U14B Squad 2016/2017

U14A Squad 2016/2017

A Team Manager: Denis O’Sullivan
A Team Assistants: Seamus O’Sullivan, Jim O’Riordan & Jamie Kennedy

B Team Manager:
Bobby Sexton

Training Times: Tuesday (7.00-8.00pm) & Thursday (8.00-9.00pm)

Fixtures, results and league tables for Schoolboys teams will be available throughout the season on http://www.limerickdistrictschoolboyleague.net/.

U14, Premier, Mungret Regional 1 – 2 Newport Town AFC

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Friday, April 21 2017 (Castlemungret)

Newport scorers: Johnny Ryan & Diarmuid O’Riordan

The Newport U14A team travelled out to Mungret to play Mungret Regional in their Final league game of the 2016/2017 premiership season.

These teams had met twice already this season and it was one victory each so it was always going to be a tough and close match, Its importance was heightened by the fact that the winner would most likely finish the season in 5th position in the league table.

The game was played on a very grassy field that made free flowing football very difficult for both teams. The game settled down into a real tough battle as both teams nullified each other and chances were few and far between for either side. You got the sense that Newport were getting on top as the half came to a close and Newport came in at half time confident that if they were a bit more direct that they would be rewarded. Continue reading

U14, Premier Cup Quarter-Final, Newport Town AFC 4 – 1 Mungret Regional

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Saturday, April 8 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorers: Daniel Egan 2, Johnny Ryan & Diarmuid O’Riordan

The Newport boys welcomed Mungret Regional to a sunny Derryleigh on Sat morning. After a couple of league games the attention now focussed on this Cup Quarter final against Mungret who are close challengers to Newport in the Premier League . The fact that Newport will play Mungret in their final league game also added an extra bit of spice to this cup encounter.

From the off this was a really good game of soccer between 2 evenly matched teams. When these 2 teams met in the league Newport conceded goals too easily but on Sat Eoin Guilfoyle, Ben O’Sullivan, Stephen Ryan and Darren Coffey were on top form and ensured that the Mungret boys were given very little space to create any clear cut chances. Newport began to get on top and started to create some goal chances. Newport deservedly took the lead after 20 mins when Diarmuid O’Riordan scored a fine goal with a strong header from a good corner and the confidence began to grow through the team. 2 mins later they went 2 up when Dan Egan followed up a saved Johnny Ryan shot and finished calmly to the net. Half time beckoned but did not arrive until after the Mungret Boys had pulled a goal back! 2-1 to the Newport boys at half time after a really fine display of football for 35 mins. Continue reading

U14 Premier, Newport Town AFC 0 – 4 Caherdavin Celtic

Saturday, April 1 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

After their great away victory on the previous Weds night the Newport U14A team welcomed the strong top 4 Caherdavin outfit to a wet and blustery Derryleigh Park on Sat morning last.

After their midweek success the hope was that Newport would put up a strong showing against a Caherdavin team that they were unlucky to lose 2-1 to earlier in the season.

However on the day this was not the case as a very physically strong and motivated Caherdavin team took to the field and proceeded to give a really strong footballing display that proved too much for our boys after their midweek exertions.

Caherdavin were on top from the off and their physicality was very evident in the early exchanges as they took control of the game. Newport fought valiantly in repelling this pressure for long periods but the inevitable happened and Caherdavin hit Newport for 3 goals over the first 35 mins. Continue reading

U14 Div 1 League Cup (Game 1), Newport Town AFC B 4 – 2 Aisling Annacotty C

Tuesday, March 29 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorer: Lee Ryan 4

The 14Bs got their League Cup group campaign off to an excellent start when they enjoyed a very entertaining 4-2 win at home to Aisling Annacotty in the first game in their League Cup group. Lee Ryan’s boots were on fire as he scored all four goals.

The lads really played some lovely football and every one worked their socks off and were well worth the victory. Despite enjoying a 4-0 lead, the last 10 minutes became a little nervy as Aisling staged a mini-comeback by scoring two late goals but the Newport boys didn’t panic and finished the job.

All 13 players there got plenty of game time and all played their part. Corbally & Janesboro are also in the group but one more win would probably be enough to see the boys advance to the knockout stage.

U14 Premier, Regional United 0 – 2 Newport Town AFC

Tuesday, March 29 2017 (Dooradoyle)

Newport scorer: Johnny Ryan 2

After a long layoff due to the recent weather conditions the Newport U14A team returned to league action last Weds night the 29th March as they travelled into Regional United’s home turf in Dooradoyle.

Coming into this match Newport had 3 league matches left that would determine their final position in the premier league and all these 3 games were against the 3 nearest rivals so the stakes were going to be high.

Newport started really strong against a decent Regional side and with the wind at their backs they began to threaten Regional on a regular basis in the first 20 mins. Trying to judge the weight of through balls was an issue as the wind strengthened. Newport had 4 / 5 chances which went close and the concern was that this would be “one of those games” where the opposition would get one chance against the run of play and score! Thankfully this was not the case as the Newport defence began to dominate the Regional attack and allowed very few chances to be created by the home team. After some near misses and great saves from the Regional goalie, Newport finally broke the deadlock on 25 mins when a Diarmuid O’Riordan crossed pass was finished to the net by Johnny Ryan – a well-deserved 1-0 lead for the away team. Newport held solid for the remainder of the half and went in to the break maintaining their 1 goal advantage. Continue reading

U14 Premier, Limerick FC 9 – 1 Newport Town AFC A

Saturday, February 4 2017 (Hogan Park)

Newport scorer: Johnny Ryan

Newport made the short trip into Limerick FC’s home ground last Saturday to take on the Premier Division Kingpins on their home patch in what was always going to be the hardest match of the Newport boys’ season.

Limerick have won all of their previous 7 league matches and have won them all with ease including a recent 7–0 victory against Fairview who are their closest rivals, so no one was underestimating the scale of the task facing the boys on Saturday morning.

The Newport boys began well but Limerick were very quickly into their stride and began to stroke the ball around with pace and accuracy, looking for openings. By 20 mins they were 2 goals to the good but the Newport boys stirred themselves and over a 10 min spell they put together a few decent moves and this was rewarded when Johnny Ryan netted from a Diarmuid O’Riordan through ball. 2-1 to the home team but Newport were back in this game in a big way. Newport continued to play well and almost had an equaliser soon after their goal when another through ball was almost finished to the net. However with just a min to the break Limerick broke and scored a third goal to leave the match at 3-1 to Limerick at half time. This was a crucial score as it gave the home team some breathing space and meant that Newport had to chase the game in the second half. Continue reading

U14, Div 1, Newport Town AFC B 1 – 2 Shelbourne

Saturday, January 20 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorer: Aidan Fogarty

The U14B’s were very unlucky to lose 2-1 to Shelbourne. Right from the very first minute, the boys got stuck in against a much physically bigger side and started very brightly. It was evident that the lads were up for this game as the level of commitment and effort was exemplary. They were unlucky to go a goal down but equalised soon after when Aidan Fogarty scored direct from a corner. 1-1 at half-time and it was anyone’s game.

A few changes were made at half-time and in the second half to try and give every player a fair run out. In the second half Shels took the lead somewhat against the run of play after Newport had a couple of chances, which were well saved by the big Shelbourne keeper. Trying as hard as they could, Newort worked tirelessly to try and secure an equaliser. Unfortunately this was one of those games, where the lads did not get the result they deserved.

Some of these lads have really improved and grown in confidence this season and are benefitting from getting game time. This is a tough division and the lads have been more than holding their own and with a bit more luck more results could have gone their way.

The lads now have one league game remaining. They will then play a league cup and they’ve been drawn in the same group as Aisling C, Corbally C and Janesboro. In the Divisional Cup, they’ve been drawn at home to Regional B. If the lads show the same heart, desire and performance as they did against Shelbourne, they could be in with a chance of a good cup run.

Thanks to the supporters who really got behind the lads and encouraged them all the way to the final whistle.

Match squad: Killian Sexton, Cian Kennedy, Aaron Pearson, Shaun Bonfield, Jeremy Caingles, Ben Noble, Aidan Fogarty, Ethan O’Flaherty, John Ryan, Luke Ryan Rose, Lee Ryan, Shane Murray, Shane O’Halloran, Stephen McCormack, Sean McCarthy & Conor Shanahan.

U14, Premier, Newport Town AFC A 0 – 3 Aisling Annacotty

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Saturday, January 20 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

After defeat to Fairview in their previous match, the Newport boys were hoping for at least a better team performance this week against another of the “big three” as they welcomed Aisling Annacotty to a pleasant Derryleigh Park on Sat morning last.

The Newport lads proceeded to produce one of their best 35 mins of football all season. They were comfortably a match for this strong Aisling team and matched the away team for both physicality and ability over the course of the first half. Newport fought and harassed for the first 20 mins but also played some great football of their own and had a few half chances from set pieces. You could see that they were unsettling the away team who knew that they were in a serious match. Lady luck smiled on Annacotty on 20 mins when they scored a goal out of nothing when an innocuous ball fell to their striker in the box and he duly dispatched to the net. 1-0 to Aisling. Newport did not panic and continued to hold a good shape and fought hard to get back in this match. The last 15 mins of the half were an even battle until just before half time when Aisling were let in from the wing and scored a scrappy goal, so it finished 2-0 to Aisling at the break but anyone present would agree that this was not a fair reflection of the strong performance that the Newport boys had given. Continue reading