Saturday, May 13 2017 (Dooradoyle)
Newport scorer: Cillian English
So the final game of the season finally arrived. Newport travelled to Dooradoyle to face Regional United. The team worked hard last time out against league leaders Aisling Annacotty. All were told they would be rewarded with a start against Regional based on their performance. So with that in mind Coaches Dave Brett and Richard Egan had the unenviable task of picking the team. A lot of discussions took place and the starting 9 was eventually chosen.
Mark Forde, Ciarán Carey, David Healey, Conor Jones, Joey Lillis, Ryan O’Keefe(c), Aaron Coleman, Cillian English, Conor Brett.
The game started very cagey as both teams chose defensive formations. Newport had some early chances and forced a few corners.
An end to end game was developing as Ryan O’ Keeffe drew a foul on the right wing. Aaron sent the free kick hard and low and after a couple of rebounds Cillian English pounced on the loose ball and scored. Cillian had another chance soon after but hit the post. Continue reading
Wednesday, May 10 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorer: Conor Brett
Monday, May 8 2017 (Mungret)
Newport scorer: Conor Brett
Newport U12’s started a very busy week with a tough away game against Mungret on Monday. Newport were missing 6 players due to other commitments and we were down to 9 players. The management and squad would like to give huge thanks to Evan Moran and James Anderson from the 11’s squad who stepped up to help us out.
Big thanks to Ryan Madden and Conor Jones for both stepping up and going in goals for a half each. Goalkeeper is the hardest position to fill and the two boys did a great job for us.
Newport had a very slow start to this game which is perhaps understandable given the number of changes needed. We were 5-0 down after 25 minutes. With 5 minutes left in the first half Conor Brett score a great individual goal beating 3 defenders before finishing to the net. Half time score was 5-1. Continue reading
Monday, May 8 2017 (Scanlon Park)
Friday, April 28 2017 (Fairgreen)
Newport travelled to 3rd placed Fairview on Friday Night missing 6 of the squad due to other commitments. It was always going to be a tough game but the boys were on the back of 2 excellent performances against Corbally and Shelbourne and started well.
Top Scorer Conor Brett started the game in goals in place of the absent Mark Forde with David Healy and captain for the day Jack Ryan forming the centre of defence. Conor Jones and Michael Gibson started in the full back. Joey Lillis, Cillian English and Conor Malamphy were in Midfield with Ryan Madden in Front. Ryan O’Keefe started as our only sub but came in to midfield after 10 minutes and regular substitutions every 10 minutes kept the team as fresh as possible.
While Fairview dominated possession in the early stages the back 4 were solid and Newport created a few half chances on the break with some good link up play between Joey, the 2 Ryans, Conor and Cillian. Fairview’s first real chance came from a shot from distance which was well saved at the expense of a Corner by Conor Brett. However from the resultant Corner Fairview took the lead with another shot from outside the box. Fairview were putting on pressure now but the back 4 were playing well for Newport and limited them to a few more long range shots. They managed to get in behind the defence on one occasion and a ball was pulled back into the area for them to score from close range. In the final minute of the half Fairview had another great shot from outside of the box which was saved onto the crossbar by Conor. Continue reading
Friday, April 28 2017 (Bridgetown)
Monday, April 24 2017 (Scanlon Park)
Monday, April 24 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
The under 12’s hosted Corbally at Derryleigh on Monday night. On the back of a great win only two days ago Newport were ready for action once again. The team were under no illusions that this game was not going to be any easier. There was an air of confidence around the dressing room and another three points were on offer.
The last time these two teams met, Corbally comfortably won and Newport wanted to make things even. The first half performance was almost a carbon copy of the previous game as Newport gave a sturdy workman like display. Impressive once again, Jack Ryan was in fine form dishing out strong challenges at left back. Joey Lillis’ form at right back has been an added boost of late too. Daire Cantillon and David Healy are forming a formidable partnership at centre back. To all of the team’s credit Captain Mark Forde has been very quiet between the sticks. Sean Reddington plays with great energy in front of Jack and in the first half won numerous free kicks on the left. As a result Daire fired some teasing deliveries into the box and Newport looked dangerous from set pieces. This is something that Newport have failed to capitalise on all season, but in the last two outings there have been plenty of corners and free kicks. Conor Brett served up at least two tantalising corners for the boys to attack. Ciarán Carey gave the Duracell Bunny a run for his money once again and was a constant menace on the right. Corbally made early changes in the first half and had to introduce the big guns from the bench to combat the strong hold that Aaron Coleman had on the game from midfield.
The first half display was of a standard that justifies the place Newport hold amongst the teams in the Premier league. Half time 0-0. Continue reading
Saturday, April 22 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorer: O.G.
Newport hosted Shelbourne on Saturday at high noon in Derryleigh Park. As the home side, Newport knew that today’s match was as good a chance as any to get some points on the board.
As the game swung into action it was clear that Newport were ready for the task. Plenty of pressure in the final third for the boys resulted in tally of 9 first half corners.
As Newport attacked Ciarán Carey went close with a rather impressive bicycle kick. An Aaron Coleman free kick caused panic in the box and Conor Brett shot wide from distance. The work ethic produced by the team in the first half was arguably the best of the season. Daire Cantillon and David Healy were solid in central defence and Joey Lillis and Jack Ryan were producing tackles and forward passes to Ciaran and Sean that initiated many Newport attacks. The goal came at the right time for Newport as Ciarán chased a through ball on the right and forced the Shelbourne left back to play the ball into his own net. As the first half came to an end it was clear that Newport were the better team as Mark Forde rarely touched the ball in goals.
During the break the team were reminded of the task ahead and to protect the lead and see out the job in hand. Continue reading
Wednesday, April 12 2017 (Mungret)
Newport scorers: Alex O’Toole (2) & Brian Corrigan (2)