Sunday, January 6 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Devon Ryan, Karl Kelly, Jack Foley & Jack O’Carroll.
The U18s hadn’t played a competitive game in almost 2 months, since November 11, but they got rid of their rustiness shown in the early stages to secure sage passage to the next round of the Ger Ryan Youth Cup with a well-deserved 4-1 win at home to Shelbourne on Sunday afternoon. The lads will know that the first-half performance was sluggish but still commanded a 2-1 at half-time thanks to the opener from Devon Ryan in the 24th minute and a 30 yard shot from Karl Kely in the 40th minute. A much-improved performance in the sceond half saw Newport score another 2 goals through the hard-working Jacks (Foley & O’Carroll). This was a great result for the lads as it’s hard to keep the interest-levels up, when only playing 2 games in 3 months. However the numbers attending and the effort being put-in at training will hopefully be all worth it at the business end of the season.
Sunday, November 11 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorer: Jack O’Carroll
Unfortunately, despite a very good performance against Aisling Annacotty on Sunday afternoon, the U18s bowed out of the FAI National Cup on a 3-1 scoreline. The game was much closer than the scoreline suggests as this was a game where we matched the current Premier League leaders in overall play and if we had been a bit more clinical in front of goal and showed a bit more composure at times, we could have caused an upset. Aisling opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play in the 30th minute and brought this lead into the half-time break. Early in the second-half Newport had a great chance but unfortunately Colin Coleman’s shot was saved by the keeper. Newport lost concentration for a 15 minute period mid-way through the second half and this proved to be our downfall. Goals in the 62nd & 70th minutes extended Aisling’s lead to 3-0 and gave the lads a mountain to climb. However great credit is due to the players for not rolling over and Jack O’Carroll rifled home in the 80th minute after some good work by Jack Noble on the right-hand side to deliver a good ball into the danger area. Unfortunately the lads couldn’t score a second, which may have caused some panic amongst the visitors and it’s Aisling who are through to the next round. Despite the result, the performance will give the lads great confidence for the remainder of the league campaign.
Massive congrats to our players Darren Collins & Jack Noble who have been included in the Limerick League Youth Squad. Their first game is next Friday at home to the Galway League (Jackman Park 8pm). Well done lads. A great achievement for you, your families, your team-mates and our club. Best of luck.
Sunday, October 14 2018 (Dooradoyle)
Scorers: Jack O’Carroll, Darren Collins, Devon Ryan, Colin Coleman & Ciaran Flynn
The U18 Youths bounced back from their disappointing exit from the Munster Youths Cup last weekend, when they travelled to Dooradoyle early on Sunday morning and beat Regional Utd 5-1 on the astro-turf. This was a game that we dominated comfortably from start to finish and could have had some more goals if we had been more clinical in front of goal. A good three points, which keeps us in second place in the league, 3 points behind leaders Caledonians, who we are due to play in the next round of league games.
Sunday, October 7 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Ciaran Flynn & Karl Kelly
Sunday, September 23 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Colin Coleman (2), Jack Noble (2), Ciaran Flynn (2), Jack Foley (2), Darren Collins & Sean Freeney
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.
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.
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
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