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Derryleigh Diary – December 10 2017

Juniors:
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.

Schoolboys:
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.

Schoolgirls:
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).

Xmas Raffle:
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.

Lotto:
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.

Derryleigh Diary – December 3 2017

Juniors:
The A team travelled to Croom and despite missing a number of players, recorded a creditable 3-3 draw with Croom, with our opponents scoring deep into injury time to snatch a draw and deny us all three points. Brian O’Sullivan (2) and Sameer Salem were the goal-scorers.

The B’s were also on the road and played Summerville Rovers and enjoyed an excellent 4-1 win with goals from John Ryan (2), Dave Kennedy and Jamie Collins. This win keeps Newport firmly in the promotion hunt and top of Div 2B with 11 games played & 9 remaining, with 8 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses.

Newport Town AFC U18’s welcomed Maree Oranmore FC to Derryleigh Park in the 3rd round of the FAI Youth Cup. Unfortunately for us, it was the Galway outfit who advanced to the last 16 of the National Competition, after scoring the only goal of the game in the 17th minute. The Newport lads worked hard to score an equaliser and came close on 70 minutes when Elliott Slattery’s free-kick cannoned off the cross-bar. However despite coming under intense pressure from Newport in the last 20 minutes, the westerners defence held firm and they breathed a deep sigh of relief when the ref blew the final whistle. Hard luck to Newport and best of luck to Maree Oranmore in the next round. Thanks to the large home crowd who came along to support the lads and a special word of thanks to the parents who brought sandwiches, home-bakes and soup for the post-game hospitality.

Next Sunday, the A’s, B’s and U17’s are all at home in Derryleigh Park. The A’s play St. Pat’s (11am), the B’s play Holycross B (2pm) and the U17’s play Charleville (2pm).

Please note that all junior football finishes on December 10th and will resume on January 7th.

Schoolboys:
Unfortunately all three of our competitive schoolboy sides suffered defeats at the weekend. The U15As, were up against it as they were missing a few players and they lost 6-2 away to Fairview, with Jay Ryan netting twice. The U15Bs also lost on a similar scoreline with Luke Hamilton & Ben Noble on the score-sheet. However the scoreline didn’t do justice to the lads effort. The U13Bs welcomed Granville to Derryleigh Park but unfortunately it was the visitors who secured a 6-0 victory.

Next Saturday, the even-ages sides are in action. U10 Blues are away to Shelbourne (11am), U12A are away to Mungret Regional (11am), U12B are home to Aisling Annacotty (12.30pm), U14A are away to Regional (12.30pm), U14B are away to Janesboro (12.30pm) and U16s are home to Geraldines (2pm).

Next Saturday sees the final schoolboy fixtures before Christmas. Games will resume on Saturday, January 6th.

All match results, reports and upcoming fixtures can be viewed on the club’s website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls:
Well done to our U13 & U15 sides who both recorded excellent wins. The U13s beat Lough Derg 7-0 with goals from Shauna Pearson 2, Emily Hurley, Aoife Mellerick, Grainne Power, Robyn McNamara & O.G. The U15s travelled to Borrisokane and came away with all three points following a 3-0 win. Roisin Power, Rosie Quirke & Leah Mpran were on the scoresheet.

Next Saturday the the U12, 14 & 17 girls are all on the road. U12 v Killavilla (12pm), U14 v Ballymackey (12pm) and the U17s v BT Harps (1pm).

Xmas Raffle:
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.

Wrist Bands:
Limited edition NTAFC wrist bands are now available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturday mornings. As the advert says, ‘when they’re gone, they’re gone’ so be sure to get one soon.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 4, 6, 20 & 25. This week’s jackpot is €2,350 and the draw will take place in Lee’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 26 2017

Juniors:
Unfortunately the weather put paid to all junior football last weekend and no games took place. Next Sunday the As, Bs & U18s are in action. The big game of the weekend is the visit of Maree Oranmore from the Galway League to Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon in the last 32 of the FAI Youth Cup. Kick off is at 2pm and it would be great to see a large Newport crowd in attendance to support our U18s. The A team are away to Croom (11am) and the Bs are away to Summerville Rovers (11am).

Please note that all junior football will finish on December 10th and resume again on January 7th.

Schoolboys:
Due to the bad weather over the weekend, all schoolboy games were called off.

Next Saturday, the odd-ages sides are in action. The U7s are home to Mungret Regional (9.45am). U11 Whites are home to Star Rovers (11am). U13A are home to Summerville Rovers (12.30pm). U13B are away to Granville (12.30pm). U15A are away to Fairview (12.30pm). U15B are away to Corbally (12.30pm).

We have been advised by the LDSL that the last schoolboy fixtures before Christmas will be on Saturday, December 9th and will resume on Saturday, January 6th.

All match results, reports and upcoming fixtures can be viewed on the club’s website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls:
Well done to our U17 & U14 schoolgirl teams, who both beat Lough Derg sides in Derryleigh Park today. The 17s won 4-0 with goals from Roisin Power (2), Kaitlyn Bradshaw & Rachel Carey. The 14s enjoyed a comfortable victory with Abbie Lenihan, Shauna Pearson, Eryn Kennedy, Aoife Kennedy, Leah Moran, Robyn McNamara & Aisling O’Gorman amongst the scorers. Well done girls.

Next Saturday the U13s welcome Lough Derg to Derryleigh Park (12pm), while the U15s are away to Borrisokane (12.30pm).

Representative Honours:
Well done to our schoolboy & schoolgirl players who represented Newport Town AFC on NTSFL and LDSL squads last Sunday. Everyone in the club is very proud of you. U12 boys, James Moloney – LDSL v Limerick Desmond League, U.L. U15 boys, Eoin Guilfoyle & Jay Ryan – LDSL v Clare League, U.L.
U12 girls, Heather O’Neill, Aoife Mellerick & Lauren Bailey – NTSFL v Limerick Desmond League.

Inter-League Games:
We were very proud to have been asked by the NTSFL to host Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland inter-league games between North Tipperary & Kerry in Derryleigh Park last Sunday. It was a great opportunity to see the best U12 & U13 schoolboy players from the NTSFL & Kerry schoolboys and girls soccer league leagues in action. This was a great honour for our club and we were delighted to welcome players, management, officials & supporters to Derryleigh Park.

Coach Education:
Well done to our coaches James McNamara, Patricia Kennedy & John O Hora who successfully completed the FAI Coach Education PDP2 (the old Kick Start 2) course. All our dedicated & enthusiastic voluntary coaches put in countless hours of their own time, for no personal gain, to ensure that our players and your children receive the best possible coaching & encouragement at all times. Without the commitment of all our volunteers we would have no club. Thank you all so very much. We always welcome new volunteers in any capacity (not just coaching).

Xmas Raffle:
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 (wiith turkey & ham), 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Thanks in advance for your support.

Wrist Bands:
Limited edition NTAFC wrist bands are now available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturday mornings. As the advert says ‘when they’re gone, they’re gone’ so be sure to get one soon.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 2, 6, 7 & 28. This week’s jackpot is €2,300 and the draw will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 19 2017

Juniors:
The A team welcomed second placed Shelbourne to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning and both teams played out a hard-fought game, which ended with the points shared after a 1-1 draw. Newport more than held their own and took the lead when dead-ball specialist, Elliott Slattery, scored a contender for goal of the season. His free-kick from 40 yards out was fired to the top corner giving the keeper absolutely no chance. Shelbourne battled back to equalise and in the end a draw was probably a fair result.

The C team were on the road to Cappamore and lost 4-1 with our only goal coming from a Darragh Nolan penalty. The C’s are now halfway through what has proved to be a tough season for them so far. Hopefully their luck might change in the second half of the campaign.

The U17s made a wasted journey out to Hospital to play Kilfrush Crusaders, as the ref deemed the pitch to be unplayable, while the players were doing their warm-up. The lads have now only played one game in the past 2 months, which is tough going on the lads as all they want is to play ball. Hopefully they will get to play a game before the Christmas break.

Please note that all junior football will finish on December 10th and resume again on January 7th.

This coming Sunday the B’s are home to Holycross (11am) and the U18s travel away to Kilmallock (2pm).

Schoolboys:
Due to the bad weather over the weekend, all our competitive games were called off as the away pitches were unplayable. However, as always, Derryleigh Park was in great condition and the two U11 games scheduled there went ahead as planned. Both games were very exciting and entertaining with plenty of goals. There was some fantastic football played by all sides and there are definitely some super stars in the making for Newport. Our U9s travelled to Bridgetown to play Bridge Celtic. The consitions were very harsh but both teams ignored the weather and played some excellent football. Well done to all.

We have been advised by the LDSL that the last schoolboy fixtures before Christmas will be on Saturday, December 9th and will resume on Saturday, January 6th.

Next Saturday, the even-ages sides are in action and it’s a busy weekend. There are 4 games in Derryleigh Park. U8 v Limerick FC (9.45am), U12B v Aisling Annacotty D (11am), U14A v Corbally (12.30pm) & U16 v Geraldines (2pm). Three sides are away. U10 Blue v Shelbourne (11am), U12A v Fairview (12.30pm) & U14B v Janesboro (12.30pm).

All match results, reports and upcoming fixtures can be viewed on the club’s website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls:
Hard luck to our U14 girls who bowed out of the National Cup at the hands of Regional Utd on a 1-3 scoreline in an epic encounter. The scoreline doesn’t truly reflect how the game played out. With the game only 2 minutes in, Regional caught us with a quick break and our defender collided with their forward in the box and a penalty was awarded from which they successfully scored. We missed a glorious chance to equalise after some great work up the right side. 20 minutes in and they doubled their tally with a well-placed shot. In the 2nd half we upped the tempo and our hard work was rewarded with a goal. We pushed even further forward looking for that elusive equaliser but the Regional defence held strong. With a minute to go the girls all pushed forward and Regional valiantly defended and managed to break away. And with the last kick of the game, they scored their 3rd. It was a truly entertaining game and either team could have come away victorious. Well done to both sets of players for giving their all and we wish Regional Utd all the best in the competition.

Unfortunately our U15s also lost at the weekend when they lost 4-1 at home to Knigh Utd in the league with Abbie Lenihan scoring the consolation goal.

Next Saturday, there are three schoolgirl games in Derryleigh Park. The U17s play Lough Derg (10am), the U14s also play Lough Derg (12pm) and the U12s play Shinrone (1pm).

Bag Packing Thank You:
Thank you to all our volunteers who generously gave up their precious time to help the club’s bag packing fundraiser last Friday. It is truly appreciated. Thanks also to the generous shoppers in Dunnes Stores Childers Road for being so kind and to the staff & management of Dunnes for being so welcoming. Special thanks to Sarah Walsh & Amanda Hickey and the Social Committee who drove this on with their hard work and enthusiasm.

Wrist Bands:
Limited edition NTAFC wrist bands are now available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturday mornings. As the advert says ‘when they’re gone, they’re gone’ so be sure to get one soon.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 8, 16, 26 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €2,250 and the draw will take place in McGrath’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Christmas Raffle:
Our annual Christmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Sunday, December 17 at 8pm and raffle cards will shortly be in circulation amongst players and coaches. Lines costing €2 each can also be bought in some local pubs, shops & businesses. There will be some lovely hampers as the main prizes along with other numerous prizes. We appreciate your support.

Derryleigh Diary – November 12 2017

Juniors:
The A team were the only side in action over the weekend and they recorded a crucial morale boosting victory over Caherconlish on Sunday morning. The lads entered the game on the back of a few defeats and everyone was fully aware that a win was badly needed to get their season back on track. Newport were 2-0 up after 34 minutes courtesy of goals from Devlin Courtney & Peter O’Sullivan but then gifted the visitors two goals in quick succession to see the game level. Elliott Slattery powerfully headed home from a corner to once again give Newport the lead just before half-time. Newport extended the lead to 4-2 one minute into the second half when Brian O’Sullivan scored after some good pressing from Devlin Courtney. Caherconlish once again closed the gap in the 60th minute but two more goals from Brian O’Sullivan ensured that we grabbed all 3 points on offer.

This coming Sunday the Junior A’s are at home to Shelbourne (11am), the C’s are away to Cappamore (11am) and the U17s are away to Kilfrush (2pm).

Schoolboys:
Due to the bad weather over the weekend, the LDSL called off all schoolboy games with the exception of National Cup games. Unfortunately our U16s bowed out of the SFAI National Cup at the hands of an excellent & well-drilled Killarney Celtic side in Derryleigh Park on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to everyone who came along to support the lads on such a miserable day. Best of luck to Killarney Celtic in the remainder of the competition as they are a side no other teams will want to come up against.

Next Saturday, the odd-ages sides are in action. However at the time of writing the LDSL fixtures had not been released.

Schoolgirls:
Our U12s enjoyed a comfortable 6-0 win away to Borrisokane on a wet & miserable Saturday. However the weather didn’t dampen the girls’ spirits as they took all 3 points on offer following an excellent display. The Newport scorers were Jane Ryan 3, Aoife Mellerick 2 & Ciebha Guidera. Our U17s came up against a very strong Ballymackey side in a league encounter on Saturday. It was the visitors who were comfortable winners despite a brave & battling performance from the home side.

Next Saturday, the U12s are away to Shinrone and the U15s are home to Knigh Utd. Both games kick off at 10.00am. On Sunday, the U14s are away to Regional Utd in Dooradoyle in the WFAI National Cup (11am).

Ireland v Denmark Match Tickets:
Congratulations to Gavin Ryan who won 2 Premium Level tickets for the sold-out Ireland v Denmark World Cup Playoff game. Thanks to everyone who entered this fundraising draw.

Bag Packing Volunteers Needed:
We are still short a few volunteers for our bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road this coming Friday November 17 from 10am to 8pm. Anyone over 16 can help. Please text or call Sarah 087 2826155, Amanda 086 0442323 or Maeve 086 8534966 if you can spare and hour or two.

Wrist Bands:
Limited edition NTAFC wrist bands are now available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturday mornings. As the advert says ‘when they’re gone, they’re gone’ so be sure to get one soon.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 5, 11, 14 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €2,200 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.

Derryleigh Diary – November 5 2017

Juniors:
The A team suffered a disappointing 3-2 home defeat to bottom side Caherdavin Celtic on Sunday morning. Despite goals from Kieran McCarthy and Sean Ryan it was the visitors who went home with the 3 valuable points on offer.

The B team maintained their recent run of good form with an excellent 2-0 win away to Athlunkard Villa on Sunday afternoon through a well-taken brace from Kalem Harte. This win keeps the lads well in the promotion hunt.

Our U18 eased into the next round of the FAI Youth Cup following a comfortable 6-1 win away to Knockainey. The scorers were Nathan Hartigan 3, James Lynch 2 & Darragh Hanley.

This coming Sunday the Junior A’s are the only side in action when they welcome Caherconlish to Derryleigh Park in Div 1B. Kick-off at 11am.

Schoolboys:
The U15’s were very unlucky to bow out of the National Cup following a penalty shoot-out against Caherdavin Celtic. Both normal and extra time failed to produce a goal between these two evenly matched sides and it was the Newport lads who suffered the heartbreak of going out on penalties.

Both our U13 sides were in action in Derryleigh Park and both recorded excellent wins. The A team beat Parkville 6-0 with goals from Conor Molamphy 2, Conor Brett 2 & Alex O’Toole 2. Meanwhile the B team beat Regional Utd on a 3-1 scoreline with Nathan Walsh the hat-trick hero.

The U9’s got their season underway when they made the journey into town to play Aisling Annacotty early on Saturday morning. They all played brilliantly and really enjoyed themselves. Thanks to the parents and coaches for bringing the players to the game and providing such great support.

The U11 Greens made the journey to Carew Park but unfortunately the U11 Whites game against Aisling Annacotty was postponed as the Newtown Park pitch was unplayable.

Well done to our U15 players, Eoin Guilfoyle & Jay Ryan, who were selected in the 16-man LDSL squad who beat the Desmond League 2-0 on Sunday in Askeaton. A great honour for the players, their families and the club. This year, we see our biggest ever representation on LDSL squads, which is a super reflection on the underage structures in the club and the work and dedication of our coaches & players. We have players on the following panels -U12, Ciaran Carey & James Moloney, U13, Aaron Coleman, U14, Shaun Bonfield & Paul Moloney and U15, Eoin Guilfoyle & Jay Ryan. There are also other players knocking on the door and we are hopeful that they will also be recognised for selection in due course

Next Saturday, the even-ages sides are in action. The U16’s welcome Killarney Celtic to Derryleigh Park in the third round of the National Cup (2pm). U14A are home to Corbally (11am), while the U14Bs are away to Janesboro (12.30pm). The U7s get their season underway when they travel to play Regional in Dooradoyle (9.45am).

Schoolgirls:
The game scheduled for our U15 girls at home to Borrisokane last Saturday was called off late on Friday night, so our U11s and U13s were the only sides in action. The U13s played very well to beat Knigh Utd 5-0 with goals from Amelia Healy 3 & Shauna Pearson 2. The U11s welcomed Lough Derg to Derryleigh and by all accounts this was a great game with both sets of players providing lots of excitement and no shortage of skill.

Next Saturday, the U12s are away to Borrisokane (1.30pm) and the U17s (1pm) are home to Ballymackey.

Win Ireland v Denmark Match Tickets:
Would you like to win 2 Premium Level tickets for the sold-out Ireland v Denmark World Cup Playoff game in the Aviva Stadium on Tues, Nov 14? Well, we have 2 of these priceless tickets up for grabs. €5 will buy you a line in the club raffle, which will take place on Saturday, Nov 11. Raffle cards will be in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturday morning and also available in various pubs and shops in Newport. Managers and committee members will also accept your entry. This crucial match is a complete sell-out so it could be the best €5 you spend this year.

Bag Packing Volunteers Needed:
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road on Friday November 17 from 10am to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise some vital funds. Anyone over 16 can help. Ideally we would like volunteers to fill two hour slots. All volunteers will be entered into a draw for a voucher. Please text or call Sarah 087 2826155, Amanda 086 0442323 or Maeve 086 8534966. Please specify what time suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your help. Please spread the word. Two hours of your time could make all the difference.

Wrist Bands:
Limited edition NTAFC wrist bands are now available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturday mornings. As the advert says ‘when they’re gone, they’re gone’ so be sure to get one soon.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 1, 3, 7 & 27. This week’s jackpot is €2,150 and the draw will take place in Ryan’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – October 29 2017

Juniors:
The A team suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Kilfrush. Newport took the lead through an early goal from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan but Kilfrush then scored three goals without reply to take all three points on offer.

A very young C team lost 3-0 at home to Wembley Rovers in the Open Cup. Newport played well but some poor defensive errors were the difference between the sides.

The U18’s maaintained their one point lead at the top of Div 2 with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Corbally Utd on Sunday afternoon with goals from Odhran Brett (2) and James Lynch. With the first round of games complete, Newport are in a very good position heading into the second half of the league campaign.

This coming Sunday the A’s are home to Caherdavin (11am), the B’s are away to Athlunkard Villa (2pm) and the 18’s are away to Knockainey in the FAI Youth Cup (2pm).

Schoolboys:
It was a busy weekend with our even-aged sides in action. The U16s maintained their position at the top of Div 1 with a comfortable 3-1 victory at home to Fairview Rangers B. The lads are currently unbeaten and are on a great run of form. Our U14A side ground out a great 1-0 win away to Mungret Regional on a poor surface last Saturday. Minus a few players, this was a real fighting performance with David Hannan the goal-scoring hero. Unfortunately the U14B side lost 7-1 away to Aisling Annacotty with Diarmuid Cantillon on the score-sheet. Both our U12 sides were in action with mixed results. The A’s lost 3-0 at home to a very strong Limerick FC side, while the B’s had an excellent 7-3 win away to Regional Utd with goals from Conor O’Brien 2, Evan Keogh 2, Paddy Hussey, Joe Crowley & Stephen Ryan. Both our U10 sides were at home to Corbally Utd & Caherconlish and some of the football on display was really top-class with great team and individual performances. The coaches Carlos Lancha & Fiachra MacCraith have the players playing some wonderful football in a very positive manner.

Next Saturday, our odd-ages sides are in action. The U15’s travel to play Caherdavin in the third round of the National Cup (11am). Both our U13 sides are in action, with the A’s at home to Parkville (11am) and the B’s at home to Regional (12.30pm). Both our U11 sides are away. The Greens play Carew Park (11am) and the Whites play Aisling Annacotty (2pm).

Schoolgirls:
The games scheduled for our U17 & U14 girls last Saturday were called off, so our U12s were the only side in action. The girls recorded an excellent 2-1 win at home to Ballymackey on Saturday morning. It was a wet dull morning but that didn’t stop both teams from giving us a great game. Newport started on top and Lauren Bailey opened the scoring on the 20th minute. Aoife Mellerick attacked the Ballymackey goal with menace but it was Jane Ryan who made a brilliant under 12 debut that scored our 2nd goal just before half time. Ballymackey came back strong in the second half scoring with about 15 minutes to go and putting us under big pressure trying to find the equaliser. But our defence was rock solid with Muireann Ryan and Caoimhe Troy. But our girl of the match was Heather O’Neill who cleared all before her.

Hard luck to our girls who bowed out of the U16 National Cup on Sunday, away to a very good Killenaule / Moyglass side. This was a big step-up for the girls as they are an U15 side playing a year above. However our hosts were excellent and we wish them well in the next round. Thanks to Killenaule/Moyglass Girls Soccer for the post-match refreshments and hospitality, which was very much appreciated before the long journey home.

Next Saturday, the U13s are home to Knigh Utd (10am), U15s are home to Borrisokane (11am) and U11s are home to Lough Derg (12.30pm).

Newport Nippers:
The U8’s got their season underway when they made the journey into town to play Janesboro early on Saturday morning. They all played like ‘All-Stars’ and really enjoyed themselves. Thanks to the parents and coaches for bringing the players to the game and providing such great support.

Next Saturday, the U9’s start their fixtures when they travel to play Aisling Annacotty (9.45am).

Training sessions for the Newport Nippers U7s (players born in 2011 & 2012) continues on Saturday mornings from 9.30-10.30am.

Win Ireland v Denmark Match Tickets:
Would you like to win 2 Premium Level tickets for the sold-out Ireland v Denmark World Cup Playoff game in the Aviva Stadium on Tues, Nov 14? Well, we have 2 of these priceless tickets up for grabs. €5 will buy you a line in the club raffle, which will take place on Saturday, Nov 11. Raffle cards will be in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturday mornings and also available in various pubs and shops in Newport. Managers and committee members will also accept your entry. This crucial match is a complete sell-out so it could be the best €5 you spend this year.

Bag Packing Volunteers Needed:
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road on Friday November 17 from 10am to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise some vital funds. Anyone over 16 can help. Ideally we would like volunteers to fill two hour slots. All volunteers will be entered into a draw for a voucher. Please text or call Sarah 087 2826155, Amanda 086 0442323 or Maeve 086 8534966. Please specify what time suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your help. Please spread the word. Two hours of your time could make all the difference.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 2, 4, 11 & 26. This week’s jackpot is €2,100 and the draw will take place in Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – October 22 2017

Due to Storm Brian all games were called off last weekend, so everyone had a break from the busy schedule.

Juniors:
This coming Sunday the A’s are away to Kilfrush (11am), the C’s are home to Wembley in the Open Cup (11am) and the I18’s are home to Corbally (2pm).

Schoolboys:
Next Saturday, our U10 Blues are home to Corbally (11am), U10 Browns are home to Caherconlish (12.30pm), U12A’s are home to Limerick FC (12.30pm), U12B’s are away to Regional C (11am), U14A’s are away to Mungret Regional (11am), U14B’s are away to Aisling Annacotty C (11am) and the U16’s are home to Fairview Rangers B (2pm).

All match results, reports and upcoming fixtures can be viewed on the club’s website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls:
Well done to our schoolgirl players, who following trials, have been selected for the initial 2017/2018 NTSFL Academy Squads. This is a great achievement by the girls and a huge honour for the players, their coaches, families and the club.

U12 – Aoife Mellerick, Heather O’Neill & Lauren Bailey

U13 – Aoife Kennedy, Eryn Kennedy, Laura Finn, Mollie O’Hora, Robyn McNamara, Robyn Moloney, Shauna Pearson

U14 – Leah Moran, Sarah Kelly, Mara Von Aelst & Emma Wright

U16 – Eimear Carey, Kate Harvey, Rachel Carey, Skye Sheehy, Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Roisin Power & Sarah Finn

Next Saturday, the U17s are home to BT Harps (10am), U12s are home to Ballymackey (11am) and the U14s are away to Birdhill (12pm).

On Sunday, we are away to Killenaule / Moyglass in the U16 National Cup (2pm).

Newport Nippers:
Next Saturday, the U8’s start their fixtures when they travel to play Janesboro (9.45am).

Training sessions for the Newport Nippers U7s (players born in 2011 & 2012) continues on Saturday mornings from 9.30-10.30am.

Ailbe Coffey to be honoured at LDSL Awards:
Congratulations to our very own Ailbe Coffey, who has been selected by the Limerick District Schoolboy/girl League to receive a Contribution to Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Award at the LDSL Annual Awards Presentation this coming Friday in the Absolute Hotel. Well done Ailbe, fully deserved. Everyone in the club is very proud of you and delighted for you.

Bag Packing Volunteers Needed:
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road on Friday November 17 from 10am to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise some vital funds. Anyone over 16 can help. Ideally we would like volunteers to fill two hour slots. All volunteers will be entered into a draw for a voucher. Please text or call Sarah 087 2826155, Amanda 086 0442323 or Maeve 086 8534966. Please specify what time suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your help. Please spread the word. Two hours of your time could make all the difference.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 4, 13, 20 & 30. This week’s jackpot is €2,050 and the draw will take place in Lees Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – October 15 2017

Juniors:
There were no junior games at the weekend as the only scheduled game, the U17 game away to Holycross was cancelled.

Well done to our U18 players, Devlin Courtney, Elliott Slattery & Troy Porter, who were called up for trials for the Limerick Oscar Traynor squad last Sunday in U.L.

This coming Sunday the A’s are home to Caherdavin (10.30am) and the B’s are away to Athlunkard Villa (2pm).

Schoolboys:
Our U14A’s were the only competitive side in action at the weekend, when they welcomed Lough Derg to Derryleigh Park in the second round of the National Cup. Unfortunately the lads lost 2-1 in a very tight and entertaining game with Aaron Coleman on the score-sheet for Newport. Lough Derg took the lead when a clearance from the goal line was picked up and finished to the corner of the net 1-0. Newport upped the pace and when a corner wasn’t cleared properly it was picked up by Aaron Coleman who drilled the ball to the bottom corner. 1-1 at half time. The second half was an even affair but Lough Derg took the lead half way through the second half and held on to the lead till the end.

The U16’s National Cup game at home to Holycross did not go ahead at a request from the visiting side.

Our two U10 sides were in non-competitive action away to Aisling Annacotty and Lisnagry. By all accounts, both games were very exciting and entertaining with some quality football on display from all the players. Once again, the non-competitive football games are all about player development and allowing the young players express themselves on the football pitch without being concerned about scorelines and league positions.

Next Saturday, our U15s travel to play Caherdavin in the National Cup (11am). Both our U13 sides are at home. The A’s play Parkville (11am) and the B’s play Regional (12.30pm). Both our U11 sides are away. The Greens play Carew Park (11am) and the Whites play Aisling Annacotty (2pm).

All match results, reports and upcoming fixtures can be viewed on the club’s website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls:
Our U14’s were the only schoolgirl team in action and they advanced to the next stage of the National Cup following a comfortable 7-1 win at home to Cahir Park AFC. The girls also created a little footnote in the club’s history by being the first underage girls team to play in the National Cup. The girls rose to the occasion by producing an excellent team performance. With a strong wind behind them, the girls attacked from the off but Cahir caught them on the counter attack and scored against the run of play. The girls got straight back into the game when Leah Moran equalised with a fine solo run. Leah scored her 2nd, an exquisite lob over the keeper, in between goals by the Kennedy twins, Aoife and Eryn. In the 2nd half against the strong wind, the defensive line of Mara, Jayne, Mollie, Robyn, Katie and Nadine held strong while being marshalled by Emma in goals. With Sarah and Robyn holding midfield and Aisling making great runs down the wing, it allowed Shauna plenty of space through the middle. The result of which, Shauna added 2 more goals to our tally. Leah got her hat-trick when Shauna whipped in a corner and Leah proceeded to back heel the ball into the net. With the game over, both sets of teams and supporters headed back to the clubhouse for food and refreshments supplied by the parents and NTAFC Committee. A big thank you to all.

Next Saturday, the U13s are away Borrisokane (10am), while the U15s travel to play Birdhill (1pm).

Newport Nippers:
Training sessions for the Newport Nippers U7s (players born in 2011 & 2012) continues on Saturday mornings from 9.30-10.30am.

U8 games will now commence on Saturday, October 28 and U9’s on Saturday, November 4.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 4, 9, 17 & 30. This week’s jackpot is €2,000 and the draw will take place in McGrath’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – October 8 2017

Juniors:
The U17’s were the only junior side in action at the weekend. They welcomed Star Rovers to Derryleigh Park in their first home game since August 24 and played out an exciting 3-3 draw. It was a real humdinger of a game with 6 goals, the lead exchanging hands a couple of times, a penalty and lots of drama. Star took the lead 20 minutes into the first half but Newport equalised when Jack O’Carroll calmly slotted home after Jack Foley had been upended in the box by the Star keeper. 1-1 at half-time and it was anyone’s game. Star went back in front when we failed to clear the ball and the ball broke kindly for the Star player who scored from close range. Newport equalised when Jack O’Carroll fired home a brilliant free kick from the edge of the box and then went 3-2 in front when centre-half Joey Kelly rose highest to power a header to the far post from a corner. It looked like Newport would close out the game but unfortunately we failed to deal with a corner and the Star player headed home unopposed on the six yard box. Jack O’Carroll had a great chance late on but his well-struck free kick clipped the top of the bar. Points shared and a draw may well have been a fair result.

This coming Sunday the U17’s are once again the only junior side in action. They are away to league leaders Kilfrush in Hospital at 2pm.

Schoolboys:
Another busy Saturday with six schoolboy sides in action. Both our U15 sides were at home. The 15A team recorded an excellent 4-2 win over Regional with goals from Eoin McLoughlin, Johnny Ryan, Jay Ryan & Calum Grant. This win keeps the lads in third place in the league after five games, just 3 points behind the leaders. Meanwhile the 15B side suffered a 6-2 defeat to Geraldines. The score-line does not reflect the overall game and the effort the lads put in. Alex Considine and Luke Hamilton were the Newport scorers.

Both our U13 sides recorded very impressive wins away from home. The A side travelled to top of the table Bridge Celtic on Saturday morning facing a team with a 100% record in the league to date. Newport produced their best performance of the year to come away with a vital 3-1 win. Conor Brett, Alex O’Toole and an O.G. saw the lads pick up the 3 points on offer. The B team beat Regional C 5-3 in Dooradoyle in a very impressive performance. Nathan Walsh with 4 & David Whelton were the scorers.

Our two U11 sides were in non-competitive action at home to Aisling Annacotty and away to Star Rovers. By all accounts, both games were very exciting and entertaining with some quality football on display from all the players. Once again, the non-competitive football games are all about player development and allowing the young players express themselves on the football pitch without being concerned about scorelines and league positions.

Next Saturday sees two National Cup games. The U14s welcome Lough Derg to Derryleigh Park (12pm) and the U16s welcome Holycross (2pm). Both these games have the makings of being crackers and we hope to see a large Newport support at both games. Both our U10 sides are away. The Blues are away to Aisling Annacotty (11am) and the Browns visit Lisnagry (11am).

Schoolgirls:
All three Newport sides in action last weekend played Ballymackey. The U13s recorded a very comfortable & impressive victory with Shauna Pearson, Amelia Healy, Robyn Moloney, Aoife Mellerick & Amelia Healy on the score-sheet.

The U15s game was a cracker with both sides serving up a really entertaining match for the spectators. Unfortunately for us Ballymackey ran out 4-2 winners despite a very good performance by the Newport girls. Roisin Power scored both our goals.

The U11s were away to Ballymackey and enjoyed a great game of football with both sets of players really impressing the spectators with their skills.

Next Saturday, the U12s are away to local rivals Birdhill (10.30am), while the U14s play Cahir Park in the National Cup in Derryleigh Park (2pm). Please come along to support the girls.

Newport Nippers:
Training sessions for the Newport Nippers U7s (players born in 2011 & 2012) continues on Saturday mornings from 9.30-10.30am.

A massive thank you to Fairview Rangers who invited our U8’s into the Fairgreen for a blitz. Each player got a cert and a generous goodie bag. A great time was had by everyone.

We have just received notification from the LDSL that U8 games will now commence on Saturday, October 28 and U9’s on Saturday, November 4.

FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe):
Thanks to all the Newport players & officials, referees and the visiting teams from Ballymackey Fc, Aisling Annacotty AFC, Regional Utd FC & Geraldines AFC Limerick who participated in the Show Racism the Red Card FARE (Football Against Racism Europe) event in Derryleigh Park on Saturday. In our club, there is absolutely no place for racism or discrimination and the UEFA Respect banner flying on our flagpole reflects this. The event was a great opportunity to use the power of football to bring people together, make a stand against discrimination and promote respect for diversity in football and in society. Both sets of players lined up and exchanged champions league handshakes prior to kick off. Both teams then stood together for a photo holding up show racism the red card cards.

FAI Child Welfare Coaching Course:
Well done and thank you to our 20 volunteer coaches, assistants, players and parents who completed the FAI Coach Education Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Workshop in Derryleigh Park last week. Special thanks to James Scott the FAI’s North Tipp Regional Development Officer for taking time out of his busy schedule to present the workshop. All attendees found his presentation very informative and beneficial. We hope to run another workshop in the not too distant future to cater for our other volunteers who could not make this evening.

Bag Packing Fundraiser:
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road on Friday November 17 from 10am to 6pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise some vital funds. Anyone over 16 can help. Ideally we would like volunteers to fill two hour slots. Please text Sarah 087 2826155 or Amanda 086 0442323. Please specify what day suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your support. Please spread the word. Your two hours could make all the difference.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 5, 18, 28 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €1,950 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.