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.
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.
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
Over 600 teams started on the journey but after 4 rounds, just 64 sides now remain on the Road to the Aviva. This coming Sunday afternoon, we welcome Carbury FC (Sligo) to Derryleigh Park in the fifth round of the FAI Junior Cup with a 2pm kick-off. Carbury FC are the reigning Super League Champions in the Sligo/Leitrim District League and the current Connacht Cup holders. The Sligo side have also won their last 15 consecutive games in all competitions, so we are under no illusion that they are a top-outfit and even though we are at home, Newport are the firm underdogs in this cup tie. Newport have played 4 games to get to this stage beating Northside Legacy (3-0), Dromore (6-1), Patrickswell (5-2) & Granville (4-2). Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan have scored 4 goals each in the 4 games, while team Captain, Brian ‘Clemy ‘O’Sullivan has scored 3. Christy Doyle is the team’s top-scorer this season with 17 goals in all competitions.
Carbury have played 3 games to make it to round 5 beating Boyle on pens (2-2 AET), Moore Utd (5-0) and St. Peter’s (3-2). The win against St. Peter’s was a great victory as the Athlone club were beaten semi-finalists just 2 seasons ago. Former Sligo Rovers player, Gary Armstrong and his partners-in-crime, Ibrahim Savage & Gareth Kelly, score goals for fun and are a handful for any defence.
As a club, we find ourselves in unknown territory, as it’s the first time in our 48-year history to make it to the out-of-town stages of the FAI Junior Cup. The side are having a good season-to-date and Manager, Marc Barry, has assembled a squad combining a nice blend of experience & youth and everyone in the club is really looking forward to the most-high profile game to take place in Derryleigh Park. It’s great to see the younger players featuring in the squad, as it’s a reflection of the work being done in our underage structures to bring through homegrown junior players, playing to a high level.
Newport have two former FAI Junior Cup & Munster Junior Cup winners in the squad, in Davy Ryan (Pike Rovers) & Christy Doyle (Fairview). We also have a former League of Ireland player, Jimmy Fyfe, as well as lads who have played in the Limerick Premier Division in the squad, so we have players who are used to the big occasion, but for most of the lads, this will be a bigger game than normal and one to really look forward to. Despite firmly wearing the underdog tag, the players will be fully up for this game and are hoping to cause a big cup upset. We look forward to seeing a big home support on the day and encourage everyone to come along to get behind the players and give our visitors a real Newport welcome. Win or lose (can be no draw as ET & pens on the day if needed), we hope to see everyone back in O’Sullivan’s Bar for some “post-match analysis”.
A big crowd is expected so we are asking people to arrive early as the car park will be busy. If possible, car pool from town and reduce the number of cars travelling to Derryleigh. The Derryleigh Dugout will be open before and during the game for hot drinks, soup, snacks & refreshments.
Pictured is John Delaney, Chairman of Mulcair Credit Union, club sponsor, presenting Brian O’Sullivan, Newport Town AFC Club Captain with a match-ball ahead of the FAI Junior Cup, 5th Round game v Carbury FC (Sligo/Leitrim District League) on Sunday, December 2 with a 2pm kick-off. Carbury FC are the reigning Super League Champions in the Sligo/Leitrim District League and the current Connacht Cup holders. Thanks to Mulcair Credit Union for their ongoing support.
Tickets are now on sale for the club’s popular Xmas Raffle, which will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 15. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in the Derryleigh Dugout and pubs, shops & local businesses in the town. Great prizes to be won including 3 large food hampers (with turkey & ham), 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Musical entertainment on the night from Jeremy Morgan “Live Wire”. Promises to be a great night out. Thanks in advance for your support.
More great news for our schoolgirls. Congrats to our players who have been selected on the NTSFL Emerging Talent Programmes. Further evidence of the continued growth & strength of schoolgirl football in our club and the great work being done by our coaches. Well done girls. 🔴⚫
⚽U12 – Aoibhinn McNamara, Emma Sweeney & Abigail Hickey
⚽U15 – Abbie Lenihan, Chelsea King, Robyn McNamara & Shauna Pearson
Newport Town AFC have been drawn at home to Carbury Football Club in Round 5 of the FAI Junior Cup. The game is likely to be played on the afternoon of Sun, Dec 2. Carbury FC are located in Sligo Town and play in the Sligo Leitrim District League and are current league leaders of the Super League, reigning league champions and also Connacht Cup champions. They are also on a great run of form as they have recently set a new club record of 15 consecutive wins in all competitions, so they will be full of confidence travelling down to to Newport. Hopefully we will be able to put a halt to their winning streak. We look forward to welcoming the Carbury squad, management & supporters to Newport. This is going to be a massive day for our club & community and we look forward to the big game in Derryleigh Park and playing in front of a large & vocal home crowd.
Without reservation, Newport Town AFC absolutely condemns the alleged cowardly attack on a referee in Offaly and wish him a full & speedy recovery. This type of incident is completely unacceptable and thankfully is a very isolated incident amongst the thousands of grassroots games that take place up & down the country every weekend. It is part of the policy of Newport Town AFC to not only develop footballers but also develop people. All players & coaches are reminded that when representing our club and themselves they should do it with the utmost respect, treating opponents, match officials and spectators as they would wish to be treated themselves. The club also implements strict guidelines for players/parents/spectators at our training sessions and games at Derryleigh Park and when travelling to away games. We would ask everyone to please re-familiarise themselves with our playing policies and guidelines available on our website