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
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 🔴⚫️
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 🔴⚫️
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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. Click here for full match report.
The Limerick League Junior Teams of the Season have been announced and Newport has great representation on 4 teams in Div 1B, Div 2B, Youth Div 2 & U17 Div 1. This is a great honour for our players and our club.Well done lads and hard luck to our players who must have been in the running for a spot but missed out.
The Newport players and their respective division are below:
Junior A, Div 1B:
Team: Christopher O Connor, Brian O’Sullivan Christy Doyle
Subs: Elliott Slattery & Seán Ryan
Junior B, Div 2B:
Team: Stephen Carroll & Nathan Hartigan
Sub: Odhran Brett
U18 Youth Div 2:
Team: Darren Collins, Jack Noble & Jack O’Carroll
Subs: Killian O Malley & Colin Coleman
U17 Div 1:
Team: Jack O’Carroll
Sub: Jay Ryan