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, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 7-0 Caherdavin

Thursday, April 11 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 3, Christy Doyle 3 & Paul Ryan

Match Squad: Harry Ryan, James Lynch, Mark McGuire, Christy O’Connor, Jimmy Fyfe, Peter O’Sullivan, Paul Ryan, Darren Collins, Jack Noble, Brian O’Sullivan (C), Christy Doyle, Nathan Hartigan, Davy Ryan & Colin Coleman

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 4-2 Southend

Sunday, April 7 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 3 & James Lynch

In Div 1B, the third-placed A team welcomed seventh-placed Southend in a game that we knew we had to win in order to maintain the pressure on the top two teams, Kilfrush & Hill Celtic. Southend arrived not intent in making up the numbers and put it up to Newport from the very first whistle. The home side struggled to get into any sort of rhythm in the early stages and were making hard work of things in front of a decent crowd. Newport finally broke the deadlock when Dave Kennedy cleared the ball from a corner and Brian Clemy O’Sullivan picked up the ball midway on the left in the Southend half. He had one defender and the keeper to beat and made some space to expertly fire home to the far corner of the goal from the left edge of the box. Just 3 minutes later, Clemy had another great chance but his shot flew over the bar.

In the 27th minute, somewhat against the run of play, Southend scored the equaliser, when Newport failed to deal properly with a corner and the loose ball was picked up their player who brilliantly scored from the edge of the box. Newport continued to create chances but were struggling to test the keeper. In the 43rd minute, Davy Ryan found himself in space in the box after Paul Ryan slipped a lovely pass through but his shot was well-saved by the keeper who managed to push the ball over the bar. The half-time whistle saw the score remain 1-1. Continue reading

Preview of Sunday’s Junior A Game

After last week’s cup games, it’s back to the bread & butter of league action this weekend, with our Junior A, C & U18 Youth teams all in action in Derryleigh Park on Sunday and all support is welcome. The A team are right in the promotion race but with just 7 league games remaining, every game is almost a must-win and that then brings its own pressures. We currently lie 12 points behind league leaders Kilfrush, but we have 3 games in hand and are 9 points behind second-placed Hill Celtic with 2 games in hand. Only two sides get promoted at the end of the season but we still have to play both these sides in Derryleigh Park in massive games, but Marc Barry and his players are only concerned with taking one game at a time starting with the visit of seventh placed Southend next Sunday morning.

In the earlier fixture back in August, Newport recorded a 3-1 away win with goals from Brian O’Sullivan (2) & Darren Collins in a hard-earned victory. Even though Southend don’t have much to play for, as they are more-or-less safe from relegation and looking at a mid-table finish, they will still be tough opposition and won’t make life easy for Newport. Team captain, Brian O’Sullivan, who scored his 22nd goal of the season last week will continue to lead the line.

A satisfying aspect of last week’s 6-0 win over Regional was that six different players scored, and we also kept a third clean-sheet in 4 games. New keeper, Harry Ryan, has settled nicely into the team and has done well. The players & management would really like to see the Newport support get behind them in the remaining games in the push for promotion and hope to see a decent crowd at the game on Sunday morning. Thanks also to some of the U13 schoolboys who will be on ball-boy duty for the game.

Junior A, Div 1B Cup, Newport Town AFC 6-0 Regional Utd B

Sunday, March 31 2019 (Deryleigh Park)

Scorers: Jimmy Fyfe, Mark McGuire, Christy O’Connor, Paul Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan & Darren Collins

The A team welcomed a youthful Regional Utd B side to Derryleigh Park in the Div 1B Cup on a glorious spring day and ran out comfortable winners on a 6-0 scoreline with goals coming from six different scorers, Jimmy Fyfe, Mark McGuire, Christy O’Connor, Paul Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan & Darren Collins. Newport will now meet Knockainey away in the semi-final, after they defeated league leaders, Kilfrush, on penalties.

Newport opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Jimmy Fyfe headed home from a corner and when Mark McGuire latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box on the 20th minute and fired home to make it 2-0, Newport appeared to be well in control of the game. Centre-half Christy O’Connor headed powerfully home from a corner on the half-hour mark to extend the Newport lead and a Paul Ryan strike on the stroke of half-time after some good work by Brian O’Sullivan, made it 4-0 to the home side at the interval.

The second half continued in the same vein with Newport controlling the game and creating plenty of chances. Brian O’Sullivan scored his 22nd goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Paul Ryan was taken down in the box. Darren Collins completed the scoring with 7 minutes remaining on the clock when his shot was fumbled by the Regional keeper into his own net. A satisfying aspect of this game was that it was the third clean-sheet in the last 4 games. The A’s still have 7 league games remaining and a cup semi-final to look forward to but this means that they are going to face a very congested fixture schedule in the coming weeks and the depth of Marc Barry’s squad is going to be fully tested in the run-in. However the focus will continue to be one game at a time and hope that players remain free from injury and suspension.

Match Squad: Harry Ryan, Kevin O’Brien, Mark McGuire, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Darren Collins, Davy Ryan, Jimmy Fyfe, Paul Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Jack Noble, Sean Ryan, James Lynch, Dave Kennedy & Peter O’Sullivan.

Weekend Junior Preview

The Divisional Cup quarter-finals take centre-stage this Sunday with the A, B & C teams in action, with all games kicking off at 2.15pm. The As & Cs are at home while the Bs are away. In the Div 1B Calvert Cup, Newport welcome Regional Utd FC B to Derryleigh Park. These sides have only faced each other once this season, when Newport ran out comfortable 8-2 winners out in Dooradoyle. After excellent runs in both the FAI Junior Cup and the Lawson Cup, Newport have now exited both those competitions but will be hopeful of going a bit further in the 1B Cup. However, promotion remains the main focus of Marc Barry and his squad this season. It looks like, Newport will once again have to do without the services of their leading scorer, Christy Doyle, due to injury, but in his absence, captain, Brian O’Sullivan, has hit some good form and will be hopeful this continues on Sunday. The winner of this tie will face a very difficult trip away to the winners of Kilfrush v Knockainey.

Junior A, Lawson Cup 1/4 Final, Hill Celtic 3-2 Newport Town AFC (AET)

Sunday, March 24 2019 (Hogan Park)

Scorers: Sean Ryan & Paul Ryan

The Junior A side travelled to play Hill Celtic in the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup and as predicted in the match preview, there was very little between the sides, with Hill Celtic edging out Newport 3-2 after extra time. Newport struggled to get into any real rhythm in the first hour of the game and after 57 minutes found themselves 2-0 down and facing an uphill struggle. Newport were missing a number of players and as early as the 17th minute had to re-shuffle the team after winger Dave Kennedy went off injured and was replaced by U17 player, Jack O’Carroll making his A team debut. Then later in the game, Jack also had to leave the field injured. Hill Celtic opened the scoring in the 35th minute, when they broke down the left wing and fired the ball across the box. Newport keeper, Harry Ryan, got a leg to the ball, which richoted off the crossbar and a Hill Celtic player was on hand to drill the ball home from close range.

In truth, Newport were really only making chances from set-pieces and came close on a couple of occasions with one powerful free-kick from Elliott Slattery bringing out a great save from their keeper. A similar pattern continued into the second half and when Hill Celtic broke the offside trap to extend their lead to 2-0 in the 57th minute and it looked like there would be no way back for Newport. Continue reading

Junior A, Div 1B, Calvert Cup, Newport Town AFC 4-0 Granville Rgs

Sunday, March 3 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 3 & Paul Ryan

Despite the awful weather on Sunday, the Junior A game against Granville in the Div 1B Calvert Cup went ahead in Derryleigh Park. Newport advanced to the quarter-final following a comfortable 4-0 win with a goal from Paul Ryan and captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan scoring the other 3 goals to make it two hat-tricks in consecutive games and bring his season’s tally to 21 and according to one of the club statiticians, he also scored his 175th junior goal for Newport, which is some achievement.

Newport dominated the game from start to finish and after Clemy opened the scoring in the 11th minute it always looked like the home side were in complete control and in truth, if we had been more clinical in front of goal the winning margin could have been more.

It was good to see James Lynch make a welcome return to the matchday squad following a lengthy absence through injury. The most welcome sound of the day was the ref’s final whistle to allow the players & hardy supporters escape from the weather. Newport will now be home to Regional Utd B in the quarter-final.

Next Sunday, the A’s are away to Hill Celtic in the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup. The winner will play the winners of Pike Rovers & Prospect in the semi-final. Hill Celtic are also in Div 1B and lie one place ahead of us in second place. Newport won the only game between the sides so far this season but Hill Celtic are on a very good run of form. There’s very little between both sides, so this game could potentially go all the way to penalties. Kick-off in Hogan Park at 11am.

Match Squad: Harry Ryan, Kevin O’Brien, Mark McGuire, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Paul Ryan, Sean Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan (C), Davy Ryan, Dave Kennedy, James Lynch & Jimmy Fyfe

Junior A, Div 1B, Ballylanders 0-4 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, February 24 2019 (Ballylanders)

Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 3 & Peter O’Sullivan

The A team returned to league action on Sunday and recorded an important 4-0 win away to Ballylanders. Newport had lost the reverse fixture 3-4 earlier in the season, so despite Ballylander’s position in the bottom half of the table, a tough game was expected at a venue that always proves a difficult place to get a result. The poor weather conditions and soft pitch weren’t going to help anyone’s cause and so it proved in the first ten minutes with Newport failing to get a real grip on the game.

However in the 10th minute, Newport almost opened the scoring when a mix-up in the Ballylanders defence almost led to an O.G. but they just managed to avert the danger. Three minutes later, Christy Doyle saw a delicate lob over the Ballylanders keeper hit the top of the crossbar. Newport were now beginning to get on top and looking the most likely to break the stale-mate and this duly happened in the 27th minute after Christy Doyle went on a mazy run, beating a couple of defenders and firing a shot that the home keeper could only parry and captain, Brian O’Sullivan gladly tapped home from close range.

With 2 minutes remaining in the first half, Ballylanders pressed the self-destruct button after they had 2 players sent-off one after another for dissent and this proved to be the main turning-point of the game. Newport took the 1-0 lead into the half-time break and knew that the game was only theirs to lose playing with the strong breeze in the second half and against 9 men. Continue reading

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