Keep up to date on all the recent club news by reading the weekly Derryleigh Diary.

Derryleigh Diary – October 7 2018

Juniors
On a recent good run of form, the A team were in confident mood heading into Garryown on Sunday morning to take on Premier League side Geraldines in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup. With almost a full squad to choose from, manager, Marc Barry, was hopeful of his side causing a cup upset. However it wasn’t to be as it was Geraldines who ran out winners on a 4-1 scoreline, which wasn’t a true reflection of the game.

Newport did soak up a fair bit of pressure and rode our luck at times in the first half but our resistance was finally broken in the 38th minute, when we failed to clear a corner and the Geraldines player was able to tap-in from close range. A goal down at half-time but Newport were still well in this game.

In the 49th minute, skipper, Brian O’Sullivan, made a surging run into the box and when he was clearly taken down, referee Ryan McCann, pointed to the spot. Having won the penalty, the captain, calmly slotted the spot-kick to level the game.

The turning points of the game came on the hour mark. Newport should have been awarded a freek kick in the Geraldines half but the ref waved play in and the home side attacked and were awarded a penalty, which they duly converted to make it 2-1. Just a minute later, Peter O’Sullivan, received his second yellow and his marching orders and as if the job wasn’t hard enough, Newport would have to play out the remainder of the game with just 10 players.

Newport dug deep and put in a great effort for the final half hour but couldn’t find a way back into the game. Geraldines scored two late, late goals in injury time to distort the scoreline and advance into the next round. The A team will be back in league action next Saturday under lights when they travel to Dooradoyle to play Regional at 7pm.

The B team got back to winning ways when they beat Ballynanty B in Bateman Park on Sunday afternoon, with goals from Nathan Hartigan (2), Thomas Carroll & Seamus Bridgeman.

Both the C team & U18s suffered disappointing defeats on Sunday afternoon. The C team were well beaten by Coonagh, while the U18s failed to play anywhere near their potential, when crashing out of the Munster Youths Cup against premier side, Mungret Regional. The lads will have a quick chance to put this defeat behind them as they are away to Regional B next Sunday morning at 10.30am in the league.

The Round 3 draw has been made for the FAI Junior Cup. Newport have been drawn at home to Div 2A side Patrickswell. Date & time to be confirmed.

Schoolboys
It was a busy weekend for our competitive schoolboys but unfortunately only one result went our way. It was just one of those weekends. Our U13 schoolboys travelled to Ennis to play Avenue Utd in the National Cup. Unfortunately the lads came up against an excellent Clare side who won the game and advance to the next round. Ciaran Carey scored a consolation goal for Newport.

The U13B team recorded an excellent 6-3 win at home to Moyross with goals from Conor O’Brien 4, Daithi Whelton & Evan Moran. Unfortunately our U15A side are going through a sticky patch at the moment with nothing seeming to go their way and this continued on Saturday, when they lost 4-0 away to Regional.

In the non-competitive age groups, our two U9 sides and two U11 sides were also in action last Saturday. The U9s played Aisling Annacotty & Shelbourne, while the U11s played Geraldines & Lisnagry. These were all great exciting games with some excellent skills on display and some excellent goals scored. Well done to all the players.

Schoolgirls
Our U12, U14 & U17 girls were in action over the weekend. The U17 girls secured a very good 1-1 draw away to neighbours and local rivals, Birdhill, with Leah Moran on the scoresheet. This really was a hard fought match and the girls earned the away point. Well done to them all. We would like to wish a speedy recovery to injured players, Emma Moloney, Leona Burke and Abbie Lenihan.

Unfortunately the U14s bowed out of the National Cup when they were beaten away from home by an excellent Cashel side, while the U12s lost to Kilavilla, despite a brave effort.

Following on from their great win in Round 1 of the National Cup, the U18 girls have been drawn at home to Limerick side Regional Utd, with the game to be played next Saturday in Derryleigh Park at 2pm.

The U11 & U15 girls will also be in action next Saturday. The U11s are away to BT Harps at 10am, while the U15s are home to Ballymackey at 12 noon.

Congrats to Abbie Lenihan on being selected for the Munster U15 Schools squad. Everyone in NTAFC is very proud of you.

Calorie Kickers
Our Calorie Kickers continue to kick off those pounds every Wednesday from 7 to 8pm in our Derryleigh Clubhouse. New Kickers are welcome cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing Round 7
With just 19 players still standing before the weekend, the picks were Burnley (9), Brighton (3), Spurs (2), Watford (2), Leicester (1), Arsenal (1) & Man Utd (1). Just Brighton, Spurs, Arsenal & Man Utd won their games, so just 7 players now remain as we enter Round 9 after the International break.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, October 6 and this week’s jackpot is €4,550 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 13 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 11, 14 & 18. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – September 30 2018

Juniors
The A team maintained their excellent run of form, with a solid 6-0 defeat of Geraldines B on Sunday afternoon in Derryleigh Park. The win, moved Newport to the top of Div 1B on 22 points after 9 games, one point ahead of second placed Kilfrush and two ahead of third placed Geraldines B. Prior to the game, the visitors had an unbeaten record but on the day they came up against a determined Newport side who commanded the game throughout. Christy O’Connor opened the scoring with a strong header from a corner swung in by Kalem Harte in the 10th minute. Just 2 minutes later, Geraldines had a great chance to equalise but their player blasted over from close range. Newport extended their lead in the 13th minute when Elliott Slattery fired home a super free-kick, which have the keeper no chance. Newport dominated the first half and had good chances from Mark McGuire, who saw his shot go just wide after a scintilating run and on the stroke of half-time, Kalem Harte will feel that he should have scored when his shot was fired over the bar after getting on the end of good cross from Captain, Brian O’Sullivan. 2-0 up at half-time and in truth, the lead should have been more.

On the hour mark, James Lynch was in the right place at the right home to fire home, when Brian O’Sullivan’s shot was only parried by the Geraldine’s keeper. The captain finally got on the score-sheet in the 75th minute when he calmly converted a penalty. He then doubled his tally in the 82nd minute when he coolly chipped the keeper to give Newport a 5-0 lead. The captain has found his goal-scoring form after a hat-trick last week and a brace today. The scoring was wrapped up in the final minute when substitute, Nathan Hartigan, fresh from scoring 2 goals for the B team in the morning game was able to walk the ball into the net unopposed. A 6-0 win, good team performance, a strong clean-sheet and all 3 points to move them to top of the league. Job done and a good day’s work. 11 games played in all competitions to date with 9 wins, 1 draw and just 1 defeat. Team Manager, Marc Barry can be very content with the good start to the season but he will know that there are lots of challenges ahead and complacency will not be allowed under any circumstance. The squad is a good blend of youth & experience, playing a nice brand of football fully deserving of support and it would be great to see large crowds in Derryleigh to get behind the lads in the coming games. Next up is the tough task of an away game to Premier outfit, Geraldines A, in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup next Sunday at 10.30am in Garryowen.

The Sunday morning fixture in Derryleigh saw the Bs play Mungret Regional. The B team were in third place just one point off the leaders before the game and Mungret were just 1 point behind in 4th place so a tight game was expected. Unfortunately, Newport lost the game on a 5-2 scoreline and did not play as well as they can and conceded some soft goals. Once again, it was a youthful Newport side, with three U18 players in the squad. Mungret opened a 2 goal lead early in the first half but Newport fought back through 2 goals from in-form Nathan Hartigan, the first of which was a brilliant volley and the second a penalty after Colin Coleman was brought down. At this stage, Newport were back in the game and Tristan O’Sullivan was unlucky to see his free-kick crash off the cross-bar. However after that, it was Mungret Regional who scored three goals without reply and took all three points on offer. Newport now lie in fourth place after 7 games. Next up for the B team is a visit to Bateman Park to play Ballynanty in the league next Sunday at 2pm.

Next Sunday sees the U18s take on Premier side, Mungret Regional, in the second round of the Munster Youth Cup in Derryleigh Park at 2pm. The C team will also be in action in Derryleigh at the same time, when they play Coonagh in the league.

Schoolboys
Both our U16 sides recorded two great wins. In the Premier League, the A team beat Caherdavin Celtic 3-0 with goals from Jay Ryan, Daniel Egan & Jack Ryan. Meanwhile, the B team continued their 100% start to the season with an excellent 2-1 win at home to Aisling Annacotty B with goals from the two Lukes, Ryan & Hamilton, which sees them top Div 2.

Not to be oudone, both our U14 sides also won their games. The A team kept up their 100% record and stay top of Div 1, with a 5-2 win over Bridge Celtic with a hat-trick from Conor Brett and a double from Alex O’Toole. The B team made it 4 wins from 4 games and also lead their division following a 4-0 win away to Shelbourne with goals from Conor O’Brien 2, Conor Gavin & Adam O’Connell.

Unfortunately the U12B team suffered a defeat against a very good Carew Park side. However in fairness to the players, they kept battling to the very end.

Our U8 & U10 sides were also in non-competitive action. The U8s welcomed Aisling Annacotty to Derryleigh Park and the U10 team travelled to play Lisnagry. By all accounts both games were cracking matches, full of excitement and some great goals. All the Newport players did brilliantly and all their hard work in training is definitely paying off. Well done.

Next weekend is an odds weekend with games scheduled for the U9, U11, U13 & U15s. U9 1 are home to Aisling Annacotty (9.45am), U9 2 are away to Shelbourne (9.45am), U11 1 are home to Geraldines (11am), U11 2 are home to Lisnagry (12.30pm), U13B are home to Moyross (2pm), U15A are away to Regional (2pm), while the highlight of the weekend is the U13 National Cup, Round 2 game, when Newport travel to play Avenue Utd in Ennis at 1pm.

Schoolgirls
Our U15 & U18 girls were both in action and unfortunately both suffered defeats. The U15s lost 3-0 at home to Killavilla, while the U18s lost 3-1 away to Nenagh, with Kaitlyn Bradshaw on the scoresheet.

Next Saturday the U17s are away to Birdhill at 12pm and the U12 girls are home to Killavilla at 10am.

Following on from their great win in Round 1 of the National Cup, the U18 girls have been drawn at home to Limerick side Regional Utd in Round 2, with the game to be played on or before October 14

Calorie Kickers
Our Calorie Kickers continue to kick off those pounds every Wednesday from 7 to 8pm in our Derryleigh Clubhouse. New Kickers are welcome cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing Round 7
With just 19 players still standing before round 7, the picks were in. Spurs were the most popular choice with 8 players pinning their hopes on them beating Huddersfield away. The other picks were Everton (5), Bournemouth (2), Wolves (2), Burnley (1) & Leicester (1). At the time of writing on Sunday evening, every player had made it through to round 8, with 2 players awaiting the result of the Bournemouth game on Monday evening. As the weeks go by, it’s getting more difficult for the remaining players to make their selections.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, September 29 and this week’s jackpot is €4,500 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 6 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 15 & 18. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – August 5 2018

Last Man Standing:
Entry is just €10 so be sure to enter before 5pm on Friday, August 10 to be in with a chance to win €500. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your friends, family, team-mates & work-mates, while supporting the soccer club.

If you’d like to play, please text or Whatsapp your name, mobile number and Round 1 pick to 089-4052382 before 5pm on Fri, Aug 10. Or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers, Kennedy’s Discount Store or our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins.

FAI Summer Soccer Camp:
The second of our FAI Summer Soccer Camps Started on Monday 6th August and runs to Friday 10th. We have 140 children in attendance all having great fun and making great memories.

Juniors:
The junior soccer season kicks-off on Wednesday, August 15. The first week’s fixtures have been released with the Junior A side getting the ball rolling when they welcome Knockainey to Derryleigh Park on Wednesday, August 15 at 6.30pm. You can keep up to date on all our club fixtures on our website.

Clothes Collection:
Newport Town AFC in conjunction with National Council for the blind are running a clothes collection every Saturday in August. Derryleigh Park will be open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm for bags to be dropped up. Bags can be left under the canopy at the clubhouse. Newport Town AFC would like to thank everyone for their support on this so far.

Lotto:
There was no winner of our club lotto this week. Numbers drawn were 3, 4, 18, 27. Next weeks Jackpot is €4,100 and the draw will take place in Ryan’s Bar Newport.

Derryleigh Diary – July 29 2018

Juniors:
Our Junior B team played against Murroe B in the Rearcross Tournament with Murroe winning 2-1. Paul McEvoy was the NTAFC scorer in the first half. The A’s lost 3-1 to Cappamore. Junior season commences on August 16.

Awards Night:
There was a large turnout for our annual Schoolboy/Schoolgirl awards night in the Community Centre on Friday night. Our non-competitive age groups all received a medal for their hard work at training and representing the club at blitzes. For our competitive teams (U12 to U18) there were 2 categories of awards. One for Most Improved Player of the Year and one for Player of the Year. Congrats to all the winners of the awards and to their teammates and parents who of course played a vital role in helping them achieve it.

Our winners of the most improved player awards were U12B Martin McCabe, U12A Darragh Meaney, U12 Muireann Ryan, U13B Tommy Lyons, U13A Christopher Egan, U13 Meave Gaffrey, U14B Ryan Madden, U14A David Hannon, U14 Nadine Hartigan, U15B Lorcan Delaney, U15A Cillian O’Sullivan, U15 Kate Harvey, U16 John Ryan Rose, U17 Roisin Power, U17 Golden Boot Jack Foley and U18 Golden Boot Devlin Courtney. Our Player of the year awards went to U12B Conor O’Brien, U12A Luke Kennedy, U12 Lauren Bailey, U13B Nathan Bridgman, U13A Alex O’Toole, U13 Shauna Pearson, U14B Mark Forde, U14A Stephen McCormack, U14 Sarah Kelly, U15B Oisin Kennedy, U15A Calum Grant, U15 Eimear Carey, U16 Jack O Carroll, U17 Jasmyne Butler, U17 Colin Coleman, U18 Ben Wixted. Our overall Player of the Year went to Shauna Pearson a Member of our U13 girls. Shauna was also selected as the NTSFL U13 Player of the Year and has also been selected on the North Munster Emerging Talent Program. She was selected to play with U12 Boys in Galway Cup and was a member of the U14 Girls Gaynor Cup. We at NTAFC are very proud of Shauna and are sure we will see great things from her in the future.

Last Man Standing:
Entry is just €10 so be sure to enter before 5pm on Friday, August 10 to be in with a chance to win €500. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your friends, family, team-mates & work-mates, while supporting the soccer club. If you’d like to play, please text or WhatsApp your name & mobile number to 089-4052382 or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers, Kennedy’s Discount Store or our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins.

If you haven’t played before, it’s easy. Each game week you will be texted the fixture list, you pick the Premiership team that you think will win their game and text back your selection. If your team wins their game, you are through to the next round. You can’t pick the same team twice. If they lose or draw, then you are out. This continues until the Last Man or Woman is left standing. Full rules & entry form are available here.

FAI Summer Soccer Camp:
The second of our FAI Summer camps is approaching. It’s starting on Monday 6th August with only a handful of spaces left. The camp runs Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and is guaranteed to be a fun filled week. Discounts apply to those who took part in our July Camp. Click here to book online.

Clothes Collection:
Our clothes collection is running for the months of July and August in conjunction with NCBI. Derryleigh Park will be open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm for bags to be dropped off. Thank you to all for the support to date.

Lotto:
There was no winner of our club lotto this week. Numbers drawn were 1, 3, 13, 15. Next week’s draw takes place in Gleeson’s. Next week’s jackpot is €4,050. Thank you to everyone for their continued support.

Derryleigh Diary – July 22 2018

Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Awards and Registration Night:
The NTAFC Schoolboy / Schoolgirl awards for last season and Registration for the 2018/2019 season takes place on Friday, July 27 in the Community Centre. The awards are for the Newport Nippers up to U18s. Player Registration begins at 6pm and the Awards Ceremony will commence at 7pm. This promises to be another great occasion for the club and all players and their families are welcome to attend. Awards up for grabs are Players of the Year, Most Improved Players and Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl of the Year (competitive teams only). This event continues to grow each season and this year should be no different. We look forward to seeing all our players and their families on the night. All are welcome.

FAI Summer Soccer Camp:
Roll on the second Summer Soccer Camp of 2018, which starts on August 6. If you haven’t booked on yet, do it soon as places are filling fast and it’s going to sell out. Don’t forget that if you were in the first camp, you can also avail of the second camp discount, which makes it €50 for another week of fun. Book online at www.summersoccerschools.ie

Schoolboys LDSL:
The new Limerick Schoolboy season (short season) will commence on Wednesday, August 29, with the even age grade (U12, U14 & U16) and Friday, August 31, with the odds age grade (U15 & U13).

– The under 11 grade will commence on Saturday September 8th.
– The under 10 grade will commence on Saturday September 15th.
– The under 9 grade will commence on Saturday September 8th.
– The under 8 grade will commence on Saturday September 15th.
– The under 7 grade will commence on Saturday September 22nd.

All leagues will be made up of six teams with each team playing five games, there will be no trophy for the league winners except one set of medals. There may be cases for extending some leagues. The season hopefully will finish on or before December 8th.

Last Man Standing is back:
Entry is just €10 so be sure to enter before 5pm on Friday, August 10 to be in with a chance to win €500. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your friends, family, team-mates & work-mates, while supporting the soccer club.If you’d like to play, please text or Whatsapp your name & mobile number to 089-4052382 or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers, Kennedy’s Discount Store or our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins.

If you haven’t played before, it’s easy. Each game week you will be texted the fixture list, you pick the Premiership team that you think will win their game and text back your selection. If your team wins their game, you are through to the next round. You can’t pick the same team twice. If they lose or draw, then you are out. This continues until the Last Man or Woman is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated. Full rules & entry form are available here.

NTAFC Fantasy Football League:
The Premier League returns on August 10 and so does the NTAFC Fantasy League. Enter for free at https://fantasy.premierleague.com/ pick your team and join our private league. Code is 345021-75865. Spread the word amongst your friends and team-mates. Just a bit of craic but it’s your chance to walk the walk and talk the talk!

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 5, 6, 9, & 13. This week’s jackpot is €4,000. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – July 8 2018

Juniors:
Our junior teams have started their pre-season training in anticipation of the new junior season, which commences on Thursday 16th August. Once again we will have five junior teams (A, B, C, U18 & U17). Their are some changes in management this year. Marc Barry will manage the A team, David O’Brien (B team), Adrian Hurley & Ailbe Coffey (C team), Peter Coleman (U18) & Daire Kennedy (U17). Best of luck to all our junior squads & management in the coming season.

Summer Soccer Camp:
What a great week! 5 days, 150 children, 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. This was also the first summer camp that was able to use the new clubhouse and our facilities comfortably accommodated the 150 players. 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.

The camp doesn’t just happen by accident and there are lots of people to thank. Firstly, the coaches, under the guidance of Head Coach, Niall Connolly, who made the camp such a special & fun place from the very first minute to the last. It was great to see two of our own youth players, Killian O’Malley & Jack Noble, amongst the coaches. Thanks guys & girls, you were all simply amazing.

Our campers, the boys & girls who were so well behaved, enthusiastic and good humoured all week long. Ye were absolutely brilliant and there is definitely some future super stars amongst you.

The parents who were patient and co-operative all week at drop-off and collection times. The car park stewards who ensured that everything ran smoothly and were always smiling and helpful.

The club Chairman & committee who welcomed the coaches, children and parents to NTAFC with open arms and did their very best to ensure that everyone enjoyed themselves.

The ground staff who made sure that the pitches were prepared ahead of the camp and kept in pristine condition all week long, despite the harsh weather conditions.

Last but not definitely least, special thanks to Gaylord Harvey the club’s camp co-ordinator who leaves no stone unturned and James Scott, Regional Development Officer for his never-ending enthusiasm & dedication to promote soccer in North Tipperary.

We hope we didn’t forget anyone, if so, sorry.

Roll on the second Summer Soccer Camp of 2018, which starts on August 6. If you haven’t booked on yet, do it soon as places are filling fast and it’s going to sell out. Don’t forget that if you were in the first camp, you can also avail of the second camp discount, which makes it €50 for another week of fun. Book online at www.summersoccerschools.ie

Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Awards and Registration Night:
The NTAFC Schoolboy / Schoolgirl awards for last season and Registration for the 2018/2019 season takes place on Friday, July 27 in the Community Centre. The awards are for the Newport Nippers up to U18s. Player Registration begins at 6pm and the Awards Ceremony will commence at 7pm. This promises to be another great occasion for the club and all players and their families are welcome to attend. Awards up for grabs are Players of the Year, Most Improved Players and Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl of the Year (competitive teams only). This event continues to grow each season and this year should be no different. We look forward to seeing all our players and their families on the night. All are welcome.

FAI Safeguarding 1 Child Welfare Course:
We are hosting a FAI Safeguarding 1 course in our Derryleigh Clubhouse on Wednesday 11th July from 7-10pm. The fee is €10. This is the 3 Hour Basic Awareness Child Welfare Workshop that all coaches must now complete by Law. For anyone interested in taking part you can book your place at www.fai.ie/courses Please be advised this is the only way to book a place on the course!

Clothing Collection:
Due to popular demand, the soccer club in conjunction with the National Council for the Blind are once again organising an old clothes collection as a fundraiser for our Schoolboy/Schoolgirl section. Simply drop your bags of unwanted clothes to Derryleigh Park on Saturdays during July & August from 10am-2pm (drop under clubhouse canopy). We will accept old clothes, shoes (in pairs), handbags, blankets & bed linen (NO duvets/pillows). Please contact Sarah (087-2826155) or Amanda (086-0442323) for more info or collection of bags if necessary.

Last Man Standing is Coming Back:
Last Man Standing will be returning for the start of the new Premier League season in August. Entry will be €10. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your friends & family, while supporting the soccer club. If you haven’t played before, it’s easy. Each game week you will be texted the fixture list, you pick the Premiership team that you think will win their game and text back your selection. If your team wins their game, you are through to the next round. You can’t pick the same team twice. If they lose or draw, then you are out. This continues until the Last Man or Woman is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated. Entry details to follow in the coming weeks.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 1, 4, 21 & 24. This week’s jackpot is €3,900. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – July 1 2018

Juniors:
Our junior teams are returning for pre-season training in the next week in anticipation of the new junior season, which commences on Thursday 16th August. Once again we will have five junior teams (A, B, C, U18 & U17).

Summer Soccer Camps:
The first of our summer camps started on Monday with 150 boys & girls taking part, which makes it one of the biggest camps in the entire region. There are still some spaces left on our second camp from August 6-10 but places are filling fast so book soon to avoid disappointment on www.summersoccerschools.ie

Schoolgirls:
Shout out to our schoolgirl players Chealsea King, Shauna Pearson and Abbie Lenihan who represented the club on the U14 NTSFL side in the Gaynor Cup hosted in UL last week. Special mention for Abbie who captained the squad, a huge honour for both her and our club.

Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Awards and Registration Night:
The NTAFC Schoolboy / Schoolgirl awards for last season and Registration for the 2018/2019 season takes place on Friday, July 27 in the Community Centre. The awards are for the Newport Nippers up to U16s. Player Registration begins at 6pm and the Awards Ceremony will commence at 7pm. This promises to be another great occasion for the club and all players and their families are welcome to attend. Awards up for grabs are Players of the Year, Most Improved Players and Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl of the Year (competitive teams only). This event continues to grow each season and this year should be no different. We look forward to seeing all our players and their families on the night. All are welcome.

FAI Safeguarding 1 Child Welfare Course:
We are hosting a FAI Safeguarding 1 course in our Derryleigh Clubhouse on Wednesday 11th July from 7-10pm. The fee is €10. This is the 3 Hour Basic Awareness Child Welfare Workshop that all coaches must now complete by Law. For anyone interested in taking part you can book your place at www.fai.ie/courses Please be advised this is the only way to book a place on the course!

Clothing Collection:
Due to popular demand, the soccer club in conjunction with the National Council for the Blind are once again organising an old clothes collection as a fundraiser for our Schoolboy/Schoolgirl section. Simply drop your bags of unwanted clothes to Derryleigh Park on Saturdays during July & August from 10am-2pm (drop under clubhouse canopy). 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.

Last Man Standing is Coming Back:
Last Man Standing will be returning for the start of the new Premier League season in August. Entry will be €10. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your friends & family, while supporting the soccer club. If you haven’t played before, it’s easy. Each game week you will be texted the fixture list, you pick the Premiership team that you think will win their game and text back your selection. If your team wins their game, you are through to the next round. You can’t pick the same team twice. If they lose or draw, then you are out. This continues until the Last Man or Woman is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated. Entry details to follow in the coming weeks.

Lotto:
There was no winner of last week’s lotto. The lucky numbers were 13, 17, 24 & 27. This week’s jackpot is €3,850. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

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.