2018/2019 Manager: Marc Barry
Coach: Dave Ryan
Team Captain: Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan
Scheduled Training Times: Tuesday (7-8pm) & Thursday (8-9pm)

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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

Junior A, Lawson Cup, Rd 2, Newport Town AFC 6-1 Kilmallock

Sunday, January 20 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Sean Ryan 3, Paul Ryan, Christy O’Connor & Davy Ryan

The A team bounced back from the disappointing defeat in the FAI Junior Cup last week, to take the scalp of Premier League side, Kilmallock, with an emphatic home 6-1 win the round 2 of the Lawson Cup, thanks to a hat-trick from Sean Ryan and goals from Paul Ryan, Davy Ryan and one from Christy O’Connor to break-up the Ryan monopoly on goals. Newport will now be at home to Div 2A leaders, Hyde Rangers, in the next round.

Newport took the lead in the 4th minute, when Sean Ryan calmly slotted home after a lovely through ball from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan. Both sides nullified each other in the first half but both keepers, including Newport’s Harry Ryan, dealt comfortably with any threats that came their way. Newport were living with the Premier side and didn’t look like a team that are 2 divisions below. 1-0 up at half-time and it was anyone’s game.

Newport extended the lead 2 minutes into the second half, when Clemy was once again the provider. His perfect chip cross to the far post was expertly headed home by Paul Ryan, who was playing just his second game for the club on his return from his 12 month travels. Kilmallock reduced the lead to 2-1 when a well-struck free kick gave Harry Ryan no chance low to his right.

The visitors had a good shout for a penalty turned down by the ref and not long after Newport were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately the Kilmallock keeper made a great save to deny Clemy when pushing the ball around the post for a corner. However from the resultant corner in the 70th minute, Christy O’Connor was in the right place in the penalty area to rifle the ball home to extend the Newport lead to 3-1.

The visitors now had to chase the game and Newport began exploiting the spaces that were now appearing in the Kilmallock defence. Newport made the game safe in the 75th minute when Davy Ryan showed all his experience to coolly round the keeper after picking up a pass on the edge of the box to make it 4-1. Two more goals from Sean Ryan in the 83rd & 86th minute, to secure his hat-trick, ensured Newport’s safe passage to the third round. Newport were expected to put it up to the Premier side but the emphatic score-line would have been far beyond most people’s expectations.

The A team players & management would like to thank Barry Windows for their kind sponsorship of the new jerseys, which were worn for the first time in this game.

Squad: Harry Ryan, Mark McGuire, Kev Connolly, Elliott Slattery, Jimmy Fyfe, Christy O’Connor, Paul Ryan, Peter O’Sullivan, Sean Ryan, Davy Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Dave Kennedy, Darren Collins, Nathan Hartigan, Jack Noble & Brendan Coffey.

Junior A, FAI Junior Cup, Round 6, Aisling Annacotty 2-1 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, January 13 2019 (Annacotty)

Scorer: Christy Doyle

So near but yet so far was the general consensus after Newport lost their FAI Junior Cup last 32 game away to Aisling Annacotty this Sunday afternoon. Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve but that’s sport and it’s Aisling who advance to the last 16 after securing a late 2-1 win over a Newport side who deserved far more than the final score-line showed. Newport were the firm underdogs before the game as we are two divisions below the home side but it was the Division 1B side who really put it up to the Premier League side and the general consensus was that the better team lost on the day.

The Newport faithful travelled to Annacotty in massive numbers and easily outnumbered the home support ten to one and really got behind the lads right from the kick-off. The first 15 minutes were very cagey with both teams probing but creating very few chances. In the 16th minute, Christy Doyle had the first real chance of the game but the Aisling keeper, Brian O’Connor, who was called on many times throughout the game, saved well to deny Newport the opener. In the 27th minute, Doyler got on the end of a Sean Ryan, one of Newport’s best players on the day, cross but his header went over the bar. 3 minutes later, team captain, Brian O’Sullivan fired in a shot from 20 yards, which was easily saved. Aisling broke quickly and forced a shot, which was blocked for a corner. From the resultant phases of play, the home side exerted some pressure and in the 32nd minute Jason Lipper put Aisling ahead with an opportunistic header after some mis-communication in the Newport rear-guard. This goal was against the run of play as Newport had been the more threatening up to that point.

In the 37th minute, Newport striker, Christy Doyle, received a yellow card after cheekily heading the ball out of the Aisling’s keeper’s hands and in hindsight, this card proved to be costly as Christy was walking a thin line from them on. On the stroke of half-time Newport were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and dead-ball specialist, Elliott Slattery rifled in a shot which looked like a definite goal until the Aisling keeper made a brilliant reflex save to deny Newport an equaliser. 0-1 down at half-time but Newport were well in the game. Continue reading

FAI Junior Cup, Round 6 Preview

Over 600 teams started on the journey but now after 5 rounds played, Newport are one of the last 32 teams remaining on the Road to the Aviva. This coming Sunday afternoon, we make the short journey in the R503 road to play Premier League side Aisling Annacotty in Round 6 of the FAI Junior Cup. Before the draw was made for this round, we were hoping for a home draw, but if it was away, we wondered if we would be sent to the far-reaches of the country. Instead we were given one of the closest possible away draws, as it’s just over 12km from Derryleigh Park to Annacotty. Aisling Annacotty are the hot favourites heading into the game and must have been secretly delighted to have drawn a side from Div 1B of the Limerick League in the last 32 of the Blue Riband trophy of Irish junior soccer.

Newport are the firm underdogs going into this cup tie. We have played 5 games to get to this stage beating Northside Legacy (3-0), Dromore (6-1), Patrickswell (5-2), Granville (4-2) & Carbury (Sligo) on pens after the game ended 2-2 after both normal time & extra time. Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan have both scored 5 goals, team Captain, Brian ‘Clemy ‘O’Sullivan (4), Kalem Harte (2), Sean Ryan (2), Elliott Slattery (1) & Dave Kennedy (1) have scored the 20 goals to get us this far. Newport are well capable of scoring goals, as Doyler (27) and Clemy (14) have a combined tally of 41 goals in all competitions this season and no doubt, Aisling will see the 2 lads as the main Newport goal-scoring threat. However we have plenty of other players on the pitch well-capable of scoring given the opportunity.

Aisling are currently in 6th place in the Limerick Premier League and are the odds-on bookies’ favourites to progress to the last 16, especially as the game is being played on their astro-turf pitch, a surface that they are well used to playing on. To get to this stage, Aisling have beaten Athlunkard, Caherdavin, & Prospect and in the last round recorded an excellent 4-0 win away to Blarney.

Round 5 was new territory for Newport so the last 32 is a huge bonus and another step along an unknown path. However we know that a large Newport crowd intend travelling to the game and they will give the lads plenty of vocal support and encouragement during the game. The players will have learnt a lot about playing on the big stage after the last game against Carbury and they will have absolutely no doubts that if they give it their very best shot, they are more than capable of causing a potential cup upset.

We look forward to seeing a big Newport support on the day and encourage everyone to come along and get to the game early and get behind the players right from the kick-off at 2.15pm. Days like this don’t come along too often and we have nothing to lose as nobody expects us to win but ourselves.

Junior A, Lawson Cup,Newport Town AFC 9-2 Northside Legacy

Sunday, January 6 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Christy Doyle 7, Brian O’Sullivan & Nathan Hartigan

The Junior A side recorded a very comfortable 9-2 victory over Northside Legacy in the first round of the Lawson Cup, which was a nice warm-up ahead of the big game against Aisling Annacotty in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup next Sunday. The undoubted highlight of this game was a 7 goal salvo from in-form striker, Christy Doyle, who has now scored 27 goals in all competitions this season.

Newport, who trained hard over the Christmas period, hit the ground running and scored as early as the 5th minute, when Christy Doyle latched onto a lovely through-ball from captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan. In the 11th minute, Doyler made it 2-0 when he latched onto a dropped ball by the Northside keeper from a cross Davy Ryan out on the left. It was all one-way traffic and Christy scored his first hat-trick on 25 minutes, when he again was on the end of a lovely slip-pass from Clemy to make it 3-0. Clemy & Doyler have struck up an excellent partnership this season and Clemy’s 14 goals, making a combined tally of 41, make them a handful for any side. Clemy made it 4-0 in the 29th minute he capitalised on a defensive error to shoot home off the post. 2 more goals from Christy before half-time, both headers, gave Newport a 6-0 lead at the interval.

Doyle continued where he left off after the break and scored his 6th & 7th goals in the 48th & 50th minutes respectively to make it 8-0 before he departed the field of play. With the job done and one eye firmly on next week’s game, manager, Marc Barry, made some substitutions to avoid the risk of injury to key players and also to give most of the panel a run-out. Substitute, Nathan Hartigan, made it 9-0 with 25 minutes remaining and amazingly Newport didn’t score again despite creating some good chances. Northside scored two consolation goals to leave the final score 9-2 to the home side.

Newport dominated the game from start to finish and advance to the next round where we are at home to Premier side Kilmallock. Another bonus was that we finished the game without any major injury scares ahead of next week. Full concentration can now switch to the massive challenge that lies ahead of us next week.

Match Squad: Brendan Coffey, Jimmy Fyffe. Christy O’Connor, Elliott Slattery, Kevin O’Brien, Peter O’Sullivan, Sean Ryan, Christy Doyle, Davy Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Dave Kennedy, Harry Ryan, Mark McGuire, Kevin Connolly, Kalem Harte, Ben Wixted, Darren Collins & Nathan Hartigan.

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 6-0 Granville Rangers

Sunday, December 16 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Christy Doyle 2, Dave Kennedy 2, Elliott Slattery & Kalem Harte

Following 2 disappointing league defeats, the A team rebounded with an emphatic 6-0 win at home to Granville on Sunday morning. The scoreline reflected Newport’s dominance of the game and the scorers were Christy Doyle (2), Dave Kenendy (2), Elliott Slattery and Kalem Harte. The lads are now on a Christmas break until January 6 and will then face into a busy January with games in the league, Lawson Cup and the FAI Junior Cup game away to Aisling Annacotty on the weekend of January 12/13.

Junior A, Div 1B, Knockainey 1-0 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, December 9 2018 (Knockainey)

After the highs of last week the A team were brought firmly back down to earth this weekend when they suffered a very disappointing 1-0 loss away to Knockainey. It’s never an easy place to get a result and the task was made even more difficult due to a number of regulars missing from the starting team due to injury, suspension and other commitments. This was a game that is better being placed in the archives and not in the memory bank as it was a fairly poor performance and hopefully not a result that comes back to haunt us later in the season. Nest Sunday, Granville are the visitors to Derryleigh Park at 11am.

FAI Junior Cup, 5th Round, Newport Town AFC 2-2 Carbury FC (AET, Newport won 4-3 on pens)

Sunday, December 2 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Christy Doyle & Sean Ryan

In the words of Annie Lennox “Sweet dreams are made of this”. What a proud, memorable & historic day for Newport Town AFC on Sunday, when we booked our place in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup after a pulsating cup-tie against Carbury FC from Sligo in a rocking Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. The poor weather probably kept some people away, but they were the losers as those present witnessed a titanic game between two evenly matched sides. In the end, it took the dreaded penalty shootout to decide the tie and it was Newport who held their nerve to advance to the next round on a 4-3 scoreline after the 90 minutes ended 2-2 and no further goals were scored in extra-time.

Newport were firm underdogs before the game. Carbury were on a 15-game winning streak and had been unbeaten in 3 years and were highly fancied to advance. However, Newport had other ideas and a game plan, which they executed to perfection. The home side almost took the lead in the second minute, when the very impressive Davy Ryan, a former FAI Junior Cup winner himself, saw his cross deflected onto the crossbar. The early stages of the game were nip & tuck, but Newport were not overawed by their illustrious opponents. In the 17th minute Darren Collins pile-driver was well-saved by the Carbury net-minder, Mark Rooney.

Just one minute later, the visitors took the lead, when Carbury beat the offside trap and Gary Finan finished well after a lovely through ball from Ross McLoughlin. Just 4 minutes later, Newport levelled the game when Christy Doyle scored his 18th of the season after a well-worked move. Davy Ryan won the ball in the middle of the park and passed to U18 player Darren Collins, who swept a lovely pass out to Brian O’Sullivan on the left wing. His cross was met by Christy who headed the ball to the net.

In the 27th minute, Carbury had a good chance to retake the lead but their player headed over the bar from close range. After a great Newport move in the 35th minute, Sean Ryan saw his sweetly-struck shot hit the butt of the post and into the grateful hands of the Carbury keeper. The rest of the half was played out without either side creating any clear-cut chances. 1-1 at half-time and it was anyone’s game to win. Continue reading

FAI Junior Cup Preview

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.

Mulcair Credit Union Sponsor Junior Cup Match Ball

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.