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U18, Div 2, Corbally Utd 4-2 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, February 17 2019 (Athlunkard)

Scorers: Darren Collins & Jack O’Carroll

The U18s were looking to keep the pressure on league leaders, Cals, by hoping to win all three points on offer away to Corbally on Sunday afternoon. In the reverse fixture back in August, Newport ran out 8-3 winners but as the lads found out there are no easy games in this division and Corbally got some revenge for the previous defeat by inflicting a 4-2 defeat on Newport. This was a very disappointing result for the lads and they will know that the performance was way below what they are capable of. Darren Collins and Jack O’Carroll scored the Newport goals. Special mention for Haytam Kamil & Jack O’Sullivan who both made their debuts and impressed, despite the result.

Junior B, Div 2B, Newport Town AFC 2-3 Pallasgreen

Sunday, February 17 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Nathan Hartigan & Colin Coleman

The B’s were looking to build up some momentum ahead of their divisional cup when they welcomed unbeaten league leaders Pallasgreen to Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. Despite a good performance and pushing the leaders all the way, it was the visitors who were delighted to take all three points on offer after a 3-2 win. Youngsters, Nathan Hartigan & Colin Coleman were on the score-sheet for Newport.

Junior A, Lawson Cup, Newport Town AFC 4-3 Hyde Rgs

Sunday, February 17 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Christy Doyle 2, Brian O’Sullivan & Dave Kennedy

Newport advanced to the quarter-finals of this season’s Lawson Cup following a great 4-3 comeback win over Hyde Rangers in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. Two goals from Christy Doyle, a penalty from Brian O’Sullivan & a late winner from substitute, Dave Kennedy ensured that we will make the away trip to fellow Div 1B side, Hill Celtic in the last eight stage.

A tough game was expected as Hyde are top of Div 2A with a 100% record and they were coming to Newport to take a scalp from a division above. Hyde took the lead in the 15th minute and then doubled their lead in the 20th minute to leave Newport 2-0 down after the concession of two sloppy goals. Newport were struggling to get into any sort of a rhythm and playing into a strong wind in the first half wasn’t helping their cause. However Newport were given a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when Christy Doyle was in the right place to get on the end of a low cross across the box from Brian O’Sullivan out on the left after he picked up a loose ball when a free was blocked down by Hyde. 2-1 down at half-time and with the wind at their back in the second half, the home supporters were hopeful of a comeback. Continue reading

U17 Girls, Newport Town AFC 7-5 Ballymackey

Saturday, February 16 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Shauna Pearson 4, Rachel Carey 2 & Chelsea King

The U17 girls recorded a great 7-5 win at home to Ballymackey in a 12 goal thriller. A game that was full of goals, excitement, drama and a 4 goal haul for Shauna Pearson. The other Newport goals came from Rachel Carey (2) & Chelsea King. With 2 games remaining, the girls are now level on points with BT Harps, who have a game less played. Newport’s remaining games are away to Killavilla & Ballymackey, so they will be hoping to win both and hope that BT Harps slip up along the way.

Newport played with the strong breeze in the 1st half but Ballymackey had the better start breaking through a number of times in the first quarter only to be stopped by Emma Moloney who was in top form pulling off some great saves.

Newport backs settled into the game Kate, Sarah and Hollie got on top at the back and settle things down for the team. Hardworking wingers Roisin and Amber, Midfield Rachel, Leah and Anzelika all started to take control, resulting in a high % of time in the Ballymackey half and this soon paid off when a determined Chelsea took the ball from the defender against the odds and rounded the keeper to score 1-0. Mid way through the half we started our rotating system which had an immediate impact with Shauna breaking down the left and scoring 2-0. Pressure paid off when we got a free and Rachel stepped up to slot it home 3-0. Forwards were now working well Kaitlyn was making some great passes and keeping two or three defenders busy. Jenny, Mara and Sarah were introduced which ensure the high tempo was maintained some great work by the team made room for Shauna to break and slot another goal. 4-0 at half time.

Given the strength of the breeze we knew this game was far from over and Ballymackey would have the % of the ball in the 2nd half. Ballymackey got going and with the help of an own goal, penalty and lots of pressure the score line 20 minutes into the 2nd half was 4 all. With a few adjustments Newport team stood up Shauna got one back to go 5-4. Ballymackey came back again to make it 5-5. All the momentum was with Ballymackey, but the girls were not going to be beaten on the day, one for all stood up and put in a huge effort especially Leah Moran in midfield and Emma Moloney in goals who was named player of the game. Pressure paid off when Chelsea was taken down outside the box. Rachel stepped up and got the ball around the wall into the top corner to go 6-5. Ballymackey put on the pressure again committing all forward, Newport broke down the left-hand side and Chelsea put a great ball across which came off the crossbar with Shauna on hand to slot it home. So proud of the girls for the way they played with a never give up attitude. We would like to thank Ballymackey for a great sporting game it’s never easy to get a win against this great side.

Squad on the day: Emma Moloney, Kate Harvey, Sarah Finn, Hollie Coleman, Roisin Power, Rachel Carey, Leah Moran, Anzelika Lepika, Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Chelsea King, Jenny Keppel, Shauna Pearson, Sarah Kelly, Amber Deegan and Mara Van Aelst.

U14 Girls, Newport Town AFC 2-1 Knigh Utd

Saturday, February 9 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Aoife Mellerick (2)

Massive congrats to our U14 schoolgirls who won their NTSFL league this afternoon with a game in hand following their 2-1 victory over Knigh Utd this afternoon in Derryleigh Park. Aoife Mellerick scored the goals to ensure that the league trophy will take pride of place in Derryleigh Park. Having won the U13 double last year, the girls are now aiming for the double double. Well done to the girls and their coaches John O Hora & Patricia Kennedy on a superb achievement. Hon the Town!

U18, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 2-2 Caledonians

Sunday, February 3 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Jack O’Carroll & Devon Ryan

The U18 Youths welcomed unbeaten league leaders, Cals, to Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. Before the game Newport were 3 points behind in second place, so a defeat would have left Newport with an uphill struggle. After a tough, physical & full-blooded encounter, two good teams couldn’t be separated and both sides earned a point apiece after a 2-2 draw with Jack O’Carroll & Devon Ryan on the score-sheet for Newport.

Newport were missing some key players through illness & suspension, so there were a number of U17 players and U16 player, Daniel Egan in the starting eleven. With a decent crowd in attendance, it was clear from the kick-off that neither side were going to take a backward step given the importance of the game. Newport started in a positive manner with Jack O’Carroll working hard up-front as he led the line on his own. The home side’s good start was rewarded in the 22nd minute, when Jack O’Carroll latched onto a pin-point pass over the top from Ciaran Flynn and the in-form striker coolly slotted the ball under the onrushing Cals keeper to give Newport the lead. However the lead was short-lived when the visitors equalised just 4 minutes later. A shot from the edge of the box was only parried by the Newport keeper, Josh White, and the Cals player reacted quickest to poke home from close range.

There was some fairly hefty challenges in the first half and Cals led the card count with 2 yellows and none for Newport. With no quarters asked or given, there were no more goals in the first half and the score remained 1-1 at the interval. Continue reading

Junior B, Div 2B, Aisling Annacotty 1-1 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, February 3 2019 (Annacotty)

Scorer: Nathan Hartigan

The B teams faintest hopes of promotion were more or less extinguished on Sunday afternoon when they could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Aisling Annacotty. Newport took the lead in the very first minute when Nathan Hartigan fired home from 30 yards out. Newport rode their luck for the remainder of the game and it looked like we would take all 3 points on offer, however Aisling spoiled the party when they equalised as the clock headed towards 90 minutes.