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All to play for in Div 1B Promotion Race

Following on from last night’s great win, the Junior A team have another massive game on Sunday morning in Derryleigh Park when Kilfrush come to town. We know it’s an early kick-off at 10.30am on a Bank Holiday Sunday but we are once again calling on the whole community to come along to the game to get behind the lads in their final push. The support last night was great and the lads really appreciated it but with just 2 league games remaining and you can see from the table and remaining fixtures how tight it is in the race for the league title & promotion (only 2 out of 3 are promoted) your support could help make the difference. Goal difference doesn’t come into play and playoffs will be used to decide any issues.The dates for the remaining league fixtures at home to Regional and the Cup Final v Hill Celtic in Jackman Park are still to be decided but it’s great to be right in the mix for both competitions at this stage of the season. Please spread the word.

Junior A Squad are calling for your support in the final games of the Div 1B Promotion challenge

The Junior A side have three scheduled league games remaining and all are at home – to Hill Celtic, Kilfrush & Regional Utd. Just two of out Newport, Hill Celtic & Kilfrush will be promoted to Div 1A and the promotion race is very, very tight with all 3 sides still in with a shout of either winning the league or not even being promoted. First up for Newport is the visit of Hill Celtic to Derryleigh Park this coming Thursday at 6.30pm. On Sunday morning, Hill Celtic travelled out to Kilfrush and beat the current league leaders 4-0, so the city side will be full of confidence and know that if they can stop Newport winning the game, they will put a dent in our promotion challenge. Newport beat Hill Celtic in the earlier league game but lost to them in the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup, so there’s very little between the sides. However, Newport are on a good run of league form, having won their last 5 league games on the bounce and in the process, scoring 27 and only conceding 2. We’ve also won our three divisional cup games along the way, so momentum is being built at the right time of the season.

Then on Sunday morning at 10.30am, we welcome Kilfrush to Derryleigh Park in another huge league fixture. These are possibly two of the biggest games for the club in a long time and we hope to see big Newport crowds at the remaining home games to get right behind the lads. Their efforts in all competitions this season are fully deserving of your support and we are calling on the whole community to come along and give the lads lots of encouragement from the sidelines. Please spread the word.

Preview of Weekend Junior Games:

The current Div 1B league table shows you all you need to know about the Junior A team’s promotion challenge with just 4 league games remaining. Following on from the excitement of last weekend’s cup semi-final, Marc Barry and his players have a visit to Jackman Park to look forward to but from early in the season, promotion has been their main target and continues to be. A cup final and the great runs in the FAI Junior Cup & Lawson Cup are added bonuses but it’s all about the promotion challenge for now.

It’s now a three-horse race and just two out of Newport, Kilfrush & Hill Celtic will be promoted to Div 1A and the next hurdle for Newport is this Saturday evening, when we travel to play fifth-placed Geraldines B in Garryowen with a 6.30pm kick-off. A win on Saturday night would see us close the gap on the top two sides before Kilfrush welcome Hill Celtic on Sunday morning in a game that could play a big part in the final shake-up. Newport are on a good run of league form, having won their last 5 league games on the bounce and in the process, scoring 27 and only conceding 2. We’ve also won our three divisional cup games along the way, so momentum is being built at the right time of the season. In the earlier league encounter back in September, Newport enjoyed a comfortable victory in Derryleigh Park, however getting a result in Garryowen is never an easy task and you can be sure that the city side will be keen to lower our colours.

After Saturday’s game, our final three league games are all at home, starting with the visit of Hill Celtic next Thursday night. These will all be crucial fixtures and we’re calling on all Newport supporters to come along to these games to get right behind the lads. Continue reading

Inter League Youth Cup Final – Well done Darren & Jack

National Champions

Massive congratulations to our U18 Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who were members of the Limerick District League squad that won the the national final of the FAI Inter-League Cup Competition on Easter Sunday afternoon in Jackman Park. Limerick beat the Waterford League 3-2 in an exciting cup final and it was their first time to win the trophy since 2004. This was a super achievement by the players and a great honour for our young players and our club.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp

All systems are go for our fully-booked FAI Soccer Sisters Camp this Wednesday & Thursday. Here is some info for the 90 girls taking part in our camp. #AvivaSoccerSisters

All the exclusive camp t-shirts have been delivered. All the footballs have been pumped. The FAI coaches are all set to go. The weather forecast looks good. Now we just await the arrival of the girls on Wednesday morning.

Below are just a few pointers for the participants.

* The Camp runs from 10.00am to 2pm on Wednesday & Thursday.
* Girls may sign-in from 9.30am on Wednesday morning.
* As the car park is going to be very busy, please co-operate with the stewards when dropping and collecting children in Derryleigh Park.
* Lastly, fun, football & friendship is guaranteed and we hope everyone enjoys the camp.

Just like going training or to a game, there are some essential items you need to bring with you;

* Your booking confirmation (first morning only)
* Aviva Soccer Sisters t-shirt (you will get this on the first day, so don’t forget it afterwards!)
* A healthy packed lunch
* Shin guards
* Football boots / runners
* Rain jacket & warm clothing (just in case)
* Sun screen (hopefully)
* Any medication you may need

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.

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.