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Last Man Standing Kicks Off again on Friday, February 22

LAST MAN STANDING kicks off again on Friday, February 22 so get your entry in soon.

Be in with a chance to win €500 and make the Premier League more interesting. Challenge your friends, family, team-mates, neighbours, work-mates etc., all while supporting the soccer club. Click the following link to see how you can enter and the competition rules. Last Man Standing Entry Form & Rules Feb 2019 Complete the entry form and return it with payment to any player, coach, committee member by 9pm on Thursday, February 21 OR there are entry forms in O’Sullivan’s Bar, Nicky English Butchers, Kennedy’s Shop or at our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings. OR text or Whatsapp your name & mobile number to 089-4052382 or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player. Please spread the word. Full details here

⚽Before each round, you pick a Premier League team you think will WIN their game.
⚽If your team wins, you are through to the next round, if your team draws or loses, you are eliminated. Last Man Standing wins the €500.

Table Quiz

A huge thanks to the massive crowd who supported the club’s Table Quiz. 35 teams ensured that Lee’s Bar was absolutely packed to the rafters and made it the biggest attendance ever at our annual quiz. Despite having to overcome some audio technical issues at the start of the night, Quiz Master Micheal Lenihan, brought his teachers’ voice into great use and ensured that the questions kept everyone on their toes. It was a very enjoyable evening that went late into the night but it was the lads from Bridgetown who beat runners-up Ger O’Brien, David ‘Dobs’ O’Brien & Kieran ‘Fletch’ O’Sullivan after a tie-break. The Junior A team had a quiz within a quiz and it was the team of Peter O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Ryan & Kev Connolly, who proved to be the brains of the A team and won the prize very kindly sponsored by Tony & Emma Frawley of Frawley Branding.

Thanks to Gaye & James Lee for sponsoring the first prizes and their hospitality throughout the evening. A raffle also took place with a large selection of prizes very kindly donated by the soccer club, its members and local businesses including Deirdre Moloney of Little Tots Academy, Centra Newport, John Landers Painter-Decorator, the Derryleigh Dugout, O’Sullivan’s Bar and Lounge, The Corner House Chipper, Ger Byrne, Fiachra & Bridget MacCraith, Pam Quinn, Tom & Marie O’Malley, Dave & Jenny Noble, Cyril O’Neill, Maeve & Dave Grant, Precious Jenga,Tim & Majella Coffey, Ray & Janice Ryan, Breda & Mattie Lenihan, Aine & Micheal Lenihan. Apologies if we missed anyone. Congrats to Ann O’Toole who win the first prize of 2 tickets to the Ireland v Georgia Euro qualifier game in the Aviva next month. Well done to the club’s main & Social Committees who did another excellent job in organising the evening. Thanks also to Ailbe Coffey, Gerard Healy, Aine Lenihan, Tim Coffey, Tom O’Malley & Mike ‘Bun’ O’Donoghue who worked very hard in the background collecting answer sheets and doing the marking. We hope everyone enjoyed the night and hopefully we will see ye again next year.

Table Quiz

The Soccer club’s general knowledge table quiz fundraiser will take place in Lee’s Bar on Friday, February 1 @ 9.30pm. €20 per table of four. If you can’t make up a team, come along anyway and we will put teams together on the night. Please come along to this important club fundraiser, which is always great craic and some right dodgy answers. There will also a raffle on the night for lots of prizes including hampers, a voucher for O’Neill’s club merchandise & 2 tickets for the Ireland v Georgia Euro qualifier in the Aviva on Tuesday, March 26, which will be Mick McCarthy’s first competitive game at home. Please spread the word. 

Limerick Districk Schoolchildrens’ League Awards for 2017/18 Season

We are delighted and very proud to announce that our club has once again been represented in the Limerick District Schoolchildren’s League Awards for the 2017/2018 season. We have received three awards this year.

Contribution to Football Award – Denis ‘Jack’ O’Sullivan
U16 Div 1 Player of the Year – Jack O’Carroll
Club Award – Luke Kennedy

What more can be said about Denis ‘Jack’ O’Sullivan? He’s been involved in schoolboy football with Newport for as long as anyone can remember and is still going strong as Manager of the current U16 side. He has given years of dedication, time & effort to all the players who have been on any of the teams that he’s been involved with. He has also done likewise for the club in terms of being a committee member and also involved with junior sides in the past. Denis has created an O’Sullivan football dynasty within the club as his 3 lads, Kieran (Fletch), Brian (Clemy) & Pete (Pistol) are all playing junior football with the club as well as his grand-son Cillian, who’s playing with the U16s. You will see Denis at most games that the lads are playing in and he’s also your go-to man if you want a mint sweet. Thanks also to his wife, Kathleen & daughter, Denise for putting up with all the football talk, that we are sure goes on around the dinner table every night. Every club needs the likes of Denis to grow & prosper and it’s brilliant to see his contribution to schoolboy football being recognised by the Limerick League. No doubt Denis will take this award in his stride and play it down as is his nature but as a club we are delighted and very proud of this achievement by a wonderful clubman.

Jack O’Carroll was co-Captain of last season’s U16 team who completed the League & Cup double and went the season unbeaten in all local competitions. Jack was also a member of the U17 squad who got to their divisional cup final in Jackman Park. He’s known as a hard-working, skilful player and prolific goal-scorer and was also selected as the club’s U16 player of the year last season. This award culminates what was a brilliant season for both Jack & his fellow team-mates.

Luke Kennedy is a highly thought-of young keeper in our club and is a popular choice to receive a Club Award. He was selected as one of our U12 Players of the Year last season after a wonderful campaign. Keepers are a rare commodity in most clubs and Luke has definitely been ear-marked as one for the future.

Our award winners will be presented with their awards at the Limerick League awards ceremony on Friday, January 25. Well done to Denis, Jack & Luke from everyone in the club.

FAI Junior Cup, Round 6 Preview

Over 600 teams started on the journey but now after 5 rounds played, Newport are one of the last 32 teams remaining on the Road to the Aviva. This coming Sunday afternoon, we make the short journey in the R503 road to play Premier League side Aisling Annacotty in Round 6 of the FAI Junior Cup. Before the draw was made for this round, we were hoping for a home draw, but if it was away, we wondered if we would be sent to the far-reaches of the country. Instead we were given one of the closest possible away draws, as it’s just over 12km from Derryleigh Park to Annacotty. Aisling Annacotty are the hot favourites heading into the game and must have been secretly delighted to have drawn a side from Div 1B of the Limerick League in the last 32 of the Blue Riband trophy of Irish junior soccer.

Newport are the firm underdogs going into this cup tie. We have played 5 games to get to this stage beating Northside Legacy (3-0), Dromore (6-1), Patrickswell (5-2), Granville (4-2) & Carbury (Sligo) on pens after the game ended 2-2 after both normal time & extra time. Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan have both scored 5 goals, team Captain, Brian ‘Clemy ‘O’Sullivan (4), Kalem Harte (2), Sean Ryan (2), Elliott Slattery (1) & Dave Kennedy (1) have scored the 20 goals to get us this far. Newport are well capable of scoring goals, as Doyler (27) and Clemy (14) have a combined tally of 41 goals in all competitions this season and no doubt, Aisling will see the 2 lads as the main Newport goal-scoring threat. However we have plenty of other players on the pitch well-capable of scoring given the opportunity.

Aisling are currently in 6th place in the Limerick Premier League and are the odds-on bookies’ favourites to progress to the last 16, especially as the game is being played on their astro-turf pitch, a surface that they are well used to playing on. To get to this stage, Aisling have beaten Athlunkard, Caherdavin, & Prospect and in the last round recorded an excellent 4-0 win away to Blarney.

Round 5 was new territory for Newport so the last 32 is a huge bonus and another step along an unknown path. However we know that a large Newport crowd intend travelling to the game and they will give the lads plenty of vocal support and encouragement during the game. The players will have learnt a lot about playing on the big stage after the last game against Carbury and they will have absolutely no doubts that if they give it their very best shot, they are more than capable of causing a potential cup upset.

We look forward to seeing a big Newport support on the day and encourage everyone to come along and get to the game early and get behind the players right from the kick-off at 2.15pm. Days like this don’t come along too often and we have nothing to lose as nobody expects us to win but ourselves.

Calorie Kickers is back for the New Year

We are delighted to announce the return of our weekly weigh-in group at Newport Town AFC. Our aim is to offer an affordable weight loss support group within the community for those who feel the benefit of a weekly weigh by another person. Most people agree that the motivation from such weighings are the push they need to stay on track each week.

Starting, Wednesday, January 9, for 6 weeks, (upstairs in Derryleigh Park Clubhouse), we will weigh folks and also have a quick group chat for those who wish to hear / participate in that. There will be no pressure on anyone to contribute in a way they don’t feel comfortable with.

We know that many have their own tried and tested plans they like to follow which is fine. However for those who don’t, our focus as ‘Calorie Kickers’ will be going back to basics with calorie counting as per health guidelines. Eat less – move more – no gimmicks!

We hope that people will be part of a group where we’ll support each other, share recipes, low cal product tips etc in an easy going way.

The group will be run by the social committee (who run the shop, 80s nights, etc etc) on a voluntary basis. All proceeds go to Newport Town AFC. All are welcome- so spread the word! Only €5 to join as a one off payment, then you can choose to pay weekly for €3 or prepay 6 weeks for just €15 (so your first 6 weeks will cost just €20 – A BARGAIN!!!

Revised Astroturf Time-Table 2019

This is the revised astro-turf timetable for 2019, effective January 28 2019. It may be subject to change at times during the season.

Season’s Greetings

The soccer club would like to wish everyone in Newport and surrounding areas, especially our players, coaches, supporters, sponsors and their families a very peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you to all our club sponsors and local businesses for their support throughout the year and to everyone who supported the club’s various fundraising efforts throughout the year. Without people’s generosity and goodwill towards the soccer club, it would not be possible to progress the club forward.

Christmas Raffle Winners

The soccer club’s Christmas Draw took place on December 15 in O’Sullivan’s Bar. It was a great night enjoyed by all and Jeremy Morgan ‘Livewire’ had the place rocking all night long. Prizes on offer included large Xmas hampers, a fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. The winners of the hampers, very kindly sponsored by Meehan Funeral Directors, Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home & Delaney Minihan Funeral Directors were Cathy Ryan, John M Ryan & Pat Brennan. Other prize winners were Jenny Noble, James McInerney, Tommy Harvey, Helen Coffey, James Lee & Dave Moloney. Thanks to everyone who supported the club by buying a line to enter the raffle and donating spot prizes. Thanks also to Mary Jo O’Sullivan for her hospitality on the night and sponsoring some spot prizes as well as also sponsoring the post-match meals after the recent Junior Cup game against Carbury.

Clothing Collection – Thank You!

Thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏
We have today received a cheque for €1,110 from the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss and a lovely letter from them thanking everyone who donated hundreds of bags of clothes in our most recent clothing collection. The NCBI provides support & services to 18,000 people every year and it is estimated that 224,000 people in Ireland experience severe problems with their eye-sight right up to total blindness. Your donations make a huge difference to the work of the NCBI and to our club. Thanks also to our Social Committee who co-ordinated the fundraiser, to our main committee & helpers who lugged bags of clothes all around the clubhouse and to you, our supporters who were brilliant with your donations. We will continue to accept bags of old clothes, which can be left under the Clubhouse canopy at any time #humbled