Junior Bs win Div 2B Cup Final
Massive congratulations to the Junior B squad & management who won the Div 2B Eamon Ray Memorial Cup last Friday evening in Jackman Park with a famous 3-0 win over Pallas Utd. John Ryan, Richie Shinners & Kalem Harte scored the goals to ensure that the cup headed to Derryleigh Park. Well done to all the players and the management team of Marc Barry, Dave ‘Dobs’ O’Brien & Mike ‘Bun’ O’Donoghue.
With both teams out of the equation for promotion it was all focus on the cup and an evenly fought first half was tilted Newport’s’ way when the lively John Ryan raced clear of the defence to poke the ball past Denis O’Connor in the Pallas goal.
The Tipperary side upped the tempo after the break and doubled their lead on the hour mark. Kalem Harte played the ball wide for Brian O’Riordan who dazzled the Pallas defence with footwork before crossing. Duane Carroll headed clear but waiting 20 yards out was Richie Shinners who hit a daisy cutter through a crowded goalmouth to the back of the net low to the keeper’s right.
Before Pallas could attempt a comeback their tormentor in chief Kalem Harte raced onto Jamie Collins long pass to lob the ball over the advancing keeper to wrap up the win. Goals win games but special mention to Kieran ‘Fletch’ O’Sullivan who was a colossus at the heart of the defence and surely will get a call from Dyson as he hoovered up everything that came his way.
Team: Eoin Larkin; Liam Connolly; Dave O’Brien; Ger O’Brien; Kieran O’Sullivan; Richie Shinners; Kalem Harte; Stephen Carroll; Brian O’Riordan; John Ryan; Jamie Collins. Subs: David Kennedy; Jordon Clancy; Kieran Casey; Dermot Ryan; Mark Barry; Tristan O’Sullivan; Seamus Bridgeman, Mike Kennedy & Dean Ryan
The A team retained their Div 1B status for next season with two huge wins in the past week. They beat Southend 4-3 in Derryleigh Park on Thursday evening. The same team had knocked us out of the cup at the semi-final stage just a few days previously, so the lads knew this was going to be a tough encounter. It was a real ding-dong game and at stages Newport looked like they were going to throw the game away after missing a penalty and failing to capitalise on numerous chances. However, a well-taken goal from right-back, Kevin Connolly, late in the game ensured that all 3 points went Newport’s way. Then on Sunday morning the lads travelled to Caherconlish and recorded a comfortable 4-1 win with a hat-trick for youth player, James Lynch and one from Sean Ryan. With 2 games remaining and a strong finish to the season, Newport could finish up in the top half of the table and provide a good platform for next season. Next up is the visit of Kilfrush next Sunday morning at 11am.
Our U17s look forward to the Div 2 Cup Final this Thursday, May 10, in Jackman Park with a 7pm kick-off, when they take on league leaders Charleville. The lads league season is over and they finished a very creditable third. This side was only assembled at the start of the season and they have steadily improved as the season progressed and reaching the cup final is no no less than they deserved. Hopefully a big Newport crowd will travel into Limerick to give these young players a good support.
Unfortunately the B’s next league game clashes with the 17’s Cup Final as they are away to Mungret Regional also on Thursday and they finish off their season when they travel to play Aisling Annacotty on Tuesday, May 15. Both games kick-off at 6.30pm.
The U18s play Charleville in the Div 2 cup semi-final in Derryleigh on Tuesday, May 8 with the winner advancing to the final in Jackman Park next Sunday, where Kilmallock await. They then play Charleville in their penultimate league game next Tuesday at 6.30pm, in a game that could ultimately where the league title goes.
The schoolboy season is beginning to wind down as some sides are now finished but some teams still have league & cup games remaining.
Unfortunately our U13B & U15B sides were knocked out of the cup during the week by Granville & Geraldines respectively. The U15A side recorded an emphatic 8-3 league win away to Regional Utd, with Jay Ryan on fire with 6 goals and Daniel Egan scoring the other 2.
Well done to the U13A side who won 2-0 at home to Ballynanty in the league with both goals coming from Aaron Coleman.
Hard luck to our U12B side who put in a very good performance but eventually lost out to a well-drilled Caherconlish team this evening in the Div 3 League Cup. Joe Crowley was on the scoresheet for Newport.
The U11 Blues enjoyed a comfortable 6-1 win at home to Geraldines, while the U11 Browns played out a 2-2 draw at home to Carew Park. Our U7 and U10 sides enjoyed non-competitive games in a sun-soaked Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning with Pike, Caherconlish & Mungret the visitors. The supporters were treated to some great games and wonderful goals.
This Wednesday, the U16s having already secured the league title, welcome Ballynanty Rovers to Derryleigh in the cup semi-final. There were 2 very close games between these two sides in the league so this game is all set-up to be a real cup cracker.
With so many fixtures for teams taking place, please refer to the club website for a full list of fixtures.
Massive congratulations to our U13 schoolgirls who completed the Double last Saturday by winning the NTSFL cup. This follows on from being crowned league champions earlier in the week. This group of girls have gone the whole season unbeaten and have only had one goal scored against them. They have trained hard under the guidance of John O’Hora, Patricia Kennedy & Micheal Lenihan.This was a tough game against Knigh United who gave the Newport girls a hard battle. The game finished 3-0 to Newport who had to wait for the second half to start scoring. Thanks to the NTSFL again for their continued support for the promotion of girls soccer in the region. Thanks to the officials and Killavilla United AFC for the excellent condition of the pitches. Thanks to all the parents who have supported this group all season. Onwards and upwards now for these group of girls as we move up to 11 a side football next season.
Well done to our U17 girls who ended their season with an excellent 5-0 win away to Lough Derg with goals from Ava Shinners 2, Kaitlyn Bradshaw 2 & Rachel Carey. The girls steadily improved as the season went along and a 4th place league finish and losing cup finalists was a very good reflection of the hard work and progress.
The U15 girls received a walkover in the Shield semi-final and will now take on Knigh Utd in the Shield Final this Wednesday, May 9 at 7pm in Villa Park.
The U14 girls have 2 massive games remaining in their season. They take on Borrisokane in the Cup Final next Saturday in Villa Park at 11.45am and then the following Thursday, they travel to Brickfields to play Killavilla in the league play-off.
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 email@example.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.
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.
It’s less than 2 weeks to our Boogie Wonderland Night on Saturday, May 19 in the Freigh Inn. It promises to be another great night out with the soccers club with music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s with music from Jimmy Joe. The Social Committee are busy preparing and have some great spot & raffle prizes lined up including a Samsung Galaxy smart phone, Hampers, meal vouchers, international match tickets, shopping voucher, beauty salon vouchers, family cinema tickets, car service, hairdressing voucher and much more. Entry is only €5 so it’s time to dust down the gladrags and polish the dancing shoes.
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Friday, May 4 and this week’s jackpot is €3,450 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 12 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 3, 15, 17 & 25. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.