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Preview of Sunday’s Junior Games

After last week’s cup games, it’s back to the bread & butter of league action this weekend, with our Junior A, C & U18 Youth teams all in action in Derryleigh Park on Sunday and all support is welcome. The A team are right in the promotion race but with just 7 league games remaining, every game is almost a must-win and that then brings its own pressures. We currently lie 12 points behind league leaders Kilfrush, but we have 3 games in hand and are 9 points behind second-placed Hill Celtic with 2 games in hand. Only two sides get promoted at the end of the season but we still have to play both these sides in Derryleigh Park in massive games, but Marc Barry and his players are only concerned with taking one game at a time starting with the visit of seventh placed Southend next Sunday morning.

In the earlier fixture back in August, Newport recorded a 3-1 away win with goals from Brian O’Sullivan (2) & Darren Collins in a hard-earned victory. Even though Southend don’t have much to play for, as they are more-or-less safe from relegation and looking at a mid-table finish, they will still be tough opposition and won’t make life easy for Newport. Team captain, Brian O’Sullivan, who scored his 22nd goal of the season last week will continue to lead the line.

A satisfying aspect of last week’s 6-0 win over Regional was that six different players scored, and we also kept a third clean-sheet in 4 games. New keeper, Harry Ryan, has settled nicely into the team and has done well. The players & management would really like to see the Newport support get behind them in the remaining games in the push for promotion and hope to see a decent crowd at the game on Sunday morning. Thanks also to some of the U13 schoolboys who will be on ball-boy duty for the game.

At the same time, the C team welcome near neighbours, Murroe C to Derryleigh Park in a local derby. These teams played out an exciting 3-3 draw back in September and this game has all the makings of a cracker, as a win for Newport would see them climb off the bottom of the Div 4 table and level with Murroe. To give this fixture even added spice, Murroe have some former Newport players in their ranks, who will be anxious to put one over their former team-mates.

The third game of the day sees the Youths play Caherdavin in Derryleigh with a 2.15pm kick-off. Newport currently lie in second-place behind Cals, but a very disappointing loss away to Corbally last time out put a big dent in their title hopes. Newport must win their four remaining league games and hope that other results go their way to have any hope of catching Cals. Caherdavin also have a slight chance of catching Cals but also need to win their remaining games, so with this game being a must-win for both sides it could be a very tense & exciting game. In the reverse fixture back in August, Caherdavin were 3-1 winners in a game that Newport did not play as well as they can. For this game, the Youths welcome John Ryan Rose back to the squad after a nasty injury and also welcome Thomas Floyd back to the fold. Colin Coleman, who has been missed, remains unavailable due to suspension but will be available for the next game.

Booking for Summer Camps is now Open


Booking is now open for our Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer Schools. Camp 1 takes place from July 15-19 and Camp 2 runs from August 19-23. Online booking and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €70 which includes an exclusive playing kit, backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! There is also a family discount available as well as a discount for booking on both camps. Both of last year’s camps were sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place. #Summer2019 #SportsDirect #FAI #SummerCamps

Inter-League Success for Newport Youth Players

Congrats to our Youth players Darren Collins & Jack Noble and the Limerick District League Youth squad & management who have advanced to the final of the FAI Inter-League Youth Cup. On Sunday afternoon in Jackman Park they beat the Inishowen Donegal League on penalties after the 90 minutes & extra-time ended 1-1. The national final v the Waterford League will take place In Jackman Park on Easter Sunday, April 21. Well done lads. Great achievement to make the final.

Newport St. Patrick’s Parade


The Newport St Patrick’s Parade takes place this coming Saturday at 12 noon and we are delighted to be taking part in this wonderful community event. Our meeting point is the Convent Girls Primary School. Could all players, coaches & supporters marching with the soccer club, please assemble at 11.30am. We would also ask that everyone wear club colours if they have them. If not, we will have some club jerseys available.

We hope to see as many of our players, coaches, parents and supporters as possible marching behind the club banner. Thanks and well done to the hard-working Parade organising committee for all the great work they put in before and during the event.

Last Man Standing Kicks Off again on Tuesday, February 26


LAST MAN STANDING kicks off again on Tuesday, February 26 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 Monday, February 25 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.