The A team climbed up the table and a small bit further away from the relegation trap-door with a crucial 4-2 win over Regional Utd B in Derryleigh Park last Tuesday evening despite falling behind in the very first couple of minutes. Newport put this early setback behind them and began to put pressure on the Regional rear-guard and Kieran McCarthy was on hand to score the equaliser in the 12th minute.
Newport continued to dominate the early stages of the game and if truth be told should have extended their lead on a few occasions but just couldn’t find the target. This was keeping Regional in the game and in the 25th minute they were awarded a soft penalty but Marc Barry, in the Newport goal, once again proved himself to be an excellent penalty stopper, getting well down to his left to make a great save. 1-1 at half-time and Newport were scratching their heads as to why they weren’t well in the lead.
A much improved second half performance saw Newport up the gears and continue to dominate the game. In the 55th minute, Mark McGuire, who continues to make a liar of his birth cert, made it 2-1 when he was in the right place to tap-in a low cross across the box from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan and Mark was unlucky just 2 minutes later when he hit the cross-bar from close range.
On the opposite side of the age spectrum, U18 player, Devlin Courtney, made it 3-1 in the 60th minute, when after a mazy run he unleashed a thunderbolt from 30 yards out, which dipped under the crossbar giving the Regional keeper no chance. Not to be undone, just 3 minutes later, McGuire latched onto a pinpoint cross from the left from Kalem Harte and struck a superb volley to the net. There was a lot of huffing and puffing for the remainder of the game and Regional scored a late consolation goal to leave the result 4-2 and a valuable 3 points remaining in Derryleigh Park. With 4 league games remaining, Newport aren’t completely safe but another win or two would go a long way to ensuring the A team will be playing in Div 1B again next season.
A very youthful C team that saw four U17s and one U18 player start the game were very unlucky to lose 3-2 away to league leaders Wembley Rovers last Thursday. U17 player Colin Coleman scored both goals and was unlucky not to hit a hat-trick when his shot cannoned off the cross-bar. With just 2 league games remaining it’s finely balanced as to whether or not the C team will avoid relegation.
This weekend sees four of our junior sides in cup semi-finals with all hoping to make it through to finals in Jackman Park. The A team are home to Southend on Sunday morning (11am), the Bs are home to Mungret Regional on Sunday afternoon (2.30pm), the U18 youths are away to Pike Rovers in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup on Sunday afternoon (2.30pm) and on Saturday evening the U17s are away to Corbally (6.30pm). Also in action on Saturday evening are the Cs when they travel to play Northside (6.30pm).
Hard luck to our U12B and U14A sides who bowed out of the cup over the weekend despite very good performances. Hard luck also to the Newport (Tipperary) U13 Boys Community Games 5-a-side who were beaten 4-1 by Cork in the Munster quarter-final this morning. Ryan O’Keeffe scored for Newport. Well done boys for getting this far.
With so many fixtures for all teams taking place, please refer to the club website www.newporttownafc.com for a full list of fixtures.
Good luck to all our schoolgirl sides who are all in cup action this week and a special mention for the U17s who will play the winners of Ballymackey & BT Harps this Saturday in Villa Park at 11.45am.
Well done to our players, Abbie Lenihan, Chelsea King & Shauna Pearson, who were part of the NTSFL U14 schoolgirl squad, who have qualified for this year’s Gaynor Cup following the qualifying tournament that took place in Dooradoyle over the weekend.
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.
Be sure to mark Saturday, May 19 in your diaries, as following on from the huge success of last year’s 80’s Night, we will be holding a Boogie Wonderland Night to include music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s in the Freigh Inn. Lots more details to follow as we get closer to the date.
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, April 21 and this week’s jackpot is €3,350 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, April 28 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 11, 24, 25 & 26. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.