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Help us keep Derryleigh Park clean

If your children are using our astro-turf or pitches during their summer holidays, please talk to them about binning their litter. It is not only unsightly but also dangerous to players of all ages when training or playing matches. There are plenty of bins around Derryleigh Park, so please remind them to use them for their rubbish. Please share this message. Thank you.

AGM Report

The club’s AGM took place on Saturday, June 8 in our Derryleigh Park clubhouse. Outgoing Chairman, Ger Healy welcomed everyone and and thanked them for their attendance. There was a minute’s silence for all deceased members including former player Terry Cullimore who recently passed away. Last year’s minutes were read before Secretary, Ailbe Coffey, gave a very comprehensive report on the club’s activities over the past 12 months. The length of the report highlights the current size of the club and how busy we are both on and off the pitch. Both the Chairman & Secretary, in their respective addresses, thanked the managers, assistants, all volunteers and the supporters of all our teams, both junior and underage for their efforts all season. Outgoing Treasurer, Ger O’Brien gave an update on the club’s finances and no issues arose. Child Welfare Officer, Micheál Lenihan, gave his report and once again emphasised the importance of child welfare within the club. Team reports were then read out for all teams from the Junior A side all the way down to the Newport Nippers. With 500 players and more than 30 teams, there was lots of reading in these reports.The Election of Committee & Executive Committee members then took place. Tom O’Malley replaces Ger Healy as Chairperson, while Ger Healy replaces Ger O’Brien as Treasurer. Ailbe Coffey & Micheál Lenihan remain on as Secretary & Child Welfare Officer respectively, while Dave Noble returns as Club P.R.O.

Ger O’Brien, Andrew Gleeson, Tom Hickey, Mike Lyons and Vivienne Keane stood down from the committee and their service was acknowledged.The Committee members re-elected were Denis O’Sullivan, Richard Egan, Tim Coffey, Marc Barry & Mike O’Donoghue. A new committee member for the 2019/2020 season is Lar Kennedy. Good luck to the incoming committee for the season ahead in what continue to be exciting & busy times for the club both on and off the pitch as we enter our 50th anniversary in 2020.

NTAFC represented on LDSL Kennedy Cup Squad

The very best of luck to our players, Aaron Coleman, who’s on the main LDSL Kennedy Cup squad and to Mark Forde, who’s on standby for the Kennedy Cup competition that starts next Tuesday, June 11 in U.L. The prestigious U14 schoolboy tournament features the elite players from all 32 of the SFAI leagues. Each of the 32 Leagues enters a squad of twenty players to compete over an entire week with additional competitions for those teams which do not progress to the latter stages of the Kennedy Cup itself.

Limerick District Schoolboy League are pitted against West Cork, Roscommon and North Dublin District League in group 7. LDSL will open their campaign against Roscommon on Tuesday June 11th (pitch 4) at 4pm. On Wednesday, it is an earlier start as the District League face West Cork at 10.30am (pitch 5) which is situated at the new all weather complex. Later that day, the final group game sees Limerick face North Dublin District League at 4pm (pitch 7).

Just some of the players to have participated in the tournament included Roy Keane, Damien Duff & John O’Shea. You can keep right up to date on all Kennedy Cup news on the official competition website

Clothes Collection Continues

People are asking if we are still doing the clothes collection. The answer is YES, our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues indefinitely. Simply drop your bags of unwanted clothes to Derryleigh Park anytime. Leave them under the clubhouse canopy and we will recycle them for you. We can accept old clothes, shoes (in pairs), handbags, blankets & bed linen (NO duvets/pillows). If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss.

Places on our Summer Camps are filling up

Online booking is open for our Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer Schools and the camps are beginning to fill up. Camp 1 takes place from July 15-19 and Camp 2 runs from August 19-23. Online booking and full details are available at The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €70 which includes an exclusive playing kit (jersey, shorts & socks), backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! You also receive a 20% discount in stores.

The cost is €70 per week but if you book the 2 weeks, the second camp only costs €55. There is also a family discount available. Both of last year’s camps were sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place and avoid disappointment. #Summer2019 #SportsDirect #FAI #SummerCamps

AGM Notice

The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Saturday, June 8 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. All junior players, managers/coaches, parents/guardians of schoolboy/schoolgirl players and club supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Proposals for discussion items and/or motions to be put to the AGM on the night should be submitted in writing to Ailbe Coffey, Hon. Club Secretary, Newport Town AFC, Main Street, Newport, Co. Tipperary and/or by e-mail to no later than Thursday, May 30. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, should contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey or any current Committee member as soon as possible. Please try and attend as this is your club and your voice is very important. We hope to see a large attendance.

Div 1B League Playoff Final

The fifth & final instalment of the Newport v Hill Celtic saga takes place this coming Saturday in Hogan Park at 6.30pm, when the Div 1B League Playoff Final takes place. With both sides already promoted to Div 1A, this one-off game will determine who are crowned as league champions. Newport will be determined to go up with the 1B double secured and both trophies sitting in Derryleigh Park, but the city side will be desperate to end their season with some silverware to show for all their efforts.

The four previous games between the sides have been tight affairs. Newport have won both league games and the recent Cup Final, with Hill Celtic’s solitary win coming in the Lawson Cup quarter-final when it took extra-time to separate the sides. It’s been a very successful season for both clubs and they have proven to be the best two teams in the division. For Newport a win would be the icing on the cake in a season that has delivered so much. If the manager, Marc Barry, had told you before the season that with one game remaining, we’d be in a playoff for the league title, won the Calvert Cup, made it to the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup and progressed to the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup, eyebrows would have been seriously raised. However great credit is due to Marc, coach Davy Ryan, all the players & backroom staff for such a successful season and providing the supporters with great entertainment along the way in what’s been a roller-coaster ride of a campaign that started with a league game at home to Knockainey on August 15 2018 and will finish this Saturday over 9 months later with the 38th competitive game of the season. In the 37 previous games, we have 31 wins, 1 draw & just 5 losses. We have scored a total of 138 goals, conceded 47 and kept 12 clean sheets. 18 different players have featured on the scoresheet and we also have the league’s top scorers, Christy Doyle with 41 and Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan with 31.

Newport are the form side in Div 1B, currently on a 16-game winning run in the league & cup and the only games they haven’t won in 2019 are the FAI Junior Cup game away to Aisling Annacotty and the Lawson Cup quarter-final away to Hill Celtic. Having won the toss for venue, Hill Celtic will be confident that home advantage could be a big factor in this game and no doubt will have a vocal home support in Hogan Park. However, Newport have been getting big support at their recent games and Saturday should be no different with a large crowd expected to make the short 15-minute journey into Limerick. We are calling on all our supporters to get to the game to get behind the lads as your support could help make the difference.

Whatever the result on Saturday night, promotion has been secured and the cup has been won, so it’s been a great season but one final push will see Newport do something that they have only done once before in our 49 year existence, that’s win a league & cup double at junior level. Most of our players have never won a junior league title so this will be an added incentive if one was needed to get us over the line. So spread the word, make sure your car is full, wear your colours and let’s all get in there early to get behind the lads. Hon the Town 🔴⚫️

Christy O’Connor named as Limerick League’s 2018/2019 Div 1B Junior Player of the Year

Congratulations to our Junior A player, Christy O’Connor, who recently was named as the Limerick League’s Div 1B Overall Junior Player of the Year for the 2018/2019 season at the Limerick Junior Soccer Awards Ceremony in McGettigan’s. This is a highly coveted award as it’s selected by players & managers from other clubs. Christy is fully deserving of this award as selected by his peers.

Christy is a one-club man, having played all his soccer for Newport from schoolboy all the way through to today. He is always one of the first names on the team-sheet and this season, his centre-half pairing with youngster, Elliott Slattery, has been a crucial factor in the ‘A’ team’s hugely successful season, which has seen them win the Calvert Cup, get promoted to Div 1A (with the league playoff still to come), reach the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup and the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup.

Newport had the meanest defence in the Div 1B league & cups, only conceding 25 goals in the 24 games played including a brilliant 11 clean sheets. Christy has also been known to venture further up the field from time to time resulting in 4 goals for him this season.

He’s only missed one game all season and is an ever-present & dedicated trainer and demands excellence & effort from all those around him but he also leads by example and sometime puts his body in places where others wouldn’t dream of. The general consensus is that you would always want to be playing with Christy rather than against him.

Christy is now passing on his knowledge & experience to the younger players in the club as he is a coach of the U12 schoolboys. Well done Christy, a true & proud Newport man. We are all delighted for you and very proud of this great honour bestowed on you 🔴⚫️

Div 1B League Playoff next Saturday – Newport Town AFC v Hill Celtic:

With both sides already promoted to Div 1A, Newport & Hill Celtic must meet again in the Div 1B League Playoff to determine who will be crowned as league champions. A toss of the coin decided that the game will be played in Hogan Park next Saturday, May 25 at 6.30pm. This will be the fifth meeting between the sides this season. Newport have won three games and Hill Celtic have one win in the previous four encounters. In the most recent games, Newport won the league game in Derryleigh Park 4-1 and won the Cup Final 2-0. Hill Celtic will feel that their performance didn’t reflect the cup final scoreline and will they will be very anxious to deny Newport the League & Cup double. However Newport are the form side in Div 1B and are currently on a 16 game winning run in the league & cup and the only games they haven’t won in 2019 are the FAI Junior Cup game away to Aisling Annacotty and the Lawson Cup quarter-final away to Hill Celtic. We will be hopeful of having another big Newport crowd in attendance to support the lads as they go for the double.

Christy Doyle named as Limerick Junior Player of the Month for May

Congratulations to Christy Doyle who has been named as the overall Limerick Junior Player of the Month for May. He’s the top scorer in Div 1B with 41 goals and is also one of the top scorers in all Limerick leagues. His 2 goals in the recent Calvert Cup Final were top-class and his contribution has been vital in our successful season to date. Hopefully he can manage to find the target in the league playoff.