Season 2019/2020 Premier A

2019/2020 Manager: Marc Barry
Coach: Dave Ryan
Assistant Manager: Dave Kennedy
Kitmen: Ailbe Coffey & Cian O’Connell
Team Captain: Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan
Scheduled Training Times: Tuesday (8-9pm) & Thursday (8-9pm)

You can keep up to date on all things relating to Limerick Junior Soccer on the LDL website.

Junior A, Premier A, Holycross 4-6 Newport Town AFC

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (Holycross)

Scorers: Paul Ryan 3 & Keith Mawdsley 3

Newport made it 2 wins from their opening 3 games in Premier A with a very good 6-4 win away to Holycross on a sticky pitch on Tuesday evening. Paul Ryan scored his second hat-trick in consecutive games and Keith Mawdsley continued his good scoring run, having scored in all three opening games, also with a hat-trick. Newport have now scored 15 goals in three games but of some concern is the concession of 10. This was a bit of a crazy game of football with Newport being 6-1 ahead at one stage only to see Holycross score 3 without reply to close the gap. Next up for Newport is the visit of Hill Celtic to Derryleigh this Saturday evening. The numerous games between these sides last season were exciting and very close affairs and more of the same is expected on Saturday.

Match Squad: Jimmy Fyfe, Mark McGuire, Ryan Mawdsley, Elliott Slatery, Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Kev Connolly, Seán Ryan, Keith Mawdsley, Paul Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Dave Kennedy & Davy Ryan.

Junior A, Premier A, Corbally Utd A 2-6 Newport Town AFC

Saturday, August 17 2019 (Athlunkard)

Scorers: Paul Ryan 3, Keith Mawdsley, Brian O’Sullivan & Dave Kennedy

Newport picked up their first points of the season with a convincing 6-2 win away to Corbally on Saturday evening. Paul Ryan was the hat-trick hero, while Keith Mawdsley scored for the second game running. Captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan also opened his scoring account for the new season. This win should now settle the lads down and give them confidence before the next game at home to Holycross on Tuesday evening.

Junior A, Premier A, Newport Town AFC 3-4 Moyross

Tuesday, August 13 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Davy Ryan, Keith Mawdsley & O.G.

Newport suffered a disappointing opening league defeat to Moyross in front of a decent crowd in Derryleigh Park this evening. Newport conceded deep into injury time to end the game pointless despite taking a 3-1 lead in the 54th minute. However a spirited fight back from the visitors saw them snatch all 3 points on offer. In truth, Newport played well at times and created enough chances to win the game but at this level, failure to put a game to bed can cost dearly, as proved tonight. Newport will have a quick chance to put this defeat behind them when they travel to play Corbally on Saturday evening. There will be no easy games in this division but the lads will be anxious to turn things around at the weekend.

Junior Season Preview

The new junior season in Limerick kicks-off on Tuesday, August 13 and once again, NTAFC will have 5 sides competing in the local leagues. A, B, C and two U17 sides. League formats have been changed this year. A’s play in Premier A (old 1A), B’s in 1B (old 2A) & C’s in 3A (old Div 4).

The A team will be playing just 1 tier below the Premier League. Following on from last season’s successful season which saw them gain promotion, win the Calvert Cup and enjoy great runs in both the FAI Junior Cup & Lawson Cups, Manager, Marc Barry, has kept the nucleus of last season’s squad intact. He has also brought in some excellent signings who will further strengthen the squad. Local lad, Keith Mawdsley, re-joins the club from Janesboro after winning the Premier League and Oscar Traynor Cup last season. He’s also joined from Janesboro, by Darragh Carroll who has strong ties with Newport. Michael Ryan from Cappamore and Ryan Mawdsley from Kilfrush. Once again, the squad will be a nice blend of youth and lots of experience. Continue reading

2019/2020 Annual Membership Subscription

Membership of NTAFC for the coming 2019/2020 season is now open. Membership runs from August 1 through to July 31. As an amateur volunteer based football club, we’ve committed to meeting the repayments on the clubhouse loan in excess of €250,000, bringing the total investment to date of €1.2m in Derryleigh Park. We see this as an investment in our local youth and their future as well as being a valuable resource for our community. Everyone’s support and patronage of the club, helps make our vision a reality.

This coming season, we will have upwards on 450 players playing on over 30 teams from Nippers to the Junior A team. Running a club of this size is a very costly business both on and off the pitch and the membership fee is an integral part of our income.

Membership / Registration forms for Competitive and non-Competitive age groups can be downloaded at the following links.

Newport Town AFC – Non-Competitive Child (U11 & under) Forms 2019-2020
Newport Town AFC – Competitive Child (U12-U16) Forms 2019-2020
Newport Town AFC – Youths & 17s Forms 2019-2020
Newport Town AFC – Junior Forms 2019-2020

Membership Fees

• Newport Nippers (U7 – born in 2013 or later) – €40
• U8 to U11 (born in 2009-2012) – €70
• U12 to U16 (born in 2004-2008) – €80
• U17 & U18 (born in 2002-2003) – €80
• Junior A,B & C – €90
• Non-playing member – €5 (voting right at AGM)

There are also family discounts where more than one child is registered with the club.

Membership fees contribute towards the following;
• Player & team registration fees with the various leagues (LDMC, LDSL & NTSFL)
• Repayments on €250,000 loan for our clubhouse.
• Player insurance (every registered player receives comprehensive insurance cover)
• Use of top-class training & playing facilities incl. floodlit astro-turf pitch and 2 grass pitches.
• Full use of new modern clubhouse.
• Access to training and match equipment including balls, jerseys, first aid kits, water bottles, bibs etc.
• Countless hours of training and on matchdays put in by our dedicated coaches and team managers.
• Entry fees to FAI National Cup competitions
• Maintenance and running costs of playing facilities and clubhouse in Derryleigh Park. Continue reading

Junior A, Div 1B Playoff, Hill Celtic 2-1 Newport Town AFC

Saturday, May 25 2019 (Hogan Park)

Scorer: Seán Ryan

Having already won the Calvert Cup and secured promotion, the fairytale ending to the Junior ‘A’ side’s season failed to come to pass on Saturday evening, when they narrowly lost the Div 1B League Playoff Final to Hill Celtic in Hogan Park on a 1-2 scoreline. Newport lost the toss for home advantage and it was Hill Celtic who didn’t give their visitors a very hospitable welcome when they led 2-0 after just 25 minutes.

It was the worst possible start for Newport as in the 12th minute, our top-scorer, Christy Doyle suffered a nasty knee injury and had to be replaced by U17 player, Jack O’Carroll. Then just 5 minutes later, right-back James Lynch, had to leave the field of play due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Kevin O’Brien, who went on to play a great game and in turn produced two brilliant pieces of defending in the second half when the Limerick side seemed destined to score.

The early changes seemed to upset Newport’s rhythm as they adjusted to the new personnel on the field and it was in this short interval that the damage was done. In the 20th minute Celtic picked up the ball on the left end-line and crossed the ball into the 6 yard box and Aaron Dawson’s header hit the cross-bar, came straight down but was deemed by the assistant referee, Jackie Curran, to have crossed the line. Some of the Newport players weren’t convinced but without the use of VAR, referee John McNamara awarded the goal. Then just 5 minutes later Newport failed to deal with a corner and Alex Mitchell scrambled the ball home from a yard out to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Even though, there was still a long way to go, Newport were shell-shocked and a comeback didn’t look on the cards. However this side have shown a lot of character during the season and after the half hour mark began to settle into the game and began to put some patterns into their play. In the 33rd minute we had a claim for handball in the box waved away and then a minute later, Jack O’Carroll’s shot on target was well saved by Robert Power in the Celtic goal. He then followed this up with a save from a Seán Ryan shot one minute later. Then within 60 seconds, Clemy’s header from a Mark McGuire cross just went the wrong side of the post. At this stage, it was all Newport and Hill Celtic were hanging on at the back. Newport’s pressure finally paid off in the 42nd minute when Sean Ryan fired home inside the box to leave the score 2-1 to Hill Celtic.Just 2 minutes later, Paul Ryan had a great chance in front of goal to level the game but he didn’t connect cleanly and the ball went wide.

The ref indicated there would be 6 minutes of injury time. Newport were now dominating the game and the city side were desperate for the half-time whistle. 3 minutes into injury time, Seán Ryan, stretched to get on a great low cross into the danger area but despite making contact the power just wasn’t enough to steer the ball past the keeper. 2-1 down at half-time but Newport were well in the game. Continue reading

Div 1B League Playoff Final

The fifth & final instalment of the Newport v Hill Celtic saga takes place this coming Saturday in Hogan Park at 6.30pm, when the Div 1B League Playoff Final takes place. With both sides already promoted to Div 1A, this one-off game will determine who are crowned as league champions. Newport will be determined to go up with the 1B double secured and both trophies sitting in Derryleigh Park, but the city side will be desperate to end their season with some silverware to show for all their efforts.

The four previous games between the sides have been tight affairs. Newport have won both league games and the recent Cup Final, with Hill Celtic’s solitary win coming in the Lawson Cup quarter-final when it took extra-time to separate the sides. It’s been a very successful season for both clubs and they have proven to be the best two teams in the division. For Newport a win would be the icing on the cake in a season that has delivered so much. If the manager, Marc Barry, had told you before the season that with one game remaining, we’d be in a playoff for the league title, won the Calvert Cup, made it to the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup and progressed to the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup, eyebrows would have been seriously raised. However great credit is due to Marc, coach Davy Ryan, all the players & backroom staff for such a successful season and providing the supporters with great entertainment along the way in what’s been a roller-coaster ride of a campaign that started with a league game at home to Knockainey on August 15 2018 and will finish this Saturday over 9 months later with the 38th competitive game of the season. In the 37 previous games, we have 31 wins, 1 draw & just 5 losses. We have scored a total of 138 goals, conceded 47 and kept 12 clean sheets. 18 different players have featured on the scoresheet and we also have the league’s top scorers, Christy Doyle with 41 and Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan with 31.

Newport are the form side in Div 1B, 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. Having won the toss for venue, Hill Celtic will be confident that home advantage could be a big factor in this game and no doubt will have a vocal home support in Hogan Park. However, Newport have been getting big support at their recent games and Saturday should be no different with a large crowd expected to make the short 15-minute journey into Limerick. We are calling on all our supporters to get to the game to get behind the lads as your support could help make the difference.

Whatever the result on Saturday night, promotion has been secured and the cup has been won, so it’s been a great season but one final push will see Newport do something that they have only done once before in our 49 year existence, that’s win a league & cup double at junior level. Most of our players have never won a junior league title so this will be an added incentive if one was needed to get us over the line. So spread the word, make sure your car is full, wear your colours and let’s all get in there early to get behind the lads. Hon the Town 🔴⚫️

Christy O’Connor named as Limerick League’s 2018/2019 Div 1B Junior Player of the Year

Congratulations to our Junior A player, Christy O’Connor, who recently was named as the Limerick League’s Div 1B Overall Junior Player of the Year for the 2018/2019 season at the Limerick Junior Soccer Awards Ceremony in McGettigan’s. This is a highly coveted award as it’s selected by players & managers from other clubs. Christy is fully deserving of this award as selected by his peers.

Christy is a one-club man, having played all his soccer for Newport from schoolboy all the way through to today. He is always one of the first names on the team-sheet and this season, his centre-half pairing with youngster, Elliott Slattery, has been a crucial factor in the ‘A’ team’s hugely successful season, which has seen them win the Calvert Cup, get promoted to Div 1A (with the league playoff still to come), reach the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup and the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup.

Newport had the meanest defence in the Div 1B league & cups, only conceding 25 goals in the 24 games played including a brilliant 11 clean sheets. Christy has also been known to venture further up the field from time to time resulting in 4 goals for him this season.

He’s only missed one game all season and is an ever-present & dedicated trainer and demands excellence & effort from all those around him but he also leads by example and sometime puts his body in places where others wouldn’t dream of. The general consensus is that you would always want to be playing with Christy rather than against him.

Christy is now passing on his knowledge & experience to the younger players in the club as he is a coach of the U12 schoolboys. Well done Christy, a true & proud Newport man. We are all delighted for you and very proud of this great honour bestowed on you 🔴⚫️

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 decided that the game will be played in Hogan Park 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. We will be hopeful of having another big Newport crowd in attendance to support the lads as they go for the double.

Christy Doyle named as Limerick Junior Player of the Month for May

Congratulations to Christy Doyle who has been named as the overall Limerick Junior Player of the Month for May. He’s the top scorer in Div 1B with 41 goals and is also one of the top scorers in all Limerick leagues. His 2 goals in the recent Calvert Cup Final were top-class and his contribution has been vital in our successful season to date. Hopefully he can manage to find the target in the league playoff.