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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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.

Junior A, Div 1B, Kilfrush 3-1 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, November 25, 2018 (Elton)

Scorer: Brian O’Sullivan

The Junior A side suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat away to league leaders Kilfrush on Sunday morning in a top-of-the-table league clash. Missing some regulars, Newport knew this was going to a tough game and so it proved to be. Newport started well, and Elliott Slattery was denied a goal from a 25 yard-free kick when the Kilrush keeper did very well to tip the ball over the bar. The first half was a very close affair with both sides cancelling each other out and neither creating any real clear-cut chances. The game remained scoreless up to half-time.

In the 55th minute, Jimmy Fyffe in the Newport goal pulled-off a spectacular save from a shot that was destined for the top-corner. Just 1 minute later Newport opened the scoring when Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan picked up a loose ball and from 30 yards out, drilled a low strike which beat the keeper low to his right. Definitely a contender for goal of the season. This goal sparked Kilfrush into life and in the 63rd minute, their player latched onto a cross into the box, when left unopposed at the backpost and despite Jimmy Fyffe’s best efforts, he slid the ball under the keeper to level the game.

Just 5 minutes later, Kilfrush took the lead when Newport failed to deal with another ball into the box. The home side then began to exert more pressure on the Newport rear-guard and ensured the 3 points would be theirs when they scored their third in the 87th minute to make it 3-1 and despite Newport’s best efforts we were unable to pull a goal back.

This defeat leaves Newport 5 points behind Kilfrush but we have a game-in-hand with half the games played so lots of football to be played and lots of twists & turns before the season is over.

Match Day Squad: Jimmy Fyffe, Kevin O’Brien, Mark McGuire, Sean Ryan, Elliott Slattery, Peter O’Sullivan, Kevin Connolly, Darren Collins, Dave Kennedy, Brian O’Sullivan (Capt.), Christy Doyle, Nathan Hartigan, Kalem Harte, Jack Noble, Brendan Coffey, Ciaran Flynn & Colin Coleman

NTAFC drawn at home to Sligo opposition in round 5 of the FAI Junior Cup

Newport Town AFC have been drawn at home to Carbury Football Club in Round 5 of the FAI Junior Cup. The game is likely to be played on the afternoon of Sun, Dec 2. Carbury FC are located in Sligo Town and play in the Sligo Leitrim District League and are current league leaders of the Super League, reigning league champions and also Connacht Cup champions. They are also on a great run of form as they have recently set a new club record of 15 consecutive wins in all competitions, so they will be full of confidence travelling down to to Newport. Hopefully we will be able to put a halt to their winning streak. We look forward to welcoming the Carbury squad, management & supporters to Newport. This is going to be a massive day for our club & community and we look forward to the big game in Derryleigh Park and playing in front of a large & vocal home crowd.

Junior A, FAI Junior Cup, Rd 4, Granville Rangers 2-4 Newport Town Town AFC

Sunday, November 11 2018 (Glenwood)

Scorers: Christy Doyle 2, Davy Ryan & Brian O’Sullivan

It was a historic & memorable day for our club last Sunday, as for the first time in our 48 year history, we have made it through to the out of town stages (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup following the 4-2 win away to Granville. Despite going 2 goals behind in the first 6 minutes, the lads didn’t panic and having brought the game level at 2-2 at half-time, thanks to goals from Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan, Newport dominated the second half and further goals from Christy Doyle & Brian O’Sullivan ensured our safe passage into round 5. All eyes will be on the draw that’s due to take place on Tuesday, Nov 13, to see if we are home or away and to which of the other 63 teams from all over Ireland that we will face in the next round. Well done to Marc Barry and his squad on this great achievement.

UPDATE: We have been drawn at home to Carbury FC of the Sligo / Leitrim Disrict League with the game provisionally scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 2 in Derryleigh Park.

FAI Junior Cup, Round 4 Draw

Newport Town AFC have been drawn away to Granville Rangers with the game due to be played on or before November 11. This is the last local round before the out-of-town stages 🤞

Junior A, FAI Junior Cup, Round 3, Newport Town AFC 5-2 Patrickswell

Back row L-R Jimmy Fyffe, Elliott Slattery, Mark McGuire, Kalem Harte, James Lynch, Christy Doyle, Kevin Connolly Front row L-R Darren Collins, Dave Kennedy, Kevin O’Brien, Davy Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Brendan Coffey, Nathan Hartigan

Sunday, October 21 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Davy Ryan 3, Kalem Harte & Christy Doyle

The A team progressed to round 4 of the FAI Junior Cup with a comfortable and well-deserved 5-2 victory against Patrickswell on Sunday morning in Derryleigh Park. A first-half hat-trick from Davy Ryan and second half goals from Kalem Harte & Christy Doyle ensured Newport’s safe passage to round 4.

On paper, Newport were warm favourites going into the game as they currently top Div 1B and their opposition are in the bottom half of the division below. However anything can happen in cup football and form goes out the window. Within one minute of the kick-off Newport were sent an early warning when the home keeper, Brendan Coffey did well to touch a long-range effort onto the post and deny the visitors an early lead. Thankful of the early let-off, Newport took the lead in the seventh minute when Davy Ryan did well to get on the end of a cross from the right wing and fired home from inside the penalty box.

The next twenty minutes were 50-50 with neither side really asserting their game on the opposition. In the 26th minute, Patrickswell were awarded a penalty when their player was was deemed to have been taken down in the box when moving away from goal. Maybe a harsh decision but the ref had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Despite Brendan Coffey doing well to get a hand to the spot-kick, the power of the shot was too much to stop the ball hitting the back of the net.

Newport realised they were in a game and began to up the tempo and two quick goals in the 34th and 36th minutes gave Newport a 3-1 lead. Both goals were identical. Darren Collins firing in a long-range shot which the keeper could only parry and on both occasions, Davy Ryan was in the right place to capitalise on the loose ball. Newport took this lead into the half-time break.

Newport made some changes in the second half and one of them paid off, when substitute Kalem Harte scored a cheeky lob from inside the box on the hour mark to make it 4-1. Just 5 minutes later, Christy Doyle scored a trademark headed goal when he latched onto a cross from Kalem Harte. 5-1 and the game was safe.

Newport took the foot off the pedal as the whistle final approached and Patrickswell scored a late consolation goal in the 88th minute to leave the final result 5-2 in Newport’s favour.

This probably wasn’t Newport’s best performance of the season but in cup football, it’s the result that’s all-important. Round 4 is still the local stage of the blue riband of Junior football and Newport will be hoping for a favourable draw when their name is pulled from the hat in FAI HQ in the next week or two.

Junior A, Div 1B, Regional Utd B 2-8 Newport Town AFC

Saturday, October 13 2018 (Dooradoyle)

Scorers: Christy Doyle (3), Kalem Harte, Christy O’Connor, Darren Collins, Dave Kennedy & OG

The A team maintained top place in Div 1B with a comfortable 8-2 win away to Regional Utd B under lights in Dooradoyle on Saturday night. In-form, Christy Doyle, once again proved to be the tormentor-in-chief with a hat-trick and the other scorers were Kalem Harte, Christy O’Connor, Darren Collins, Dave Kennedy & and OG. The A team are approaching the halfway mark in the league campaign, with just one game remaining against Kilfrush in the first round of games. Kilfrush are just 1 point behind Newport, so this will be a real top-of-the-table clash when the sides meet. Next Sunday morning sees the A team welcome Patrickswell (Div 2A) to Derryleigh Park in round 3 of the FAI Junior Cup. K.O. at 10.30am.

Team: Brendan Coffey, James Lynch, Christy O’Connor, Elliott Slattery, Mark McGuire, Kevin O’Brien, Darren Collins, Sean Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Christy Doyle & Kalem Harte
Subs: Kevin Connolly, Dave Kennedy, Nathan Hartigan, Davy Ryan & Ciaran Flynn

Junior A, Munster Junior Cup, Geraldines A 4-1 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, October 7 2018 (Garryowen)

Scorer: Brian O’Sullivan

On a recent good run of form, the A team were in confident mood heading into Garryown on Sunday morning to take on Premier League side Geraldines in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup. With almost a full squad to choose from, manager, Marc Barry, was hopeful of his side causing a cup upset. However it wasn’t to be as it was Geraldines who ran out winners on a 4-1 scoreline, which wasn’t a true reflection of the game.

Newport did soak up a fair bit of pressure and rode our luck at times in the first half but our resistance was finally broken in the 38th minute, when we failed to clear a corner and the Geraldines player was able to tap-in from close range. A goal down at half-time but Newport were still well in this game.

In the 49th minute, skipper, Brian O’Sullivan, made a surging run into the box and when he was clearly taken down, referee Ryan McCann, pointed to the spot. Having won the penalty, the captain, calmly slotted the spot-kick to level the game.

The turning points of the game came on the hour mark. Newport should have been awarded a freek kick in the Geraldines half but the ref waved play in and the home side attacked and were awarded a penalty, which they duly converted to make it 2-1. Just a minute later, Peter O’Sullivan, received his second yellow and his marching orders and as if the job wasn’t hard enough, Newport would have to play out the remainder of the game with just 10 players.

Newport dug deep and put in a great effort for the final half hour but couldn’t find a way back into the game. Geraldines scored two late, late goals in injury time to distort the scoreline and advance into the next round. The A team will be back in league action next Saturday under lights when they travel to Dooradoyle to play Regional at 7pm.