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Junior A, Premier A, Athlunkard Villa 2-5 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, November 10 2019 (Lee Estate)

Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan, Jake Dillon, Seán Ryan, Davy Ryan & Mattie Connolly

The A team bounced back from last week’s Munster Junior Cup defeat with an excellent 5-2 win away to Athlunkard Villa on Sunday morning. This win pushes Newport up to 4th place in Premier A, just 1 point off third and 2 points off second. Moyross still lead the way and we are 9 points behind them. Lee Estate is never an easy place to get a result and despite the scoreline, this was a hard-earned win. The score was at 2-2 at half-time but Newport went up the gears after the break and put in a much improved performance to secure the 3 points on offer. Brian Lenihan, Jake Dillon, Seán Ryan, Davy Ryan & Mattie Connolly were on the score-sheet for Newport. Next up for the A team is the trip to Cals Park next Sunday afternoon to take on Premier side, Prospect Priory, in round 3 of the FAI Junior Cup. The out of town stage of the competition awaits the winners. Prospect are currently bottom of the Premier League and Newport won’t be daunted at the challenge that lies ahead but will know that they will have to put in a 100% performance to have any chance of taking a big scalp.

Match Squad: Harry Ryan, Kevin O’Brien, Ryan Mawdsley, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Seán Ryan, Jake Dillon, Peter O’Sullivan, Brian O’Sullivan, Paul Ryan, Davy Ryan, Mattie Connolly, Mark McGuire, James Lynch, Darren Collins, Kevin Connolly, David Kennedy

Junior A, Munster Junior Cup, Rd 3, Aisling Annacotty 4-2 Newport Town AFC

Saturday, November 2 2019 (Annacotty)

Scorers: Peter O’Sullivan & Jake Dillon

Newport failed to make it to the out of town stage of the Munster Junior Cup following a 4-2 defeat away to Premier League side, Aisling Annacotty under lights on Saturday evening. An already hard job became more difficult due to the absence of a number of players due to injury, suspension & work commitments. A decent Newport crowd had travelled in to Annacotty on a miserable night but less than a minute was on the clock before Aisling opened the scoring. Newport failed to deal properly with a ball into the box and Aaron Murphy took advantage with a well- struck shot from 12 yards out.

The home side dominated the first 15 minutes, with Newport struggling to retain possession of the ball, while Aisling were very comfortable on the slick artificial surface. Newport created their first chance of the game in the 17th minute when Brian O’Sullivan’s shot was well-saved by the home keeper. From the resultant corner, Jimmy Fyfe rose highest but his powerful header went just above the crossbar. The remainder of the first half was fairly nip & tuck creating any real clear-cut chances and the sides went into the break with Aisling 1-0 up.

Aisling extended their lead in the 55th minute when Aaron Murphy won a header in the middle of the park and then chased his own header, took control of the ball and cleverly lobbed the onrushing Newport keeper, Harry Ryan, from the edge of the box. A very good individual goal. Newport reduced the deficit in the 70th minute when Peter O’Sullivan got on the end of a Kevin O’Brien free-kick from the left hand side and flicked his header into the far corner.

Unfortunately, the home side extended their lead just 2 minutes later, when they were awarded a penalty when Harry Ryan was adjudged to have taken down an Aisling player in the box. Nathan O’Callaghan calmly slotted home to make it 3-1. In the 75th minute, Jake Dillon drilled home a low shot to the corner after some good build-up play to once again close the gap and left the score 3-2 with just 15 minutes left. However Aisling ensured safe passage to round 4, with a brilliantly taken free-kick by Nathan O’Callaghan in the 81st minute

On the overall balance of play, Aisling deserved the win but Newport know that they didn’t play as well as they can and never really got it going on the night. It’s now back to league action next Sunday, when Newport are away to Athlunkard on Sunday morning at 11am.

U12 (2008) National Cup, Rd 3, Newport Town AFC 5-3 Shelbourne

Saturday, November 2 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Cormac Shanahan 2, Scott Nugent 2 & Lucas Wright

At a wet and windy Derryleigh Park, our U12 (2008) boys pulled off a great win in round 3 of the Skechers National Cup, defeating league rivals Shelbourne on a scoreline of 5-3. A brilliant start from Newport saw them race into a 3-0 first half lead with goals from Scott Nugent and Cormac Shanahan (2). Ollie Roche and Luke McIntyre were on top in midfield, with Patrick O’Shea linking well in the front three. Goalkeeper Eoin Mac Craith was called into action several times in the second half, making some great saves and distributing the ball well for his team mates. The skilful Shelbourne side forced their way back into the game with a rebound off a great save, but Newport responded immediately with another well taken Scott Nugent goal. Conor McLoughlin, Darragh McNamara and Liam Lynch worked effectively as a back three, getting the team going forward with some great passes. Shelbourne never gave up and a well taken strike brought it back to 4-2 before Lucas Wright added a 5th for Newport. Shelbourne kept pressing and scored again late in the game to close the gap once more, but Cian English, Conor Ryan and Leon O Donoghue rounded out a brilliant squad effort by the Newport lads who will travel to take on the winners of Granagh v Herbertstown in Rd 4. Final score in Derryleigh, Newport 5-3 Shelbourne.

Well done to the coaching team of Fiachra MacCraith, Michelle Rafferty, Keith McIntyre & Andrew Whelan. Thanks also to the supporters who braved the elements to support the lads. Finally, great credit is due to the ground staff crew of Tim Coffey, John O’Brien & Eddie Gleeson who had the pitch in great condition on a day when most pitches would not have even been playable.