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.
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).
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.
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.