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Derryleigh Diary – June 4 2017

Soccer Sisters Festival of Football:
Last Wednesday, ten of our schoolgirl players had the honour of representing Newport Town AFC at the FAI Soccer Sisters Festival in the Aviva Stadium. Newport Town AFC was one of the 8 clubs selected to participate due to the fact that our recent Easter Soccer Sisters Camp was the largest and most successful in the country. The road to the Aviva in May is now a well-worn path for the girls as this is the third year running that NTAFC has been one of the select few clubs to qualify for the event.

From the minute the players arrived at the Aviva they were treated like superstars. Irish international player, Rihanna Jarrett, chaperoned the girls for the day. She was very nice and got on great with the girls. The girls also had a Q&A session with Aine O’Gorman another international player.

The girls took them to do some drills and learned fancy skills from the experts. They were given tips on shooting and moved on to play two small sided games against Rush FC. Overall, the girls had a brilliant day. Sue Ronan (Head of Women’s Football in the FAI) and her team couldn’t have been nicer from start to finish. There were also two other teams from Tipp; our old friends Ballymackey and Killenaule. After a truly memorable day, the girls all went home with smiles on their faces.

Travelling Squad: Emma Wright, Robyn Moloney, Amelia Healy, Robyn McNamara , Shauna Pearson, Eimear Ryan, Mollie O’Hora, Heather O’Neill, Eve Berry, Eimear Shanahan.

Travelling Coaches: John O’Hora & Louise Powell.

New U17 mens’ side:
Next season, we intend fielding an U17 Youths side in the Limerick League for players born in 2001/2002. If you are interested in playing with Newport next season or know a player that may be interested, please contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779.

Bag Packing Fundraiser:
The club will be holding a bag-packing fundraiser on Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1 in Dunnes Stores at the Parkway Roundabout. We will be looking for people to volunteer a couple of hours of their time on either day to help us out. If you are in a position to help, please contact Sarah Egan (087 2826155) or Jenny Noble (086 8390949) for details.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 2, 8, 16 & 28. This week’s jackpot is €1,050 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.

Summer Soccer Camps:
Online booking is now open for our summer camps at www.summersoccerschools.ie and both camps are already filling fast. Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

Derryleigh Diary – May 28 2017

Season Recap:
With the playing season now officially over for the 2016/2017 season, this is just a quick recap of the year. From the Newport Nippers all the way up to the Junior A side, we had over 300 players on 26 teams play almost 400 games during the season, which started last August and finished this weekend. These numbers show how big the club has become. In terms of silverware, Our 13 boys won the Div 1 League & Cup Double, U14 girls won the league and were cup finalists, the U13 girls won their league and both the U12 girls’ sides won their cups and finally our U17’s were cup finalists.

Unfortunately, it was a particularly difficult season for our Junior A team, losing its Div 1A status. However, despite such a setback, we believe that the adult and schoolchildren football continues to progress. The continued integration of youth teams has been a major plus in the development of our more senior squads. The A team will regroup and bounce back. Our B and C teams held their own in their respective leagues as did our youths and U17’s.

In representative honours, we were proud to have Nathan O’Donoghue, Shaun Bonfield, Jayne Hurley, Shauna Pearson, Rachel Carey & Abbie Lenihan winning LDSL & NTSFL Player of the Year awards and Aaron Coleman, Shaun Bonfield, Eoin Guilfoyle playing on LDSL sides. We also had the following playing on NTSFL girls representative sides; Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Rachel Carey, Abbie Lenihan, Leah Moran, Sarah Finn, Amber Deegan, Robyn McNamara, Shauna Pearson, Molly O’Hora, Aoife Kennedy, & Erin Kennedy. Abbie Lenihan also played on the Munster squad. Newport Town AFC also had representation on the Junior teams of the year; C’s – Div.4 Kevin O’Brien, Dave Ryan and Stephen McDermott; 17’s – Devlin Courtney and Elliot Slattery.

Thank you to every player, boys & girl, young & old, who put on a Newport jersey during the season and proudly represented the club.

Sincere thanks to all our team managers, coaches and assistants who willingly and freely give up hours & hours of their own free time to train, nurture and educate our players. Our coaches are with the players at training in all types of weather throughout the season. They go to every game and remain enthusiastic & supportive, win, lose or draw. Quite simply, without our volunteers, we would not have a club. As a club, we mightn’t get everything right all of the time, but hopefully we get things most right of the time. The club greatly appreciates your efforts and thanks you.

Thanks also to all the parents & guardians who bring their children to training & matches and positively encourage and support the players from the sidelines. Our club ethos is to always respect players, coaches and officials and thankfully our supporters abide by this. We respectfully ask parents to please provide support and co-operation to the coaches at all times as sometimes it can be a thankless task to look after a team. Before you complain, have you volunteered yet?

We now look forward to the summer break off the field but plans are already being formed for next season, where we will have even more teams and will welcome new players to the club and all going well the new Clubhouse will be fully operational for the start of the 2017/18 season. Enjoy your summer and see you all for pre-season in July/August time.

Schoolboys:
Our U14B schoolboys played the final competitive game of the season when losing the Div 1 League Cup Semi-Final, 4-0 away to a very strong Summerville side. The scoreline does not do the boys justice, as due to a depleted squad, we had to rely on a lot of our U13 players and they all played very well and more than held their own.

Schoolgirls:
Well done to all our schoolgirls and their coaches who collected their medal haul at the NTSFL Awards in Nenagh last Friday night. Special mention for Jayne Hurley, Shauna Pearson, Rachel Carey & Abbie Lenihan who were selected as NTSFL Schoolgirl Players of the Year at under 12, 13 & 14. This is a great achievement for the girls and well and truly deserved. Thanks to the NTSFL for arranging such a great event.

Massive congratulations to the First Year girls of St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport who won the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools First Year ‘B’ Girls National Cup Final against St. Joseph’s, Foxford, Co. Mayo on a 3-1 scoreline in Dublin. This is a great achievement for the school following on from the U15 girls’ All-Ireland win just a few weeks ago. Well done to their coach, Miss Quinn for her efforts with the girls.

New U17 side:
Next season, we intend fielding an U17 Youths side in the Limerick League for players born in 2001/2002. If you are interested in playing with Newport next season or know a player that may be interested, please contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779.

AGM:
The club’s well-attended AGM took place on Thursday, May 25 in the Freigh Inn. Micheal Lenihan was returned unopposed to the position of Chairperson. Ailbe Coffey remains on as Secretary, while Mike O’Brien replaces Ger O’Brien as Treasurer. Dave Noble will remain on as Club PRO. The Committee members voted back in were Ger O’Brien, Dave Brett, Denis O’Sullivan, Richard Egan & Tim Coffey, Tom O’Malley, Ger Healy & Tom Hickey. A new committee member for the 2018/2018 season is Mike O’Donoghue. Good luck to the incoming committee for the season ahead in what are exciting & busy times for the club both on and off the pitch.

Derryleigh Park Clean-up / Maintenance Day:
Unfortunately the torrential rain on Saturday led to the postponement of our clean-up / maintenance day in Derryleigh Park. We have now re-scheduled for this Wednesday & Thursday, June 1 & 2 from 6-9pm each evening. If you can spare some time on one or both evenings, it would be greatly appreciated. If you have any equipment that could be of use, especially rakes, forks, shovels, wheel-barrows, strimmers, lawn mowers please bring them along.

Monthly Super Draw:
The third of our monthly Super Draws took place last Saturday in McGrath’s Pub. Tom Guilfoyle was the lucky winner of a holiday in Lanzarote, after Ollie McGrath, pulled his name out of the drum. If you’re not in the draw but still wish to still support the club’s Derryleigh 2020 fundraising campaign, there is still to time to ‘buy a brick’ on the Patron’s Wall, which will feature prominently in the new clubhouse. Thanks for the incredible support to date.

Bag Packing Fundraiser:
The club will be holding a bag-packing fundraiser on Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1 in Dunnes Stores at the Parkway Roundabout. We will be looking for people to volunteer a couple of hours of their time on either day to help us out. If you are in a position to help, please contact Sarah Egan (087 2826155) or Jenny Noble (086 8390949) for details.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 3, 8, 11 & 16. This week’s jackpot is €1,000. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Summer Soccer Camps:
Online booking is now open for our summer camps at www.summersoccerschools.ie and both camps are already filling fast. Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

Derryleigh Diary – May 21 2017

Schoolboys:
Pride of place goes to our U13A schoolboys who having already won the league title, secured the League & Cup Double when they defeated Janesboro 5-0 in the LDSL Div 1 Cup Final in U.L. last Saturday morning in front of a large Newport support. Last season they won the cup and were league runners-up, so this year they went one better. Diarmuid O’Riordan took home the match ball after scoring a hat-trick (his fourth hat-trick in his last four games). The other scorers were Adam McEvoy and Aidan Ryan. Well done to the players & coaches, Peter Coleman & Eoin Bonfield on this great achievement. This group of players are a super bunch of down to earth lads, who work very hard for one another and just want to play football. They have fun every time they step on the pitch at training or at game time, whether they win, lose or draw. They are an absolute credit to themselves, their coaches and families and everyone in the club couldn’t be any prouder of the way they play and how well they represent the club at all times. Enjoy the celebrations lads and you can now look forward to the even greater challenge of premier football next season.

Well done to the U14B team who recorded a brilliant 3-2 win over Aisling Annacotty last Thursday to advance to the League Cup semi-final with a gritty, determined and skilful performance. It was a case of the trio of Ryans (Luke, Lee & John Ryan) who did all the damage with three excellent goals. Next up is a trip to Summerville in the semi-final on Monday evening. Thanks to the large Newport support who really got behind the boys all the way to the final whistle.

This is the last week of the playing season with games taking place for our U7, 8, 9 & 11 sides. All our players and coaches can then enjoy a well-earned summer break after the long season before next season begins in late August / early September.

Community Games:
Well done to the U12 Boys Newport/Birdhill Community Games squad who beat Cashel in the county semi-final in Derryleigh Park on Friday night. It was a ding-dong game finishing 3-3 but it was the home team who held their nerve to win the penalty shootout.

Schoolgirls:
Well done to the First Year girls of St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport who won their semi-final of the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools First Year ‘B’ Girls National Cup (small schools) against St. Kilian’s DSD, Clonskeagh, Dublin in Portlaoise last Wednesday. The girls won 2-0 with both goals coming from Emma Kett. Our very own Rachel Carey was team captain. Girls’ soccer in the Newport area just keeps going from strength to strength. The All-Ireland final will now take place on Wednesday, May 24 in Dublin.

New U17 side:
Next season, we intend entering an U17 Youths side in the Limerick League for players born in 2001/2002. If you are interested in playing with Newport next season or know a player that may be interested, please contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779.

AGM:
The Committee of NTAFC wish to advise that that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place this Thursday, May 25 in the Freigh Inn commencing at 8pm. All junior players, managers/coaches, parents/guardians of schoolboy/schoolgirl players and club supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or giving a hand in any capacity should contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey or any current Committee member as soon as possible. Please try and attend as this is your club and your voice is very important. We hope to see a large attendance.

Derryleigh Park Clean-up / Maintenance Day:
The soccer club is holding a clean-up / maintenance day in Derryleigh Park this coming Saturday, May 27 commencing at 9.30am and we are looking for as many volunteers as possible to give us a hand. So if you can spare an hour or two at any stage during the day, it would really be appreciated. We hope to do some raking of the newly-cleared area above the top pitch, strimming, cutting of the banks and a general tidy-up. If you have any equipment that could be of use, especially rakes, forks, shovels, wheel-barrows, strimmers, lawn mowers please bring them along. If everyone could give just a few hours of their time it will really make a huge difference. Many hands make light work.

Monthly Super Draw:
The third of our monthly Super Draws takes place this Saturday, May 27 in McGrath’s Pub. This month’s prize is a holiday in Lanzarote. Last month’s winner Martin Turner will be in attendance to receive his prize and also pick the next winner out of the drum. Come along and see if your name is pulled out. We will hold our usual weekly lotto draw the same night and there will be lucky dip prizes for those in attendance. If you weren’t in the draw, you can still support the club’s Derryleigh 2020 campaign by ‘buying a brick’. Thanks for the incredible support to date.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 1, 18, 20 & 23. This week’s jackpot is €950 and the draw will take place in McGrath’s Bar on Sunday night in conjunction with our monthly Super Draw. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Summer Soccer Camps:
Newport Town AFC will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Online booking is now open at www.summersoccerschools.ie and both camps are already filling fast. Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

Derryleigh Diary – May 14 2017

Juniors:
Our U18s were the only junior side remaining in action at this stage of the season and on Saturday evening recorded a 3-2 victory away to Cappamore with goals from Jay Madden, Elliott Slattery & U17 keeper, Brendan Coffey. The junior season is now complete and it was a mixed bag of results. Unfortunately the A team will spend next season in Div 1B having suffered relegation, the Bs & Cs will remain as they were in Div 2B & 4 respectively. Our U18s finished in the lower half of the table, while our U17s finished as joint league runners-up and losing cup finalists. All the players & management can now enjoy the summer break before pre-season resumes in July.

New U17 side:
Next season, we intend fielding an U17 side in the Limerick League in 2017/2018 for players born in 2001/2002. If you are interested in playing with Newport next season or know a player that may be interested, please contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779.

Limerick League Junior Teams of the Year:
Congratulations to our players who have made it on to the Junior Teams of the Year for the 2016/17 season. Dave Ryan Rose was selected on the Div 4 Team, while Steve McDermott & Kevin O’Brien were named as subs. Meanwhile Elliott Slattery and Devlin Courtney were both named on the U17 Div 2 Team of the Year. Well done lads.

Schoolboys:
Our U14A side’s season finished when they lost their cup semi-final at home to a very strong Limerick FC side, who had already won the league. This was the boys first season playing at the premier level and they performed very well during the season to retain their premier status. They will have learnt a lot during the season and will hope to hit the ground running when the season resumes in late August.

The U12A side are currently the busiest players in the club playing at least 2 games every week. They had mixed results during the past week with a loss away to Mungret Regional and a crucial draw away to Regional Utd, which saw them retain their premier league status next season. This was a roller-coaster season for the boys and their coaches but they got there in the end. Like the 14s they will have learnt a huge amount this year to take into next season.

Unfortunately, the U12B side recorded a loss away to local rivals Lisnagry. The lads have one final league remaining away to Aisling Annacotty before their season ends.

The U14B side advanced to the knockout stage of the Div 1 League Cup following a 2-0 win away to Corbally on Saturday with goals from Killian Sexton & Aidan Fogarty. It was a case of the Late Late Show, with both goals coming in the last five minutes despite having dominated the game from start to finish.

Our small-sided non-competitive U7/8/9 sides are still busy on the field with lots of games taking place but all sides will be finished for the season on May 27. Details of the remaining fixtures are available on our club website www.newporttownafc.com

In the 2017/18 season, Newport will have teams playing at premier level at U13, 14 & 15, which will be the first time that we have had three teams playing in premier divisions. This is a great reflection on how much schoolboy football has advanced in Newport in the past few years.

U13 Div 1 Cup Final:
Having already won the league, our U13A side will hope to complete the double when they take on Janesboro in the Div 1 Cup Final next Saturday, May 20 at 11am on the University of Limerick astro-turf. We would hope to see a large Newport crowd at the game to support this brilliant group of lads and their coaches, Peter Coleman & Eoin Bonfield.

Schoolgirls:
The combined Newport Town AFC U13/14 schoolgirls’ sides welcomed the U13 Clare Schoolgirls League ETP squads to Derryleigh Park last Sunday. Both sides played out a very entertaining challenge game with the Clare League winning out on a 5-3 score line but the Newport girls gave a great account of themselves and were more than a match for the Clare Academy side.

AGM:
The Committee of NTAFC wish to advise that that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Thursday, May 25 in the Freigh Inn commencing at 8pm. All junior players, managers/coaches, parents/guardians of schoolboy/schoolgirl players and club supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Proposals for discussion items and/or motions to be put to the AGM on the night should be submitted in writing to Ailbe Coffey, Hon. Club Secretary, Newport Town AFC, Main Street, Newport, Co. Tipperary and/or by e-mail to secretary@newporttownafc.com no later than Thursday, May 18. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members should contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey or any current Committee member as soon as possible. Please try and attend as this is your club future and your voice is very important. We hope to see a large attendance.

Lotto:
There was no winner of this week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 1, 18, 20 & 23. This week’s jackpot is €900. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Summer Soccer Camps:
Newport Town AFC will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Online booking is now open at www.summersoccerschools.ie and both camps are already filling fast. Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

New Clubhouse:
The work on our new clubhouse is steadily progressing and all going well the roof should be complete in a fortnight’s time. The official opening ceremony is pencilled in for August 27, so be sure to mark that date in your diary. If you haven’t been up to Derryleigh Park recently be sure to drop up for a visit to see the development taking place, none of which would be possible without the support of our local community. Thank you.

Derryleigh Diary – May 7 2017

Juniors:
The junior playing season is now beginning to wrap up and at the weekend our A team and U17s both finished up their campaigns. Despite having being relegated the previous week, the A’s scored a comfortable 7-1 victory over Fairview in Derryleigh Park on Saturday evening. This was only a consolation victory as all thoughts now turn to next season’s fight to climb out of Div 1B, which won’t be an easy task.

Last Thursday, the 17s recorded a very good 4-1 win away to a dogged Knockainey side, with a hat-trick from Devlin Courtney & a lovely finish from Killian O’Malley. On Sunday, the lads suffered a disappointing 4-2 loss away to Charleville, with both our goals coming from James Lynch. This has been a very long season for the 17s as a lot of the players have also been playing with the 18s and some have also featured for the Junior A & B sides during the season. Overall it wasn’t a bad season for the 17s, finishing third in a strong division and also getting to the cup final. The lads are now looking forward to the break and next season push on for some silverware.

The 18s are the only junior side with games remaining and in the last week they suffered two disappointing defeats, 2-0 away to Charleville and 6-2 at home to Star Rovers. They are back in action next Saturday when they travel to play Cappamore at 6.30pm.

Schoolboys:
Last Wednesday, our U13A side advanced to the Cup Final following an excellent 4-1 win away to Aisling Annacotty courtesy of a Diarmuid O’Riordan hat-trick and a super goal from Lee Ryan. They boys are now just one win away from a league & cup double with Janesboro standing in their way in the cup final, which will take place in U.L. in a few weeks time.

Our U7 and U10 sides were in action on Saturday and played out some very entertaining and exciting games with lots of goals and great play by all sides.

Upcoming Fixtures. This Wednesday at 7pm, the U14B side are away to Janesboro in the second game of their League Cup pool, while the U12A side welcome Aisling Annacotty to Derryleigh Park. On Friday at 7pm both our U8 sides are in action, the Reds are home to Geraldines, while the Greens are away to Corbally. On Saturday, the 14 B’s are away to Corbally in their final League Cup pool at 12,30pm, the U9 greens are away to Caherconlish at 9.45am and the U12A side are away to Regional at 11am.

Schoolgirls:
Hard luck to the Newport/Birdhill U15 Girls Futsal side who lost 2-1 to Connacht in the Community Games All-Ireland Final in Dublin last Saturday. They defeated Ulster 1-0 in the semi-final courtesy of a goal from Skye Sheehy to make it through to the final, which unfortunately was a step too far despite a goal from Emma Coleman. Despite the disappointment, a silver medal was still a great achievement for the girls.

AGM:
The Committee of NTAFC wish to advise that that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Thursday, May 25 in the Freigh Inn commencing at 8pm. All junior players, managers/coaches, parents/guardians of schoolboy/schoolgirl players and club supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Proposals for discussion items and/or motions to be put to the AGM on the night should be submitted in writing to Ailbe Coffey, Hon. Club Secretary, Newport Town AFC, Main Street, Newport, Co. Tipperary and/or by e-mail to secretary@newporttownafc.com no later than Thursday, May 18. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members should contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey or any current Committee member as soon as possible. Please try and attend as this is your club future and your voice is very important. We hope to see a large attendance.

Lotto:
There was no winner of this week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 12, 19, 27 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €850. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh 2020:
If you are still interested in supporting the ongoing developments in Derryleigh Park the opportunity still exists for supporters to have their name prominently & permanently displayed as a Patron of Newport Town AFC on the wall of the new clubhouse in our Buy a Brick fundraiser. We are a community focussed club and Derryleigh 2020 is all about celebrating our past and building our future within our community. The one off cost is €100 and information can be obtained from any committee member or team manager.

Summer Soccer Camps:
Newport Town AFC will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Online booking is now open at www.summersoccerschools.ie and both camps are already filling fast. Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

Derryleigh Diary – April 30 2017

Juniors:
Unfortunately it was a very disappointing week for the juniors with the Junior A side being relegated from Div 1A and the U17s losing a Cup Final. The A’s travelled to the newly-crowned league winners Charleville, knowing that they had to win to have any chance of avoiding relegation. However despite a very good performance, they lost out on a 1-4 scoreline. Newport were the better side in the first half and if Elliott Slattery’s 30 yard free-kick had crept in instead of rattling the crossbar, it could have been a different game. 0-0 entering the second half, Newport had to push on for a goal but this meant that we were leaving ourselves exposed at the back and Charleville cruelly exposed us to give a scoreline, which wasn’t a fair reflection of the game. Sameer Salem scored Newport’s consolation goal. The lads have one final league game remaining at home to Fairview next Saturday at 6.30pm and thoughts are already turning on how we can bounce straight back up from Div 1B next season. We might be down but we are certainly not out.

The U17s suffered cup final heartbreak losing to Mungret Regional on a 4-1 scoreline. Two goals conceded in the first 5 minutes proved too big a mountain to climb against a very good Mungret side. A lot of teams would have buckled at this stage but great credit is due to the lads for battling back into the game and leaving nothing outside on the pitch. In the second half, Newport were really chasing the game but two counter-attack goals, either side of an Odhran Brett goal for Newport, saw the trophy go to Mungret. The Newport 17’s are a hard-working and honest side who play for one another and for certain a lot of the players will get to play more Cup Finals in Jackman Park and will have a learnt from the experience. They have two league games remaining and intend to finish the season strongly and hopefully secure a top two finish. Despite the disappointment, the players & management would like to express their great appreciation for the fantastic support that they received from the large Newport crowd in Jackman Park.

Both our B & C teams ended their seasons during the week. The B’s lost 5-1 at home to Glenview, who needed the win to ensure promotion. Tristan O’Sullivan scored for Newport. The B’s will once again be in Div 2B next season. The C’s finished their campaign on a high with a 3-1 win at home to Murroe with Dave Ryan Rose, Dave Kennedy & Steve McDermott on the mark for Newport.

This week the 17s & 18s are both in action away from home. The 18s play Charleville and are home to Star and on Thursday, the 17s play Knockainey and finish their league campaign away to Charleville on Sunday at 2pm.

Schoolboys:
Our U13A side finished off their league winning campaign in style with a comfortable win over Lisnagry on Wednesday. Jerry Flynn of the LDSL was on-hand to present the league trophy to co-captains Aaron Coleman & Shaun Bonfield. We would like to wish a speedy recovery to David Hannon, who suffered a bad injury during the game. The boys are still in with a chance for the league & cup double, as they are away to Aisling Annacotty in Killonan this Wednesday at 6.30pm in the cup semi-final.

Our U12A side, playing in the Premier League, are currently one of the busiest sides in the club with games coming thick and fast. Last Monday they drew 0-0 with Corbally and unfortunately with a depleted squad, they lost 3-0 away to Fairview last Friday. They now have 3 league games remaining and a couple of positive results should see them retain their premier status.

Our U12B side are also very busy but despite their best efforts, had a couple of disappointing results during the week. They were beaten 3-0 away to Lisnagry in the cup quarter-final and then suffered a 5-0 defeat away to Bridge Celtic. They have 2 games remaining and are looking at a comfortable mid-table position.

All our U8 and U11 sides were in action on Saturday and played out some very entertaining and exciting games with lots of goals and great play by all sides.

Upcoming Fixtures. On Saturday both our U7 sides are in action at 9.45am. The Blues ae home to Mungret Regional, while the Greens are away to Fairview. Our U10s are home to Aisling Annacotty at 11am. Next Monday, the U14A side are home to Limerick FC in the cup semi-final at 6.30pm, the U12As are away to Mungret Regional at 7pm and the 12Bs are away to Lisnagry.

Schoolgirls:
The schoolgirl season is over but the club would like to congratulate the U15 girls from St. Mary’s Secondary School who won the All-Ireland Final in Dublin last Wednesday afternoon. They beat St. Patrick’s from Killala, Co. Mayo 2-1 in the final after extra time with 2 goals from Emma Coleman. A lot of our club players were on the St. Mary’s side, well done to all concerned.

Congrats to Newport Convent Girls’ School who were runners-up in the SPAR FAI Schools Tipperary Primary 5s competition in Two Mile Borris FC. They were unlucky in the final, losing out to pens to St John the Baptist, Cashel.

Lotto:
There was no winner of this week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 1, 4, 21 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €800. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

80’s Night:
Thanks to over 160 people who came to the Freigh Inn last Saturday for our 80’s night. Everyone who turned up really enjoyed their step back in time thanks to DJ Shane Lenihan who ensured that the dance floor was hopping all night long. Well done to all our raffle winners who won some of the spectacular prizes on offer including hotel breaks courtesy of the Shelbourne, Salthill & Fitzpatrick Castle Hotels, international soccer tickets, Munster tickets, restaurant vouchers, family passes & Bunratty Banquet tickets from Shannon Heritage, prizes from Lakeside Hotel, North Tipperary Motor Factors, Mulcair Vets & Mulcair Pharmacy, Lakeside Hotel, Green Cross Pharmacy, Medicare, Supervalu Castleconnell, JJ Kenneally Jewellers, Virgin Media Ireland & House of Hair. As always, thanks to Mary Jo O’Sullivan and her staff for their hospitality. Lots of images from the night here.

Summer Soccer Camps:
Newport Town AFC will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Online booking is now open at www.summersoccerschools.ie Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

Derryleigh Diary – April 23 2017

Juniors:
Our U17s remain in second place in the league following a 2-1 win at home to Janesboro last Tuesday. Two superbly struck free-kicks from centre-half, Elliott Slattery; including one in the very last minute was the difference between these two sides. This was a tight game and we rode our luck at times with the woodwork keeping Janesboro out twice and a world-class reflex save from Brendan Coffey denying them on another occasion. However we also had some great chances to make things a little easier. Newport are 5 points behind Mungret Regional, with two league games remaining.

Depleted through injuries & unavailability, the U18s only had the bare 11 players were unlucky to lose 1-0 away to Geraldines last Thursday. Their game against Kilmallock on Sunday was called off as Kilmallock were unable to field a team.

Upcoming fixtures see the A team away to league champions Charleville next Saturday evening at 6.30pm in a crucial league encounter. With just 2 games remaining the picture is very clear. We need to win both games and hope that Aisling lose their last remaining game to ensure survival. Anything else and we will be relegated to Div 1B. On Sunday, the Bs play their final game of the season when Glenview are the visitors to Derryleigh at 2pm. Next Tuesday (May 2), the 18s are away to league leaders Charleville and on Thursday (May 4), the 17s are away to Knockainey.

Schoolboys:
During the week our U14A finished their league campaign and ensured premier league status with a hard-earned 2-1 win away to Mungret Regional with goals from Johnny Ryan & Diarmuid O’Riordan. This has been this team’s first season playing premier level and it has been a roller-coaster ride for them but they will have learnt things along the way, which will definitely stand to them next season.

The U12A side took another important step in maintaining their premier league status with an excellent 1-0 win away to Shelbourne. It took an O.G. from a Shelbourne player to ensure that all three points returned to Derryleigh Park.

The U13B side lost away to Fairview with Alex O’Toole & Sean Reddington on the score-sheet for Newport.

This Wednesday, the league-winning U13A side under the management of Peter Coleman & Eoin Bonfield will receive their league trophy and medals after their game against Lisnagry in Derryleigh Park. The game kicks off at 6.30pm and it would be great to see a big crowd at the game to support the league champions.

Upcoming Fixtures. This Friday, the U12A side are away to Fairview, while the 12Bs are away to Bridge Celtic. On Saturday both our U8 sides are in action at 9.45am. The Reds welcome Pike to Derryleigh Park, while the Greens are away to Caherconlish. Both our U11 sides are also in action in Derryleigh Park against Shelbourne & Aisling Annacotty.

Schoolgirls:
Newport Town AFC U13 Girls were crowned NTSFL League Champions last Wednesday night after a comfortable win in their final game of the season away to Shinrone. This was a great finish to their season under the stewardship of Rob Kelly and Eddie O’Gorman. The girls section within the club has come so far in such a short period of time and the future looks bright for these young ladies.

Very hard luck to our U14 girls who lost 1-0 in a very exciting and close NTSFL cup final to our neighbours Birdhill on Wednesday evening. It really was a tense & sporting game that could have gone either way. Unfortunately we were the team to lose out. Well done to Birdhill F.C. on their win and to both sides who were very gracious in defeat & victory. Girls, you can hold your heads up high. A league title and cup finalists is a great season in any one’s book. We are all very proud of you and your coaches. Roll on next season.

The schoolgirl season is now complete and what a season it was. Both our U12 sides and our U13 and U14 sides all won silverware and our new U16 side improved with every game. The U10 side enjoyed lots of blitzes and everyone is now looking forward to the summer break but can’t wait for next season.

Best of luck to the U15 girls from St. Mary’s Secondary School who contest the All-Ireland Final in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon. They will play St. Patrick’s from Killala, Co. Mayo in the final. A lot of our club players are on the St. Mary’s side, so hopefully more silverware will be coming to Newport.

Lotto:
Congratulations to Joy Brett, Stonehall, who was the lucky winner of the lotto jackpot of €4,650 at the draw which took place in Lee’s Bar. The lucky numbers were 3, 11, 20 & 21. This week’s jackpot is €750. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

April Super Draw:
The second of our monthly Super Draws took place in Lee’s Bar on Saturday evening. Last month’s winner, Nicole Fallon, was in attendance to receive her prize and also pick out the ticket belonging to Martin Turner of Stonehall as the winner. Martin’s prize is €1,500. Thanks for the incredible support to date.

80’s Night:
Calling all Madonnas & Princes, it’s now just a few days to the social night of the year and there’s lots of talk around the place about 80s costumes, song choices and the super prizes on offer. So it doesn’t matter whether you’re in your 80s, born in the 80s or even born after the 80s. Admission is ONLY €5 (which also enters you into a draw for a hotel break) and it looks like the Freigh is definitely the only place to be next Saturday night. 80’s costumes are optional but there will be great prizes for best costumes, so why not make the effort to go back in time. Spot & raffle prizes on the night include 2 x VIP tickets for Ireland v Austria in the Aviva, 2 x tickets for Ireland v Uruguay, 2 Munster tickets, a hotel break, restaurant vouchers, Annual Family pass from Shannon Heritage, Bunratty Banquet tickets, Afternoon Tea in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, a smart phone, hampers and many more.

Summer Soccer Camps:
Newport Town AFC will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Online booking is now open at www.summersoccerschools.ie Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

Derryleigh Diary – April 16 2017

Juniors:
Our U17 & U18 teams were the only junior sides in action in the past week. Pride of place goes to the U17s who have made it through to the Div 2 Cup Final in Jackman Park on April 25, following a gritty 3-1 win away to Knockainey on Saturday evening with goals from Elliott Slattery (2) and Jordan Mooney. Newport were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to a long-range free kick and penalty from Elliott Slattery. The game was made safe in the 78th minute when Jordan Mooney was on hand to tap-in after Odhran Brett’s effort was only parried by the keeper. Knockainey scored a late consolation but it’s Newport who will now take on Mungret Regional in the final, which will take place in Jackman Park on Tuesday, April 25 at 7pm. Last Tuesday, in the league Newport continued their push for a top two finish with a convincing 5-1 win away to Corbally with goals from Adam Hurley 2, Jack Connolly, Odhran Brett & James Lynch. Nest up for the 17s is a league game at home to Janesboro this Tuesday at 6.30pm.

The U18s lost their cup semi-final on a 4-1 scoreline away to Star Rovers on Sunday afternoon. Newport, missing a number of players due to injury and unavailability, failed to get into their stride and the concession of two early goals gave them a mountain to climb. The consolation goal was scored by Aaron O’Neill. Last Thursday, the lads were winning 1-0 against league leaders Kilfrush through a Brendan Coffey goal but were unfortunate to concede a last minute equaliser to share the points. The 18s next game is away to Geraldines this Thursday at 6.30pm followed by a game at home to Kilmallock on Sunday at 2pm.

The only other junior fixture currently scheduled is the C team at home to Murroe on Tuesday, April 25 at 6.30pm.

Schoolboys:
Both our U13 sides were in quarter-final cup action with mixed fortunes. Our double-chasing A team advanced to the cup semi-final, where they will meet Aisling Annacotty, following an excellent 3-1 win away to Summerville Rovers on Monday evening. Diarmuid O’Riordan was the hat-trick hero. Unfortunately, despite a battling performance the B team exited the cup at the hands of Aisling Annacotty.

In league action, the U12B team enjoyed an excellent 4-2 win away to Mungret Regional with two goals apiece for Alex O’Toole & Brian Corrigan.

Upcoming fixtures. This Wednesday, the U13B team are away to Fairview (6.45pm). On Friday, the U14A side are away to Mungret Regional (6.45pm). On Saturday, both our U7 sides are away to Shelbourne & Corbally (9.45am), the U10s are home to Fairview (11am) and the U12A side are home to Shelbourne (12pm).

Schoolgirls:
There were no schoolgirl games in the past week. This week the U12 Greens are away to Lough Derg on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm. However the big game of the week is the U14 Cup Final that takes place in Kilavilla this Wednesday at 8pm.The girlsare going for the league & cup double and ironically it’s our close neighbours, Birdhill who stand in our way. Off the pitch these girls are friends, go to school together and even play on the same Community Games team. However for the duration of this game, friendships will be put to one side to see who can claim the silverware. Best of luck to the girls and their coaches, Gaylord & Mike.

90 minutes before the cup final, our U13 girls travel to play Shinrone at 6.30pm in their final game of the season. A win will ensure that the girls become league champions. Best of luck to the girls and their coaches, Rob Kelly & Eddie O’Gorman. Everyone in the club is behind you. Hopefully we can then travel to the cup final a short distance away with one piece of silverware secured.

Well done to the 8 Newport girls, Abbie, Amber, Kaitlyn, Leah, Rachel, Robyn, Sarah (Captain) and Shauna who represented North Tipperary U14 NTSFL schoolgirls in the Waterford Viking Cup on Wednesday & Thursday. The girls were split across 2 teams and played some great games against Wexford, Kilkenny, Kildare, Cork, Limerick and South Tipperary. The future looks great for North Tipperary and Newport Girls soccer.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp:
Our Aviva Soccer Sisters camp is over for another year and it’s safe to say that all 83 girls that made it the BIGGEST camp in Ireland had great fun. It was our pleasure to host head coaches James Scott & Dave Rooney and their excellent team of FAI coaches. 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. #AvivaSoccerSisters

April Super Draw:
The second of our monthly Super Draws takes place this coming Saturday, April 22 in Lees Pub at 10pm. This month’s prize is €1,500. Last month’s winner Nicole Fallon will be in attendance to receive her prize and also pick the next winner out of the drum. Come along and see if your name is pulled out. We will hold our usual weekly lotto draw the same night and there will be lucky dip prizes for those in attendance. If you weren’t in the draw, you can still support the club’s Derryleigh 2020 campaign by ‘buying a brick’. Thanks for the incredible support to date. #derryleigh2020

Back to the 80’s:
Just a reminder to keep Saturday, April 29 free as our Back to the 80’s Night takes place in the Freigh Inn. Our organisers are hard at work to ensure that it’s going to be a night to remember. There will be some great raffle & spot prizes on the night including 2 x VIP tickets for Ireland v Austria in the Aviva, 2 x tickets for Ireland v Uruguay, 2 Munster tickets, a hotel break, restaurant vouchers, Annual Family pass from Shannon Heritage, Bunratty Banquet tickets, a smart phone, hampers and many more. 80’s costumes are optional but there will be great prizes for best costumes, so why not make the effort to go back in time. Admission is only €5 and it looks like it’s going to be a great night out.

Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The numbers drawn were 3, 10, 20 & 28. This week’s jackpot is €4,650. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – April 9 2017

Juniors:
The A team suffered another setback in their relegation fight when they suffered a home defeat to Prospect Priory in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. Newport started well and took a 1-0 lead to the half-time break courtesy of a Dave Ryan Rose goal. Unfortunately Prospect dominated the second half and ran out comfortable winners. The A’s now have 2 games remaining at home to Corbally and away to Charleville but would need to win both and hope that other results go their way to avoid the drop.

The B’s recorded a 7-4 win at home to Abbey on Sunday in a rip-roaring league contest that had 11 goals, a red card and some missing teeth! It was great to once again to see some of our under 17 & 18 players getting a run out in a team that was a mix of seasoned campaigners and youth. Goals came from Dermot Ryan (2), Thomas Carroll (2), Colin Floyd, Odhran Brett & James Lynch. Best of luck to Dobs on his visit to the dentist! The B’s have just one game to play before the end of season and next season will once again play in Div 2B.

The C’s promotion hopes took a big dent when they lost 3-1 away to Summerville Rovers on Sunday afternoon. Steve McDermott was Newport’s scorer. The lads now have just one game remaining in their Div 4 campaign.

Upcoming junior fixtures see the U18’s at home to Kilfrush in the league on Thursday (6.30pm). On Easter Saturday, the U17’s are away to Knockainey in their cup semi-final (6.15pm). On Easter Sunday, the U18’s are away to Star Rovers in their cup semi-final (2pm). The 17s are in action again next Tuesday when they welcome Janesboro to Derryleigh Park at 6.30pm. The A, B & C teams have no games.

Schoolboys:
The under 14A side advanced to the Premier Cup semi-final, where they will meet Limerick FC, after a convincing 4-1 home win over Mungret Regional. Daniel Egan (2), Johnny Ryan and Diarmuid O’Riordan were the Newport scorers.

Unfortunately despite a committed and battling performance, the 14B team lost 4-2 in their divisional cup tie to Regional Utd and exited the main cup competition. On-fire, Lee Ryan, was once again the Newport scorer with a brace. However the B’s still remain in contention in the pool stage of their League Cup.

Our league winning U13A side continued their winning run with a comfortable 6-0 win away to a battling Regional Utd side on Friday evening to set them up nicely for their cup game away to Summerville Rovers on Monday evening. Scorers were Shane O’Halloran (2), Lee Ryan (2), Diarmuid O’Riordan and Lee Ryan.

Unfortunately the U13B team lost out 5-1 to Parkville in the league with Alex O’Toole, once again being on the mark for Newport.

Both our U12 sides were in cup action on Saturday with mixed fortunes. The A team were very unfortunate to lose out 3-2 away to Geraldines after extra time, after Geraldines scored a last minute equaliser to bring the game to extra time. Conor Brett & Killian English were the Newport scorers. Meanwhile the B team advanced to the next round following a comfortable 7-1 win away to Mungret Regional C. Newport scorers were Alex O’Toole (3), David O’Brien (2), Taylor McGill & Brian Corrigan.

There are no schoolboy games scheduled over the Easter weekend.

Schoolgirls:
Very hard luck to our U13 schoolgirls who were unfortunate to bow out of the Cup at the semi-final stage in a cracker of a cup tie against BT Harps on a 2-1 scoreline on Wednesday evening with Abbie Lenihan scoring our goal. The girls have two league games remaining and still are in contention for the league title.

Our U14 girls are just one win away from the league & cup double following their 3-1 semi-final victory away to Knigh Utd with goals from Leah Moran, Abbie Lenihan & Skye Sheehy. In the final, they will play the winners of Ballymackey & Birdhill.

Newport Town AFC were ball girls at the Markets Field, Limerick for the European qualifying game between Ireland U19 & Ukraine. It was great for our players to see this standard of football. We had over 30 players and 20 parents in supporting the Irish girls who won the game 2-0. All our ball girls did an excellent job on behalf of their club.

Well done to St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport on winning the Bank Of Ireland FAI Schools Minor ‘B’ Girls National Cup semi final v Wilson Hospital School, Multyfarnham. They will now play St Patrick’s College, Killala in the final on Wednesday 26th April. This team includes a large number of players from Newport Town AFC.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp:
Over 80 girls will be taking part in our Soccer Sisters Easter Camp this Wednesday & Thursday to make it one of the biggest camps in the country. We hope you all have great fun. Thanks to all the committee and volunteers involved in the preparation for the camp.

Back to the 80’s:
Just a reminder to keep Saturday, April 29 free as our Back to the 80’s Night takes place in the Freigh Inn. Our organisers are hard at work to ensure that it’s going to be a night to remember. There will be some great raffle & spot prizes on the night including 2 x VIP tickets for Ireland v Austria in the Aviva, 2 x tickets for Ireland v Uruguay, 2 Munster tickets, a hotel break, restaurant voucher, Annual Family pass from Shannon Heritage, Bunratty Banquet tickets, a smart phone and many more. 80’s costumes are optional but there will be great prizes for best costumes, so why not make the effort to go back in time. Admission is only €5 and it looks like it’s going to be a great night out.

Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 21 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €4,600. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – April 2 2017

Juniors:
The A team suffered a setback in their relegation fight when they surrendered a 3-1 lead with 9 minutes remaining to lose out on a 5-3 scoreline at home to Holycross on Sunday morning. The Newport scorers were Dean Lenihan, Kieran McCarthy & Sean Ryan. With just three games remaining, it’s going to take a mighty effort and some other results to go our way to pull ourselves out of this position. However football is a funny game and as we have seen in the past 2 games, anything can happen. Next up is the visit of Prospect to Derryleigh Park next Sunday (11am).

The B’s narrowly lost out 3-2 away to Murroe last Tuesday evening with Darragh Nolan and James Lynch on the score-sheet. Despite the scoreline this was an important game as another two of our U17 players, Odhran Brett & James Lynch, made their full junior debuts and both did not look at all out of place. On Sunday afternoon, the B’s travelled to Summerville Rovers in the Div 2B Cup semi-final. Unfortunately the lads lost out 4-2 to a very strong Summerville side with Dean Lenihan scoring both our goals. The B’s now have just two league games remaining and are safe in Div 2B. Next up is a home game to Prospect next Sunday (2pm).

The C’s remain second in the hunt for promotion from Div 4 but a 2-2 draw away to Rathuard on Sunday may have put a slight dent in their promotion push. Goals from Dave Ryan Rose & Steve McDermott earned the lads a point. The C’s also have just two games remaining and travel to play Summerville Rovers on Sunday (2pm).

Well done to our under 17’s who advanced to the semi-final of the Div 2 Cup following a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Aisling Annacotty on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Adam Hurley, James Lynch and two from centre-half Elliott Slattery, one of which was a free kick from inside his own half, was enough to send the lads to the semis. Next up for the 17s is a midweek game away to Corbally on Tuesday, April 11 at 6.30pm.

Schoolboys:
Our under 14A team recorded a crucial 2-0 league win away to Regional Utd last Wednesday with both goals scored by Johnny Ryan. Unfortunately they lost 4-0 at home to Caherdavin on Saturday. Meanwhile the 14Bs enjoyed an excellent 4-2 win at home to Aisling Annacotty in the first game in their League Cup pool. Lee Ryan scored all four goals. Both U14 sides are in Cup action next Saturday. The A’s play Mungret Regional (11am) and the Bs play Regional (1pm). Both games are in Derryleigh Park.

The under 12B team suffered a defeat away to Fairview last Friday with Alex O’Toole on the scoresheet. Next up for the B’s is a Cup game away to Mungret Regional next Saturday (11am). The U12A side are also in Cup action next Saturday, when they are away to Geraldines (1am).

Our U13 sides also have a busy schedule. Next Friday, the A’s are away to Regional in the league (6.30pm) and then travel to play Summerville in the Cup the following Monday (6.30pm). The B’s are also in cup action on Monday when they travel to Aisling Annacotty (6.30pm).

Our U8 & U10 sides were in non-competitive action last Saturday and by all accounts the standard of football was top-class. Well done to all the players and their coaches.

Other upcoming schoolboy fixtures. Both our U11 sides are away this Wednesday to Bridge Celtic and Carew Park (7pm) and next Saturday, the U9 Greens are home to Lisnagry (9.45am).

Schoolgirls:
Well done to our U14 girls who received their league trophy from Terri Butler of the NTSFL at a well-attended presentation ceremony in Derryleigh Park during the week. All the players and their coaches, Gaylord Harvey & Mike Carey received a great reception from other Newport players, their families, friends & supporters.

This was just the start of an incredible week for our schoolgirl teams as both our U12 sides won their Cup and Shield Finals last Saturday. The Reds beat Lough Derg 3-1 in the Shield Final with goals from Shauna Pearson 2 and Robyn McNamara. The Greens then completed a remarkable double when they beat Killavilla 2-1 in the Premier Cup Final with a goal from Emily Hurley and an O.G.

Three trophies for our girls in the space of a few days and with a little luck, there might even be more to come. Schoolgirl soccer in Newport continues to go from strength to strength. Then just to top it all off the Newport/Birdhill U15 Futsal girls, representing Tipperary, won the Munster Community Games when they defeated Kerry 4-2 in the final with goals from Emma Coleman (3) and Marie O’Brien. The U13 Newport/Birdhill girls narrowly lost out to Clare in the semi-final.

This Wednesday, the U13 girls play BT Harps in the Cup semi-final in Derryleigh Park (7pm).

Derryleigh 2020 Super Draw:
Congratulations to Nicole Fallon of Glencree who was the winner of a New York holiday when her ticket was pulled out of the drum in a packed O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday night. We have had a great response from the local community to our fundraising efforts and it is only with this support that we can continue to improve the facilities in Derryleigh Park for the benefit of the whole community. The second monthly draw will take place on April 22.

New Clubhouse:
Local builder, Larry McGrath and his crew are working hard on our new clubhouse in Derryleigh Park and we are on schedule for the official opening in August of this year. It’s great to see the progress being made from week to week.

Soccer Camps:
Newport Town AFC will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schoolsthis summer. Online booking is now open at www.summersoccerschools.ie Camp 1 will take place from July 3 – 7 and Camp 2 from August 7 – 11. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!
There are still limited places available on our Soccer Sisters Easter Camp on April 12 & 13. Book now on www.soccersisters.ie

Back to the 80’s
Just a reminder to keep Saturday, April 29 free as our Back to the 80’s Night takes place in the Freigh Inn. Our organisers are hard at work to ensure that it’s going to be a night to remember.

Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The numbers drawn were 4, 19, 21 & 28. This week’s jackpot is €4,550. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.