDL website.

Munster Cup Draws


Munster Junior Cup – NTAFC have been drawn away to Dromore Celtic (Div 3B) with the winners away to the winners of Geraldines (Premier) v Patrickswell (Div 2A). Round 1 games to be played on or before October 14.

Munster U18 Youth Cup – NTAFC have received a bye in Round 1 and have been drawn at home to Mungret Regional (Div 1) in Round 2, with the winners away to the winners of Cals (Div 2) v Aisling Annacotty (Div 1). Round 2 games to be played on or before November 4.

FAI U17 & U18 National Cup Draws

U17s drawn at home to Geraldines, game to be played on or before October 7.

U18s have received a bye to Round 2. The Round 1 games are to be played on or before October 14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U18 Div 2, Caherdavin 3-1 Newport Town AFC

Tuesday, August 28 2018

Scorer: Jack Foley

After winning their opening 2 games, the Youths were brought crashing back to earth when they lost 3-1 away to Caherdavin on Tuesday evening. Having played well in the previous games, confidence was high, and morale was good ahead of what was always going to be a tough encounter, as the hosts had won promotion from Div 3 last year as league champions.
The game was played on a very hard & narrow pitch, which was not ideal for the lads’ style of play and Caherdavin’s game plan was clearly obvious from the start. Long balls down the field to their big men up front and cutting out the middle of the pitch. Our cause wasn’t helped when centre-half, John Ryan had to leave the field through injury after less than 10 minutes, which led to positional changes.

Newport keeper, Josh White, was a busy man throughout and had another solid game between the sticks. He was called into action as early as the second minute, when he got down well to his left to make a great save.

Caherdavin opened the scoring in the 17th minute, when we failed to deal with a corner and their player headed home from close range. Jack Foley, who had a good game and was unlucky with a few half-chances, had a goal-bound shot blocked in the 39th minute and as this stage, it looked like it was not going to be our night. Half-time 0-1. Continue reading

U18, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 8-3 Corbally

Saturday, August 25 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Jack O’Carroll 3, Colin Coleman 2, Darren Collins, Joey Kelly & Jay Ryan

Our U18s made it two wins from two, with a resounding 8-3 victory over Corbally in Derryleigh Park on Saturday evening. Last year, the games between these sides were very close and as a result, the lads were well up for the game as a tough encounter was expected. However, on a perfect Derryleigh surface for playing a passing game, Newport started the game in a very positive manner and as early as the 5th minute, Devon Ryan, who had an excellent game from start to finish in the middle of the park, did well to test the Corbally keeper, who did well to save from a long-range effort. Newport continued to exert pressure and were rewarded for their efforts when Captain, Darren Collins, headed home from a Ciaran Flynn free-kick in the 10th minute.

Somewhat against the run of play, Corbally equalised in the 17th minute, when we failed to deal properly with a corner. Just 2 minutes later, the home side regained the lead, when a long pass from centre-half John Ryan Rose, was flicked on by the hard-working, Colin Coleman, and Jack O’Carroll was on hand to make it 2-1. Continue reading

U18, Div 2, Shelbourne 1-3 Newport Town AFC

Wednesday, August 22 2018 (Shelbourne Park)

Scorers: Colin Coleman, Jack O’Carroll & Jack Foley

Despite missing some players due to injury, suspension and holidays, the U18s got their league campaign off to a great start with a solid 3-1 away win against a good Shelbourne side in Shelbourne Park on Wednesday evening. Rush-hour traffic led to a shorter than usual warm-up and this showed in the first 15 minutes when Shelbourne were well on top and exerting pressure on the Newport rear-guard. This shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise as Shelbourne were promoted last season and were well up for the game. Centre-halves, John Ryan Rose & Joey Kelly, as they did throughout the game, put in some great tackles and won some great balls in the air to ensure that Shels did not get an early breakthrough.

After weathering the storm, the lads got a foothold in the game and got their reward in the 25th minute, when Colin Coleman got on the end of a great pass from Jack Foley and showed great determination to hold off the defenders to score from close range. The game continued to be nip & tuck for the remainder of the half but with just a minute remaining until half-time, Jack Foley delivered another great cross into the box from the left-wing and Jack O’Carroll did very well at the back post to rifle the ball to the top of the net to give Newport a 2-0 half-time lead. There wasn’t much that needed to be said at half-time as the lads had clearly showed up with a great attitude and every player on the pitch was giving full commitment and they were playing well as a team. Continue reading

Junior Season Preview

With pre-season completed, the 2018/2019 Junior season kicks-off this evening when the Junior A team, under the helm of new manager, Marc Barry, welcome Knockainey to Derryleigh Park with a 6.30pm start. This will be a tough opener for the A team as the visitors were unlucky to be relegated from Div 1A last season and no doubt will be anxious to bounce straight back up. Knockainey have strengthened their squad during the off-season with the signing of former Janesboro player, John Tierney. However, Newport have also been active over the summer and the signings of Dave Ryan from Pike and Christy Doyle from Fairview along with the experienced Jimmy Fyffe will bring lots of experience and talent to the squad. Blend this with the introduction of some of last year’s league winning Youth side and you have an exciting mix of players who will hopefully start the season well and look to better their 5th place league finish last season.

The B’s start their league campaign in Div 2B tomorrow evening when Athlunkard B will be the visitors to Derryleigh Park at 6.30pm. Dave ‘Dobs’ O’Brien will once again be player-manager for the B’s and following-on from their Cup win and third place in the league last season, sights will be firmly set on being involved in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season. Dobs has a large squad to choose from and will also be a mixture of youth and experience, again with some of last season’s youths making the progression from under-age football. Continue reading

Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Awards


Our annual end-of-season awards ceremony took place in a packed Community Centre last Friday and proved once again to be a very enjoyable evening. The size of the crowd and the number of players in attendance really shows that the club continues to get bigger and stronger every year. The club’s Chairperson, Ger Healy welcomed everyone before the Event M.C, Dave Noble gave a rundown of the achievements both on and off the field during the past season including league & cup honours, players selected for league representative teams, sold out Easter & Summer Camps, the growth in playing numbers and developments in Derryleigh Park. As we continue to grow year on year to cater for the youth in the local community, he had a special thanks for the coaches, assistant coaches etc who give endless hours of their time to our young players. The parents were also acknowledged for their continued support and co-operation.

All of our younger non-competitive players received a medal and certificate from the club, while the competitive players from the under 12’s right up to the under 16’s, were in contention for Most Improved Player and Player of the Year Awards. The U17s & U18s were up for Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards. The coaches deliberated long and hard over their selections and there were some very close calls. However the full list of award winners was as follows.

Most Improved Players  – U12 Boys – Martin McCabe & Darragh Meaney, U12 Girls – Muireann Ryan, U13 Boys – Tommy Lyons & Christopher Egan, U13 Girls – Meabh Gaffrey, U14 Boys – Ryan Madden & David Hannon, U14 Girls – Nadine Hartigan, U15 Boys – Lorcan Delaney & Cillian O’Sullivan, U15 Girls – Kate Harvey, U16 Boys – John Ryan Rose U17 Girls – Roisin Power.

Players of the Year –U12 Boys – Conor O’Brien & Luke Kennedy, U12 Girls – Lauren Bailey, U13 Boys – Nathan Bridgeman & Alex O’Toole, U13 Girls – Shauna Pearson, U14 Boys – Mark Forde & Stephen McCormack, U14 Girls – Sarah Kelly, U15 Boys – Oisin Kenedy & Calum Grant, U15 Girls – Eimear Carey, U16 Boys – Jack O’Carroll, U17 Girls – Jasmyne Butler.

U17 Youths – Jack Foley (Golden Boot) & Colin Coleman (Player of the Year),
U18 Youths– Devlin Courtney (Golden Boot) & Ben Wixted (Player of the Year).

Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Player of the Year was Shauna Pearson.

Thanks to all the players, their parents and families who attended. Roll on the start of the new season. Click here for lots of images from the event

U17 & U18 Pre-Season Training

Our U17 & U18 squads return for pre-season training in Derryleigh Park, next Tuesday, July 17 at 7.30pm. New players (born in 2001 & 2002) are welcome to come along.

U18 Div 2 League Play-Off, Newport Town AFC 4-3 Charleville

U18 League Champions
Sunday, May 27 2018 (Charleville)

Scorers: James Rochford, Nathan Hartigan, Darren Collins & Devlin Courtney

Well done to our U18s who ended the season as Div 2 League Champions following their 4-3 League Play-Off win away to Charleville on Sunday morning. Goals from from Devlin Courtney, James Rochford, Nathan Hartigan & Darren Collins were enough to ensure that the league title made its way to Derryleigh Park for the first time. This was the first league title won by any of our junior sides in 23 years and it was hard-won. Going into the game, Charleville were warm favourites as they had led the league for most of the season and had won the cup two weeks ago. Also in their favour was the home venue as they won the toss and the game was played on the astro-turf in Fitzgerald Park. Newport decided to throw the form book out the window and started the game at a million miles an hour, pressing the home team all over the park. Newport raced into a 2-0 lead within 20 minutes and Charleville didn’t know what had hit them. The home team then grew into the game and got a goal back, however Newport continued to press and scored another two goals to make it 4-1 at half-time.

Everyone expected Charleville to provide a fight-back in the second half and this they did. They scored two goals without reply to make the score 4-3 and set-up a tense and exciting end to the game. Both sides had more chances to score but fortunately Newport held firm to secure a historic and long-overdue win for a junior side.

Elliott Slattery, Newport Captain and recently selected as the Limerick District League U18 Div 2 Player of the Year was delighted to accept the Noonan Cup on behalf of the club and his team-mates. A large contingent of this squad have been with Newport since they were 5 or 6 years of age and this was a great way to finish off their time as underage players. We now hope to see lots of these players contine their football journey with our junior sides in the years to come. Well done also to the management team of Ailbe Coffey, Adrian Hurley, Don Houlihan & Tim Coffey and to the various managers & coaches who worked with them as schoolboy players.