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Derryleigh Diary – October 15 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Derryleigh Diary – October 8 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 5, 18, 28 & 29. This week’s jackpot is €1,950 and the draw will take place in Gleeson’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – October 1 2017

Juniors:
The A’s and B’s were the only junior sides in action last weekend. The A team travelled to Hogan Park on Sunday morning to take on Hill Celtic in round 2 of the Munster Junior Cup. Unfortunately we bowed of this year’s competition following a 3-1 defeat with Kieran McCarthy scoring our only goal. Having exited the FAI and Munster Junior Cups on successive weekends, the lads focus will now be firmly switched to the ongoing league campaign.

The B’s maintained pole position in Div 2B following a comfortable 6-0 victory over Aisling Annacotty in Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. A superb first half hat-trick from Dave Kennedy and goals from Odhran Brett, John Ryan & Tristan O’Sullivan ensured that Newport sit at the top of the table half way through the league campaign.

This coming Sunday the C’s are home to Northside (10.30am), while on Sunday afternoon, the U17’s are home to Star (2pm).

Schoolboys:
The U16’s remain top of Div 1 after enjoying a comfortable 8-1 win at home over Corbally B on Saturday afternoon. Jack Foley (3), Jack O’Carroll (2), Jay Ryan (2) and Johnny Ryan were the scorers. Next up for the 16’s is a National Cup game against Holycross in a fortnight’s time.

Our U14A side put up a very good display against table-toppers Fairview but the visiting side proved just that little bit too strong and were deserving 2-0 winners. This is the 14’s side first season in the Premier League and they are more than holding their own. Next up is a National Cup game at home to Lough Derg in a fortnight’s time.

Unfortunately, despite a plucky performance, the 14B’s suffered a 7-1 home defeat to a very strong Summerville Rovers A side on the bottom pitch at Derryleigh Park. Kevin O’Brien was on the mark for Newport.

Both our U12 sides were also in action and unfortunately both suffered away defeats. The A team playing in the Premier League were beaten 3-0 by Regional, while the B’s playing in Div 3 suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat away to Caherconlish.

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

Next weekend sees another busy schedule of games with the odd age groups in action. U11 Greens home to Aisling Annacotty (11am), U11 Whites away to Star Rovers (11am), U13A away to Bridge Celtic (11am), U13B away to Regional (2pm), U15A home to Regional (12.30pm) and U15B home to Geraldines (2pm).

Schoolgirls:
As a mark of respect to a young player, Mikey Holland, from Ardcroney who sadly passed away after an illness, all NTSFL games were postponed last weekend including our U12, U14 and U17 schoolgirl games in Derryleigh Park. Sincere condolences to the player’s family and friends from all in NTAFC.

This Saturday, our U13 & 15 sides are at home when they both welcome Ballymackey to Derryleigh Park. The U13s play at 10am followed by the 15s at 11am.

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

FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe):
Between 5th and 19th October 2017, all over Europe, actions are taking place to make a stand against racism within football from grassroots clubs like ours to national league clubs in Ireland and other countries and also at international games and Champions League matches. Newport Town AFC believes the values of sport are for fairplay and to achieve our goals we need teamwork, communication and trust among teammates and all involved within our club. The spirit of fairplay is for a level playing field for all and that means there can be no tolerance for racism and any form of discrimination. During matches at Derryleigh Park next Saturday, both sets of players will line up and exchange champions league handshakes prior to kick off. Both teams will then stand together for a photo holding up show racism the red card cards. In our club, there is absolutely no place for racism or discrimination in any form.

O’Neills Club Gear:
Due to the continuing high level of demand, we are continuing to take orders for O’Neills Soccer club gear this week. Call up to the clubhouse any evening from Tuesday to Thursday from 7-9pm to view the range, try on samples and place your order. This is your opportunity if you are thinking of buying some club gear as a Christmas present so don’t miss out.

The Derryleigh Dugout:
The club’s new snack shop is now open on Saturday morning matchdays and is proving very popular with both home & away supporters. Offering a range of tea/ coffee, hot chocolate, water, juices, snacks, home-bakes & fruit, be sure to drop in for a cuppa and a chat. It’s located at the side of the new clubhouse. We are also looking for volunteers who would be willing to lend a hand for a few hours every few weeks to help out in the club shop.

Derryleigh Diary – September 24 2017

Juniors:
The A’s and U17’s were the only junior sides in action last weekend. Both played their first round games in the FAI National Cups and unfortunately both failed to advance to the next round. The A team were away to Kilfrush on Sunday morning and fell two goals behind. The lads battled back with a goal from Peter O’Sullivan but despite their best efforts failed to grab an equaliser. The 17’s travelled to premier league side Aisling Annacotty on Saturday night and lost out on a 3-0 scoreline. The scoreline was harsh on the lads as it did not reflect their efforts. They hit the cross bar, had a genuine penalty claim not given and saw their keeper make a brilliant point-blank save. It was just one of those games.

This coming Sunday the A’s are away to Hill Celtic in round 2 of the Munster Junior Cup (10.30am), while on Sunday afternoon, the B’s are home to Aisling in the league (2pm).

Schoolboys:
The U15A side advanced to round 3 of the National Cup following a comfortable 3-0 win at home over Burren Utd of the Clare League with goals from Johnny Ryan (2) & Jay Ryan. They are now away to Caherdavin Celtic in the next stage of the competition.

Unfortunately the U13 side lost 5-0 away to an excellent and physical Kildimo side. The lads had no argument with the result but it was a good experience for the lads and one which they will learn from.

The U15B side lost 5-2 away to Aisling Annacotty in the league with our goals coming from Paul Moloney & Cian Kennedy.

The U11 Green side played their first of the game of the season in an exciting game at home to Mungret Regional. It was an excellent display from all the players with some great goals.

Next weekend sees another busy schedule of games. Both our U10 sides are in action. The Blues are away to Parkville (11am), while the Browns are home to Star (11am). The U12A are away to Regional in the Premier League (12.30pm) and the 12B’s are away to Caherconlish (11am). Both our U14 sides are at home with the A’s playing Fairview and the B’s playing Summerville, both games kick-off at 12.30pm. Lastly the U16s, who currently lead their division, are home to Corbally B at 2pm.

Schoolgirls:
The U11 girls played their first game of the season away to Lough Derg in a highly entertaining game. It was great to see the girls playing some lovely football and having great fun before, during and after the game.

The U13s recorded an excellent 3-0 win at home to Holycross with goals from Aoife Mellerick (2) and Shauna Pearson. This makes it two wins from two games. A great start to the season!

The U15s, despite going two goals down early in the first half, recovered brilliantly to secure a superb 4-2 win at home to Killavilla in an excellent display. On the score-sheet for Newport were Kaitlyn Bradshaw (2), Abbie Lenihan and Ava Shinners. This was a real hum-dinger in the girls’ first game of the season.

Next Saturday, we welcome Cahir Park to Derryleigh Park in the U14 National Cup. The game kicks off at 2pm and it would be great to see a large home crowd at the game to support the girls. U12s are home to Clodiagh (10am) and the U17s are home to Killavilla (11am).

Newport Nippers:
Please note that training for U8 players on Friday nights (7-8pm) is ONLY for players born in 2010. There are currently much younger players turning up and they are just too young for this session and there is not enough space on the astro-turf for the number of players. Training sessions for the Newport Nippers U7s (players born in 2011 & 2012) will commence on Saturday, September 30 from 9.30-10.30am. All players are also asked to wear shin guards to training.

Buy a Brick:
Have you seen your name yet on our Patrons’ Wall in the reception area of our clubhouse? Sincere thanks to everyone who supported us. There are currently 337 names on the wall but we still have some limited spaces left. If you’d like to become a patron, simply contact any committee member, email us at secretary@newporttownafc.com or call Dave on 086 6002534.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 1, 21, 22 & 30. This week’s jackpot is €1,850 and the draw will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

O’Neills Club Gear:
Due to an incredibly high level of demand, we are continuing to take orders for O’Neills Soccer club gear this week. Call up to the clubhouse any evening from Monday to Thursday from 7-9pm to view the range, try on samples and place your order. This is your opportunity if you are thinking of buying some club gear as a Christmas present so don’t miss out.

Clothes Collection:
Thanks to everyone who dropped up bags of old clothes to Derryleigh Park in the past few weeks. This fundraiser was done in association with the National Council for the Blind and both the club and the charity will benefit as a result. Based on the full container we have, there must now be lots of tidy wardrobes in Newport.

Derryleigh Diary – September 17 2017

Juniors:
Mixed fortunes for our junior sides in action at the weekend. The A’s travelled to Parkville in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup and advanced to the next round following a 3-1 victory thanks to two goals from Brian O’Sullivan and a great headed effort from Dave Murray. Job done and the lads are now away to Hill Celtic in the next round.

Unfortunately the U18’s bowed out of the Munster Youth Cup following a first round home 2-0 defeat to Div 1 outfit Kilfrush on Sunday afternoon. This was a game in which Newport just never got going and failed to put any real pressure on the Kilfrush keeper. Overall Kilfrush deserved the win and we wish them the best of the luck in the remainder of the competition.

The C’s welcomed Northside to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning in a Div 3B league game and despite a brave effort lost out on a 2-5 scoreline with our goals coming from Ciaran Braddick & Dan O’Sullivan.

This coming Saturday, the U17’s are away to Aisling Annacotty A in the first round of the FAI National Cup (7.00pm), while on Sunday, Newport are away to Kilfrush in the FAI Junior Cup (10.30am).

Schoolboys:
Now that midweek games are over, we are now back to the normal schedule of Saturday games. The team of the week award definitely goes to our U16 schoolboys who secured an excellent 2-1 home victory over Aisling Annacotty A in the SFAI National Cup with goals from Jack Foley & Jay Ryan. A superb result given that we had four U15s in our side and were underdogs against a side that currently lead the LDSL Premier League. We now advance to the next round of the competition, where we will welcome Holycross to Derryleigh Park in round 2.

Unfortunately our U12 schoolboys fell at the first hurdle following a 3-0 defeat away to Holycross. This was a game in which nothing went our way, when we hit the bar once and also had a goal bound shot cleared off the line. A great effort from the lads against a very good side.

The U14A side recorded an excellent 2-0 win at home to Regional Utd with goals from Lee Ryan and Stephen Madden. This is the lads’ first season playing premier and have given a great account of themselves to date with a win, draw and loss and currently lie in a very respectable mid-table position.

Unfortunately the 14B’s lost 6-2 away to Geraldines with Conor Brett scoring both goals for Newport.

Both our U10 sides got their non-competitive season underway when they welcomed Ballynanty & Pike to Derryleigh Park. A unique feature of these games is that they were the first to be played on our new small-sided games pitch on the very top level of Derryleigh Park. Both games were very entertaining with lots of goals and excitement not to mention some great skill on display.

The U9 schoolboys (born in 2009) return to training this Friday, September 22 from 7-8pm.

Next weekend sees our U13 & U15 sides play their National Cup ties. The 13’s are away to Kildimo (12pm), while the 15’s welcome Burren Utd to Derryleigh (2pm). The U11 Greens are home to Mungret Regional (11am), the U13B’s are away to Granville (11am) and the U15B’s are away to Aisling Annacotty (12.30pm).

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

Schoolgirls:
Unfortunately our U17’s first game of the season at home to BT Harps had to be abandoned early in the second half due to a nasty injury to our player, Orla Imhoff. We all wish Orla a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back in action sooner rather than later.

Our U14 side under the management of Rob Kelly and Eddie O’Gorman suffered an opening day defeat to a very strong Killavilla side. The final score was 3-4 with our goals coming from Abbie Lenihan (2) and Shauna Pearson. It was a massive effort from the girls who were unlucky not to come away with any points.

The U12’s had a mixed week. They suffered a midweek loss to Killavilla and then enjoyed a very comfortable win away to a gallant Shinrone side. This was an excellent performance for Newport who were simply too strong for the home side.

The U13’s got their season off to a great start with a 3-1 win away to Lough Derg with goals from Shauna Pearson (2) & Emily Hurley.

Next Saturday, the U13 girls are home to Holycross (10.30am), the U15’s are home to Killavilla (11.30am) and the U11s are away to Lough Derg (1.00pm).

The Derryleigh Dugout:
The club’s new snack shop is now open on Saturday morning matchdays and is proving with both home & away supporters. Offering a range of tea/ coffee, hot chocolate, water, juices, snacks & fruit, be sure to drop in for a cuppa and a chat. It’s located at the side of the new clubhouse. We are also looking for volunteers who would be willing to lend a hand for a few hours every few weeks to help out in the club shop.

Buy a Brick:
Have you seen your name yet on our Patrons’ Wall in the reception area of our clubhouse? Sincere thanks to everyone who supported us. There are currently 337 names on the wall but we still have some limited spaces left. If you’d like to become a patron, simply contact any committee member, email us at secretary@newporttownafc.com or call Dave on 086 6002534.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 14, 24, 29 & 30. This week’s jackpot is €1,800 and the draw will take place in Lees Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Old Clothing Collection:
The soccer club in conjunction with the National Council for the Blind are organising an old clothes collection as a fundraiser for our Schoolboy/Schoolgirl section. Simply drop your bags of unwanted clothes to Derryleigh Park this coming Saturday, 23 from 10am-3pm or any evening when training is on. We will accept old clothes, shoes (in pairs), handbags, blankets & bed linen (NO duvets/pillows). Next Saturday is the final date that we will be accepting bags. Thanks to everyone who has dropped off already.

O’Neills Club Gear:
Due to an incredibly high level of demand, we are going to resume taking orders for the O’Neills Soccer club gear in the next week or two. We will announce the schedule of fitting & order sessions once they have been decided. Please note that these fitting & order events will be the LAST chance to order official club gear in time for Christmas, so if you are thinking of buying some club gear as a Christmas present, don’t miss out.

Derryleigh Diary – September 10 2017

Juniors:
The A team played 2 games in the past week. They travelled to Patrickswell on Thursday and beat St. Pat’s 5-3 with goals from Brian O’Sullivan (3), Devlin Courtney & James Lynch. However they suffered a very disappointing 6-2 defeat away to Southend on Sunday morning with goals from the O’Sullivan brothers, Brian & Peter.

The B’s also had missed fortunes. On Thursday they beat Mungret Regional 2-1 at home with youngsters Elliott Slattery and Tristan O’Sullivan on the score-sheet. On Sunday, they lost 1-0 away to Kennedy Park. This result was a setback but the B’s still lie towards the top of Div 2B and in a healthy position after 8 games of the new season.

Unfortunately, the C team’s difficult start to the season continued this week, when they lost games to Weston Villa and Kilmallock. This team is a very young side with some experience mixed in and despite the defeats; the players will learn and hopefully will soon turn the corner.

The 18’s continued their fine run of form with a 6-o victory away to Knockainey. The Newport scorers were Darragh Hanley 2, James Rochford, Elliott Slattery, James Lynch Cappamore & O.G.

Our under 17’s travelled to Regional last Thursday and recorded a very good 3-1 win with Jack Foley (2) & Thomas Floyd on the score-sheet. However they came unstuck on Sunday, when despite dominating the game they lost 3-2 away to Aisling Annacotty. It’s still a mystery how they lost the game. Thomas Floyd & Colin Coleman scored for Newport.

This coming Sunday, the A team are away to Parkville in the Munster Junior Cup (10.30am) and the U18s are away to Kilfrush in the Munster Youth Cup (2.00pm).

FAI Junior Cup and Munster Cup Draws:
The draws have been made for the FAI Junior and Munster Cups. In the first round of the FAI Junior Cup we have been drawn away to Kilfrush Crusaders. In the U18 competition, we have received a bye to the second round. In the Munster Junior Cup, we have been drawn away to Parkville in round 1 with the winners then playing away to the winners of Hill Celtic or Pallas Utd. In the Munster Youth Cup first round, Newport are home to Kilfrush with the winners then away to Kilmallock or Nenagh.

Schoolboys:
It was another hectic week in schoolboy football with twelve games taking place. Our U16s continued their excellent start to the season when they beat Regional 6-1 at home and are now top of Division 1 after 5 games. Unfortunately both our U15 sides lost each of the two games they played in the past week with the A team very unlucky to lose to Aisling on a 3-2 score line. Our U14 sides also suffered the same fate by losing their games. The A’s lost away to Corbally, while the B’s lost at home to Regional. Despite impressive performances both our U13 sides also lost their last games. While it wasn’t a great week overall, both U12 sides won their games. The B’s won 6-2 at home to Bridge Utd, while the A’s had an impressive 3-1 win at home to Mungret Regional.

Next weekend sees the start of the Schoolboy National Cups. Our U16s welcome Aisling Annacotty to Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning at 11am and our U12s travel to play Holycross at 12.30pm. Our U10 sides also kick off their season on Saturday morning.

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

Schoolgirls:
The schoolgirl season is now underway. Next Saturday, the U12 girls are away to Shinrone (11am), the U17’s are home to BT Harps (10am) and the U14s are home to Killavilla (12pm).

The Derryleigh Dugout:
The club’s new snack shop is now open on Saturday morning matchdays. Offering a range of tea/ coffee, hot chocolate, water, juices, snacks & fruit, be sure to drop in for a cuppa and a chat. It’s located at the side of the new clubhouse.

Buy a Brick:
Have you seen your name yet on our Patrons’ Wall in the reception area of our clubhouse? Sincere thanks to everyone who supported us. There are currently 337 names on the wall but we still have some limited spaces left. If you’d like to become a patron, simply contact any committee member, email us at secretary@newporttownafc.com or call Dave on 086 6002534.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 3, 14, 21 & 30. This week’s jackpot is €1,750 and the draw will take place in McGrath’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Old Clothing Collection:
The soccer club in conjunction with the National Council for the Blind are organising an old clothes collection as a fundraiser for our Schoolboy/Schoolgirl section. Simply drop your bags of unwanted clothes to Derryleigh Park on Saturday, September 16 & 23 from 10am-3pm. We will accept old clothes, shoes (in pairs), handbags, blankets & bed linen (NO duvets/pillows). Please contact Sarah (087-2826155), Amanda (086-0442323) or Maeve (086-8534966) for more info or collection of bags if necessary.

Derryleigh Diary – September 3 2017

Juniors:
The new season is well underway with a raft of games taking place. The Junior A’s picked up their first win of the season with a midweek 4-1 win away to Regional with Brian O’Sullivan marking his return to his hometown club with a hat-trick. On Sunday morning, they played out a 1-1 draw at home to Athlunkard Villa. The A’s next game is an away trip to Patrickswell this Thursday at 6.30pm followed by a visit to Southend on Sunday morning at 10.30am.

The B’s have enjoyed an impressive start to the season and currently lie towards the top of the table following two excellent 3-1 wins at home to Pallasgreen and away to Murroe. The B’s are home to Mungret Regional this Thursday at 6.30pm and away to Kennedy Park on Sunday at 2pm.

A youthful C team have had a difficult start to the season but picked up their first points of campaign with an excellent 3-1 win away to Shelbourne on Saturday night. Next up is a home game against Weston Villa this Thursday at 6.30pm followed by a trip to Kennedy Park on Sunday at 2pm.

The 18’s remain unbeaten after 4 games with 3 wins and a draw and secured an excellent 3-2 win away to Charleville on Saturday. They are away to Knockainey this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Finally the 17’s have now played three games with a win, draw and a loss on the board. This is a brand new side and they are beginning to get to know one another and will only continue to improve as the season progresses. They are away to Regional this Thursday at 6.30pm and away to Aisling on Sunday at 2pm.

Schoolboys:
The competitive schoolboy season is also well underway with Derryleigh Park being a hive of activity on match days. There’s simply been too many games to report on them all. However our U15A squad have made a very impressive start to their season with two wins from two games in the Premier League. Our U14A side in their first season in the Premier League produced an excellent display to record a 2-2 draw away to reigning champions Aisling Annacotty. The new U16 side, after 4 games currently are joint leaders of Div 1. At all age grades there have been some excellent displays the future looks bright. All match results, reports and upcoming fixtures can be viewed here.

Schoolgirls:
The schoolgirl season gets underway next Saturday, September 9. The U13s are home to Shinrone at 12pm and the U17s are home to Ballymackey at 1.30pm. The U12s have their first game on Tuesday, September 5 at home to Killavilla at 6.30pm.

Clubhouse Opening Ceremony:
Sunday, August 27 2017 was a truly momentous day for Newport Town AFC when John Delaney, C.E.O. of the Football Association of Ireland cut the ribbon to officially open our new clubhouse in Derryleigh Park. Tony Fitzgerald, FAI President and other dignitaries were also in attendance on the historic day. 47 years after its foundation in 1970, the club now finally has a permanent clubhouse of its own.

It has taken a lot of hard work, time and dedicated commitment from the current committee over the past few years to get to this stage but it’s been a labour of love. However the current committee are simply following on from all the dedicated committee members and other volunteers down through the years whose hard work and vision helped us arrive at this historic milestone in the club’s long & proud history. Unfortunately some are no longer with us to see the fruits of their labour but they were surely smiling down on us. The current committee are simply standing on the shoulders of giants.

As a club, NTAFC now fields over 30 teams and has almost 400 registered players. We’ve come a long way but the journey still has a long way to go.

The main event of the day was the cutting of the ribbon by John Delaney but the club also had a family fun day in Derryleigh Park and an open invitation was extended to the entire community to attend and the community turned out in huge numbers with almost 1,000 people in attendance. Without the support of the FAI, our community and local businesses since our foundation, the club would simply not be in the strong position it currently finds itself.

After the afternoon’s activities, the celebrations continued back in O’Sullivan’s Bar late into the night with music from Martin Byrnes followed by traditional music with local musicians.

Thanks to all our volunteers who worked so hard to ensure that the day was such a great success and a special thanks to Mary Jo O’Sullivan for her hospitality on the Sunday night.

Derryleigh 2020 Super Draw Winners:
The sixth and last of our monthly Super Draws took place last weekend. The response from our community to our fundraiser was simply phenomenal and has made a massive contribution to the development of our new clubhouse. We still have a long way to go in paying for the clubhouse but this was a great start. The winners were as follows:

Nicole Fallon – New York Holiday
Martin Turner – €1,500
Tom Guilfoyle – Lanzarote Holiday
Roger Dawson & Marie O’Connell – Majorca Holiday
John Ryan – Ashford Castle Luxury Break
Anthony Seymour – €2,500

The Derryleigh Dugout:
The club’s new snack shop is now open on Saturday morning match days. Offering a range of tea/ coffee, hot chocolate, water, juices, snacks & fruit, be sure to drop in for a cuppa and a chat. It’s located at the side of the new clubhouse.

Buy a Brick:
Have you seen your name yet on our Patrons’ Wall in the reception area of our clubhouse? Sincere thanks to everyone who supported us. There are currently 337 names on the wall but we still have some limited spaces left. If you’d like to become a patron, simply contact any committee member, email us at secretary@newporttownafc.com or call Dave on 086 6002534.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 2, 8, 19 & 30. This week’s jackpot is €1,700 and the draw will take place in Gleeson’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – August 20 2017

Clubhouse Opening Day:
Next Sunday, August 27, will be a truly momentous day for Newport Town AFC when John Delaney, C.E.O. of the Football Association of Ireland will cut the ribbon during the ceremony to officially open our new clubhouse. Tony Fitzgerald, FAI President and other dignitaries will also be in attendance on this historic day. 47 years after its foundation in 1970, the club will finally have a permanent clubhouse of its own. It has taken a lot of hard work, time and dedicated commitment from the current committee over the past few years to get to this stage but it’s been a labour of love. However the current committee are simply following on from all the dedicated committee members down through the years whose hard work and vision helped the club arrive at this historic milestone in the club’s long & proud history. Unfortunately some are no longer with us to see the fruits of their labour but they will be smiling down on us. The current committee are simply standing on the shoulders of giants. As a club, NTAFC now fields over 30 teams and has almost 400 registered players. We’ve come a long way but the journey still has a long way to go.

John Delaney is due to cut the ribbon at approximately 3.30pm but the club will also have a family fun day in Derryleigh Park from 1.00 to 5.00pm and we extend an open invitation to the entire community to attend. Without the support of our community and local businesses since our foundation, the club would simply not be in the strong position it currently finds itself and we look forward to having a big turn-out on the day. There will be lots for all the family to do with soccer games, skill challenges from Continental Tyres & Fulfil Nutrition, face painting, bouncy castle, obstacle course, fire engine, mascot races, music by Jimmy Joe, raffle including a €600 Continental Tyres voucher, hampers & vouchers, BBQ & refreshments. The final draw of our Super Draws will also take place for a €2,500 cash prize.

Due to the large crowd expected and on advice from An Garda Siochana, access to Derryleigh Park itself will be very restricted, therefore we are requesting people to park in town or up near the GAA pitch & walk to Derryleigh or use the park & ride service from the Town Square being provided by O’Malley’s Coaches, which will be running at very regular intervals during the afternoon. Depending on the weather, there may also be parking on farmland in close proximity to Derryleigh Park.

After the afternoon’s activities, the celebrations will continue back in O’Sullivan’s Bar with music from Martin Byrnes followed by traditional music with local musicians. We hope to see as many of you as possible to join us for our celebrations.

Juniors:
The new junior season kicked off last week with mixed results for our teams. The A team suffered a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to an impressive Croom Utd side with our goal coming from the head of Sameer Salem. On Sunday morning they welcomed Hill Celtic to Derryleigh and were once again on the wrong end of the same 3-1 scoreline, with Sameer Salem again our scorer. The B team also suffered an opening day defeat when losing 3-2 at home to Athlunkard Villa with goals from Kalem Harte & John Ryan. On Saturday evening they travelled to Holycross and recorded an impressive 3-1 away win with goals from Dean Ryan (2) and Kalem Harte. It needed 2 penalties from Elliott Slattery to give the U18’s a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw at home to Kilmallock last Tuesday evening. On Saturday evening, they travelled the short distance to take on Aisling Annacotty B and enjoyed a comfortable 8-1 victory with goals coming from James Rochford (2), Troy Porter (2), Adam Hurley, Colin Coleman, Devlin Courtney & Darragh Hanley. Our U17’s took all 3 points on offer in their opening league game of the season against a strong Kilfrush side, who pushed them all the way in a nervy 4-3 win for Newport. Highlight was a first half hat-trick for debutant, Devon Ryan. On Sunday afternoon, they travelled to play Charleville and minus a couple of players they lost 4-2 with Jack Noble and Devon Ryan on the score-sheet for Newport.

Upcoming junior fixtures: Monday, Aug 21, Newport Town AFC C v Hyde B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Tuesday, Aug 22, Newport Town AFC B v Summerville Rovers B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park), U18, Newport Town AFC v Regional Utd, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Thursday, Aug 24, Coonagh v Newport Town AFC A, 6.30pm (Coonagh), U17, Newport Town AFC v Corbally, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Saturday, Aug 26, Star v Newport Town AFC B, 6.30pm (Lee Estate), Castle United v Newport Town AFC C, 6.30pm. Tuesday, Aug 29, Newport Town AFC B v Pallasgreen, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park), Newport Town AFC C v Wembley, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park), U18, Newport Town AFC v Shelbourne, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Thursday, Aug 31, Regional Utd B v Newport Town AFC A, 6.30pm (Dooradoyle).

Schoolboys:
The competitive schoolboy season (U12 to U16) gets underway this Wednesday with our new U16 side first into action when they are away to Ballynanty. It’s going to be a busy period for the schoolboy teams with 22 games in ten days. The non-competitive sides will be starting their games later in the season. This season we will field schoolboy teams at U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12 (A&B), U13 (A&B), U14 (A&B), U15 (A&B) & U16 ages. All upcoming fixtures can be viewed on the club’s website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls:
The schoolgirl season is due to resume on September 2.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 17, 24, 25 & 26. This week’s jackpot is €1,600 and the draw will take place in Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Community Games:
Hard luck to the Newport/Birdhill lads who lost the U12 Community Games All-Ireland Soccer Final 1-0 to a very strong Clarinbridge side representing Connacht in Dublin on Sunday afternoon. The boys had beaten beat Donegal in the morning semi-final 1-0. This was a super achievement from the boys and their coaches to make it all the way to the final. Everyone in Newport is very proud of you all.

Derryleigh Diary – August 13 2017

New Junior Season:
Pre-season is now over and the competitive league action commences this week. Once again this season we will have five teams competing in the Limerick District League and all hoping to have a competitive season and push for honours. The A team will play in Div 1B, the B’s in Div 2B, the C’s in Div 3B, U18’s in Div 2 and the U17’s in Div 2. Fixtures for the following week are as follows. Tuesday, August 15, Newport Town AFC B v Athlunkard Villa B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park), U18, Newport Town AFC v Kilmallock, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Wednesday, August 16, U17, Newport Town AFC v Kilfrush, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Thursday, Aug 17, Newport Town AFC A v Croom, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Saturday, Aug 19, Holycross B v Newport Town AFC B, 6.30pm (Holycross), U18, Aisling Annacotty v Newport Town AFC, 6.30pm (Annacotty). Sunday, Aug 20, Newport Town AFC A v Hill Celtic, 10.30am (Derryleigh Park), U17, Charleville v Newport Town AFC, 2.00pm (Charleville). Monday, Aug 21, Newport Town AFC C v Hyde B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Tuesday, Aug 22, Newport Town AFC B v Summerville Rovers B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park), U18, Newport Town AFC v Regional Utd, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Thursday, Aug 24, Coonagh v Newport Town AFC A, 6.30pm (Coonagh), U17, Newport Town AFC v Corbally, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park).

Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Registration:
Registration for all schoolboy/schoolgirl players will take place this Wednesday & Thursday (August 16 & 17) in Derryleigh Park from 7-8pm. All players must be registered and have membership paid before the commencement of the season. The schoolboy season commences on August 23, while the schoolgirls start on September 2.

Summer Soccer Camp:
What a great week! 5 days, 150 kids, 10 coaches, 1 astro-turf pitch, 2 grass pitches, 100’s of goals, 1,000’s of smiles and countless hours of fun. Even the weather played its part. All good things must come to an end and so it was last Friday afternoon when all of the children received their certificates for their participation in the Newport Town AFC FAI Summer Soccer School. We hope that every boy & girl who took part had a great time and made lots of new friends in our second sold-out camp of the year.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the camp be such a great success and so enjoyable for the children. The list is endless but thanks to the boys & girls, their parents, the coaches and all the volunteers in the club who marshalled the car park, cut the pitches, put up and took down the marquee, cleaned the dressing rooms and so much more. We look forward to doing it all again next summer.

Official Opening of New Clubhouse:
The countdown is now well and truly on to the official opening of our new Clubhouse by FAI CEO John Delaney on Sunday, August 27. This is going to be a truly historic day for the club and the local community and we would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone, young & old, to join us on the day. There will be lots of fun activities for all the family from 1-5pm including bouncy castle & obstacle course, BBQ, face-painting, soccer activities, music by Jimmy Jo and lots more. The official opening of the new clubhouse by John Delaney is scheduled to take place at 3.30pm. The last of our monthly Super Draws for a cash prize of €2,500 will also take place. We hope to see you all there.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 3, 15, 16 & 21. This week’s jackpot is €1,550 and the draw will take place in Lee’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Community Games:
All in Newport Town AFC wish the very best of luck to the U13 Newport/Birdhill Boys Community Games squad, who will represent Munster in the All-Ireland finals in Dublin next weekend.

Derryleigh Diary – August 6 2017

Rearcross Tournament:
A youthful Junior A team lost the final of the Rearcross Tournament last Saturday evening on a 5-2 scoreline against Cappamore. The scoreline was a bit harsh on the lads with 2 of the Cappamore goals coming late on when Newport were chasing the game. Devlin Courtney & James Thompson were the Newport scorers.

In the semi-final Newport beat Murroe 3-0 on penalties after the game ended 1-1. Elliott Slattery scored the equaliser with 6 mins left to bring the game to penalties. Sameer Salem, Kalem Harte & Jamie Collins scored the first three penalties, while Marc Barry once again proved the master of a penalty shootout by saving all three Murroe pens.

In the quarter-final Newport defeated Clodiagh Rangers 5-0 with goals from Devlin Courtney, Andrew Kennedy, Dave Ryan Rose, Christy O’Connor & Kalem Harte.

The tournament proved a great opportunity to play some of our younger players, who all performed very well over the 3 games.

New Junior Season:
Pre-season continues with friendly games taking place for all our junior sides. The first league fixtures have been released for the junior sides. The B’s (Div 2B) will be first into action on Tuesday, August 15, when they play Athlunkard Villa to Derryleigh at 6.30pm. On Thursday, August 17, the A team (Div 1B) welcome Croom to Derryleigh at 6.30pm. At the time of writing, fixtures for our other junior sides had not been released. The club wishes to extend a speedy recovery to our new U17 player, Jack O’Carroll, who suffered a bad injury while scoring a goal in a pre-season friendly against Lisnagry last Friday. He will be out of action for a while but we look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible.

Summer Soccer Camp:
Our second & final summer camp of the summer kicked off on Bank Holiday Monday, when 150 boys & girls between the ages of 6-14 were welcomed to Derryleigh Park for 5 days of football, fun & friendship. Both our camps were fully booked-out this summer. Thanks to everyone who volunteers to ensure that the camps go off without a hitch.

North Munster Schoolgirls:
Congratulations to three of our schoolgirl players, who following trials, have been selected on the North Munster Development Squad. Well done Shauna Pearson (U12), Abbie Lenihan (U13) & Rachel Carey (U14). A great achievement for the girls, their coaches and families. Everyone in the club is very proud of you all.

Official Opening of New Clubhouse:
It’s now less than 3 weeks to go to the official opening of our new Clubhouse by FAI CEO John Delaney on Sunday, August 27. It’s going to be a busy few weeks to get us over the finish line. We will shortly be looking for volunteers to help us get there. We hope you can help

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 10, 12, 17 & 28. This week’s jackpot is €1,500 and the draw will take place in McGrath’s Bar on Saturday night. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Church Gate Collection:
Thank you to everyone who generously supported our Church Gate collection over the Bank Holiday weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated.