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Derryleigh Diary – May 27 2018

Season Recap
With the playing season now almost over for the 2017/2018 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 400 players on 32 teams play almost 450 games during the season, which started last August and finishes this weekend. These numbers show how big the club has become in our community. In terms of silverware, our U18 Youths won the Div 2 league, the Junior Bs won the Div 2B cup, the U16 boys won the Div 1 League & Cup Double, U13 girls won the league & cup double, U15 girls won the Shield, the U14 girls made it to a league playoff and both the U17 boys & girls were cup finalists.

In representative honours, we were proud to have lots of players on both LDSL & NTSFL inter-league sides. We also had players selected on the 2017/2018 Limerick League divisional teams of the season, which was a great honour for both the players and the club. 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 we look forward to the introduction of summer football in schoolboy soccer.

Enjoy your summer and see you all for pre-season in July/August time.

Juniors
Well done to our U18s who ended the season as Div 2 League Champions following their 4-3 League Play-Off win away to Charleville on Sunday morning. Goals from from Devlin Courtney, James Rochford, Nathan Hartigan & Darren Collins were enough to ensure that the league title made its way to Derryleigh Park for the first time. This was the first league title won by any of our junior sides in 23 years and it was hard-won. Going into the game, Charleville were warm favourites as they had led the league for most of the season and had won the cup two weeks ago. Also in their favour was the home venue as they won the toss and the game was played on the astro-turf in Fitzgerald Park. Newport decided to throw the form book out the window and started the game at a million miles an hour, pressing the home team all over the park. Newport raced into a 2-0 lead within 20 minutes and Charleville didn’t know what had hit them. The home team then grew into the game and got a goal back, however Newport continued to press and scored another two goals to make it 4-1 at half-time.

Everyone expected Charleville to provide a fight-back in the second half and this they did. They scored two goals without reply to make the score 4-3 and set-up a tense and exciting end to the game. Both sides had more chances to score but fortunately Newport held firm to secure a historic and long-overdue win for a junior side.

Elliott Slattery, Newport Captain and recently selected as the Limerick District League U18 Div 2 Player of the Year was delighted to accept the Noonan Cup on behalf of the club and his team-mates. A large contingent of this squad have been with Newport since they were 5 or 6 years of age and this was a great way to finish off their time as underage players. We now hope to see lots of these players contine their football journey with our junior sides in the years to come. Well done also to the management team of Ailbe Coffey, Adrian Hurley, Don Houlihan, Tim Coffey & Lar Kennedy and to the various managers & coaches who worked with them as schoolboy players.

AGM
The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Thursday, May 31 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. 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 willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, 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.

Summer Camps
Places on our first FAI Summer Soccer Schools camp (July 2-6) are filling much quicker than expected and we are getting close to the 100 mark already. To avoid disappointment please book your place soon on www.summersoccerschools.ie Our second camp is on August 6-10 and booking is also steady on this.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, May 26 and this week’s jackpot is €3,600 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, June 2 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 9, 13 & 27. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Thank You
Finally, I step-down from my role as P.R.O. in the club at the end of this season after five years. I would like to thank all the team managers and my fellow committee members for their support & assistance during that time. In my time as P.R.O. I have seen the club grow and prosper both on and off the field and it’s been a great privilige to have carried out my role. Best of luck to my successor.

Over & out
Dave Noble

Derryleigh Diary – May 20 2018

Juniors
A depleted A team finished off their league campaign with a 5-2 defeat away to Shelbourne on Saturday evening. The goals were scored by Aidan O’Brien and an O.G. After a difficult start to the season, a strong second half of the campaign saw the A’s finish Div 1B in sixth place.

The B’s ended their season with a 4-2 win away to Mungret Regional with the goals coming from Kalem Harte 2, Ger O’Brien & Tristan O’Sullivan. Overall a very decent season for the lads, although they will have been disappointed not to have been promoted but a third place league finish and a Cup win can be regarded as a very successful season.

The C’s lost their final game of the season, 4-2 at home to Cappamore with goals from JC Ahern and Ciaran Braddick. This is a very young team who will now play in Div 4 next season. However this season will stand to the younger players, who will now push hard for promotion back up to 3B next season.

The U18s are still in with a big shout for the league title following a 1-1 draw at home to Charleville with James Rochford scoring a late equaliser and then following this up with a 6-0 win away to Corbally with goals from Nathan Hartigan 2, Darren Collins 2, James Rochford & Adam Hurley. If the lads beat Shelbourne on Tuesday evening, they will then play Charleville in a league play-off on Sunday, May 27 at 6.30pm at a venue to be decided.

Schoolboys
Congratulation to the U16 Schoolboys, under the management of Ray Ryan & Daire Kennedy, who secured the LDSL Div 1 League & Cup double after beating a gallant Aisling Annacotty B side 3-2 in the final in U.L. The lads had to dig deep to win the cup after going 2-0 down in the first 20 minutes. Karl Kelly pulled one back in the 22nd minute and it was 1-2 at half-time. A much improved performance after the break saw Newport dominate the second half and Jack O’Carroll brought the sides level 7 minutes after the interval. A wonder strike from Karl Kelly from 25 yards out with 4 minutes left on the clock ensured that Newport secured a historic double and went through the domestic league & cup season unbeaten. Well done lads on a great achievement. A great way to end your time as schoolboy players before moving into the junior ranks.

The U15A side ended their season a high after beating Janesboro 3-2 away with goals from Eoin McLoughlin 2 & Jay Ryan. A strong finish to their league campaign, winning their final three games, saw the lads finish in a highly respectable 4th place in the Premier League.

The U13A recorded an excellent 4-0 win away to Carew Park with goals from Alex O’Toole 2 & Conor Brett 2. The lads now have just two league games remaining, away to Regional this Wednesday and the final game provisionally scheduled for Friday, June 1 at home to Caherdavin.

The U13B side had a mixed week, drawing 1-1 with Corbally with Michael Carroll on the mark and then losing away to league winners Granville, with the only highlight being Nathan Bridgeman scoring a hat-trick. They just have one game remaining, home to Regional on Monday, May 21.

The U7, 8 & 9 sides all finish their season in the coming week. U7s are away to Limerick FC next Saturday (9.45am), U8s are home to Aisling Annacotty on Monday, May 28 (7pm) and the U9s are away to Lisnagry on Wednesday, May 30 (7pm).

Schoolgirls
Hard luck to our U14 girls who lost the NTSFL League playoff 4-0 to Killavilla in front of a large crowd in Brickfields Nenagh. Having lost the cup final just a few days earlier the girls were hoping to finish the season as league winners. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and Killavilla proved to be the better team on the night. Overall it was a very good season for the girls, cup-finalists and league runners-up is something to build on for next season. Just a case of so close but yet so far.

This game was the final schoolgirl game of the season and the players and coaches can now take a well-earned summer break before the new season resumes in August. Thanks to all the players, coaches, parents and officials for ensuring the continued growth of schoolgirl football in Newport.

AGM
The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Thursday, May 31 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. 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 24. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, 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.

Summer Camps
We will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 from August 6-10. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were complete sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place.

Boogie Wonderland
Thanks to everyone who came to the Freigh Inn last Saturday for our 70’s/80’s/90’s night. Everyone who turned up really enjoyed the step back in time thanks to DJ Jimmy Jo who ensured that the dance floor was full all night long. Thanks also to everyone who supported our raffle, which featured some brilliant prizes including a Smart Phone, Car service & valet, vouchers, hampers, international soccer tickets, family cinema passes, and more. Thanks to Dennehy Motors, Velvet Rooms Castleconnell, Ruby Woo Hair Salon, Cerise Beauty, Supervalu, Carey’s Bar Toor, North Tipp Motor Factors, Marie Tuohy, Rob Kelly & Gaylord Harvey. Well done to our best costume winners, Trish Kennedy, Aine Lenihan & Winnie McMahon. As always, thanks to Mary Jo O’Sullivan and her staff for their hospitality in our spiritual home.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, May 19 and this week’s jackpot is €3,550 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 19 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 14, 17, 27 & 29. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – May 13 2018

Juniors
Hard luck to our U17s who were beaten in the Div 2 Cup Final in Jackman Park last Thursday by Charleville on a 4-1 scoreline. The scoreline was harsh on the lads but it was just one of those games, where they did not play to the full potential. Overall a third place league finish and a Cup Final was a positive season overall and there’s plenty to build on for next season. Unfortunately it just wasn’t to be this time around but as a wise old head once said ‘what hurts you today, makes you stronger tomorrow’.

The A team continued their excellent run of league form with a 4-3 win at home to Kilfrush on Sunday morning. Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan scored a hat-trick and Andrew Kennedy was our other scorer. With just one league game remaining, this win keeps the As in fifth place, which we would have gladly taken a few months ago when we were hovering towards the very bottom of the table. The final game of the season is away to Shelbourne next Saturday (6.30pm).

The Bs beat Mungret Regional 4-2 away in a game that had nothing resting on it but pride. The Newport scorers were Kalem Harte 2, Tristan O’Sullivan & Richie Shinners. The final game of the season is away to Aisling Annacotty B this Tuesday (6.30pm).

Unfortunately the U18s lost their Cup semi-final 2-1 at home to Charleville last Tuesday with Elliott Slattery on the score-sheet. They now play the same side in the league game this Tuesday at 6.30pm, in a game that could ultimately determine where the league title ends up. They then wrap up their season with a game away to Corbally next Saturday (6.30pm) and a home game against Shelbourne on Tuesday, May 22 (6.30pm).

The Cs wrap up their season with a home game against Cappamore next Saturday (6.30pm).

Limerick League Junior Teams of the Season
Congratulations to the Newport players who have been selected on the 2017/2018 Limerick League divisional teams of the season. We have representation from our B team and U18 & U17 sides. This is a great honour for both the players and the club.

Div 2B: Kieran ‘Fletch’ O’Sullivan, Kalem Harte & John Ryan

U18 Div 2: James Lynch, Ben Wixted, Elliott Slattery & Devlin Courtney

U17 Div 2: Jack Foley, Jack Noble & Robert Duggan

Schoolboys
Well done to our double-chasing U16 schoolboys who have advanced to the Div 1 Cup Final after a solid 5-2 semi-final win at home to Ballynanty Rovers this evening. The goals came from Jack Foley 2, Jay Ryan 2 & Joey Kelly. The lads will play Aisling Annacotty B in the final this Sunday, May 20 in UL (1.15pm). Well done lads and best of luck in the final.

The U15As defeated Fairview Rangers 6-2 with goals from Jay Ryan 2, Diarmuid O’Riordan 2, Eoin McLoughlin & Darren Coffey. The last game of the season is away to Janesboro on Monday, May 14.

The U15B were very unlucky to lose their final game of the season on a 4-3 scoreline at home to Mungret Regional with goals from Luke Ryan 2 & John Ryan.

The U13A side had a mixed week losing 3-1 away to Caherdavin Celtic (Cillian English) and then followed up the deafeat with a 7-0 away to Parkville with goals from Conor Molamphy 2, Alex Toole 2, Conor Brett 2 & Cillian English.

The U11 Blues beat Bridge Celtic 6-2 and the Browns beat Caherdavin 7-4. This Wednesday, the U11 Blues are away to Limerick FC (7pm) and the U11 Browns are away to Moyross (7pm).

At the time of writing, the updated fixtures weren’t released but the LDSL have advised the following: U7 season finishes on May 26th, U8 season finishes on May 28th, U9 season finishes on May 31st and U10 season finishes on May 21st. Please refer to the club website www.newporttownafc.com for a full list of fixtures.

Schoolgirls
Massive congratulations to the U15 girls who won the NTSFL Shield when they defeated Knigh Utd 6-0 in the final in Villa Park. The Newport goals came from Kaitlyn Bradshaw 3, Rosie Quirke, Rachel Carey & Skye Sheehy. Great way to finish the season girls and more silverware for the club
The U15 girls received a walkover in the Shield semi-final and will now take on Knigh Utd in the Shield Final this Wednesday, May 9 at 7pm in Villa Park.

Hard luck to our U14 girls who lost the NTSFL final 1-0 to Borrisokane FC. It was a close encounter and could have gone either way. Congrats to Borrisokane FC on their achievement. The girls have one game remaining in their season when they travel to Brickfields this Thursday to play Killavilla in the league play-off (6.30pm).

St. Mary’s Secondary School
Congratulations to St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport 1st Year Girls, FAI Schools All-Ireland ‘B’ Champions following their 4-1 victory over St. Laurence College. Abbie Lenihan 2, Robyn McNamara & Ailin Rochford were the St. Mary’s scorers and the team included a number of NTAFC players. Well done girls on a massive achievement.

AGM
The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Thursday, May 31 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. 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 24. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, 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.

Summer Camps
We will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 from August 6-10. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were complete sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place.

Boogie Wonderland
A final remimnder that our Boogie Wonderland Night takes place this coming Saturday, May 19 in the Freigh Inn. Entry is only €5 and this promises to be another great night out with music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s. The Social Committee are busy finalising arrangements and have some great spot & raffle prizes lined up including a Samsung Galaxy smart phone, Hampers, meal vouchers, international match tickets, shopping voucher, beauty salon vouchers, family cinema tickets, car service, hairdressing voucher and much more. Doors open at 9pm and costumes are entirely optional.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, May 12 and this week’s jackpot is €3,500 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 19 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 1, 3, 21 & 24. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – May 6 2018

Juniors

Junior Bs win Div 2B Cup Final
Massive congratulations to the Junior B squad & management who won the Div 2B Eamon Ray Memorial Cup last Friday evening in Jackman Park with a famous 3-0 win over Pallas Utd. John Ryan, Richie Shinners & Kalem Harte scored the goals to ensure that the cup headed to Derryleigh Park. Well done to all the players and the management team of Marc Barry, Dave ‘Dobs’ O’Brien & Mike ‘Bun’ O’Donoghue.

With both teams out of the equation for promotion it was all focus on the cup and an evenly fought first half was tilted Newport’s’ way when the lively John Ryan raced clear of the defence to poke the ball past Denis O’Connor in the Pallas goal.

The Tipperary side upped the tempo after the break and doubled their lead on the hour mark. Kalem Harte played the ball wide for Brian O’Riordan who dazzled the Pallas defence with footwork before crossing. Duane Carroll headed clear but waiting 20 yards out was Richie Shinners who hit a daisy cutter through a crowded goalmouth to the back of the net low to the keeper’s right.

Before Pallas could attempt a comeback their tormentor in chief Kalem Harte raced onto Jamie Collins long pass to lob the ball over the advancing keeper to wrap up the win. Goals win games but special mention to Kieran ‘Fletch’ O’Sullivan who was a colossus at the heart of the defence and surely will get a call from Dyson as he hoovered up everything that came his way.

Team: Eoin Larkin; Liam Connolly; Dave O’Brien; Ger O’Brien; Kieran O’Sullivan; Richie Shinners; Kalem Harte; Stephen Carroll; Brian O’Riordan; John Ryan; Jamie Collins. Subs: David Kennedy; Jordon Clancy; Kieran Casey; Dermot Ryan; Mark Barry; Tristan O’Sullivan; Seamus Bridgeman, Mike Kennedy & Dean Ryan

The A team retained their Div 1B status for next season with two huge wins in the past week. They beat Southend 4-3 in Derryleigh Park on Thursday evening. The same team had knocked us out of the cup at the semi-final stage just a few days previously, so the lads knew this was going to be a tough encounter. It was a real ding-dong game and at stages Newport looked like they were going to throw the game away after missing a penalty and failing to capitalise on numerous chances. However, a well-taken goal from right-back, Kevin Connolly, late in the game ensured that all 3 points went Newport’s way. Then on Sunday morning the lads travelled to Caherconlish and recorded a comfortable 4-1 win with a hat-trick for youth player, James Lynch and one from Sean Ryan. With 2 games remaining and a strong finish to the season, Newport could finish up in the top half of the table and provide a good platform for next season. Next up is the visit of Kilfrush next Sunday morning at 11am.

Our U17s look forward to the Div 2 Cup Final this Thursday, May 10, in Jackman Park with a 7pm kick-off, when they take on league leaders Charleville. The lads league season is over and they finished a very creditable third. This side was only assembled at the start of the season and they have steadily improved as the season progressed and reaching the cup final is no no less than they deserved. Hopefully a big Newport crowd will travel into Limerick to give these young players a good support.

Unfortunately the B’s next league game clashes with the 17’s Cup Final as they are away to Mungret Regional also on Thursday and they finish off their season when they travel to play Aisling Annacotty on Tuesday, May 15. Both games kick-off at 6.30pm.

The U18s play Charleville in the Div 2 cup semi-final in Derryleigh on Tuesday, May 8 with the winner advancing to the final in Jackman Park next Sunday, where Kilmallock await. They then play Charleville in their penultimate league game next Tuesday at 6.30pm, in a game that could ultimately where the league title goes.

Schoolboys
The schoolboy season is beginning to wind down as some sides are now finished but some teams still have league & cup games remaining.

Unfortunately our U13B & U15B sides were knocked out of the cup during the week by Granville & Geraldines respectively. The U15A side recorded an emphatic 8-3 league win away to Regional Utd, with Jay Ryan on fire with 6 goals and Daniel Egan scoring the other 2.

Well done to the U13A side who won 2-0 at home to Ballynanty in the league with both goals coming from Aaron Coleman.

Hard luck to our U12B side who put in a very good performance but eventually lost out to a well-drilled Caherconlish team this evening in the Div 3 League Cup. Joe Crowley was on the scoresheet for Newport.

The U11 Blues enjoyed a comfortable 6-1 win at home to Geraldines, while the U11 Browns played out a 2-2 draw at home to Carew Park. Our U7 and U10 sides enjoyed non-competitive games in a sun-soaked Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning with Pike, Caherconlish & Mungret the visitors. The supporters were treated to some great games and wonderful goals.

This Wednesday, the U16s having already secured the league title, welcome Ballynanty Rovers to Derryleigh in the cup semi-final. There were 2 very close games between these two sides in the league so this game is all set-up to be a real cup cracker.

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

Schoolgirls
Massive congratulations to our U13 schoolgirls who completed the Double last Saturday by winning the NTSFL cup. This follows on from being crowned league champions earlier in the week. This group of girls have gone the whole season unbeaten and have only had one goal scored against them. They have trained hard under the guidance of John O’Hora, Patricia Kennedy & Micheal Lenihan.This was a tough game against Knigh United who gave the Newport girls a hard battle. The game finished 3-0 to Newport who had to wait for the second half to start scoring. Thanks to the NTSFL again for their continued support for the promotion of girls soccer in the region. Thanks to the officials and Killavilla United AFC for the excellent condition of the pitches. Thanks to all the parents who have supported this group all season. Onwards and upwards now for these group of girls as we move up to 11 a side football next season.

Well done to our U17 girls who ended their season with an excellent 5-0 win away to Lough Derg with goals from Ava Shinners 2, Kaitlyn Bradshaw 2 & Rachel Carey. The girls steadily improved as the season went along and a 4th place league finish and losing cup finalists was a very good reflection of the hard work and progress.

The U15 girls received a walkover in the Shield semi-final and will now take on Knigh Utd in the Shield Final this Wednesday, May 9 at 7pm in Villa Park.

The U14 girls have 2 massive games remaining in their season. They take on Borrisokane in the Cup Final next Saturday in Villa Park at 11.45am and then the following Thursday, they travel to Brickfields to play Killavilla in the league play-off.

AGM
The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Thursday, May 31 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. 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 24. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, 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.

Summer Camps
We will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 from August 6-10. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were complete sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place.

Boogie Wonderland
It’s less than 2 weeks to our Boogie Wonderland Night on Saturday, May 19 in the Freigh Inn. It promises to be another great night out with the soccers club with music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s with music from Jimmy Joe. The Social Committee are busy preparing and have some great spot & raffle prizes lined up including a Samsung Galaxy smart phone, Hampers, meal vouchers, international match tickets, shopping voucher, beauty salon vouchers, family cinema tickets, car service, hairdressing voucher and much more. Entry is only €5 so it’s time to dust down the gladrags and polish the dancing shoes.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Friday, May 4 and this week’s jackpot is €3,450 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 12 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 3, 15, 17 & 25. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – April 29 2018

Juniors
Well done to our Junior B & U17 teams who have made it through to their Divisional Cup Finals following two excellent semi-final victories over the weekend.

The U17s advanced to the Div 2 Cup Final following a memorable & pulsating 4-2 semi-final win away to Corbally on Saturday evening. In a real battling performance, goals from Darren Collins, Jack Foley, Colin Coleman & Ciaran Flynn ensured that Newport will play Charleville in the final in Jackman Park on Thursday, May 10. Thanks to Corbally for a tough but very sporting game.

Well done to our Junior B team who have made it through to the Div 2B Cup Final after beating Mungret Regional 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in the semi-final. Brian O’Riordan, Kalem Harte and Stephen Carroll were on the mark for Newport. We will play Pallasgreen in the final next Friday, May 4 at 7pm in Jackman Park. Well done lads.

Unfortunately the A team and U18s both lost their semi-finals. The A’s were defeated on penalties by Southend after a rip-roaring cup contest. Newport missed a penalty in the 10th minute and went 2-0 down in the first half hour but Peter O’Sullivan scored late in the first half to leave it 1-2 at the break. Not to be outdone by his brother, Brian O’Sullivan scored the equaliser in the 75th minute and the game went to extra-time. Newport took the lead with 5 minutes remaining of extra time through Ross Dunne but Southend then scored a controversial equaliser to level the game and then the visitors had a goal disallowed in the last minute to ensure that the game would be settled by penalties. Unfortunately it was Southend who won 4-2 on penalties and advanced to the Div 1A final. Southend are once again the visitors in the A’s next league game on Thursday at 6.30pm and on Sunday the A’s travel to play Caherconlish at 11am. Both are crucial games in terms of the A team retaining their Div 1B status.

The U18s travelled to play Premier League outfit Pike Rovers in the semi-final of the Ger Ryan Youth Cup and unfortunately suffered a 7-0 defeat to an excellent Pike side. The Youths next 2 games are at home to Charleville in the league & cup semi-final next Sunday at 2.30pm and Tuesday, May 8 at 6.30pm.

Schoolboys
The U14A team wrapped up their season with an excellent 2-0 win away to Caherdavin with goals from Shaun Bonfield and Lee Ryan. This was the boys first season playing in the Premier League and finished well up the table and to round off a very good season.
The U16s advanced to the Div 1 Cup semi-final following a comfortable 7-0 win away to Geraldines last Wednesday. The lads also received their league trophy following their 4-0 win away to Regional last Friday. They now look forward to a cup semi-final at home to Ballynanty Rovers.

The U13s had mixed fortunes in the Cup. The A’s lost their quarter-final to Ballynanty 2-1 but the B’s recorded an excellent 5-4 win away to Aisling Annacotty. They now play Granville in the cup semi-final this Wednesday.

Both the U12A & U15A sides bowed out of the cup following defeats to Aisling Annacotty & Janesboro respectively.
With so many fixtures for all teams taking place, please refer to the club website for a full list of fixtures.

Schoolgirls
Newport played Knigh Utd in the NTSFL U17 Girls Cup Final. This was a very close affair with Newport just losing out on the day 2-1 with Kaitlyn Bradshaw scoring for Newport. The girls have really come on leaps & bounds this season and to reach the Cup Final was a great achievement. The girls travel to play Lough Derg in the league next Friday at 6.30pm.

Newport U11 Girls played Knigh United on Saturday in the NTSFL U11 plate final. Newport played very well but unfortunately lost 3-0 on the day.

The U14s have made it through to the Cup Final following a hard-fought 3-2 win over BT Harps in Derryleigh on Saturday morning. Shauna Pearson (2) and Leah Moran were the scorers. The girls are still in the running for a league & cup double.

Unfortunately the U15 girls lost their cup tie 3-1 away to Killavilla. The girls will now play Borrisokane in the Shield competition this Thursday at 6.30pm with the winners playing Knigh Utd in the Shield Final next Saturday.

The U13s play Lough Derg in the cup semi-final this Tuesday with the winners playing Knigh or Holycross in the final next Saturday.

St. Mary’s Secondary School
Best of luck to the 1st Year Girls from St. Mary’s who will contest the FAI Schools National Cup Final in Dublin on Tuesday, May 8. Hard luck to the 1st Year Boys who were very unfortunate to lose their National Cup semi-final last week. Both boys & girls teams include a number of players from our club.

Summer Camps
We will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 from August 6-10. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were complete sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place.

Boogie Wonderland
It’s less than 3 weeks to our Boogie Wonderland Night on Saturday, May 19 in the Freigh Inn. It promises to be another great night out with the soccers club with music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s with music from Jimmy Joe. The Social Committee are busy preparing and have some great spot & raffle prizes lined up. Entry is only €5 so it’s time to dust down the gladrags and polish the dancing shoes.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, April 28 and this week’s jackpot is €3,400 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 5 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 5, 11, 24 & 25. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – April 22 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Camps
We will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 from August 6-10. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were complete sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place.

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

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

Derryleigh Diary – April 15 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Camps
We will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 from August 6-10. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were complete sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place.

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

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

Derryleigh Diary – April 8 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Camps
Delighted to announce that we will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 from August 6-10. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were complete sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place.

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

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

Derryleigh Diary – April 1 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Camps
Delighted to announce that we will be holding two FAI Summer Soccer Schools this summer. Camp 1 will take place from July 2–6 and Camp 2 from August 6-10. Online booking is now open and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €65 which includes an exclusive Umbro kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were complete sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place.

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

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

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

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

Derryleigh Diary – March 25 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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