Last Wednesday, ten of our schoolgirl players had the honour of representing Newport Town AFC at the FAI Soccer Sisters Festival in the Aviva Stadium. Newport Town AFC was one of the 8 clubs selected to participate due to the fact that our recent Easter Soccer Sisters Camp was the largest and most successful in the country. The road to the Aviva in May is now a well-worn path for the girls as this is the third year running that NTAFC has been one of the select few clubs to qualify for the event.
From the minute the players arrived at the Aviva they were treated like superstars. Irish international player, Rihanna Jarrett, chaperoned the girls for the day. She was very nice and got on great with the girls. The girls also had a Q&A session with Aine O’Gorman another international player.
The girls took them to do some drills and learned fancy skills from the experts. They were given tips on shooting and moved on to play two small sided games against Rush FC. Overall, the girls had a brilliant day. Sue Ronan (Head of Women’s Football in the FAI) and her team couldn’t have been nicer from start to finish. There were also two other teams from Tipp; our old friends Ballymackey and Killenaule. After a truly memorable day, the girls all went home with smiles on their faces.
Travelling Squad: Emma Wright, Robyn Moloney, Amelia Healy, Robyn McNamara , Shauna Pearson, Eimear Ryan, Mollie O’Hora, Heather O’Neill, Eve Berry, Eimear Shanahan.
Travelling Coaches: John O’Hora & Louise Powell.
Wednesday, April 19 2017 (Killavilla)
All systems are go for our FAI Soccer Sisters Camp this Wednesday & Thursday. Here is some info for the girls taking part on our camp. #AvivaSoccerSisters
All the playing kits have been delivered. 80+ footballs have been pumped. The pitches are in perfect condition. The dressing rooms are ready. The FAI coaches are all set to go. The weather forecast isn’t too bad. Now we just await the arrival of 80+ excited girls on Wednesday morning.
Below are just a few pointers for the participants.
* The Camp runs from 10.00am to 2pm on Wednesday & Thursday.
* Girls may sign-in from 9.30am on Wednesday morning.
* All the girls should bring a healthy packed lunch with plenty of water.
* As the car park is going to be very busy, please co-operate with the stewards when dropping and collecting children in Derryleigh Park.
* The camp is almost fully booked, therefore we can’t guarantee a place for a child that arrives on Wednesday morning unless they have pre-booked online on www.soccersisters.ie
* Lastly, fun, football & friendship is guaranteed and we hope everyone enjoys the camp.
Just like going training or to a game, there are some essential items you need to bring with you;
* Your booking confirmation (first morning only)
* Full official FAI Soccer Sisters kit (you will get this at sign-in on the first day)
* Shin guards
* Football boots and runners
* Rain jacket (just in case)
* Sun screen (we are optimistic)
* Any medication you may need
Saturday, April 8 2017 (Knigh)
Newport scorers: Leah Moran, Abbie Lenihan & Skye Sheehy
Saturday 8th April, on a bright sunny day with temperatures hitting 18 degrees Newport Town AFC U14 Girls travelled to take on Knigh UTD in the U14 Girls Cup Semi-Final.
This was our first game after receiving the league trophy and while confidence is high Newport girls knew that Knigh would throw everything at them in this Cup Semi-final and they weren’t disappointed. For the first ten minutes there was nothing between the teams with some great passing by both sides with both teams creating chances. Emma Moloney was out to clear every ball that came into her area making it difficult for Knigh, Rachel Carey, Leona Bourke (Captain), Sarah Finn and Amber Deegan were in complete control in the back with Leona having her best game of the season and leading from the back. In midfield Abbie, Kaitlyn and Roisin Power were working well in midfield and getting some great balls through to Leah up front. Leah got a great ball threw the backs and ran on to finish in style putting Newport 1- 0 up. Continue reading
Congratulations to our NTSFL league winning U14 Schoolgirls, who this evening received their trophy from Terri Butler of the NTSFL. This is a wonderful achievement for the girls and their coaches, Gaylord Harvey & Mike Carey. It’s also a great reflection of the great strides made in promoting girls’ football in the Newport area in the past few years.
Saturday, March 11 2017 (Drombane)
Newport scorers: Skye Sheehy 2, Kaitlyn Bradshaw 2 & Leah Moran
The NTAFC u14 girls travelled to Drombane to play Clodiagh Rangers in their penultimate league fixture of the season. On a beautiful morning conditions were perfect for the showdown between the number 1 and 2 teams in the league.
Newport started strong from the kick off with a very positive attacking move that saw a shot from Skye Sheehy veer just wide of goal. It did not take long for the girls to have another go and this time Kaitlyn Bradshaw found herself in front of goal and snuck the ball past the Clodiagh keeper. Our other mids and forwards Roisin Power and Leah Moran kept the pressure on while our defence Rachel Carey, Kate Harvey, Sarah Finn and Amber Deegan dealt with the waves of attack from a determined Clodiagh side that were clearly intent on getting a result. Midway through the half, Clodiagh equalised from a corner. Our Keeper, Emma Moloney was tested regularly showing great composure and controlling her area like a pro. Just before the break, Skye’s hard work throughout the half paid off with a fantastic goal that required her to break through 3 defenders before getting the shot off. HT Clodiagh 1 – Newport 2 Continue reading
Newport Town AFC is delighted to announce that online booking is now open for our FAI Soccer Sisters Easter Camp but places are filling very fast and we are currently the most popular camp in Ireland. The camp will run over two days, April 12 & 13 (Wed & Thurs). Cost is €30 for 2 great days of fun and includes an exclusive Soccer Sisters set of playing gear, a football and wristband. There is a massive demand for places, so book now to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited. Click here to register and book your place now. #AvivaSoccerSisters
Added Bonus: Due to the popularity of our camp, we are one of a select number of clubs that have automatically qualified to send 10 girls from our camp to the Aviva Soccer Sisters Festival in the Aviva Stadium in May.
Saturday, February 25 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorer: Kaitlyn Bradshaw
Newport u14 girls hosted Ballymackey on a wet and windy morning last Saturday. Coming to the business end of the season, there are no easy games and this fixture proved to be a fine example of the quality of this competition.
Newport started strong and equally Ballymackey showed that they were here to compete. A tough first half that tested our keeper and backs, Emma Moloney, Rachel Carey, Kate Harvey, Sarah Finn and Roisin Power.
Our mids and forwards Amber Deegan, Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Leah Moran and Abbie Lenihan were up against a very strong Ballymackey defence and mid-way through the half managed to break through with a great goal from Kaitlyn Bradshaw. Just before the break Ballymackey scored from a very well taken free. HT 1 – 1.
With all to play for, the second half started with the same intensity and by then our subs, Ava Shinners, Sarah Kelly, Leona Burke and Skye Sheehy had started to make their mark with some strong passages of attacking play. Against the run of play Ballymackey scored again. Although the girls tried everything to equalize, The Ballymackey defence proved impenetrable for the remainder of the half. FT Newport 1 – Ballymackey 2. Continue reading
Congratulations to the Newport/Birdhill U13 boys and U13 & U15 girls Futsal teams who won their Community Games County Finals at the weekend and will now represent Tipperary in the Munster Finals. Well done to all the players and coaches.
Saturday, February 11 2017 (Borrisokane)
On a cold windy morning the Newport Town AFC U14 Girls travelled to take on 2nd place Borrisokane, who are just 4 points behind Newport at the top of the league table.
Newport played with the wind in the first half and got off to a great start; with Emma in goals, Rachel, Kate, Sarah and Amber were on top at the back linking well with the mid-field of Skye, Abbie, Kaitlyn and Leah up front. Newport put Borrisokane under pressure, forcing them to pull most of their team into defence, not leaving much room to create goal chances from play. Newport created two great chances from corners taken by Rachel, Skye connected with a header only to be denied by the crossbar. Shortly afterwards Kaitlyn got on the end of another corner with a great header which came off the upright indicating to Newport lady luck was not on our side. Mid-way through the first half Ava and Roisin came on and kept the momentum going for the rest of the half. Half time score 0-0. Continue reading