U14 Squad 2017/2018

Managers: Rob Kelly & Eddie O’Gorman

Training Time: Tuesday, 6.30-7.45pm (Freigh) and Thursday, 6-7pm (Astro)

Year of birth for 2017/2018 season: 2004

Fixtures, results and league tables for Schoolgirls teams will be available throughout the season on http://northtippsfl.com.

Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Registration Nights

The 2018/2019 season is almost upon us.  We are are holding two registration evenings in our Derryleigh Park Clubhouse on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August from 7pm to 8.30pm. We would appreciate if parents & players could please attend on one of these nights to register. This is a very busy time of the year for us in preparing for the new season and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated. Click here for full details of our membership fees and the benefits of membership.

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

2018/2019 Membership Fee & Player Registration


With the new season just a few short weeks away, membership of NTAFC for the coming 2018/2019 season is now open. As an amateur volunteer based football club, we’ve committed to meeting the repayments on the clubhouse loan in excess of €250,000, bringing the total investment to date of €1.2m in Derryleigh Park. We see this as an investment in our local youth, their future as well as being a valuable resource for our community. Everyone’s support and patronage of the club, helps make our vision a reality.

This coming season, we will have upwards on 400 players playing on over 30 teams from Nippers to the Junior A team. Running a club of this size is a very costly business both on and off the pitch and the membership fee is an integral part of our income.

Membership Fees
• Newport Nippers (U7 – born in 2012 or after) – €40
• U8 to U11 (born in 2008-2011) – €70
• U12 to U16 (born in 2003-2007) – €80
• U17 & U18 (born in 2001-2002) – €80
• Junior A,B & C – €90
• Non-playing member – €5 (voting right at AGM)

There are also family discounts where more than one child is registered with the club.

Membership fees contribute towards the following;
• Registration fees with the various leagues (LDMC, LDSL & NTSFL)
• Repayments on €250,000 loan for new clubhouse.
• Player insurance (every registered player receives comprehensive insurance cover)
• Use of top-class training & playing facilities incl. floodlit astro-turf pitch and 2 grass pitches.
• Full use of new modern clubhouse.
• Access to training and match equipment including balls, jerseys, first aid kits, water bottles, bibs etc.
• Countless hours of training and on matchdays put in by our dedicated coaches and team managers.
• Entry fees to FAI National Cup competitions
• Maintenance and running costs of playing facilities and clubhouse in Derryleigh Park. Continue reading

FAI Summer Soccer Schools – July is FULL – August is filling fast

Summer Camp 2018
Delighted to say that places on both our  SportsDirect FAI Summer Soccer Schools are filling fast. Camp 1 takes place from July 2–6 and is NOW FULL. Camp 2 runs from August 6-10. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were complete sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place. #Summer2018 #SPORTSDIRECT #FAI #SummerCamps

U14 Girls Cup Final, Newport Town AFC 0-1 Borrisokane

Saturday, May 12 2018 (Villa Park)

On a beautiful Saturday morning we travelled to Villa Park for the Cup Final. We never took advantage of the breeze in the 1st half as we tried to break down the Borrisokane defence. It remained 0-0 at half time.

In the 2nd half both teams went looking for the opening goal and unfortunately for us, Borrisokane with a bit of luck got the only goal of the game from a set piece. We tried everything to equalise by attacking through the middle, out wide and the more direct route but the Borrisokane defence refused to budge.

I wish I could say in hindsight that if we had tried this or that we could have won but Borrisokane were worthy Cup Winners of a game played in a great spirit.

Team: Emma Wright, Eryn Kennedy, Mara Van Aelst, Jayne Hurley, Nadine Hartigan, Sarah Kelly, Robyn McNamara, Abbie Lenihan, Leah Moran, Aisling O’Gorman, Caragh Flynn, Shauna Pearson, Robyn Moloney, Aoife Kennedy, Mollie O’Hora, Chelsea King & Emily Hurley.

Coaches: Rob Kelly, Eddie O’Gorman & Trish Kennedy

Report by Rob Kelly

U14 Girls Cup Semi-Final, Newport Town AFC 3-2 BT Harps

U14 Girls v BT Harps April 28 2018
Saturday, April 28 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Shauna Pearson 2 & Leah Moran

BT were on the attack from the start and put us under enormous pressure. Just when we were finally settling down, BT launched another attack and scored the opening goal. That goal got the girls to move up another gear and after some nice passing, Shauna’s cross/shot beat the keeper to get us back in the game. With the 1st half almost over, Shauna scored her 2nd with a fantastic free kick.

In the 2nd half, both teams were in attacking mode and it made for an exciting half. BT equalised with a well taken goal and the game could have went either way. It was a great solo run and finish by Leah that settled the game. We would like to thank everybody for their support and well wishes.

Team: Emma Wright, Eryn Kennedy, Mara Van Aelst, Jayne Hurley, Mollie O’Hora, Sarah Kelly, Robyn McNamara, Abbie Lenihan, Leah Moran, Aisling O’Gorman, Caragh Flynn, Nadine Hartigan, Chelsea King, Shauna Pearson, Robyn Moloney, Emily Hurley & Aoife Kennedy.

Coaches: Rob Kelly & Eddie O’Gorman

U14 Girls, BT Harps 0-1 Newport Town AFC

U14 Girls v BT Harps April 2018
Wednesday, April 18 2018 (Roscrea Road)

Scorer: Chelsea King

We travelled to Templemore looking for a win that would keep us challenging for the league. Neither side could settle with the very strong wind that was blowing. If you had the wind in your favour, the ball travelled too far and if it was against you, you basically had to launch an attack from your own goal area and try work it up the field. With the wind in our favour during the 1st half, we couldn’t find a way through a very strong BT defence.

In the 2nd half against the wind, we held onto the ball better but again that BT defence nullified our attempts at goal. With time running out, the girls put a string of short sharp passes together and set Chelsea free to successfully slot the ball past the keeper. With seconds to go, BT were awarded a free kick on the edge of our goal area, but the girls stood strong to block the shot and cleared it to give us the 3 points.

Team: Emma Wright, Eryn Kennedy, Mara Van Aelst, Jayne Hurley, Nadine Hartigan, Sarah Kelly, Robyn McNamara, Abbie Lenihan, Leah Moran, Aisling O’Gorman, Caragh Flynn, Shauna Pearson, Robyn Moloney, Aoife Kennedy, Mollie O’Hora, Chelsea King & Emily Hurley.

Coaches: Rob Kelly, Eddie O’Gorman & Trish Kennedy

U14 Girls Cup, Newport Town AFC 2-0 Kilavilla

U14 girls v Killavilla April 14 2018
Saturday, April 14 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Leah Moran & Chelsea King

Following on from our drawn league match with Killavilla last week, we had to play them this week in the 1st round of the cup. Leah Moran had the first real chance of the game but for an excellent save by their keeper. Shortly afterwards, Leah again broke through and this time beat the keeper for the 1st goal. With a strong cross wind, Emma was always on her guard in goals and plucked the ball from the air with confidence. Again, Sarah and Robyn were involved in breaking up the killavilla attacks. So killavilla tried the more direct route only to be stopped by the back line of Eryn, Mara, Jayne, Mollie & Caragh. We lost Abbie to an ankle injury and lost our shape for a bit but Shauna slotted into the position and steadied the team, once again. Continue reading

U14 Girls, Newport Town AFC 1-1 Killavilla

U14 Girls v Killavilla Apr 7 2018
Saturday, April 7 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Chelsea King

WHAT A GAME! With both teams looking for a victory to keep pace with league leaders BT Harps. At the final whistle both teams had to settle for a point each at the end of an enthralling game. With both teams getting great support from the sidelines, the girls attacked and defended with everything they had. Killavilla scored first from a free kick at the side of our penalty area. The ball was lobbed in and with our keeper caught in the crowd, their forward headed into the net.

In the 2nd half we pressed forward looking for an equaliser and it came courtesy of Chelsea as she broke through the defence and slotted the ball past the killavilla keeper. Both teams had a chance or two to win the game but in the end, a draw was a fair result.

We are so, so proud of all the girls for they wear the Newport jersey with pride and always give us a 110%.

Team: Emma Wright, Eryn Kennedy, Mara Van Aelst, Jayne Hurley, Mollie O’Hora, Nadine Hartigan, Sarah Kelly, Robyn McNamara, Abbie Lenihan, Leah Moran, Chelsea King, Caragh Flynn, Aisling O’Gorman, Emily Hurley, Shauna Pearson & Aoife Kennedy.

Coaches: Rob Kelly, Eddie O’Gorman, Trish Kennedy & Martine Lenihan