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Derryleigh Diary – April 22 2018

Juniors
The A team climbed up the table and a small bit further away from the relegation trap-door with a crucial 4-2 win over Regional Utd B in Derryleigh Park last Tuesday evening despite falling behind in the very first couple of minutes. Newport put this early setback behind them and began to put pressure on the Regional rear-guard and Kieran McCarthy was on hand to score the equaliser in the 12th minute.

Newport continued to dominate the early stages of the game and if truth be told should have extended their lead on a few occasions but just couldn’t find the target. This was keeping Regional in the game and in the 25th minute they were awarded a soft penalty but Marc Barry, in the Newport goal, once again proved himself to be an excellent penalty stopper, getting well down to his left to make a great save. 1-1 at half-time and Newport were scratching their heads as to why they weren’t well in the lead.

A much improved second half performance saw Newport up the gears and continue to dominate the game. In the 55th minute, Mark McGuire, who continues to make a liar of his birth cert, made it 2-1 when he was in the right place to tap-in a low cross across the box from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan and Mark was unlucky just 2 minutes later when he hit the cross-bar from close range.
On the opposite side of the age spectrum, U18 player, Devlin Courtney, made it 3-1 in the 60th minute, when after a mazy run he unleashed a thunderbolt from 30 yards out, which dipped under the crossbar giving the Regional keeper no chance. Not to be undone, just 3 minutes later, McGuire latched onto a pinpoint cross from the left from Kalem Harte and struck a superb volley to the net. There was a lot of huffing and puffing for the remainder of the game and Regional scored a late consolation goal to leave the result 4-2 and a valuable 3 points remaining in Derryleigh Park. With 4 league games remaining, Newport aren’t completely safe but another win or two would go a long way to ensuring the A team will be playing in Div 1B again next season.

A very youthful C team that saw four U17s and one U18 player start the game were very unlucky to lose 3-2 away to league leaders Wembley Rovers last Thursday. U17 player Colin Coleman scored both goals and was unlucky not to hit a hat-trick when his shot cannoned off the cross-bar. With just 2 league games remaining it’s finely balanced as to whether or not the C team will avoid relegation.

This weekend sees four of our junior sides in cup semi-finals with all hoping to make it through to finals in Jackman Park. The A team are home to Southend on Sunday morning (11am), the Bs are home to Mungret Regional on Sunday afternoon (2.30pm), the U18 youths are away to Pike Rovers in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup on Sunday afternoon (2.30pm) and on Saturday evening the U17s are away to Corbally (6.30pm). Also in action on Saturday evening are the Cs when they travel to play Northside (6.30pm).

Schoolboys
Hard luck to our U12B and U14A sides who bowed out of the cup over the weekend despite very good performances. Hard luck also to the Newport (Tipperary) U13 Boys Community Games 5-a-side who were beaten 4-1 by Cork in the Munster quarter-final this morning. Ryan O’Keeffe scored for Newport. Well done boys for getting this far.

With so many fixtures for all teams taking place, please refer to the club website www.newporttownafc.com for a full list of fixtures.

Schoolgirls
Good luck to all our schoolgirl sides who are all in cup action this week and a special mention for the U17s who will play the winners of Ballymackey & BT Harps this Saturday in Villa Park at 11.45am.

Well done to our players, Abbie Lenihan, Chelsea King & Shauna Pearson, who were part of the NTSFL U14 schoolgirl squad, who have qualified for this year’s Gaynor Cup following the qualifying tournament that took place in Dooradoyle over the weekend.

Summer Camps
We will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 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.

Boogie Wonderland
Be sure to mark Saturday, May 19 in your diaries, as following on from the huge success of last year’s 80’s Night, we will be holding a Boogie Wonderland Night to include music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s in the Freigh Inn. Lots more details to follow as we get closer to the date.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, April 21 and this week’s jackpot is €3,350 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, April 28 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 11, 24, 25 & 26. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – April 15 2018

Juniors
In the midweek game the A’s were unlucky to lose 2-1 away to Athlunkard Villa with our goal coming from Andrew Kennedy. Last Sunday, the A’s advanced to the next stage of the Div 1B Calvert Cup following a well-deserved 2-0 win at home to Caherdavin Celtic. James Thompson & Sean Ryan were the Newport scorers. Special mention for Chris Carroll who came out of retirement for the umpteenth time to play in goals for Newport and rolled back the years with a string of world-class saves. Next up for the A’s is the visit of Regional to Derryleigh Park in the league this Tuesday, April 17, with a 6.30pm kick-off.

The C’s are trying to do a Houdini and avoid the trapdoor from Div 3B and their last 2 results are keeping them alive. In midweek they defeated Weston Villa 2-1 away and on Saturday evening secured another point against second placed Kilmallock. Despite being a goal down, reduced to 10 men in the first half and fielding a very youthful side, the lads deservedly equalised through a Kieran O’Keeffe goal in the second half. The C’s are away to league leaders Wembley on Thursday evening at 6.30pm.

The U18’s still remain just 2 points behind the league leaders, Charleville following a hard-earned 2-0 league win over Knockainey with goals from James Rochford & Devlin Courtney. The lads followed this up with an impressive 2-1 quarter-final win away to Div 1 side Kilfrush in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup on Sunday afternoon with goals from Colin Coleman & Troy Porter. The reward is a semi-final visit to Pike Rovers.

The U17s lost away 4-1 to title chasing Kilfrush but in reality the score wasn’t a true reflection of the game with Newport failing to capitalise on some great chances, hitting the bar twice and finding the Kilfrush keeper in great form. This was the last league game for the lads and if other results go their way, they could finish in third place. All eyes are now on their cup semi-final away to Corbally in a couple of weeks time.

Schoolboys
The U15A side had 2 games, beating Caherdavin 6-2 (Killian O’Sullivan 2, Jay Ryan, Johnny Ryan, Eoin McLoughlin & Daniel Egan) and losing to Mungret Regional 1-0. The 15Bs suffered 2 losses in their League Cup pool, away to Corbally and Aisling with Luke Hamilton & Lorcan Delaney scoring goals for Newport.

The U13B side enjoyed a great 2-1 win over Corbally with Nathan Walsh scoring both goals. Nathan then continued his good form with 2 goals away to Granville but unfortunately it was the home side who ran out 6-2 winners.

Our U12 sides had mixed results last time out. The A’s lost 3-1 to Aisling Annacotty (Adam Power) and the B’s drew 1-1 with Corbally. (Conor O’Brien).

The U11 Blues lost 4-3 to Corbally in a great game, while the Browns beat Summerville 3-1 with goals from Sean Roche, Sean Cahill & Harry Lee.

The Newport Nippers U7 side travelled to Aisling Annacotty and enjoyed a real fun game with lots of excitement.

With so many fixtures for all teams taking place, please refer to the club website www.newporttownafc.com for a full list of fixtures. A reminder that cup competitions will commence on April 21st for the U12 & U14 grades and on April 28th for the U13 and U15 grades.

Schoolgirls
Our league-winning U13 girls continued their good form with a 7-0 victory over Birdhill with goals from Aoife Mellerick 4, Shauna Pearson, Amelia Healy & Laura Finn. They now look forward to the visit of Ballymackey in the Cup next Monday at 6.30pm.

The U14 girls recorded an excellent 2-0 win over Killavilla in the Cup on Saturday morning in front of a large crowd in Derryleigh Park. This game was full of drama & excitement played between two very good sides. The goals from Leah Moran & Chelsea King were the difference between the sides and it’s Newport who advance to the next round. All in NTAFC wish a speedy recovery to the U14 schoolgirl player from Killavilla United AFC who suffered a nasty head injury in the Cup game and hope that she’s back up and playing again as soon as possible.The 14s next league game is away to BT Harps this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The U17 girls advanced to the Cup Final following an excellent 6-0 win over Killavilla with the goals coming from Skye Sheehy 2, Ciara Greaney, Rachel Carey, Ava Shinners & Kaitlyn Bradshaw. The final will take place on Saturday, April 28, venue & opposition to be decided. Their next league game is away to Lough Derg on Monday, April 23 at 6.30pm.

The U15s are away to Killavilla in the Cup on Tuesday, April 24 at 6.30pm.

Well done to our U13 Girls who provided the halftime match entertainment at the Limerick FC v Sligo Rovers, SSE Airtricity game on Saturday evening in the Markets Field. The girls had a great experience and Limerick FC now have some new supporters.

St. Mary’s Secondary School
Congratulations to the 1st Year boys & girls teams from St. Mary’s who both became Munster Soccer Champions a day apart last week. It was great to see so many of our club players on both teams. Well done to all the players, teachers & coaches on super victories & performances. Soccer is well & truly alive and prospering in the Newport area.

Calling all ladies who would like to play social non-competitive soccer
A new Ladies only social game of soccer “Derryleigh Dazzlers” has now started every Tuesday on the astro-turf from 9-10pm. All ladies are welcome. It’s just for fun and a great chance to get active and have a bit of craic. Cost is just €5 per session. Please contact Vivienne Keane on 087-3499409 for more info or just turn up on the night.

Summer Camps
We will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 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.

Boogie Wonderland
Be sure to mark Saturday, May 19 in your diaries, as following on from the huge success of last year’s 80’s Night, we will be holding a Boogie Wonderland Night to include music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s in the Freigh Inn. Lots more details to follow as we get closer to the date.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, April 14 and this week’s jackpot is €3,300 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, April 21 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 9, 10, 23 & 28. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – April 8 2018

Juniors
The A team had a vital 5-0 league win away to Hill Celtic with goals from Kalem Harte 2, Kieran McCarthy, Andrew Kennedy & Dave Kennedy. Newport were 2-0 up at the break but when Hill Celtic were reduced to 19 men early in the second half, Newport capitalised on having the extra player and scored 3 further goals without reply. The win increased the points gap between ourselves and the bottom teams in the relegation zone but with six league games remaining every point will be vital.

Despite a great goal from player-coach, David O’Brien, the B’s lost 2-1 at home to Kennedy Park last Thursday evening effectively ending any remote hopes of winning the league. Full efforts are now concentrated on a good cup run and they ensured their place in the Div 2B semi-final with a great 4-3 win at home to Summerville Rovers on Sunday morning with goals from Dave Kennedy, Dermot Ryan, Liam Connolly & Brian O’Riordan. They will now play the winners of Mungret Regional or Holycross in the semi-final.

The U18’s still remain just 2 points behind the league leaders, Charleville following a comfortable 7-1 win away to Regional Utd on Saturday evening with goals from Elliott Slattery 2, Devlin Courtney, Adam Hurley, James Lynch, Jack ’18 today’ Landers & O.G. With 4 league games remaining and Charleville still having to travel to Derryleigh Park, Newport’s destiny lies firmly in their own hands.

The U17s have run into a rich vein of goalscoring form and this was reflected in 2 wins in 4 days against Aisling Annacotty in the league and cup. Last Thursday, the lads won 6-0 with goals from Jack O’Carroll 2, Thomas O’Toole, Colm Carey, Jack Noble & Colin Coleman. On Sunday Aisling were back in Derryleigh for the cup quarter-final and this time Newport ran out 7-3 winners with Jack O’Carroll 3, Jack Foley 2, Darren Collins & Devon Ryan on the score-sheet. Newport will now travel to play Corbally in the cup semi-final with nothing between the sides following two draws already in the league campaign.

On Tuesday, April 10, the A’s are away to Athlunkard, C’s are away to Weston Villa and the U18s are home to Knockainey, all games at 6.30pm. On Thursday, April 12, the U17s play their final league game when they travel to play Kilfrush (6.30pm). This coming Saturday, April 14, the Cs are home to Kilmallock (6.30pm). Next Sunday, April 15, there’s cup action for the As & U18s. The As play Caherdavin Celtic in Derryleigh Park (11am) and the U18s travel to play Kilfrush in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup (2.30pm). On Thursday, April 19, the Junior Cs are away to Wembley (6.30pm) and the U18s are home to Shelbourne (6.30pm).

Schoolboys
Congratulations to our U16 schoolboys who secured the Div 1 league title following a crucial and roller-coaster 4-3 win against Ballynanty Rovers on Easter Monday. The lads battled back from being 0-2 down at half-time and 2-3 down in the second half and then scored a last minute penalty to ensure that the league trophy will be residing in Derryleigh Park for the next 12 months. The 4 goals came from Jack O’Carroll 2, Karl Kelly & O.G. This win ensured that the Div 1 league title makes its way to Derryleigh Park. Well done to coaches Ray Ryan & Daire Kennedy and all the players. They followed this up with another win at the weekend when they beat Aisling Annacotty 5-1 with goals from Karl Kelly 4 & Jack O’Carroll. The lads will be hoping to go through the league campaign unbeaten with just one game remaining.

The U14A team recorded an excellent and hard-fought 1-1 draw against Aisling Annacotty with a striker’s goal from Lee Ryan. This point keeps the lads in third place, which is great going as this is their first season in Premier football. The U14B team lost 4-0 to Shelbourne.

Our U12 sides had mixed results last time out. The A’s lost 5-1 to Regional (Ciaran Carey) and the B’s drew 1-1 with Shelbourne. (Conor O’Brien).

The U9s welcomed Limerick FC to Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning in mini-blitz and played out some great games. It was brilliant to see so many players out on the pitch enjoying themelves.

With so many fixtures for all teams taking place, please refer to the club website www.newporttownafc.com for a full list of fixtures. Cup competitions will commence on April 21st for the U12, U14 & U16 grades and on April 28th for the U13 and U15 grades.

Schoolgirls
The U14 girls had 2 games in the last week. In the league they beat Lough Derg 9-0 with goals from Caragh Flynn 3, Emily Hurley 2, Chelsea King 2, Abbie Lenihan & Aoife Kennedy. On Saturday, they played out a rip-roaring 1-1 draw at home to Killavilla in front of a large & vociferous crowd. Chelsea King scored a great goal for Newport to level the game and keep them right in the mix at the top of the table. The girls will also play the same opposition in the cup this comimg Saturday (11.30am) in what promises to be another cracker at Derryleigh Park.

The U17 girls also played twice in the past week losing 5-3 to Nenagh (Ciara Greaney 2 & Rachel Carey) and then enjoying a great 4-3 win at home to Killavilla with goals from Rachel Carey 2, Kaitlyn Bradshaw & Ava Shinners. Everyone’s looking forward to this Thursday evening when these 2 sides meet in the cup at Derryleigh Park at 6.30pm.

Best of luck to our U13 team who will be providing the half-time entertainment at the Limerick FC v Sligo Rovers League of Ireland Premier game in the Markets Field this coming Saturday.

Next Saturday, the U11s welcome Ballymackey to Derryleigh in the Cup at 10am. Next Monday, April 16, the U13 girls are away to Shinrone (6.30pm). On Wednesdayday, April 18, the U15s travel to play Killavilla in the Cup (6.30pm) and on Thursday, April 19, the U14s travel to play BT Harps.

Calling all ladies who would like to play social non-competitive soccer
The soccer club is delighted to announce that a new Ladies only social game of soccer will commence on Tuesdays from 9-10pm. All ladies are welcome. It’s just for fun and a great chance to get active and have a bit of craic. Cost is just €5 per session. Please contact Vivienne Keane on 087-3499409 for more info. Please spread the word to anyone that might be interested.

Summer Camps
Delighted to announce that we will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 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.

Boogie Wonderland
Be sure to mark Saturday, May 19 in your diaries, as following on from the huge success of last year’s 80’s Night, we will be holding a Boogie Wonderland Night to include music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s in the Freigh Inn. Lots more details to follow as we get closer to the date.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, April 7 and this week’s jackpot is €3,250 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, April 14 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 5, 14, 18 & 30. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – April 1 2018

Juniors
Four of our junior sides were in divisional cup action last weekend and three have advances to the next round. The A’s game against Caherconlish went to penalties after ending 1-1 AET. Newport won the penalty shooy-out on a 5-3 score-line. Devlin Courtney was the scorer in normal time. Having lost 3-2 to Star Rovers in the league just a few days previously, the B’s gained some revenge with a 1-0 cup win against the same opposition with Stephen Carroll scoring with the very last kick of the game in extra-time. The U18s game against Regional also went to extra-time with the score 1-1 after 90 minutes. Newport proved too strong in extra time running out 5-1 winners with goals from Devlin Courtney 3, Elliott Slattery & Denis O’Donoghue. Unfortunately the C’s lost 6-2 away to Kilmallock. Ciaran Braddick & Colin Coleman scored the consolation goals for Newport.

In midweek league action last week, the U17s enjoyed a good 4-2 win at home to Regional with goals from Jack O’Carroll 2, Jack Foley & Colm Carey, while the B’s lost 3-2 to Star in a dramatic game. Newport led 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining but in fairness to Star they dug deep and scored three late goals to take all three points on offer.

On Thursday, April 5, the B’s are home to Kennedy Park (6.30pm) and the U17s are home to Aisling (6.30pm). Saturday, April 7, the U18’s are away to Regional Utd (6.30pm). On Sunday, April 8, there are two cup quarter finals down for decision in Derryleigh Park. The B’s play Summerville Rovers (11am) and the U17s play Aisling Annacotty (2.30pm). On Tuesday, April 10, the A’s are away to Athlunkard, C’s are away to Weston Villa and the U18s are home to Knockainey, all games at 6.30pm. On Thursday, April 12, the U17s play their final league game when they travel to play Kilfrush (6.30pm).

Schoolboys
With midweek games resumed there’s been a glut of games at all age groups with some teams playing twice a week with mixed results. Simply too many games to go through them all here. Results and match reports are available on the club website.

Wishing a speedy recovery to our U13A our player, Jack Ryan, who suffered a broken wrist in Saturday’s game against Bridge Celtic. Hope to see you back on the pitch as soon as possible.

With so many fixtures for all teams taking place, please refer to the club website www.newporttownafc.com for a full list of fixtures.

Schoolgirls
Our U13 Girls continued their unbeaten run on Saturday in Holycross with a resounding 7-0 win. The win ensures that the league was won by the girls with 3 games remaining. Well done girls and coaches. We look forward to seeing you receive the league trophy in the coming weeks. Last Tuesday, the U15s defeated local rivals Birdhill 2-0 with the goals coming from Roisin Power.

This Thursday, the U17s are away to Nenagh (6.30pm).

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
Our Aviva Soccer Sisters camp is over for another year and it’s safe to say that all 79 girls that made it one of the biggest camps in Ireland had great fun. It was great to see some new faces up in Derryleigh and we hope that some of them might join us next season. Incredibly, we had 13 pairs of actual sisters at the soccer sisters!!! It was our pleasure to host head coach Niall Connolly and their excellent team of FAI coaches including local coaches Vivienne Keane, Jack Noble & Killian O’Malley. Thanks to everyone in the club who once again voluntarily gave up their free time to ensure the success of the camp. Special mention to Gaylord Harvey who co-ordinated the camp and did such a great job ensuring that everything went to plan. Roll on next Easter but in the meantime we have 2 summer camps to look forward to for boys & girls in July & August. We hope all the girls really enjoyed themselves. You were all brilliant.

Summer Camps
Delighted to announce that we will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 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.

Community Clean Up
Well done & thanks to our players, coaches & supporters who helped out with the Newport, Tipperary Tidy Towns Community Clean-Up on Good Friday. It was great to see the whole community turn out in force to help make a difference. Many hands made light work. It would be great to see the Co. Council provide rubbish bins in and around the town, which would help reduce the problem of littering. We live in a great little town, so let’s all help to keep it tidy. Special mention to the ‘small in number but big in effort’ committee of the Newport Tidy Towns.

Boogie Wonderland
Be sure to mark Saturday, May 19 in your diaries, as following on from the huge success of last year’s 80’s Night, we will be holding a Boogie Wonderland Night to include music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s in the Freigh Inn. Lots more details to follow as we get closer to the date.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, March 31 and this week’s jackpot is €3,200 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, April 7 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 17 & 19. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Pinergy
Great news for the club as we have partnered with Pinergy to benefit all our club members & supporters to reduce energy costs at home and kit out their homes with some LED Bulbs and smart technology. Pinergy, the energy innovators are offering Newport Town AFC members & supporters a free installation of their Smart Meter and In-Home Display to help reduce electricity consumption and save money. For every member/supporter that joins Pinergy to reduce costs, Pinergy will be giving generous contributions to our Club. To sign up to Pinergy and support the club, simply contact our own club member PJ O’Rourke (087 278 8511). Be sure to tell PJ that NTAFC sent you.

Derryleigh Diary – March 25 2018

Juniors
The A team suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Caherdavin on Sunday morning. We were losing 1-0 but equalised through a Sean Ryan goal. Unfortunately two late goals in the last ten minutes saw us leave the Greenhills pitch empty-handed.

The C’s difficult season continued, when for the second game in succession, they lost out on a 2-3 scoreline. This time it was Shelbourne who took all 3 points on offer in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. The lads were 3-0 down and rallied with two goals from Darragh Nolan & Ollie Harte but just couldn’t find the elusive equaliser despite creating a couple of very good chances.

The U18s travelled to Mungret in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup and recorded an excellent 2-1 over Premier League opposition. Nathan Hartigan opened the scoring as early as the second minute but Mungret pulled one back to leave it 1-1 at half-time. James Rochford restored Newport’s lead in the 60th minute and in a very physical encounter the Newport lads stood firm to secure a memorable victory.

Evening football resumes this week and on Thursday, March 29 the Bs are home to Star Rovers (6.30pm). Next Sunday the divisional cup competitions get underway. The As are away to Caherconlish (11am), the Bs are home to Star Rovers (11am), the Cs are away to Kilmallock (2.30pm) and the U18s are home to Mungret Regional (2.30pm). On Tuesday, April 3, the A’s are away to Hill Celtic (6.30pm) and the C’s are away to Wembley (6.30pm). On Thursday, April 5, the B’s are home to Kennedy Park (6.30pm) and the U17s are home to Aisling (6.30pm).

Schoolboys
Well done to our U16s who maintained pole position in Div 1 with a resounding 9-2 win away on Saturday afternoon to Geraldines with goals from Jack O’Carroll 3, Jay Ryan 2, Karl Kelly 2, Jack Foley & Johnny Ryan. The lads hopes for the league title with just 3 games remaining lies firmly within their own destiny. They are unbeaten after eleven games and 4 points from the remaining 9 on offer, will be anough to see them crowned champions.

The U14B team lost 6-0 at home to a very strong Aisling Annacotty B team. This team consisted mainly of U13 players and despite fighting hard, the visitors were just that bit stronger.

In the U12 premier league, the A team recorded an excellent 1-0 away to Fairview Rangers with the all-important goal coming from Conor Molamphy.

Our U7 and U10 sides were all in non-competitive action against Regional, Caherconlish & Mungret Regional and by all accounts played some lovely football with some absolutely brilliant goals scored by Newport in all the games. Well done to our young players.

Evening football resumes for the schoolboys this week and with so many fixtures for all teams taking place in the next week and over the Easter weekend, please refer to the club website www.newporttownafc.com for a full list of fixtures, as there’s simply too many to list here.

Well done to the 1st year boys from St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport who beat Killorglin (Kerry) 1-0 in the Munster semi-final yesterday. Our U14 player Adam McEvoy scored the winner in extra-time. Best of luck in the Munster Final lads.

Schoolgirls
The U12 girls bowed out of the Shield competition following a very unlucky 1-2 loss at home to Borrisokane. Newport took the lead through a great goal from Heather O’Neill but Borrisokane scored twice in quick succession in the second half to take the lead. Despite creating some great chances, Newport just could not put the ball in the back of the net to take the game to extra-time.

The U14s kept their title hopes firmly alive with an excellent 5-0 win at home to Ballymackey with goals from Caragh Flynn, Shauna Pearson, Chelsea King, Leah Moran & Emily Hurley. Unfortunately, the U17s suffered a defeat away to Ballymackey.

Next Saturday, the U13s are away to Holycross (11am) and the U15s are away to Knigh Utd (12pm).

Massive congratulations to the girls from St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport who have made it to another All-Ireland Final after winning their semi-final last week in Galway on a 1-0 scoreline against St. Patrick’s, Lacken Cross, courtesy of a free kick from NTAFC player, Rachel Carey.

Viking Cup
Good luck to all the Newport players who will be representing the North Tipp League in this week’s Viking Cup at U14 & U16 level. The annual tournament takes place in Waterford and is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the schoolgirl calendar.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
Best of luck to all the girls taking part in our Soccer Easters Camp this week. It’s great to once again see so many girls taking part and making our camp one of the largest in the country for the third year running. This is a super indication at the growth of girls’ football in the Newport area. We hope you all have lots of fun.

Community Clean Up on Good Friday
On Good Friday, the soccer club will be taking ownership of carrying out the clean-up of the Ball Alley area as part of the Newport Clean-Up and we are looking for your help. We are a community based club and this is our opportunity to make a difference in our own community. We are asking as many of our players, coaches & supporters to give a couple of hours of their time to help make a difference. Many hands make light work. If you can help, we will be meeting at the Ball Alley next Friday at 11am. Please bring hi-vis vests, shovels, wheel-barrows, gloves & enthusiasm. Don’t expect others to do the work, you can make the difference.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, March 24 and this week’s jackpot is €3,150 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, March 31 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 11, 19, 28 & 30. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Happy Easter
Newport Town AFC wishes a very Happy Easter to all our players, families & supporters. Don’t eat too many Easter eggs!

Derryleigh Diary – March 18 2018

Juniors
Due to a snow-covered Derryleigh Park last Sunday, the junior B & C games didn’t go ahead. However the U17s were away to Corbally and the game went ahead despite being played in very wintry conditions and what a game we had. What a game! 3-0 down after 15 minutes, 5-1 down at half-time and 7-4 down with 15 minutes to go, the lads showed tremenduous fighting spirit and pride in the jersey to stage an incredible second half comeback to salvage a point in a 14 goal thriller, when we scored in the final minute to make it a 7-7 draw.

Supposedly dead & buried at half-time and after a very frank & honest half-time team talk, the lads knew that they simply hadn’t performed in the first half and to a man, every player including the subs gave their all in the second half. It’s not possible to put into words what a rollercoaster of a game this was in awful wintry conditions. Some great goals, great tackles, excellent football but above all great heart from Newport was there for all to see. Colin Coleman was the hat-trick hero but Darren Collins, who came on at half-time, showed how much he was missed all season, in his first game back after a lengthy lay-off due to injury, with a superb display in midfield and also contributing with two great goals. Ciaran Flynn also scored a great goal and it was Jack Foley who popped up with a great finish in the last minute to salvage the draw. Impossible to name a man of the match as it was a shared effort. Well done to both sets of players for a great game in the conditions. Bad for the heart though! Well done lads.

Next Sunday, the As are away to Caherdavin (11am), the Cs are home to Shelbourne (11am) and the U18s are away to Mungret in the Youth Cup (2pm). Evening football resumes next week and on Tuesday, March 27 the U17s are home to Regional (6.30pm) and on Thursday, March 29 the Bs are home to Star Rovers (6.30pm).

Schoolboys
The U15B team were the only side in competitive action over the weekend and unfortunately they suffered a defeat away to title contenders Shelbourne. All other competitive games were cancelled due to unplayable pitches.

Next Saturday, the U7s are finally in action when they are away to Regional (9.45am). Both U10 sides are in action, Greens 1 are home to Caherconlish (11am) and the Greens 2 are away to Mungret Regional (12.30pm). U12A are away to Fairview (11am), U14B are home to Aisling Annacotty B (12.30pm) and the U16s are away to Geraldines (2pm). Evening football also resumes for the schoolboys next week and with so many fixtures taking place, please refer to the club website www.newporttownafc.com for a full list of fixtures.

Schoolgirls
The U14s game at home to Birdhill did not go ahead as the visitors were unable to field a team. None of the other teams had games.

Unfortunately next week’s fixtures weren’t released at the time of writing these notes.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
In the past week there has been a huge surge in bookings for our FAI Soccer Sisters Easter Camp, with only a limited number of spaces remaining. Book soon on www.soccersisters.ie to ensure that you get your place on our camp taking place on March 28 & 29. Spread the word to any girls aged 6-14 that may be interested. The cost is €30, which includes an exclusive playing kit, football and certificate plus two days of fun.

Congrats to Abagail Hickey who has won a recent Soccer Sisters Competition and will now act as a flagbearer at the upcoming FAI Women World Cup Qualifier against the Netherlands on April 10 in Tallaght Stadium. All girls that were signed up to one of the Soccer Sisters camps before the end of February were entered the draw

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Friday, March 16 and this week’s jackpot is €3,100 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, March 24 in O’Sullivan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 9, 10, 16 & 25. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Jersey Sponsorship
A huge thank you to Jim & Breda Gully of Daybreak Stores in Newport for their very kind sponsorship of a new set of jerseys. As always, sincere thanks to all the local businesses who support NTAFC. Please support our sponsors. We would love to hear from anyone who would be interested in sponsoring or co-sponsoring a set of jerseys.

Derryleigh Diary – March 11 2018

Juniors
It was a bad day at the office for our junior sides last Sunday with all four sides in action suffering defeats. The A’s lost 4-0 at home to league leaders Coonagh, while the B’s saw their title hopes take a setback when they lost 2-0 at home to local rivals Murroe. The C’s let slip a 2-0 half-time lead away to Hyde Rangers when they conceded three second half goals to lose out 3-2. Colin Coleman & Darragh Nolan scored for Newport. Finally the Youths lost for the first time this season when they lost 4-1 away to Kilmallock. Elliott Slattery scored the consolation goal.

Next Sunday, the Bs are home to league leaders Kennedy Park (11am) the C team are away to league leaders Wembley (2pm) and the U17s are away to Corbally (2pm).

Schoolboys
The U16’s maintained top position in Div 1 with a comfortable 7-0 win away to Aisling Annacotty C with goals from Jay Ryan 3, Jack O’Carroll 2, Jack Foley & Sean O’Brien. With just four games remaining the lads are firmly in charge of their own destiny. The U12 A team had a great 5-1 win away to Aisling Annacotty B with goals from Conor Molamphy 4 & James Moloney. The U10 Greens welcomed Mungret to Derryleigh Park in their non-competitive fixture in what turned out to be a very exciting and entertaining game. The U14As were handed a walkover when Caherdavin were unable to field a team.

There will be no schoolboy games next Saturday as it’s St. Patrick’s Day but there will be games instead on Monday, March 19. U11 Greens are away to Bridge Celtic (12pm), U11 Whites are away to Regional (3pm), U13A are home to Caherdavin (12pm), U13B are away to Granville (1.30pm), U15A are home to Janesboro (1.30pm) and the U15Bs are away to Shelbourne (12pm).

Schoolgirls
Unfortunately the U12s exited the Cup at the first stage after being very unlucky when losing 2-1 away to Ballymackey. Lauren Bailey was on the mark for Newport. The U14s had an excellent 5-0 win at home to Clodiagh Rangers with goals from Abbie Lenihan 2, Shauna Pearson and our new player Chelsea King opening her account with 2 goals. Unfortunately, the U17s suffered an 8-1 defeat at home to BT Harps with Ciara Greaney netting the consolation goal.

Unfortunately next week’s fixtures weren’t released at the time of writing these notes.

St. Patrick’s Parade
Thanks to all our players, coaches, parents & supporters who marched in the Newport Parade last Saturday. Well done to everyone who participated in the Newport St Patrick’s Day Parade. It was great to see the whole community out in force. Thanks again to the hard-working and dedicated Parade committee who ensure that the parade goes ahead every year. Special mention for our Social Committee for their efforts and to the volunteers from the soccer club who assisted with the erection and dismantling of the street barriers. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from everyone in Newport Town AFC.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
In the past week there has been a huge surge in bookings for our FAI Soccer Sisters Easter Camp, with only a limited number of spaces remaining. Book soon on www.soccersisters.ie to ensure that you get your place on our camp taking place on March 28 & 29. Spread the word to any girls aged 6-14 that may be interested. The cost is €30, which includes an exclusive playing kit, football and certificate plus two days of fun.

Clothes Collection
Our Clothes Collection is now finished and we wish to sincerely thank everyone who donated bags of old clothes in support of both our club and the National Council for the Blind. Once again the container was bursting at the seams. Special thanks to Amanda Hickey and Walshy Egan Sarah for organising and to Andrew Gleeson for helping out loading the collection van at short notice.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Friday, March 9 and this week’s jackpot is €3,050 with the next draw taking place on Friday, March 16 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 9, 10, 16 & 25. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – March 4 2018

Storm Emma
The only balls that were seen in Derryleigh Park at the weekend were snowballs as snowy Storm Emma put paid to all sporting activities. Hopefully the old March proverb of “In like a lion, out like a lamb” rings true and the weather begins to pick up so that we can get a spell of unbroken football.

Juniors
Next Sunday, the A, B, C & U18 sides are in action. The A’s are home to Coonagh (11am), the B’s are home to Murroe (2pm), the C’s are away to Hyde (2pm) and the U18’s are away to Kilmallock (2pm).

Schoolboys
Next Saturday, some of the even age sides are due to be back in action. U10 Greens 1 are home to Mungret Regional (11am), U12A are away to Aisling Annacotty B (12.30pm), U14A are home to Caherdavin (11am) and the U16s are away to Aisling Annacotty (2pm).

Schoolgirls
Next Saturday, the U12s are away to Ballymackey in the Cup (10am), the U14s are home to Clodiagh Rangers (10am) and the U17s are home to BT Harps (11.30am).

St. Patrick’s Parade
The Newport St Patrick’s Parade takes place this coming Saturday. Last year we were delighted to win the Best Club Award in the Parade and this year we again intend putting our best football feet forward and look forward to taking part in this wonderful community event. We hope to see as many of our players, coaches, parents and supporters as possible wearing our club colours and marching behind the club banner. We will also have 2 very special surprise guests marching with our club. Thanks again to the hard-working Parade organising committee for all the hard work they put in before and during the event.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
Places are beginning to fill up on our FAI Soccer Sisters Easter Camp. Book soon on www.soccersisters.ie to ensure that you get your place on our camp taking place on March 28 & 29. Spread the word to any girls aged 6-14 that may be interested. The cost is €30, which includes an exclusive playing kit, football and certificate plus two days of fun.

Pinergy Partnership
Great news for the club as we have partnered with Pinergy to benefit all our club members & supporters to reduce energy costs at home and kit out their homes with some LED Bulbs and smart technology. Pinergy, the energy innovators are offering Newport Town AFC members & supporters a free installation of their Smart Meter and In-Home Display to help reduce electricity consumption and save money. For every member/supporter that joins Pinergy to reduce costs, Pinergy will be giving generous contributions to our Club. To sign up to Pinergy and support the club, simply contact our own club member PJ O’Rourke (087 278 8511). Be sure to tell PJ that NTAFC sent you.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, March 3 and this week’s jackpot is €3,000 with the next draw taking place on Friday, March 9 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 15 & 30. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – February 25 2018

Juniors
The recent spell of poor weather finally abated and a full schedule of junior games took place last weekend. It was a mixed bag of results for the club with a win, a draw and two losses. The A side faced a very difficult encounter when they had to travel to play Premier outfit Ballynanty in the Lawson Cup. Despite being behind 3-0 at half-time the lads dug deep in the second half and the same scoreline is how the game ended. Not a bad result overall as we were missing a number of regular starters and had to play some of our Bs and U18s in the afternoon after they had earlier played games in the morning.

The B team, who were second in Div 2B before last weekend, travelled to play Pallasgreen on Sunday morning. Despite our best efforts we could not break the stale-mate and the game finished in a 0-0 draw, which is not the result the management were hoping for before they welcome league leaders Kennedy Park to Derryleigh next Sunday morning, in a game which could have a major bearing on the end of the season table.

The C team, who are having a tough season in Div 3B, welcomed Castle Utd to Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon and unfortunately despite a spirited performance, lost out on a 4-1 scoreline goal. The consolation goal came from Ciaran Braddick. This game also saw our U17 players, Colin Coleman and Jack Noble make their full junior debuts for the club and both lads had solid performances.

The U18s kept up their pursuit of league leaders Charleville, with a comfortable 6-1 home win against Annacotty with goals from Nathan Hartigan (3), Jack Connolly, James Rochford and Adam Hurley. This was the lads first game in almost 3 months so it was great to get the rustiness out of the system.
Next Saturday evening, the C team are away to league leaders Wembley in U.L. (7pm). The Bs are home to Kennedy Park on Sunday morning (11am) and the U17s are away to Corbally (2pm).

Schoolboys
Last weekend saw our even age teams return to action after a long layoff. Both our U12 sides were in action and unfortunately both sides suffered defeats. The A’s lost 1-0 to Caherdavin and the B’s lost 2-1 to Corbally with Evan Keogh on the score-sheet. Both games took place in Derryleigh and both sides were very unlucky not to come away with a share of the spoils. Our U14 sides had mixed results. The A team now lie in third place in the Premier League after an excellent 3-1 win at home to Mungret Regional despite falling a goal behind. Lee Ryan, Alex O’Toole & Shane O’Halloran were on the mark for Newport. Unfortunately the 14Bs suffered a 6-0 defeat away to an excellent Carew Park side. The U16s continued their march towards the Div 2 league title with a very comfortable 7-1 win away to Corbally Utd B with goals from Jay Ryan (2), Haytam Kamil, Jack Foley, Gavin Denihan, Johnny Ryan & John Ryan Rose. Finally our U10 sides played their non-competitive league games when they played Janesboro and Caherconlish. Both games were action-packed with lots of goals and great excitement. By all accounts, both sides put in superb displays and scored some crackers.

Next Saturday, the odd age groups are down to play. U11 Greens are away to Bridge Celtic (11am), while the Whites are away to Regional (2pm). U13A are home to Caherdavin (11am) and the Bs are away to Granville (12.30pm). U15A are home to Janesboro (12.30pm) and the Bs are away to Shelbourne (2pm).

Schoolgirls
The U12s played out a ding-dong 2-2 draw away to Ballymackey. Newport took the lead twice but each time Ballymackey fought back and in the end a draw was a fair result. Lauren Bailey & Jane Ryan were the scorers. The U14s enjoyed a comfortable 6-0 win away to Clodiagh Rangers with Abbie Lenihan (4) and Shauna Pearson (2) proving to be a great striking partnership.

Next Saturday, the U13s being their cup campaign when they welcome Ballymackey to Derryleigh Park (1pm) and the U15s continue their league games when they travel to Knigh (1.30pm).

Confirmation
Best of luck from the Soccer Club to all the boys & girls from Newport, Birdhill & Toor making their Confirmation this Thursday. We hope you have a wonderful day with your families and friends.

Schoolboys to switch to ‘Summer Football’ from 2019
The LDSL are to introduce the ‘Calendar Season’ from 2019 in the Limerick Schoolboy/Schoolgirl leagues. From Feb/March to October 2019, all U7 to U16 sides will play across four match days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday). Provision will be made in the calendar to allow for 3-4 weeks off for under 15s &16s in the run up to the Junior Cert and also for a Summer break of circa 6 weeks for Summer holidays in July/ August. More details to follow in the coming months.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
Calling all girls aged 6 to 14. Online booking continues on www.soccersisters.ie for our FAI Aviva Soccer Sisters Easter Camp. The camp will run over two days, March 28 & 29 (Wed & Thurs). Please book soon to avoid disappointment. The cost is €30, which includes an exclusive playing kit, football and certificate plus two days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches.

Pinergy
Great news for the club as we have partnered with Pinergy to benefit all our club members & supporters to reduce energy costs at home and kit out their homes with some LED Bulbs and smart technology. Pinergy, the energy innovators are offering Newport Town AFC members & supporters a free installation of their Smart Meter and In-Home Display to help reduce electricity consumption and save money. Pinergy’s unique technology shows how much electricity you’re using at any time so that you can change your habits and reduce your costs. Together with the Pinergy Smart App, you can top up your electricity at any time and compare your usage with others in your area. For every member/supporter that joins Pinergy to reduce costs, Pinergy will be giving generous contributions to our Club. To sign up to Pinergy and support the club, simply contact our own club member PJ O’Rourke (087 278 8511). Be sure to tell PJ that NTAFC sent you.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, February 24 and this week’s jackpot is €2,950 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, March 3 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 6 & 17. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – February 18 2018

Juniors
Unfortunately, the bad weather put paid to all junior games at the weekend. Next Sunday, the A’s are away to Ballynanty Rovers in the Lawson Cup (2pm). The B’s are away to Pallasgreen (2pm), the C’s are home to Castle Utd (2pm) and the U18’s are home to Aisling Annacotty (11am).

Schoolboys
Due to the weather conditions and a lot of pitches in Limerick being unplayable, the Limerick League once again cancelled all schoolboy games last weekend.
Next Saturday, weather permitting, the even age groups will be in action. U10 Greens 1 are home to Janesboro (11am), while the U10 Greens 2 are away to Caherconlish (11am). U12 A’s are home to Caherdavin (11am) and the U12 B’s are home to Corbally (12.30pm). U14 A’s are home to Mungret (12.30pm) and the U14 B’s are away to Carew Park (12.30pm). Lastly the U16’s are away to Corbally (2.00pm).

Well done to our U13 player, Aaron Coleman, who was on the LDSL inter-league squad who beat Limerick County 2-0 in Charleville today.

We were once delighted to host inter-league games in Derryleigh Park on Sunday. North Tipp U13 schoolboys played the Clare League in two games. We were happy to welcome the players, officials & supporters from both leagues to Newport.

Schoolgirls
The U13’s continued their 100% run with a great 4-1 win at home to Knigh Utd on Saturday morning. Goals came from Shauna Pewarson (2), Emily Hurley and an O.G. The U15’s were awarded a walkover as Birdhill were unable to field a team. Our U11’s travelled to play Ballymackey in their non-competitive fixture and enjoyed a great game in Ballinree.

Nest Saturday, we are on the road when the U12’s are away to Ballymackey (12pm), the U14’s are away to Clodiagh (11.30am) and the U17’s make the short journey to Birdhill (11.30am).

Well done to the Newport players who were on the NTSFL U13 Schoolgirls squad who played the Midlands League on Sunday in Birr in a challenge. The squad featured Newport players Robyn McNamara, Laura Finn, Robyn Moloney, Erin Kennedy, Mollie O’Hora, Shauna Pearson. Also in the squad is Aoife Kennedy who was missing due to illness. Well done girls and get well soon Aoife.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
Online booking is now open on www.soccersisters.ie for our FAI Aviva Soccer Sisters Easter Camp. The camp will run over two days, March 28 & 29 (Wed & Thurs). Spaces are limited and there’s already been a number of bookings so please book soon to avoid disappointment. The cost is €30, which includes an exclusive playing kit, football and certificate plus two days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! The camp is open to girls between the ages of 6 & 14.

Clothes Collection
Our clothes collection continues and you can drop your bags of unwanted clothes to Derryleigh Park every Saturday during February from 10am-2pm. We will accept old clothes, shoes (in pairs), handbags, blankets & bed linen (NO duvets/pillows).

Pinergy
Great news for the club as we have partnered with Pinergy to benefit all our club members & supporters to reduce energy costs at home and kit out their homes with some LED Bulbs and smart technology. Pinergy, the energy innovators are offering Newport Town AFC members & supporters a free installation of their Smart Meter and In-Home Display to help reduce electricity consumption and save money. Pinergy’s unique technology shows how much electricity you’re using at any time so that you can change your habits and reduce your costs. Together with the Pinergy Smart App, you can top up your electricity at any time and compare your usage with others in your area. For every member/supporter that joins Pinergy to reduce costs, Pinergy will be giving generous contributions to our Club. To sign up to Pinergy and support the club, simply contact our own club member PJ O’Rourke (087 278 8511). Be sure to tell PJ that NTAFC sent you.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, February 17 and this week’s jackpot is €2,900 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, February 24 in O’Sullivan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 2, 15, 20 & 30. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.