Derryleigh Diary – October 1 2017

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).

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).

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.