Despite the poor conditions on Sunday with almost local games falling foul of the weather, Derryleigh Park once again stood up to whatever the Irish weather throws at it and the three games scheduled all took place. The match officials were very complimentary of the pitches and noted that our pitches are some of the best in the region. Well done to all the ground staff.
The A team maintained their recent good run of form and continued their climb up the table with an excellent 4-1 win at home to St. Pat’s on Sunday morning. Goals from Sean Ryan & Odhran Brett in the first half and Brian O’Sullivan & Kevin Connolly in the second ensured that Newport took all three points on offer. The score-line did not flatter the lads as they dominated the game from the first whistle to last. They have now won two games and drawn two in the last four games and go into the Christmas break in good shape.
The B’s suffered a surprise 3-5 defeat to Holycross B. Newport enjoyed a 2-1 lead at one stage but Holycross fought back and the lads dropped their first points in four games. Despite the result, Kalem Harte enjoyed a fine individual performance with a well-taken hat-trick.
The U17’s welcomed runaway league leaders, Charleville, to Derryleigh Park and despite an excellent performance and having taken the lead through a superb individual goal from Colin Coleman in the first half, it was the Cork side who somehow managed to leave Newport with all three points after winning the game on a 2-1 scoreline. The lads were very disappointed after the game as all in attendance agreed that they did not deserve to lose. This is a relatively new side, who train hard and play some lovely football and with a little more rub of the green they will definitely get the results they deserve. The management and players would like to wish a speedy recovery to Robert Duggan who was injured in training last week and will be out of action for a few months.
Junior football is now finished for the Christmas break and will resume on January 7th.
The even age groups were in action at the weekend. The U12A side had a good 1-1 draw away to Mungret Regional with Ciaran Carey on the score-sheet. Unfortunately the 12B’s lost 1-3 at home to Aisling Annacotty.
Both U14 sides were also in action, with the A team recording a good 1-1 draw away to Regional. After going 6 weeks without playing a game it was a welcome return to action for the lads. The game was played on Regional’s astro turf and was a good experience for the lads. Newport started well but conceded a sloppy goal and were on the back foot. However they played their way back into the game and equalised with a well taken free kick by Diarmuid O’Riordan. The second half a was a tight affair but there was no further scores. Newport have enjoyed the step up to the premier league and have made a steady start to the league. Unfortunately the U14B’s suffered defeat away to Janesboro with Nathan Bridgeman scoring our consolation goal.
The U16’s continued their excellent league form with a convincing 4-0 win at home to Geraldines with goals from Jay Ryan, Eoin Guilfoyle, Joey Kelly & Jack O’Carroll. The lads now enjoy a 3 point lead over their closest rivals and also have a game in hand.
Schoolboy football is now finished for the Christmas break and will resume on January 6th.
The U14 girls recorded a superb 2-1 win away to Ballymackey. On a very heavy pitch, the girls pressed forward from the start but the home defence held strong with some notable blocks and saves from shots. The breakthrough came when the ball was passed back to Shauna Pearson, who shot from outside the box which gave the keeper no chance. We introduced our new signing Caragh Flynn to the game and she added an extra dimension to our play. With space at a premium, Shauna once again shot from outside the box to double our lead. With the game all but over, the girls relaxed too soon and Ballymackey scored a late consolation goal with a fine solo run by their forward.
Our U12 girls travelled to Killavilla for a top of the table clash but surprisingly it was the home side who enjoyed a comfortable win. It was a case of Newport just having a bad day at the office, where we made some uncharacteristic mistakes, which were clinically punished by Killavilla. This is just a bump in the road and there’s a long way to go.
The U17s travelled to BT Harps and suffered a 4-0 defeat.
Next Saturday the the U13 & U15 sides are both on the road. U13 v Borrisokane (11am) and U15 v Ballymackey (11.30am).
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in Sullivan’s Bar on Sunday, Dec 17. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturdays and pubs, shops & local businesses in the town. Great prizes to be won including 3 large food hampers (with turkey & ham), 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Thanks in advance for your support.
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 9, 25, 28 & 30. This week’s jackpot is €2,400 and the draw will take place in Gleeson’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.