Saturday, May 11 2019 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Fionn Deegan & Harry Lee
Saturday, May 11 2019 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Fionn Deegan & Harry Lee
Friday, May 10 2019 (Pike Grounds)
(John Kennedy, Damien O’Brien, James Moloney & Adam Power)
Scorers: Chelsea King 3, Abbie Lenihan 3 & Shauna Pearson
Our final game of the season took place in Nenagh and we started the game strongly. With Abbie, Leah & Sarah dominating the midfield it was difficult for Ballymackey to create anything to really bother the back line. When they did get a half chance, Ailín, Caragh, Ellie, Jayne & Mara were solid enough to tidy up. Changing wingers around really upset their back line so Aoife, Emily, Eryn, Nadine, Neve & Shauna had a lot of open field to run at them. Chelsea was her usual self, creating space and tormenting defenders. Leading 3-0 at half time through goals from Abbie, Chelsea & Shauna, it wasn’t long into the 2nd half and the girls were creating more chances. There was some lovely passing and moving by the girls and Ballymackey did not know how to stop them. Abbie & Chelsea completed a hat trick each to put a gloss on the scoreline but it was definitely the team working hard that created those chances. Right at the end of the game, Ballymackey broke through but Emma forever brave, dove at the players feet to snuff out that chance. Again we had a few injured and missing players Abi Rainsford, Aisling O’Gorman, Mollie O’Hora & Robyn McNamara. A season of ups & downs but finished stronger.
Team: Emma Wright, Ailín Rochford, Ellie Kennedy, Caragh Flynn, Mara Van Aelst, Sarah Kelly, Abbie Lenihan, Leah Moran, Chelsea King, Neve Clements, Nadine Hartigan, Shauna Pearson, Eryn Kennedy, Aoife Kennedy, Emily Hurley, Jayne Hurley.
Coaches: Rob Kelly & Eddie O’Gorman
Scorers: Paul Ryan, Peter O’Sullivan & Brian O’Sullivan
Next up for Newport was the visit of Kilfrush to a sun-soaked Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning in a game that neither side could afford to lose, which gave it the feeling of a Cup-Final. Marc Barry was missing a couple of players from his squad, Darren Collins & Jimmy Fyfe were unavailable, but was still able to go with a very strong starting line-up. Once again, Newport started well and had a couple of decent chances through Kev Connolly & Christy Doyle in the 10th & 11th minutes. Then in the 17th minute, Kev Connolly did very well to block down a clearance and the ball agonisingly spun inches wide of the post.
Newport were dealt a blow in the 26th minute, when Davy Ryan had to leave the field through injury and was replaced by Paul Ryan. The remainder of the first half was very tight between two very good sides but just as the game was heading to half-time, Kilfrush reacted quickest to a shot that was blocked by Newport keeper, Harry Ryan and they tapped home from close-range. This was a real sucker-punch to Newport and gave Kilfrush a 1-0 interval lead. Continue reading
Scorers: Shauna Pearson 4, Abbie Lenihan 3 & Ava Shinners
Conditions couldn’t be better for a match than the blue skies that set the scene for the u17 girls Shield final between Newport and Lough Derg last Saturday morning. The Newport girls started very strong with an early goal from Ava Shinners. Abbie Lenihan then scored her first of the day and went on to complete a hatrick within the first 20 minutes. Shauna Pearson also opened her account towards the end of the half. Our backs kept a clean sheet in the first half with a very strong defensive effort. HT 5-0
We started the 2nd half in similar fashion with an early score from Shauna Pearson who went on to score a sensational second half hatrick. A special mention for Emma Moloney our goal keeper who bravely made sure any attacking efforts from Lough Derg were kept out of the net. Credit to Lough Derg who kept battling to the final whistle. FT 8-0
Match day squad: Emma Moloney, Kate Harvey, Eimear Carey, Sarah Finn (C), Roisin Power, Amber Deegan, Rachel Carey, Abbie Lenihan, Anzelika Lepika, Celsea King, Ava Shinners, Carragh Flynn, Shauna Pearson, Leah Moran, Hollie Coleman, Jenny Keppel
This was our last competitive match of the season and now that the jerseys have been hung out to dry for the last time this season, it is fitting that we say a few final words to see out the 2018/19 season.
It was always going to be a challenging season as this is a young squad with most of the girls being u15 and u16 playing in a competitive u17 league. The age gap was never evident on match days as the girls were always hard working and competitive.
2nd in the league, 3 points from the top of the table having conceded only one defeat all season to the eventual winners.
After an epic battle in the Cup Semi Final that ended up 0-0 AET, we were unlucky to be knocked out of the cup competition in a penalty shoot out. Never an easy way to lose, the girls showed great character to regroup and WIN the Shield final later in the same week.
Mike and I have been coaching this team for about 4 seasons now and they are great representatives of the club and the community. They work and train hard and always give everything on match days. We are very proud of them and its an absolute pleasure to work with this group.
2018/19 Season Squad: Emma Moloney, Kate Harvey, Eimear Carey, Sarah Finn (C), Roisin Power, Amber Deegan, Rachel Carey, Abbie Lenihan, Anzelika Lepika, Celsea King, Ava Shinners, Carragh Flynn, Shauna Pearson, Leah Moran, Hollie Coleman, Jenny Keppel, Leona Burke, Skye Sheehy, Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Sarah Kelly, Mara van Aelst , Rosie Quirke
A special thank you to:
– Newport Town AFC committee for being so supportive of the team
– The club members and groundsman that ensure that the facilities and pitches are always in top condition
– NTSFL for their hard work running the league
– Our sponsors
– The parents and supporters that not only ensure that the girls get to matches, but also offer the boost of encouragement from the sidelines when the legs are getting tired (players legs….not the coaches legs).
– The Moms that are always willing help out with first aid and in the dressing rooms etc
– and finally the players, your commitment and hard work is second to none. What a fantastic bunch! We look forward to seeing you all back next season.
Scorers: Jack O’Carroll & Ciaran Flynn
Hard luck to our U18 Youths who lost their cup semi-final away to Caherdavin on Saturday evening 3-2 after extra time, with Caherdavin scoring the winner in injury time of the second period of extra time. Newport took the lead in the 11th minute through a brilliant curled free kick from Jack O’Carroll. Caherdavin equalised just 6 mins later. The Limerick side then took the lead in the 62nd minute from a back post header from a corner. Newport showed great character to level the game in the 83rd minute when Ciaran Flynn lobbed the keeper from 25 yards out. Extra-time saw both sides have half chances and just as everyone was preparing for a penalty shootout, Newport were left devastated after conceding a late, late breakaway goal. A hard defeat to take but the lads can keep their heads held high as none of them left anything out on the pitch. Sport can be cruel. The Youths last game of the season is away to Cals next Sunday at 2pm.
Friday, May 3 2019 (Derryleigh Park)
Thursday, May 2 2019 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Christy Doyle 2, Brian O’Sullivan & James Lynch
The Div 1B promotion race is as tight as could possibly be and it was a case of who could hold their nerve in the last few games and thankfully it’s Newport who weathered the storm and remained calm to win the vital games. First up was the visit of Hill Celtic last Thursday evening. The sides had already met twice this season with Newport winning the league game and Hill Celtic coming out on top, in the Lawson Cup quarter-final. Both those games were in Hogan Park but this time Newport made full use of home advantage and a big local support to comfortably and maybe surprisingly win the game on a 4-1 scoreline.
Newport started the game brightly and had a couple of half-chances in the first ten minutes which they failed to put away. The game then settled into a close affair with both sides nullifying one another. However it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 35th minute on a swift counter-attack. Their lead only lasted 1 minute as our scorer-in-chief, Christy Doyle, headed home from close range after getting on the end of a pin-point free kick from Elliott Slattery. With just 3 minutes remaining in the first half, the other half of our free-scoring partnership, Brian O’Sullivan, was on hand to tap home from close range when he pounced on a shot from Christy Doyle, that was only parried by the Hill Celtic keeper. 2-1 at half-time and Newport were well worth the lead.
Newport were well on top in the early stages of the second half and in the 59th minute, Christy Doyle scored with yet another header at the back post from a corner from Davy Ryan, to make it 38 goals for him for the season to date. Hill Celtic now had to chase the game but the Newport defence superbly marshalled by Christy O’Connor & Elliott Slattery dealt with any threats that came their way, and while the visitors pushed forward, space was opening up for Newport. The home side ensured all 3 points, after full-back, James Lynch, who was impressive throughout, in another of his advances up the field, fired home in the 85th minute to seal a very impressive victory and performance. The only down side was the injury to our young player, Darren Collins.
Match Squad: Harry Ryan, James Lynch, Darren Collins, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Davy Ryan, Sean Ryan, Christy Doyle, Kevin Connolly, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Ryan, David Kennedy, Nathan Hartigan, Jimmy Fyfe, Jack Noble, Jack O’Carroll & Brendan Coffey
Wednesday, May 1 2019 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Abbie Lenihan 2 & Chelsea King
With kick off delayed, the girls were slow to impose their game on Knigh. The back line were kept busy by knigh attacks but they held firm. The breakthrough came when Chelsea rounded the keeper and scored. Our 2nd was almost identical, with Abbie applying the finishing touch. 2-0 up at half time.
The rain came down as the 2nd half began and with it came a goal from Knigh. They put us under a lot of pressure and put the ball in the net again, but thankfully it was ruled offside. This seemed to spurn the girls on and after some excellent passing, starting from the backs and finished by Abbie, was the goal of the game. It finished 3-1 and the girls had to work hard to go onto the final.
We had a long injury list going into the game and we wish the girls a speedy recovery.
Team: Emma Wright, Ailín Rochford, Ellie Kennedy, Mara Van Aelst, Caragh Flynn, Sarah Kelly, Abbie Lenihan, Leah Moran(c), Chelsea King, Aisling O’Gorman, Nadine Hartigan, Emily Hurley, Aoife Kennedy & Jayne Hurley.
Coaches: Rob Kelly, Eddie O’Gorman & Trisha Kennedy.