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Div 1B League Playoff next Saturday – Newport Town AFC v Hill Celtic:

With both sides already promoted to Div 1A, Newport & Hill Celtic must meet again in the Div 1B League Playoff to determine who will be crowned as league champions. A toss of the coin will take place on Wednesday evening to decide whether the game will be played in Derryleigh Park or Hogan Park. Either way, the game will take place next Saturday, May 25 at 6.30pm. This will be the fifth meeting between the sides this season. Newport have won three games and Hill Celtic have one win in the previous four encounters. In the most recent games, Newport won the league game in Derryleigh Park 4-1 and won the Cup Final 2-0. Hill Celtic will feel that their performance didn’t reflect the cup final scoreline and will they will be very anxious to deny Newport the League & Cup double. However Newport are the form side in Div 1B and are currently on a 16 game winning run in the league & cup and the only games they haven’t won in 2019 are the FAI Junior Cup game away to Aisling Annacotty and the Lawson Cup quarter-final away to Hill Celtic. Wherever the games takes place, we will be hopeful of having another big Newport crowd in attendance to support the lads as they go for the double.

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 7-0 Regional Utd B

Thursday, May 16 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Paul Ryan 3, Christy Doyle, Kev Connolly, Jack O’Carroll & Sean Ryan

Needing just one point, the Junior A side ensured promotion to Div 1A with a comfortable & comprehensive 7-0 victory at home to Regional Utd B last Thursday night. Once again a large Newport crowd were in attendance in Derryleigh Park to support the lads and they witnessed a top-class performance with a hat-trick from Paul Ryan being the highlight. Other scorers were Christy Doyle, Kev Connolly, Jack O’Carroll & Sean Ryan. The win now sees Newport in a one-off playoff game with Hill Celtic to determine the league winner as both sides finished on 55 points and identical records of 18 wins, 1 draw & 3 losses.

Newport started the game in a very positive manner, exerting pressure on the Regional rearguard right from the first whistle with full backs James Lynch & Mark McGuire given licence to push right up the field. Paul Ryan almost opened the scoring in the 13th minute but his shot just flew over the crossbar. Newport did take the lead in the 18th minute after a well-worked move. Christy Doyle, flicked a header on to Clemy out on the left and was then in position to head Clemy’s cross to the back of the net. Goal no 41 for Doyler for the season and yet another assist for Clemy. This strike-partnership has now scored an incredible 72 goals between them in all competitions.

Doyle almost made it 2-0 after 25 minutes but his volley just went wide after some excellent work by James Lynch on the right hand side. In the 30th minute, Newport did make it 2-0 after a brilliant sweeping move started by left-back Mark McGuire, which ended with Paul Ryan heading home his first goal of the night after a deft flick cross by Christy Doyle. On 40 minutes, Paul Ryan scored his second and Newport’s third when his angled cross into the box deceived the Regional keeper & defence and ended up in the back of the net. At this stage, Newport were dominating the game but failed to score again in the first half. Continue reading

Newport A team need just 1 point to secure promotion to Div 1A

Newport welcome already relegated Regional B to Derryleigh Park this coming Thursday, May 16 at 6.30pm, knowing that a draw will be good enough to secure promotion. However at the same time, Hill Celtic travel to play Knockainey and Kilfrush welcome Geraldines in fixtures that could also determine whether or not Newport are league champions or are in a playoff for promotion for the league title. Simply put, a draw definitely guarantees promotion and a win will see us either crowned as league champions or in a play-off with Hill Celtic for the league title depending on the other results. Once again, we are calling on all our supporters to get along to Derryleigh Park as the lads now push on to try and win the league & cup double. This team have had a wonderful season so far and are fully deserving of your continued support.

Junior A, Div 1B Calvert Cup Final, Newport Town AFC 2-0 Hill Celtic

Saturday, May 11 2019 (Jackman Park)

Scorer: Christy Doyle 2

The top two sides in Div 1B, Newport Town & Hill Celtic contested the Calvert Cup Final in a sun-soaked Jackman Park on Saturday evening. The large crowd in attendance witnessed a cracking cup final between two very evenly-matched sides. Ultimately the game was decided by two great strikes from the division’s top scorer, Christy Doyle, to ensure that the trophy crossed the border to North Tipperary and will reside in Derryleigh Park for the next 12 months following a hard-earned 2-0 win.

Having played each other three times already this season, twice in the league and once in the Lawson Cup, with Newport wining the league encounters and Hill Celtic, the Lawson Cup tie, the teams were very familiar with one another and the opening stages of the game were tight with both sides probing each other. In the 19th minute Newport were awarded a free kick when James Lynch was fouled 30 yards from goal. Christy Doyle stepped up to take the free-kick and fired home with a well-struck shot, which beat Robert Power in the Hill Celtic goal, who was maybe put off by the bright sunshine he was facing into.

Just 3 minutes later, Hill Celtic were awarded a free kick on the right hand side of the box and it took a superb save from Harry Ryan to deny the Limerick side an equaliser. Hill Celtic stepped up the pressure on the Newport goal and in the 25th minute Newport managed to escape a goalmouth scramble from a corner. Just 2 minutes later Hill Celtic flashed in a dangerous low cross the box but thankfully there was no one on hand to get on the end of it.

Hill Celtic continued to dominate possession and push forward but the Newport rearguard, superbly marshalled by Christy O’Connor & Elliott Slattery soaked up the pressure. Unfortunately just before the interval, Davy Ryan had to be substituted and was replaced by Paul Ryan. On the stroke of half-time, Hill Celtic were once again denied a goal by a brilliant point-blank save from Harry Ryan. Newport took a one goal lead into the interval but Hill Celtic would have been disappointed not to have been on level terms. Newport were thankful for the opportunity to regroup and take a well-earned breather. Continue reading