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.
Saturday, March 18 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
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 scorers: Skye Sheehy 2 & Leah Moran
Saturday, February 4 2017 (Ballinree)
Newport scorer: Kaitlyn Bradshaw
Saturday, January 20 2017 (Roscrea Road)
Saturday, November 26 2016 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorer: Hazel McMahon
Saturday, November 12 2016 (Roscrea Road)
Newport scorer: Skye Sheehy
After a slow start, the girls found themselves 2-0 down after 10 minutes but it was the wakeup call they needed to kick into action. The girls battled hard and improved hugely, as the players all settled into what was a very high tempo game.
Roisin Power was solid in central midfield, winning tackle after tackle and supplying some excellent forward passes. Skye Sheedy made brilliant runs down the wing, and the girls reward for their hard work came when Skye made another great run and shot, only for the keeper to fumble and see it trickle over the line.
The girls fought for so long for their equaliser, and early in the second half Kaitlyn Bradshaw was unlucky not to score with a fine effort. Jasmyne Butler constantly frustrated the home team and kept the Newport girls in the match, with a string of fine saves and denied the home team two clear cut efforts when she saved one on one with the BT Harps striker. Continue reading
Saturday, October 29 2016 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorers: Rachel Carey & Jenny Keppel
Saturday, October 15 2016 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorer: Rachel Carey
The U16 girls were unlucky to lose to a physical Ballymackey side, after what was a hugely improved display from them in only their third match playing together. The girls kept Ballymackey at bay until the end of the first half, with Eimear Hannon and Jenny Keppel both going close. The girls conceded three goals in very quick succession but were unlucky to have a penalty appeal turned down, when Hazel McMahon was pulled to the ground in the box.
The second half saw the girls settle and work tirelessly together with Ailish Carey and Liberty Butler partnering brilliantly at the back and Rachel Carey, Hazel McMahon and Susan O’Shea all constantly causing the visitors problems. Jasmyne Butler pulled off some great saves with two back to back close range stops and denied the visitors again with an excellent save when their striker ran through one on one and Orla Imhoff then cleared. The girls pulled a goal back when the excellent Rachel Carey skipped down the wing and through the visiting defence to shoot from distance and score a fine goal. The girls all worked relentlessly to reduce the deficit with Jean Timmons, Roisin Power and Kate Harvey all fighting hard to pull another goal back and constantly pressuring the visitors defence.
However it wasn’t to be. Just as the home team looked on top and good to rescue a draw, Ballymackey broke and scored as the Newport girls pushed for another goal.
A great deal of positives to be taken from this match, especially with the younger girls stepping in and all putting in excellent performances and as this group of girls all grow together, so does their potential.
Squad: Jasmyne Butler, Orla Imhoff, Ailish Carey, Liberty Butler, Susan O’Shea, Hazel McMahon, Jenny Keppel, Rachel Carey, Eimear Hannon. Subs (all used):- Kate Harvey, Roisin Power, Jean Timmons
Match report by Terri Butler.