Tuesday, March 10 (Jackman Park)
Holders, Newport bowed out of the O’Halloran Cup at the quarter-final stage, following a disappointing 2-1 defeat to last year’s beaten finalists, Mungret Regional, who avenged their cup final defeat with two late, late goals to completely turn this tie on its head.
For long times in this game, it looked like one goal would be enough to win the game. When Newport captain, Brian ‘Clemy’O’Sullivan, scored his 27th goal of the season in the 85th minute, it looked like Newport had done enough to secure their passage to this season’s semi-final. Unfortunately for us, Mungret Regional had a different idea and equalised within 2 minutes. Then, as we were all getting prepared for extra-time, Mungret scored the winner deep into injury time, 4 minutes to be exact and at that stage, there was no time left on the clock to salvage an equaliser. Football can be a cruel game sometimes. Continue reading
Sun, February 15, Kilmallock
Newport travelled to Kilmallock on Sunday morning for a crucial Div 1A league encounter against their fellow promotion rivals full of confidence after a recent good run of league wins. Unfortunately Newport lost out to the only goal in the game, with nine minutes remaining after the ball was bundled into the net from a scrappy corner. This was only our third league defeat all season and it was a very disappointing result but with four games league left to play, we still remain in the shake up for promotion but realistically cannot afford too many more slip ups in the run-in. Continue reading
Sunday, February 8 (Glenbrook)
Our Junior A team recorded their seventh league win on the trot to continue their excellent run of league form with a dogged 2-0 victory away to Granville on a freezing & foggy Sunday morning, with both goals coming from captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan. Having picked up another precious three points, we have now closed the gap on league leaders, Wembley Rovers to just 1 point, although we have one more game played. With just five league games left for us to play, it’s looking likely that that this campaign is going to go right down to the wire.
With the poor visibility, it was touch & go whether the game would actually kick off. However in fairness to referee, Mike Bourke, he gave the green light to start the game and as it transpired, this was the correct decision.
This win was built on a strong defence with the back four of Kevin O’Brien, Sean Ryan, Brian Cosgrove & Christy O’Connor all having outstanding games. However, stand-in keeper, Mark Shinnors was in inspired form as he pulled off a collection of great saves to keep a clean sheet. Continue reading
24 – Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan
18 – Dean Lenihan
6 – Sean ‘Bond’ O’Brien & Pete O’Sullivan
5 – Christy O’Connor
4 – Ross Dunne & Jamie Collins
2 – Paul Ryan, Brian Cosgrove & Dave Murray
1 – Aidan O’Brien, Sean Ryan, Mike O’Brien, Joe Conneally & Steve O’Brien
Sunday, February 1 (Derryleigh Park)
The Junior A’s continued their recent run of good league results with a convincing 6-2 victory over mid-table side, Charleville AFC, in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. Goals from Dean Lenihan (2), Dave Murray (2), Brian O’Sullivan & Ross Dunne scored the goals to consolidate our second place position and keep the pressure on league leaders, Wembley Rovers.
The sun shone down on Derryleigh Park on the first day of spring and given the time of year, the pitch was in immaculate condition for this Div 1A league game. Newport almost had the perfect start in the second minute, when a goal bound shot from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan was superbly saved by the Charleville keeper, who got a strong hand to what looked like a certain goal. Just 3 minutes later, Dean Lenihan had a chance but just pushed his low shot wide of the upright. Newport were well up for this game and continued to put pressure on the visitors in the early stages. However Charleville were quick on the counter attack and their lively number 9 was proving a handful for our defence. Continue reading
Sunday, January 25, Mungret
Newport bounced back from last week’s disappointment in the Munster Junior Cup with an emphatic 4-0 away win over fellow promotion rivals Mungret Regional. This win consolidates our second place position and closes the gap to leaders, Wembley Rovers to just 4 points.
Before the game, Newport realised the importance of today’s game and set out their stall right from the kick off by pressurising Mungret high up the pitch. Newport played with the wind and the hill in the first half and almost took the lead on 14 minutes, when Dean Lenihan, who is having a great season, came close with a low shot, which just went wide of the post after Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan played him through with a great pass. However Newport went into the lead just one minute later when Sean ‘Bond’ O’Brien cleverly lobbed the keeper from just outside the box. Continue reading
Derryleigh Park, January 18
Newport bowed out of this year’s Munster Junior Cup after a 6-1 home defeat to South Tipp side, Clonmel Celtic FC. Our solitary goal came from captain, Brian O’Sullivan, who maintained his remarkable achievement in scoring in all five MJC games this season. Newport came into the game full of confidence and were hopeful of causing an upset. Unfortunately for us, Clonmel are a side in top form who currently lead the South Tipp Premier League and are also in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup and this latest win extended their unbeaten run to 18 games.
The stage was set for a great game; the playing surface was immaculate, a clear blue sky, albeit freezing cold and a large crowd in attendance. By their own admission, Clonmel were a little wary entering this encounter and were mindful of the good season Newport are having. We enjoyed a decent start and Brian O’Sullivan came close with a shot in the 4th minute, which went wide of the mark. Unfortunately we fell behind in the 10th minute, when we failed to deal with a corner, which was poked home by Clonmel’s no. 8, David Joyce. Clonmel then extended their lead in the 18th minute with a fortunate goal, when a clearance struck their star man, Seanie O’Hara and rebounded back over the line. Continue reading
This Sunday at 2pm, we welcome Clonmel Celtic F.C. to Derryleigh Park for the Munster Junior Cup 4th round tie. This is our second time in three seasons to reach the 4th round, out of town stage (last 32) of the Munster Junior Cup. In 2013, we beat Avondale of Cork in the 4th round before losing out to Douglas Hall in Cork in the last 16. This year we are hoping to go a bit further but to get there we will have to defeat Clonmel Celtic, which will be a major challenge.
To even get to this stage of the competition is in itself a significant achievement. In fact, Newport is one of only 7 teams from the Limerick District League to make it this far and one of only two who currently do not play in the L.D.L. Premier League. The other L.D.L. teams are Moyross, Geraldines, Regional, Aisling Annacotty, Janesboro & Mungret Regional. Continue reading
This Sunday, all roads lead to Derryleigh Park, when Newport Town AFC play host to Clonmel Celtic of the Tipperary Southern District League in the fourth round (last 32) of the Munster Junior Cup.
Clonmel Celtic are the current leaders of the South Tipperary Premier league and will provide us with a mighty challenge.
However Newport will be well up for this game as we are currently in solid form, playing good football and are really looking forward to the encounter.
Kick off is at 2pm and we are hoping for a large home crowd in Derryleigh to give Clonmel a real Newport welcome and to get behind the lads.
Please spread the word and come along and support the lads.