Saturday, January 31, Athlunkard
Unfortunately, our U15 team suffered a defeat away to fellow promotion hopefuls, Corbally Utd. (A) on Saturday morning in Athlunkard.
Missing a few of our regulars, it was a hard day at the office for the lads against a very big Corbally side, who were able to physically dominate our players.
It’s fair to say that Corbally are a very good side and played some excellent football but it was also one of those days where we just never got going and did not play as well as we usually can. Continue reading
Saturday, January 31, Annacotty
On a brisk January morning, Newport kicked off against Aisling Annacotty and from the start chances were few and far between. This was a tough encounter with the two teams going toe to toe from the start.
A great through ball from Tom Hickey found Aaron Coleman who turned the defender and was just about to pull the trigger when he was taken from behind. On the sideline it looked like a penalty but to our dismay the ref awarded a free kick.
After a series of corners from Newport, in which nothing came from them the ref blew for half time. Continue reading
Sunday, January 25, Mungret
Newport bounced back from last week’s disappointment in the Munster Junior Cup with an emphatic 4-0 away win over fellow promotion rivals Mungret Regional. This win consolidates our second place position and closes the gap to leaders, Wembley Rovers to just 4 points.
Before the game, Newport realised the importance of today’s game and set out their stall right from the kick off by pressurising Mungret high up the pitch. Newport played with the wind and the hill in the first half and almost took the lead on 14 minutes, when Dean Lenihan, who is having a great season, came close with a low shot, which just went wide of the post after Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan played him through with a great pass. However Newport went into the lead just one minute later when Sean ‘Bond’ O’Brien cleverly lobbed the keeper from just outside the box. Continue reading
Sunday, January 25, Derryleigh Park
Newport entertained Ballylanders in Div 3A of the Limerick District League and ran out worthy 4-3 winners to overtake the visitors in the league table. With a large squad to pick from, the management team of Ailbe Coffey & Mark Barry have some headaches when selecting their starting 11. The B team have some seasoned campaigners in their ranks who have served Newport well down through the years but the it was a young team that started the game for Newport, although Eoin Bonfield, at centre half, did slightly distort the average age. However, in fairness to ‘Bonzo’ he continues to roll back the years and gave another masterful performance at the heart of the home defence. Sometimes you just can’t beat experience.
Newport went a goal down early into the game after a long range speculative shot took a wicked bounce off the surface and beat Mark Shinnors in the Newport goal. However Newport teams don’t give in too easily and not long after, Dermot ‘Dodo’ Ryan scored a Beckhamesque free kick from long range to level the scores. Dave Murray, fresh from his introduction as a sub in the morning’s A game, rose highest from a corner to powerfully header home to give Newport a 2-1 half time lead. The normally ‘quiet’ Dave, who usually doesn’t have much to say, has certainly has made an impact on his return from down under. Continue reading
Saturday, January 24, Shelbourne Park
Another fantastic exhibition by the Under 7’s. We saw great saves, great blocks and good passing skills. Fast paced games with superb goals.
A good show of team spirit. The team is growing in confidence and skill. A pleasure to see!
We would like to thank Shelbourne AFC for their hospitality. Looking forward to seeing you in Derryleigh in the near future.
Final result, as provided by one of the referees:
Great goals by Newport Town AFC vs Great goals by Shelbourne AFC.
Well done to all!
Match report not available.
Saturday, Jan 24, Lee Estate
Our U16s made a trip away to Lee Estate to play Star Rovers on Saturday morning. Newport were coming off the back of a poor defeat at home to Aisling Annacotty two weeks ago in their first game of 2015, but this certainly didn’t deter as Newport trained hard last Monday evening, which allowed them to work on areas they needed to close off their opposition.
Newport were forced to make one positional change due to Ciaran Braddick being unavailable. In his place, Ben Cusack dropped back beside Elliott Slattery in our central defence.
On a very heavy pitch Newport town started brightly having numerous chances. Aaron O Neill saw his volley superbly saved by the Star Rovers keeper. Elliot Slattery then saw a beautifully struck shot sail just over the bar. Newport Town continued to pile on the pressure but could not break down Star Rovers to take the lead. Then, slightly against the run of play, a mix up in the Newport box, from a Star corner saw Star Rovers take the lead. This gave Star Rovers renewed confidence and for the next 15 mins, Star started to dominate for the first time in the game which saw Elliott Slattery make some excellent defence tackles and several saves from Sean o Dwyer in the goal. Newport Town held a strong line both in midfield and defence, which saw Jay Madden make some good supporting runs up the right side but Newport town couldn’t capitalise on those runs. With 5 mins left in the first half Newport were awarded a free kick for a foul on Shaun Belfry. The free was taken by Nathan Hartigan but once more it sailed over the bar and action this brought the first half to an end. Still all to play for. Continue reading
Saturday, January 24, Dooradoyle
Hoping to maintain their 100% start to the season Town U.12’s faced a tricky away tie this morning away to Regional United, Town settled into the game slowly, the Regional rear-guard holding them at bay. It took seventeen minutes for Town to have their first real attempt on target and it proved successful, Johnny Ryan beating the keeper from distance.
Seven minutes later Town doubled their lead, playing it out from the back and working it up through the pitch Calum Grant and Johnny Ryan played a great one-two on the edge of the United box, Johnny Ryan was on hand to convert and get his second of the day. 2-0 at half-time. Continue reading
Derryleigh Park, January 18
Newport bowed out of this year’s Munster Junior Cup after a 6-1 home defeat to South Tipp side, Clonmel Celtic FC. Our solitary goal came from captain, Brian O’Sullivan, who maintained his remarkable achievement in scoring in all five MJC games this season. Newport came into the game full of confidence and were hopeful of causing an upset. Unfortunately for us, Clonmel are a side in top form who currently lead the South Tipp Premier League and are also in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup and this latest win extended their unbeaten run to 18 games.
The stage was set for a great game; the playing surface was immaculate, a clear blue sky, albeit freezing cold and a large crowd in attendance. By their own admission, Clonmel were a little wary entering this encounter and were mindful of the good season Newport are having. We enjoyed a decent start and Brian O’Sullivan came close with a shot in the 4th minute, which went wide of the mark. Unfortunately we fell behind in the 10th minute, when we failed to deal with a corner, which was poked home by Clonmel’s no. 8, David Joyce. Clonmel then extended their lead in the 18th minute with a fortunate goal, when a clearance struck their star man, Seanie O’Hara and rebounded back over the line. Continue reading
Newport bounced back from the disappointment of last weekend’s Lawson Cup defeat with a comfortable 7-0 home win against Caherdavin Celtic in Derryleigh Park. This result now puts Newport into second place in Div 1A and sets us up nicely for the Munster Junior Cup game fourth round game at home to Clonmel Celtic next Sunday.
Newport were quick out of the blocks and three goals in the first ten minutes from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan, Sean ‘Bond’ O’Brien & Peter ‘Pistol’ O’Sullivan was the perfect start. However thoughts immediately went back to the crazy reverse fixture last August, when we also raced into a 3-0 lead after 13 minutes only to go in at half-time 4-3 down before finally going on to win 7-4. This team have grown and developed as the season has progressed and there was no way that they were going to allow a repeat of that first half collapse. After being reduced to ten men after 40 minutes after John Meskell was harshly sent off, this only seemed to spur the lads on and a few minutes later in-form Dean Lenihan fired home a great finish to put the home team 4-0 up at half time. Continue reading