Saturday, November 25 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Roisin Power (2), Kaitlyn Bradshaw & Rachel Carey
Newport under 17’s girls produced a stunning and hard-fought victory at home on Saturday against local rivals Lough Derg, with the home side going 1-0 up just before half time thanks to an excellent finish from Kaitlyn Bradshaw following Kayla Tuohy’s run through and assist.
The girls came out fighting in the second half determined to get another goal, with Liberty Butler producing many well timed precise tackles on the right and some great through balls to the strike force of Ava Shinners and Kaitlyn Bradshaw. The goal came within minutes, with Rachel Carey converting from the spot after taking more than her fair share of knocks and sending the Derg keeper the wrong way and giving her no chance.
Absolutely outstanding performances from the back five of Ailish Carey, Ciara Greaney, Rachel Carey, Jenny Keppel and on the right Orla Imhoff – who were solid, calm and composed throughout. It wasn’t without some missed chances for Derg, with them being awarded a penalty only to see Newport keeper Jasmyne Butler do enough to see the penalty blasted over the crossbar. In quick succession, Derg were awarded another penalty which saw the unquestionable Player of the Match Jasmyne Butler who didn’t put a foot wrong in goal, save the penalty and keep the score at 2-0.
Roisin Power added to the Newport tally with two brilliantly worked goals to make the score 4-0 and well out of reach for the visitors. In the dying minutes Butler pulled off an acrobatic save to tip the ball over the bar on what was Derg’s last attempt for a consolation goal. Excellent team work and spirit was the order of the day from Newport, with superb performances from the whole squad including Jean Timmons and Emma Finnin who both showed excellent pace and movement into space, Emma Moloney and Jade Needham providing fresh legs for a superb all-round team performance and thoroughly deserved win.
The support from the side-lines on the day from parents and the club was excellent and really helped spur the girls on. The coaches are very proud of all the girls and their non-stop hard work and commitment to get this result, well done all. Special thanks too, to long term injured player Hazel McMahon who came along on her crutches on a very cold morning to support her fellow team mates.