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Derryleigh Diary – January 6 2019

Juniors
The Junior A side recorded a very comfortable 9-2 victory over Northside Legacy in the first round of the Lawson Cup, which was a nice warm-up ahead of the big game against Aisling Annacotty in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup next Sunday. The undoubted highlight of this game was a 7 goal salvo from in-form striker, Christy Doyle, who has now scored 27 goals in all competitions this season.

Newport, who trained hard over the Christmas period, hit the ground running and scored as early as the 5th minute, when Christy Doyle latched onto a lovely through-ball from captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan. In the 11th minute, Doyler made it 2-0 when he latched onto a dropped ball by the Northside keeper from a cross Davy Ryan out on the left. It was all one-way traffic and Christy scored his first hat-trick on 25 minutes, when he again was on theend of a lovely slip-pass from Clemy to make it 3-0. Clemy & Doyler have struck up an excellent partnership this season and Clemy’s 14 goals, making a combined tally of 41, make them a handful for any side. Clemy made it 4-0 in the 29th minute he capitalised on a defensive error to shoot home off the post. 2 more goals from Christy before half-time, both headers, gave Newport a 6-0 lead at the interval.

Doyle continued where he left off after the break and scored his 6th & 7th goals in the 48th & 50th minutes respectively to make it 8-0 before he departed the field of play. With the job done and one eye firmly on next week’s game, manager, Marc Barry, made some substitutions to avoid the risk of injury to key players and also to give most of the panel a run-out. Substitute, Nathan Hartigan, made it 9-0 with 25 minutes and amazingly Newport didn’t score again despite creating some good chances. Northside scored two consolation goals to leave the final score 9-2 to the home side.

Newport dominated the game from start to finish and advance to the next round where we are at home to Premier side Kilmallock. Another bonus was that we finished the game without any major injury scares ahead of next week. Full concentration can now switch to the massive challenge that lies ahead of us next week.

The U18s hadn’t played a competitive game in almost 2 months, since November 11, but they got rid of the rustiness shown in the early stages to secure safe passage to the next round of the Ger Ryan Youth Cup with a well-deserved 4-1 win at home to Shelbourne on Sunday afternoon. The lads will know that the first-half performance was sluggish but still commanded a 2-1 at half-time thanks to the opener from Devon Ryan in the 24th minute and a 30 yard shot from Karl Kelly in the 40th minute. A much-improved performance in the sceond half saw Newport score another 2 goals through the hard-working Jacks (Foley & O’Carroll). This was a great result for the lads as it’s hard to keep the interest-levels up, when only playing 2 games in 3 months. However the numbers attending and the effort being put-in at training will hopefully be all worth it at the business end of the season.

Next weekend’s fixtures see our U17s travel to play Aisling Annacotty in the league on Saturday afternoon (2.15pm) and then on Sunday afternoon, the A team travel to the same venue to play Aisling in Round 6 (last 32) of the FAI Junior Cup with a 2.15pm kick-off.

FAI Junior Cup, Round 6 Preview:
Well over 600 teams started on the journey but now after 5 rounds played, Newport are one of the last 32 teams remaining on the Road to the Aviva. This coming Sunday afternoon, we make the short journey in the R503 road to play Premier League side Aisling Annacotty in Round 6 of the FAI Junior Cup. Before the draw was made for this round, we were hoping for a home draw, but if it was away, we wondered if we would be sent to the far-reaches of the country. Instead we were given one of the closest possible away draws as it’s just over 12km from Derryleigh Park to Annacotty. Aisling Annacotty are massive favourites heading into the game and must have been secretly delighted to draw a side from Div 1B of the Limerick League in the last 32 of the Blue Riband trophy of Irish junior soccer.

Newport are the firm underdogs going into this cup tie. We have played 5 games to get to this stage beating Northside Legacy (3-0), Dromore (6-1), Patrickswell (5-2), Granville (4-2) & Carbury (Sligo) on pens after the game ended 2-2 after both normal time & extra time. Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan have both scored 5 goals, team Captain, Brian ‘Clemy ‘O’Sullivan (4), Kalem Harte (2), Sean Ryan (2), Elliott Slattery (1) & Dave Kennedy (1) have scored the 20 goals to get us this far. Newport are well capable of scoring goals, as Doyler (27) and Clemy (14) have a combined tally of 41 goals in all competitions this season and no doubt, Aisling will see the 2 lads as the main Newport goal-scoring threat. However we have plenty of other players on the pitch well-capable of scoring given the opportunity.

Aisling are currently in 6th place in the Limerick Premier League and are the bookies’ firm odds-on favourites to progress to the last 16, especially as the game is being played on their astro-turf pitch, a surface that they are well used to playing on. To get to this stage, Aisling have beaten Athlunkard, Caherdavin, & Prospect and in the last round recorded an excellent 4-0 win away to Blarney.

Round 5 was new territory for Newport, so the last 32 is a huge bonus and another step along an unknown path. However we know that a large Newport crowd intend travelling to the game and they will give the lads plenty of vocal support and encouragement during the game. The players will have learnt a lot about playing on the big stage after the last game against Carbury and they will have absolutely no doubts that if they give it their very best shot, they are more than capable of causing a potential cup upset.

We look forward to seeing a big Newport support on the day and encourage everyone to come along and get to the game early and get behind the players right from the kick-off at 2.15pm. Days like this don’t come along too often and we have nothing to lose as nobody expects us to win but ourselves.

Schoolboys:
In consultation with the clubs in the Limerick League, the LDSL Committee and Bord na nOg this is the schedule for the coming calendar season 2019. Please note this schedule will be reviewed at the end of the season by all the appropriate bodies.

The season will start on February 23rd Saturday with U16 & U14, March 2nd Saturday with U15 & U13, March 9th Saturday with U12, U14 & U16, April 1st Monday with U 11, April 6th Saturday with U10, April 6th Saturday with U8, April 13th Saturday with U9 & April 27th Saturday with U7.

There will be no games fixed for any Saturday in the month of June and the two weeks in July. The summer break will be from July 13th to August 31st. There will also be a break in late May/June for Kennedy Cup, Leaving Cert and Junior Cert. Easter weekend Saturday and Monday and May 6th bank holiday will be free from fixtures. In the second half of the season Sept 2nd to November 30th, clubs will have league games and local cups will start on September 14th.

Schoolgirls
Our U15s & U18s were in action at the weekend with mixed results. The U15s travelled to play Ballymackey and recorded an excellent 2-0 win thanks to goals from Robyn McNamara & Neve Clements, scoring her first goal for the club. Unfortunately the U18s suffered a surprise heavy defeat away to local rivals, Birdhill. This was just an off day for the girls with Abbie Lenihan’s goal the only consolation on the day.

Next Saturday the U12 & 17 girls are back in action. The U12s are home to Lough Derg (10am) and the U17s are away to Lough Derg (11.30am).

Calorie Kickers:
Kick-start 2019 and start your new year weight-loss resolution with the Calorie Kickers community weight-loss group, which starts back this Wednesday, January 9 for a 6 week stint, every Wednesday from 7.00-7.45pm. Some current members, since last September, have up to an amazing 2 stone weight loss. Cost for new members is €20 for 6 weeks or you can pay €8 in week one and €3 weekly. The weekly talk is at 7.30pm. Contact Jenny on 086 8390949 or checkout the club’s Facebook page for more info. All are welcome.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto in the draw that took place on Saturday, January 5 and this week’s jackpot is €5,200 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, January 12 in O’Sullivan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 1, 10, 20 & 26. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Table Quiz
The club’s annual table quiz will take place in Lee’s Bar on Friday, February 1. Be sure to pencil the date in your diaries.

Derryleigh Diary – December 30 2018

Juniors
After the Christmas break, Junior football resumes next Sunday, January 6, when the A team welcome Northside Legacy to Derryleigh Park (11am) in the Lawson Cup and the U18s welcome Shelbourne in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup (2.15pm).

Schoolgirls
Next Saturday the U18 & U15 girls are back in action. The U18s are away to Birdhill at 2pm and the U15s are away to Ballymackey at 10am.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto in draws that took place on Friday, December 21 and Friday, December 28 and this week’s jackpot is €5,150 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, January 5 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn on December 21 were 6, 9, 13 & 28 and on December 28 were 6, 22, 25 & 26. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Table Quiz
The club’s annual table quiz will take place in Lee’s Bar on Friday, February 1. Be sure to pencil the date in your diaries.

Happy New Year
Finally, the soccer club would like to wish everyone in Newport and surrounding areas, especially our players, coaches, supporters, sponsors and their families a very happy & prosperous New Year.

Derryleigh Diary – December 16 2018

Juniors
Following 2 disappointing league defeats, the A team rebounded with an emphatic 6-0 win at home to Granville on Sunday morning. The scoreline reflected Newport’s dominance of the game and the scorers were Christy Doyle (2), Dave Kenendy (2), Elliott Slattery and Kalem Harte. The lads are now on a Christmas break until January 6 and will then face into a busy January with games in the league, Lawson Cup and the FAI Junior Cup game away to Aisling Annacotty on the weekend of January 12/13.

Unfortunately the U17s were on the wrong end of a 5-1 defeat at home to a very strong Fairview side on Sunday afternoon. Jack O’Carroll scored Newport’s consolation goal from the penalty spot.

Junior football resumes on January 6, when the A team welcome Northside Legacy to Derryleigh Park (11am) in the Lawson Cup and the U18s welcome Shelbourne in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup (2.15pm).

Schoolgirls
The scheduled schoolgirl games at the weekend were cancelled due to the poor weather. Games will resume on Saturday, January 5 with the even age groups.

Christmas Raffle Winners
The soccer club’s Christmas Draw took place last Sunday in O’Sullivan’s Bar. It was a great night enjoyed by all and Jeremy Morgan ‘Livewire’ had the place rocking all night long. Prizes on offer included large Xmas hampers, a fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. The winners of the hampers, very kindly sponsored by Meehan Funeral Directors, Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home & Delaney Minihan Funeral Directors were Cathy Ryan, John M Ryan & Pat Brennan. Other prize winners were Jenny Noble, James McInerney, Tommy Harvey, Helen Coffey, James Lee & Dave Moloney. Thanks to everyone who supported the club by buying a line to enter the raffle and donating spot prizes. Thanks also to Mary Jo O’Sullivan for her hospitality on the night and for sponsoring some spot prizes as well as also sponsoring the post-match meals after the recent Junior Cup game against Carbury.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Friday, December 14 and this week’s jackpot is €5,050 with the next draw taking place on Friday, December 21 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 3, 11, 21 & 25. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Table Quiz
The club’s annual table quiz will take place in Lee’s Bar on Friday, February 1. Be sure to pencil the date in your diaries.

Christmas Message
Finally, the soccer club would like to wish everyone in Newport and surrounding areas, especially our players, coaches, supporters, sponsors and their families a very peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you to all our club sponsors and local businesses for their support throughout the year and to everyone who supported the club’s various fundraising efforts throughout the year. Without people’s generosity and goodwill towards the soccer club, it would not be possible to progress the club forward.

Derryleigh Diary – December 9 2018

Juniors
After the highs of last week the A team were brought firmly back down to earth this weekend when they suffered a very disappointing 1-0 loss away to Knockainey. It’s never an easy place to get a result and the task was made even more difficult due to a number of regulars missing from the starting team due to injury, suspension and other commitments. This was a game that is better being placed in the archives and not in the memory bank as it was a fairly poor performance and hopefully not a result that comes back to haunt us later in the season.

The Bs also suffered a disappointing away defeat when they lost 2-1 away to Holycross. Before the game Newport were in third and Holycross were in fourth but this result sees the sides swap places. Tristan O’Sullivan scored from the spot for Newport.

The Cs almost staged a great comeback when losing 4-0 at home to Fairview C with 10 minutes remaining on the clock. Goals from Jamie Daly, Devon Ryan and an O.G. brought the game back to 4-3 but try as they might Newport couldn’t manage an equaliser.

Next Sunday the Junior A side are home to Granville (11am) and the U17s are home to Fairview (2.15pm). After next weekend, the Christmas break kicks in with games resuming on January 5.

Cup Draws
Newport have been drawn away to Premier side Aisling Annacotty AFC in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup with the game to take place on the weekend of January 12/13.

The draw has taken place for this season’s Lawson Cup. In the first round Newport have been drawn at home to Div 3B side Northside Legacy, with the winner playing Premier side Kilmallock in round 2.

Schoolgirls
The U15s were the only schoolgirlside in action as the U13 game away to Ballymackey was called off. The U15s travelled to play Killavilla and suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat with Abbie Lenihan scoring a consolation goal.

Next Saturday, the U17s are away to Ballymackey (11.30am) and the U12s are away to Killavilla (10.00am).

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 15. This promises to be a great night out with live music from Jeremy Morgan “Livewire” & spot prizes. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in 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. If anyone is in a position to donate spot prizes (big or small) for the Christmas raffle, please call Dave Noble (086 6002534) or message us here or contact any team manager or committee member. Thanks in advance for your support.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, December 8 and this week’s jackpot is €5,000 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, December 14 in the Derryleigh Clubhouse. The numbers drawn were 7, 13, 17 & 25. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – December 2 2018

Juniors
In the words of Annie Lennox “Sweet Dreams are made of these”. What a proud, memorable & historic day for Newport Town AFC on Sunday, when we booked our place in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup after a pulsating cup-tie against Carbury FC from Sligo in a rocking Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. The poor weather probably kept some people away but they were the losers as those present witnessed a titanic game between two evenly matched sides. In the end, it took the dreaded penalty shootout to decide the tie and it was Newport who held their nerve to advance to the next round on a 4-3 scoreline after the 90 minutes ended 2-2 and no further goals were scored in extra-time.

Newport were firm underdogs before the game. Carbury were on a 15 game winning streak and had been unbeaten in 3 years and were highly fancied to advance. However Newport had other ideas and a game plan, which they executed to perfection. The home side almost took the lead in the second minute, when the very impressive Davy Ryan, a former FAI Junior Cup winner himself, saw his cross deflected onto the crossbar. The early stages of the game were nip & tuck but Newport were not overawed by their illustrious opponents. In the 17th minute Darren Collins pile-driver was well-saved by the Carbury net-minder, Mark Rooney.

Just one minute later, the visitors took the lead, when Carbury beat the offside trap and Gary Finan finished well after a lovely through ball from Ross McLoughlin. Just 4 minutes later, Newport levelled the game when Christy Doyle scored his 18th of the season after a well-worked move. Davy Ryan won the ball in the middle of the park and passed to U18 player Darren Collins, who swept a lovely pass out to Brian O’Sullivan on the left wing. His cross was met by Christy who headed the ball to the net.

In the 27th minute, Carbury had a good chance to retake the lead but their player headed over the bar from close range. After a great Newport move in the 35th minute, Sean Ryan saw his sweetly-struck shot hit the butt of the post and into the grateful hands of the Carbury keeper. The rest of the half was played out without either side creating any clearcut chances. 1-1 at half-time and it was anyone’s game to win.

5 minutes into the scond half, Davy Ryan had a gilt-edged chance to score from inside the box but his shot hit the cross-bar and Carbury breathed a sigh of relief. The supporters, high on the bank, were beginning to wonder if we would rue the chances that we had left behind. In the 52nd minute, the Carbury keeper, Mark Rooney had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Danny O’Leary.

In the 55th minute Carbury’s Mark McGoldrick made it 2-1 with a great finish after a lovely passing move from left to right. Now Newport would have to come from behind again. Carbury upped the tempo for the next 15 minutes and the Newport rearguard, superbly marshalled by Christy O’Connor & Elliott Slattery, dealt with the pressure brilliantly. Newport’s experienced keeper, Jimmy Fyfe was in commanding form and dealt with any danger in front of him. In the 66th minute, Davy Ryan’s header was well-saved by the Carbury keeper and in the 74th minute, Christy Doyle had a great chance from 10 yards but his shot was saved. At this stage it looked like it wasn’t going to be Newport’s day but as time was running out the vocal home crowd really got behind the lads and in the 86th minute got their deserved equaliser when Sean Ryan headed home from a great cross from Peter O’Sullivan. Derryleigh Park erupted and the dream was alive again.

The final minutes of the second half ran down and when referee, Robbie Broe, blew his final whistle, both sides and the supporters were able to draw breath and regroup for extra-time. 20 minutes of extra-time saw no further goals and the game went to a penalty shootout.

Carbury were first up and Jimmy Fyfe saved well but unfortunately Newport’s first spot-kick was also saved. The tension was palpable with both sides realising what was at stake. Carbury’s second spot-kick was saved again by Jimmy Fyfe and then Kalem Harte scored his penalty. Elliott Slattery & Christy Doyle both scored their penalties as did their Carbury counter-parts. It then fell to Peter O’Sullivan to take the final Newport spot-kick and he brilliantly slotted home to send Newport into the last 32 for the first time ever. The scenes that greeted the Newport players as they left the pitch will live long in the memory and the celebrations went  on long into the night.

Newport now look forward to the draw for the next stages and will relish the challenge that awaits, home or away. This was a great day for the club and lots of thanks are due to lots of people. The pitch was in superb condition due to the hard work of the grounds staff, the masses were superbly catered for by the hard-working Jenny Noble & Sarah Egan of the Social Committee of the Social Committee. Thanks to everyone else who helped out by manning the car park, collecting the admissions and special mention to our ball-girls and ball-boys who did a brilliant job. Thanks also to Mary Jo and her staff in O’Sullivan’s for their post-match hospitality.

Match squad: Jimmy Fyfe, Kevin O’Brien, Mark McGuire, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Davy Ryan, Darren Collins, Christy Doyle, Sean Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan (Capt), James Lynch, Kalem Harte, Dave Kennedy, Devlin Courtney, Nathan Hartigan, Brendan Coffey & Jack Noble

The B side recorded a very important 2-0 win at home to Caherdavin Celtic on Sunday morning. Goals from youngsters Odhran Brett & Tristan O’Sullivan got Dave O’Brien’s side’s season back on track and hopefully this result will kick-start their promotion push.

Next Sunday the Junior A side return to the bread & butter of the league campaign when they travel away to Knockainey, the Bs will ook to make it two wins on the bounce when they are away to Holycross and the Cs are home to Fairview and looking for heir first win of the season, with all games kicking off at 11am.

Schoolgirls
With the schoolboys now finished for the winter, the schoolgirls are the only underage sides in action for the next few months. The U17s recorded an excellent 5-1 win at home to local rivals Birdhill on Saturday afternoon. The in-form Kaitlyn Bradshaw scored a hat-trick, while Rachel Carey and a wonder-goal from Abbie Lenihan completed the scoring. This win keeps the girls in second place in the league.

The U14s maintained their unbeaten run and enjoyed a 2-0 win away to Knigh Utd thanks to goals from Amelia Hurley & Eryn Kennedy. Unfortunately the U12s lost 6-2 away to Holycross with Jane Ryan & Rebecca Moylan scoring Newport’s consolation goals.

Next Saturday, the U15s are away to Killavilla (1pm) and the U13s are away to Ballymackey (1pm).

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 15. This promises to be a great night out with live music & spot prizes. 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.

Calorie Kickers
Calorie Kickers will continue until mid-December, breaking for Christmas and resuming in January. Why not come up to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm? Cost is just €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, December 1 and this week’s jackpot is €4,950 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, December 8 in O’Sullivan’s. The numbers drawn were 8, 14, 21 & 26. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 25 2018

Juniors
The Junior A side suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat away to league leaders Kilfrush on Sunday morning in a top-of-the-table league clash. Missing some regulars, Newport knew this was going to a tough game and so it proved to be. Newport started well and Elliott Slattery was denied a goal from a 25 yard-free kick when the Kilrush keeper did very well to tip the ball over the bar. The first half was a very close affair with both sides cancelling each other out and neither creating any real clear-cut chances. The game remained scoreless up to half-time.

In the 55th minute, Jimmy Fyffe in the Newport goal pulled-off a spectacular save from a shot that was destined for the top-corner. Just 1 minute later Newport opened the scoring when Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan picked up a loose ball and from 30 yards out, drilled a low strike which beat the keeper low to his right. Definitely a contender for goal of the season. This goal sparked Kilfrush into life and in the 63rd minute, their player latched onto a cross into the box, when left unopposed at the backpost and despite Jimmy Fyffe’s best efforts, he slid the ball under the keeper to level the game.

Just 5 minutes later, Kilfrush took the lead when Newport failed to deal with another ball into the box. The home side then began to exert more pressure on the Newport rear-guard and ensured the 3 points would be theirs when they scored their third in the 87th minute to make it 3-1 and despite Newport’s best efforts we were unable to pull a goal back.

This defeat leaves Newport 5 points behind Kilfrush but we have a game-in-hand with half the games played so lots of football to be played and lots of twists & turns before the season is over.

The U17s recorded an excellent 4-3 home win over league leaders Aisling Annacotty in a cracking encounter. The game was nip & tuck with the lead exchanging hands during the game. Jay Ryan was the hat-trick hero and it was his crucial goal late in the game that gave Newport their first league win of the season. Karl Kelly was the other Newport scorer.

Unfortunately the C team suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of close neighbours Lisnagry in Div 4 on Sunday afternoon. Newport were 3-0 down after 15 minutes but two Kieran O’Keeffe goals closed the gap to 3-2 and it was game on. However it was Lisnagry who scored two further 2 goals to run-out 5-2 winners.

Next Sunday the Junior B side welcome Caherdavin Celtic to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning at 11am.

FAI Junior Cup
The big game of the weekend is the visit of Carbury FC (Sligo) to Derryleigh Park in the fifth round (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday afternoon with a 2pm kick-off. Carbury FC are the reigning Super League Champions in the Sligo/Leitrim District League and the current Connacht Cup holders. We find ourselves in unknown territory, as it’s the first time in our 48-year history to make it to the out-of-town stages of the FAI Junior Cup. Manager, Marc Barry, has assembled a squad combining a nice blend of experience & youth and everyone in the club is really looking to the biggest game to take place in Derryleigh Park to date. Despite being the underdogs the lads will be fully up for this game and are hoping to cause a cup upset. We are looking forward to seeing a big home support on the day and encourage everyone to come along to get behind the lads and give our visitors a real Newport welcome. Thanks to Mulcair Credit Union, who have kindly sponsored the match ball for the game. Win, lose or draw, we hope to see everyone back in O’Sullivan’s Bar for some post-match analysis.

Schoolboys
Well done to our U16B schoolboy side, under the management of Francis Merrigan, Jamie Kennedy & Tim Coffey, who secured the Div 2 League Title last Saturday, following a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Aisling Annacotty B thanks to a 2 goal salvo from Johnny Ryan. Newport won all 6 of their games played in the shortened season, scoring 24 goals and only conceding 6. 17 of those goals came from the J&L Ryan strike-force. Johnny with 11 and Luke 6. Well done to every player in this large squad who contributed to the success and a special word of thanks to their dedicated coaches who have helped transform this team this season.

Unfortunately the U16A side lost 1-0 away to Mungret Regional and that defeat ended their slim hopes of winning the league. Both U16 sides are now finished until the new calandar season begins in February.

Well done to our U14A side who beat Caherdavin 4-0. However hard luck also, as they finished just 1 point behind the league winners Regional. The lads have showed lots of promise for the next season beginning in February. Scorers today were Conor Brett (3) & Aaron Coleman.

Unfortunately both our U12 sides suffered away defeats. The A team lost 1-0 away to Corbally, while the Bs lost 4-2 away to a strong Mungret Regional with Cathal McNamara scoring both Newport goals.

The U10 Group 3 side were the last schoolboy side in action and put in an excellent performance against Aisling Annacotty to wrap up their short season.

Most schoolboy sides are now finished for the short season and can look forward to the winter break. However the U7 sides are in action in Derryleigh next Saturday at 9.45am. In Group 1, Newport play Granville Rangers and in Group 3 we play Lisnagry.

Schoolgirls
The U18s recorded an excellent 6-1 win at home to Lough Derg with Abbie Lenihan & Kaitlyn Bradshaw scoring hat-tricks in a very impressive performance. Earlier that day, Abbie Lenihan was also on the mark when scoring once in Newport’s 4-1 win away to Birdhill. The other scorers were Carragh Flynn (2) & Emily Hurley. Unfortunately the U13 girls lost 5-0 away to Killavilla.

Next Saturday, the U17 girls are home to Birdhill (2.00pm), U14 are away to Knigh (12.00pm) and U12s are away to Holycross (10.00am). The U10s are in a blitz in Holycross at 2pm.

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 15. This promises to be a great night out with live music & spot prizes. 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.

Calorie Kickers
Calorie Kickers will continue until mid-December, breaking for Christmas and resuming in January. Why not come up to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm? Cost is just €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 24 and this week’s jackpot is €4,900 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, December 1 in Lee’s. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 11 & 23. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 18 2018

Juniors
Our U17s were the only junior side in action at the weekend when they travelled to play Swords Celtic (Dublin) in the last 32 of the FAI National Cup. Despite being 4-1 down after 24 minutes, Newport staged an incredible away comeback to score a stoppage time equaliser to make it 4-4 and bring the game into extra-time. Newport were well on top in extra-time but couldn’t find the elusive winner and the game went into the dreaded penalty-shootout. Unfortunately Swords won the tie 5-4 on pens. The lads showed great fighting spirit to stage the comeback and almost win it in ET. We are all very proud of your efforts. The Newport scorers were Jack Ryan (2), Johnny Ryan & Jack O’Carroll.

Newport have been drawn at home to Carbury Football Club in Round 5 (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup. The game is likely to be played on the afternoon of Sunday, December 2. Carbury FC are located in Sligo Town and play in the Sligo Leitrim District. They are current league leaders of the Super League and reigning league champions. Last weekend they set a new club record of 15 Consecutive wins in all competitions, so they will be full of confidence travelling down to Derryleigh Park. We look forward to welcoming the Carbury squad, management & supporters to Newport. This is going to be a massive day for our club & community and we look forward to the big game in Derryleigh Park and playing in front of a large & vocal home crowd.

Well done to our Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who both played on the Limerick District League U18 side who defeated the Clare League 3-0 in a friendly last week. The lads played very well and played their parts at Centre-half and left back in keeping a clean-sheet.

A great result for the St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport U17 boys soccer team who had a decisive 6-0 victory over St Patrick’s Comp Shannon in the quarter-final of the Munster Junior trophy. Jake Dillon opened the scoring with an excellent free kick. Jay Ryan scored 4 goals & Jack O’Carroll added another. The lads now play St Declan’s Kilmacthomas for a place in the Munster Final.

Next Sunday, the Junior A side warm-up for their FAI Junior Cup with a top of the table league clash away to Kilfrush at 11am. Newport are currently 2 points behind Kilfrush but we have a game-in-hand so this has all the makings of a great game.

The C team play Lisnagry and the U17s play Aisling Annacotty. Both are league games taking place in Derryleigh Park and both games kick-off at 2.15pm.

Schoolboys
The U15A side wrapped up their short season when they welcomed Fairview Rangers to Derryleigh Park. The visitors were hoping to wrap up the league title but Newport put in a great performance and really put it up to them. Unfortunately Newport lost 3-1 and Fairview received their league medals from Ailbe Coffey of the LDSL. The lads will now re-group over the next 2 months and come back stronger for the new Calendar season starting in February.

Both U13 sides also ended their short season. The As drew 1-1 away to Bridge Celtic thanks to a James Moloney goal. The Bs finished off the season in style with a great 2-0 win over Caherconlish with both goals coming from Conor O’Brien. Thanks to their coaches Dave Grant & Joe O’Brien for their continued time & effort with this super bunch of lads, it’s very much appreciated. Well done everyone.

Both U9 sides were in action against Annacotty (home) and Regional (away). We had 33 players over the two fixtures which was a great turn out. Well done to the coaches Seamus Bridgeman & Gerard Byrne for looking after the players so well and putting in so much time with them. Big thanks also to John Landers & Alan Kelly who helped out with the teams over last few games. Great stuff everyone.

Nest Saturday, the U16B side know that a draw will be enough to secure the league title, when they travel to play Aisling Annacotty B. However an Aisling win will see both sides have to playoff for the title. The game kicks-off in Annacotty at 11am. Meanwhile, the U16A side wrap up their campaign with an away fixture in Mungret Regional. A win could possibly see the lads in a league playoff, depending on other results, and at worst second place in the Limerick Premier League.

Both U12 sides are in action. The As are away to Corbally and the Bs are away to Mungret Regional. Both games are at 11am. The U10 Group 3 side are home to Aisling Annacotty at 11am. Both U7 sides are also in action. Group 1 are away to Regional and Group 3 are home to Caherconlish, both at 9.45am.

Schoolgirls
The U17 girls fought hard for a well-earned point away to unbeaten BT Harps in an entertaining 1-1 draw. Kaitlyn Bradshaw scoring the Newport goal, which keeps Newport in second place but still 6 points behind BT Harps. The U14s recorded an excellent 3-0 win away to Killavilla to maintain top place in the league. Shauna Pearson was the hat-trick hero. Unfortunately the U12 girls lost 5-0 at home to a very strong Ballymackey side.

Congrats to our players who have been selected on the NTSFL Emerging Talent Programmes. Further evidence of the continued growth & strength of schoolgirl football in our club and the great work being done by our coaches. Well done girls. U12 – Aoibhinn McNamara, Emma Sweeney & Abagail Hickey. U15 – Abbie Lenihan, Chelsea King, Robyn McNamara & Shauna Pearson.

Well done to Abbie Lenihan who was part of the Munster U15 Schoolgirls Soccer squad who took part in last weekend’s Inter-Provincial tournament in Dublin. Keeping the NTAFC flag flying high. Unfortunately Munster lost 2-0 to Leinster in the final.

Next Saturday, the U18 girls are home to Lough Derg (2.00pm), U15 are away to Birdhill (10.00am) and U13s are home to Killavilla (12.30pm).

Respect
Without reservation, Newport Town AFC absolutely condemns the alleged cowardly attack on a referee in the midlands recently and wish him a full & speedy recovery. This type of incident is completely unacceptable and thankfully is a very isolated incident amongst the thousands of grassroots games that take place up & down the country every weekend. It is part of the policy of Newport Town AFC to not only develop footballers but also develop people. All players & coaches are reminded that when representing our club and themselves they should do it with the utmost respect, treating opponents, match officials and spectators as they would wish to be treated themselves. The club also implements strict guidelines for players/parents/spectators at our training sessions and games at Derryleigh Park and when travelling to away games. We would ask everyone to please re-familiarise themselves with our playing policies and guidelines available on our website www.newporttownafc.com

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid-December so why not come up to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 15. 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.

FAI National Draw
Thanks to everyone who entered the FAI National Draw with NTAFC. All the draw tickets have been sent to HQ and the main national draw will take place on November 21 in the Aviva Stadium. Before we sent off the tickets a local club draw was held for everyone who bought a ticket from NTAFC. Well done to Edelle Barry who was won 2 Premium International match tickets for a home Ireland game in 2019.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 17 and this week’s jackpot is €4,850 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 24 in Ryan’s. The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 16 & 26. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 11 2018

Juniors
It was a historic & memorable day for our club last Sunday, as for the first time in our 48 year history, we are into the out of town stages (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup following the 4-2 win away to Granville. Despite going 2 goals behind in the first 6 minutes, the lads didn’t panic and having brought the game level at 2-2 at half-time, thanks to goals from Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan, Newport dominated the second half and further goals from Christy Doyle & Brian O’Sullivan ensured our safe passage into round 5. All eyes will be on the draw that’s due to take place this week to see if we are home or away and to which of the other 63 teams from all over Ireland that we will face in the next round. Well done to Marc Barry and his squad on this great achievement.

Unfortunately, despite a very good performance against Aisling Annacotty on Sunday afternoon, the U18s bowed out of the FAI National Cup on a 3-1 scoreline. The game was much closer than the scoreline suggests as this was a game where we matched the current Premier League leaders in overall play and if we had been a bit more clinical in front of goal and showed a bit more composure at times, we could have caused an upset. Despite the result, the performance will give the lads great confidence for the league campaign.

A depleted C team travelled out to high-riding Herbertstown in the Open Cup and despite taking the lead, unfortunately came out on the wrong end of a 6-1 scoreline with Wayne Mullen the Newport scorer.

The B team suffered a setback in their league campaign, when losing 2-1 away to Athlunkard Villa B. Stephen O’Carroll was the Newport scorer.

Congrats to the U19 Youths team from St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport who beat St. Clement’s College 4-1 last week in the FAI Schools Munster Senior Cup in Annacotty. Most of the lads play with NTAFC. Another great win. Once again, the deadly duo of Devlin Courtney (3) & Darren Collins were the scorers.

Next Sunday, the U17s are the only team in action, when they make the journey up the M7 to take on Swords Celtic in the third round (last 32) of the FAI National Cup. This is a bit of a journey into the unknown for Ray Ryan & Daire Kennedy’s squad as little is currently known about the Co. Dublin side. However any Dublin side that has made round 3, will usually be a quality team.

Schoolboys
The U16A side enjoyed an excellent 3-1 win at home to Fairview Rangers in a thrilling game of football. Eoin McLoughlin with 2 goals and Eoin Guilfoyle were the scorers for Newport.

The U16Bs only need a draw in their final game of the short season to ensure that they finish top of the table thanks to a very good 5-2 win at home to Aisling Annacotty C with goals from Johnny Ryan 2, Luke Ryan 2 & Calum Merrigan. This was the lads 5th win in 5 games. Aisling Annacotty B will be their opposition in the final game and they know that they must beat Newport to finish level at the top of the table.

U14B recorded a 2-2 draw away to Aisling Annacotty C with goals from Conor O’Brien & Adam Power. The U12A side enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win away to Regional Utd in Div 1 with Conor Ryan 2 & Jack Cosgrave on the scoresheet.

Unfortunately due to the heavy rain last Friday, the LDSL called off all U8 games on Saturday morning. However the two U10 games went ahead in Derryleigh Park when we welcomed Aisling Annacotty & Corbally. There was lots of excitement and goals in both games, played in front of very appreciative supporters.

Next Saturday sees the odds age groups in action. The two U9 sides are in action. Group 1 away to Regional and Group 3 at home to Aisling Annacotty, both at 9.45am. U13A are away to Bridgetown and U13B are home to Caherconlish, both at 11am. Finally U15A are home to Fairview at 12.30pm.

Schoolgirls
Our U18 girls were very unlucky to lose out to Askeaton AFC in the quarter-final of the FAI National Cup in front of a large & enthusiastic crowd in Derryleigh Park on Saturday afternoon.90 minutes and extra time could not separate the teams and the match ended 0-0, so it had be decided on penalties. Unfortunately for our girls we came out the wrong side of the dreaded penalty shootout on a 2-4 score today. The club and community is very proud of the girls who gave their all on Saturday and with a bit of luck it could have been Newport through to a national semi-final. Best of luck to Askeaton in the next round and thanks to everyone who turned up to support the girls.

The U13s welcomed Borrisokane to Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning and ran out winners on a 2-1 scoreline thanks to goals from Lauren Bailey & Sinead O’Riordan. This game was followed by the U15s game against Knigh Utd. This was a real ding-dong battle between two excellent sides and in the end the points were shared as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Sarah Kelly & Aoife Kennedy were the Newport scorers.

Next Saturday, the U17 girls are away to BT Harps (11.30am), U14 are away to Killavilla (2.15pm) and U12s are home to Ballymackey (10.00am).

Pop-Up Shop
Many thanks to everyone who made Mrs. Brown’s Pop-up-Shop such a fundraising success last Saturday in Derryleigh Park. Thanks to everyone who were so generous with their donations to the Bric-a-Brac shop, the bakers who dropped off home-bakes and to the local community and visitors who purchased in great numbers. Special mention to our hard-working Social Committee, who drove this fundraiser and to the volunteers who helped out in the build-up and on the day itself. Lastly, the biggest thanks are reserved for our very own Mrs. Brown aka Breda Lenihan who stole the show on Saturday and worked so hard throughout the day drumming up the sales and entertaining everyone.

Club Gear
We will continue taking Xmas orders this week for official O’Neills club gear. Please drop-up to the Clubhouse on Monday (7-8pm), Tuesday (7-8pm) and on Friday (6-8pm). The brochure and order forms are also available on the club website as well as from team managers and committee members. Please note that we can only accept orders with full payment. Please order this week to ensure delivery for Xmas.

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid December. There is still time to lose a stone if you start making some changes right now. If you are trying to lose weight and are able to stay focused by yourself – that’s great, well done! However if you succeed better with a weekly weighing by another person why not come to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing
Congratulations to Finn Chambers who is the outright winner of Last Man Standing thanks to Newcastle’s 2-1 win on Saturday. Hard luck to Robbie Bailey & Denise O’Sullivan who pushed him all the way. Thanks to the 167 entrants who started back in August. We hope to run another Last Man Standing after Xmas.

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, Dec 15. 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.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 10 and this week’s jackpot is €4,800 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 17 in Gleeson’s. The numbers drawn were 10, 12, 17 & 22. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 3 2018

Juniors
None of our junior sides were in action last weekend as it was a free day for all junior soccer nationally due to the FAI Cup Final taking place in the Aviva Stadium. However next Sunday is a big one for the club as we are one win away from getting through to the out-of-town stages in the FAI Junior Cup for the first time in the club’s 48 year existence. Granville Rangers are the team that stands in our way and we face them in Glenbrook next Sunday morning at 11am. Marc Barry will have his squad well-up for the game and will leave no stone unturned in the preparations. We hope to see a large Newport crowd make the short journey to the Childers Road venue to support the lads.

The U18 Youths are also in action in Round 2 of the FAI Youths Cup, when they welcome Aisling Annacotty to Derryleigh Park at 2.15pm. The lads couldn’t have a tougher task as Aisling are currently the top Youth team in the Limerick Leagues. However in cup football, anything can happen and if the team can play to their full ability on the day, it could make for a very exciting cup tie.

The C team travel to Herbertstown in the first round of the Open Cup. This will be a tough game as Herbertstown currently top Div 3B, the division above Newport. Kick off is 2.15pm with the winners away to Castle Utd in Round 2.

The B team are in league action when they travel to play Athlunkard Villa on Sunday morning at 11am. This is the start of the second half of the league and the Bs will be looking for a win to improve on their current fourth place league position.

Schoolboys
None of our competitive schoolboy sides were in action last weekend. The U13A side were very disappointed to have made the journey to Bridgetown only to find out that the game was called off. The U7 games were called off by the league due to the poor weather, therefore only our U11 sides were in action with one away to Aisling and the other at home to Regional. These were the last games for the U11s before the winter break ahead of the new Calendar Football season commencing in February. Both sides have come on leaps & bounds since the start of the season and this was clearly on display with their excellent performances on Saturday.

Next Saturday sees the evens age groups in action. The two U8 sides are in action. Group 1 away to Regional and Group 3 at home to Aisling Annacotty, both at 9.45am. The two U10 sides are at home to Aisling Annacotty & Corbally (11am). U12A side are away to Regional (11am). U14B are away to Aisling (11am). Both U16 sides are at home, with the As playing Fairview and the Bs playing Aisling Annacotty C, with the games kicking off at 12.30pm.

Schoolgirls
The U12, U14 and U16 sides were in action. Hard luck to our U16 schoolgirls who bowed out of the National Cup when they came up against a very strong Cashel side, who were on top of their game. Best of luck to Cashel for the rest of the competition.

The U14s played out a very exciting and hard-fought 0-0 draw with Holycross. This was definitely not a boring goalless draw with both sides very evenly-matched and providing a very entertaining game for both sets of supporters.

The U12s made the away journey to play Knigh Utd and came away with all 3 points courtesy of a goal from Aoibhinn McNamara.

Next Saturday, sees a massive game for the U18 girls when they welcome Askeaton to Derryleigh Park in the FAI National Cup Quarter Final with a 2pm kick-off. This is the first time that any side from Newport has reached the quarter-final stage of a National Cup competition so we hope to see a big home crowd in attendance to get behind Terri Butler’s side. The U13 girls are home to Borrisokane (10am) and the U15s are home to Knigh Utd (11.30am).

Well done to the following girls from Newport who have been selected on the NTSFL U13 Girls Academy. Sinead O’Riordan, Aoife Mellerick, Isobel Eivers, Laura Parsons, Lauren Bailey & Heather O’Neill. Congrats girls on the great achievement. Well done also to our player, Abbie Lenihan, who was part of the Munster U15 girls squad, that defeated Cork City 3-1 over the weekend, with Abbie scoring one of the goals. Well done Abbie. Keeping the NTAFC flag flying high.

Pop-Up Shop (Extra Collection Dates)
Newport’s very own Mrs. Brown (aka Breda Lenihan) and the Social Committee are running a Pop-Up Shop in Derryleigh Park next Saturday, November 10 from 10.00am to 2.30pm. Due to requests, we have added another 2 collection dates for people to donate items in good saleable condition. Please drop to Derryleigh Park Clubhouse upstairs between 6.30 to 8.00pm on Wed, Nov 7 & Fri, Nov 9. We would also really appreciate any Home-Bakes on the day. Don’t forget to drop into the pop-up-shop next Saturday from 10am to 2.30pm to grab a bargain and meet Mrs. Brown. Your support on the day would be much appreciated also. Be sure to get there early to pick-up the best bargains. All proceeds will go to the Soccer Club. Any queries, please contact Breda Lenihan on 085 1428735.

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 for being so generous and to the staff & management there for being so welcoming & helpful. Special thanks to our incredible Social Committee who drove this on with their hard work and enthusiasm. Well done to Daniel Egan, Marie O’Mahony & Deirdre Moloney who were winners of the small ‘thank-you’ raffle held for the volunteers.

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid December. There is still time to lose a stone if you start making some changes right now. If you are trying to lose weight and are able to stay focused by yourself – that’s great, well done! However if you succeed better with a weekly weighing by another person why not come to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing
Just 3 players remained from the original 167 entrants as we entered Round 11 last weekend. After the games, we still have no winner of Last Man Standing. Denise O’Sullivan (Leicester) was looking good with 7 minutes to go but two late West Ham goals brought big sighs of relief from Finn Chambers & Robbie Bailey. All 3 now move onto round 12 next weekend.

Club Gear
We will begin taking Xmas orders this week for club gear. The brochure and order forms are available on the club website as well as from team managers, committee members or in the Derryleigh Dugout. Call to the clubhouse on Thursday evening from 7-8pm to place your order.

Entry to FAI National Draw is closing
Can ALL tickets for the FAI National Draw (sold or unsold) please be returned along with payment to Tom O’Malley or any Committee member by this coming Thursday, Nov 8 at the very latest. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact Tom on 086 1927026. The local club draw for 2 Irish International Tickets will take place next weekend. Thanks for your support.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 3 and this week’s jackpot is €4,750 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 10 in McGrath’s. The numbers drawn were 4, 10, 14 & 25. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – October 29 2018

Juniors
None of our junior sides were in action last weekend. However, well done to our players Darren Collins & Jack Noble who played in the Limerick League Youths U18 side who beat the Galway League 3-2 in their first game in the FAI Inter-League tournament in Jackman Park last Friday evening. Next Sunday is a free day for all junior soccer nationally due to the FAI Cup Final taking place in the Aviva Stadium, therefore none of our sides will be in action.

Newport Town AFC have been drawn away to Granville Rangers in the 4th round of the FAI Junior Cup, with the game due to be played on or before November 11. This is the last local round before the out-of-town stages.

Schoolboys
Our U12B side were the only competitive side in action last weekend, when they welcomed Corbally Utd to Derryleigh Park on a bitterly cold but sunny Saturday morning. Cathal McNamara was the star of the show, when he scored all four goals in their 4-3 win in a highly entertaining and exciting game.

One of our U8 sides and both our U10 sides were in non-competitive action. U9s were home to Caherconlish and the U10s were home to Pike and away to Bridge Celtic. All a morning, perfect for soccer despite the cold, all the teams were involved in very exciting games that provided all the supporters with some super entertainment and no shortage of great skill & determination from all players. Well done everyone.

Next Saturday sees the odds age groups in action. The two U7 sides are home to Aisling Annacotty and Caherconlish (9.45am). The two U11 sides are home to Regional Utd and away to Aisling Annacotty (11am) and the U13A side are away to Bridge Celtic (11am).

Schoolgirls
The U10, U13 & U18 sides were in action. The U13s welcomed Shinrone to Derryleigh Park and ran out winners on a 10-5 scoreline in a very entertaining game. An unusual aspect of the game was the fact that three hat-tricks were scored, two of whcch were scored by the Bailey sisters, Lucy & Lauren. Aoife Mellerick also scored three, while Clodagh Healy was the other scorer.

The U18 girls enjoyed a comfortable 5-0 win away to Lough Derg with goals from Chelsea King (4) & Kaitlyn Bradshaw. However the game was overshadowed by an injury to one of our players. All in the club would like to wish a speedy recovery to Ailish Carey, who suffered a bad leg injury during the game. We all hope that Ailish is on the mend quickly and we look forward to seeing her back on the pitch sooner rather than later.

The U10s enjoyed a blitz in Derryleigh Park with teams from Lough Derg, Moneygall & Holycross taking part. The girls had great fun with lots of game time for them all with their friends.

Next Saturday, the U16s are away to Cashel in the National Cup (12.00pm), U12s are away to Knigh Utd (11.30am) and the U14s are home to Holycross (1.30pm)

The U18 Girls have been drawn at home to Askeaton in the FAI National Cup Quarter Final. The game is scheduled for Derryleigh Park on Saturday, November 10 at 2pm. Really something special for the girls, coaches & supporters to look forward to.

Bag Packing Volunteers Needed
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road this coming Friday, November 2 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 a draw for a voucher. Please text or call Jenny (086 8390949) or Aine (087 6579128). 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 a big difference.

Pop-Up Shop
Newport’s very own Mrs. Brown (aka Breda Lenihan) is running a Pop-Up Shop in Derryleigh Park, Newport Town AFC on Saturday, November 10 from 10.00am to 2.30pm. We all have items cluttering up the attic, garage & shed that could be put to great use in someone else’s home. So if you have any items in good condition that you would like to donate (ornaments, pictures, books, music, toys etc. in good saleable condition along with homebakes), please drop to the clubhouse next Saturday morning, November 3 between 10am to 12 noon. Please only donate goods that are of saleable condition. Your support on the day would be much appreciated also. All proceeds will go to the Soccer Club. Any queries, please contact Breda Lenihan on 085 1428735.

FAI National Draw
Newport Town AFC is participating in the FAI National Draw. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our club with some great prizes on offer. Tickets are just €10 and are available from any Committee member, team manager, at the Derryleigh Dugout Club shop on Saturdays or in O’Sullivan’s Bar. One ticket gets you entry into three separate raffles – a club only draw, a regional draw and a national draw with incredible prizes. Prizes include; 4 x Ford Fiesta Cars, Trips to the Champions League Final, Premier League game, Away Ireland International & a Weekend in Copenhagen, 1 year’s electricity, Hotel breaks, Corporate Box for 12 at the Aviva, match tickets, various vouchers and lots more. So make sure to buy your ticket soon as entry closes in early November. Thanks for your support.

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid December. There is still time to lose a stone if you start making some changes right now. If you are trying to lose weight and are able to stay focused by yourself – that’s great, well done! However if you succeed better with a weekly weighing by another person why not come to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing
Just 3 players remained from the original 167 entrants as we entered Round 10 last weekend. Denise O’Sullivan, Finn Chambers & Robbie Bailey all selected Watford. As their team won, all of them move into Round 11. Who will be the last one standing?

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, October 27 and this week’s jackpot is €4,700 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 3 in Lee’s . The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 12 & 22. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.