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 6-0 Geraldines B

Sunday, September 30 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan 2, Christy O’Connor, Elliott Slattery, James Lynch & Nathan Hartigan

The A team maintained their excellent run of form, with a solid 6-0 defeat of Geraldines B on Sunday afternoon in Derryleigh Park. The win, moved Newport to the top of Div 1B on 22 points after 9 games, one point ahead of second placed Kilfrush and two ahead of third placed Geraldines B. Prior to the game, the visitors had an unbeaten record but on the day they came up against a determined Newport side who commanded the game throughout. Christy O’Connor opened the scoring with a strong header from a corner swung in by Kalem Harte in the 10th minute. Just 2 minutes later, Geraldines had a great chance to equalise but their player blasted over from close range. Newport extended their lead in the 13th minute when Elliott Slattery fired home a super free-kick, which gave the keeper no chance. Newport dominated the first half and had good chances from Mark McGuire, who saw his shot go just wide after a scintilating run and on the stroke of half-time, Kalem Harte will feel that he should have scored when his shot was fired over the bar after getting on the end of a good cross from Captain, Brian O’Sullivan. 2-0 up at half-time and in truth, the lead should have been more. Continue reading

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 2-1 Shelbourne


Sunday, September 9 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Christy Doyle (2)

Newport were in confident mood after working hard for a late winner against Hill Celtic midweek when they welcomed Shelbourne to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. The surface on the top-pitch was in superb condition and there could be no excuses for not playing ball.

It was a tight first-half, but Newport struck the lead in the final few minutes of the first 45, when Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan did well to skip past two tackles on the end-line and square the ball to Christy Doyle, who made no mistake from close range. 1-0 up at half-time and a fully deserved lead.

In the second half, Shelbourne pushed on looking for an equaliser and they got the goal not too long into the second half to level the game. Both sides were playing some good football and there was no quarter being asked or given in the tackles with both sides realising that this would be a big 3 points for whoever could win the game.

Thankfully, it was the home side who scored next, when that man, Christy Doyle, was once again in the right place to score and put Newport 2-1 in front. That’s 9 goals now for the in-form Doyler in the league since his return from Fairview.

Despite some nervy moments, Newport held on to secure a great victory and now see themselves in third place just 2 points behind leaders Kilfrush and 1 behind second-placed Geraldines. Newport still have to play both of these sides in the first round of games, so they should be cracking encounters whenever they take place. 19 points out of a possible 24 and third place is a good start before the league breaks for FAI & Munster Cup games.

Next up is the visit to Northside Legacy next Sunday in the FAI Junior Cup. Northside are currently mid-table in Div 3B and any away game in the FAI Junior Cup is always a tricky proposition but hopefully the lads recent run of good form will continue next week.

Munster Cup Draws


Munster Junior Cup – NTAFC have been drawn away to Dromore Celtic (Div 3B) with the winners away to the winners of Geraldines (Premier) v Patrickswell (Div 2A). Round 1 games to be played on or before October 14.

Munster U18 Youth Cup – NTAFC have received a bye in Round 1 and have been drawn at home to Mungret Regional (Div 1) in Round 2, with the winners away to the winners of Cals (Div 2) v Aisling Annacotty (Div 1). Round 2 games to be played on or before November 4.

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


Thursday, September 6 2018 (Hogan Park)

Scorers: Dave Kennedy & Christy Doyle

Newport faced into the tricky visit to Hogan Park to play league-leaders Hill Celtic after suffering a disappointing 4-3 home defeat to Ballylanders in the previous game. Minus a few regulars for various reasons, Manager, Marc Barry once again had to call on players from the B & C teams to bolster his squad.

On a decent surface, both teams set out to play decent passing football in an open and end-to-end first half. Both sides created good goal-scoring chances in the opening 45 minutes with Hill Celtic almost opening the scoring in the 28th minute but were denied by a goal-line block from Kieran ‘Fletch’ O’Sullivan. Not long after, Davy Ryan was replaced by James Lynch due to injury and a few minutes later the sub had a great chance to give Newport the lead, when he was slipped through by Christy Doyle after some great work by the striker. Unfortunately, Lynch blasted his shot over from inside the penalty box.

On 37 minutes, Newport keeper was relieved to see a well-struck Hill Celtic shot whistle just side of the post. On the stroke of half-time, Dave Kennedy produced a wonder-save from the home keeper, who did brilliantly to push his shot onto the post. 0-0 at half-time and anyone’s game. Continue reading

FAI Junior Cup Draw

 

Draw has been made for the FAI Junior Cup. NTAFC have been drawn away to Northside Legacy (Div 3B). The game will take place on Sunday, September 16 at 2pm.

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 3-4 Ballylanders


Sunday, September 2 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Christy Doyle (3)

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Newport played their 6th league game in 19 days, when they welcomed Ballylanders to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. However, despite, Christy Doyle scoring a hat-trick, it was the visitors who took all 3 points on offer, when they came out on the right end of a 4-3 scoreline.

Following on from a very good start to the season, this was a very disappointing result, but the writing was on the wall as early as the 49th second of the game, when the ref awarded the visitors a penalty for what seemed a very innocuous challenge on the edge of the box. The Ballylanders player, calmly slotted home to give them an early lead.

Newport responded well and Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan equalised in the 9th minute, when he got himself on to a lovely through-pass from his brother, Pete and calmly rounded the keeper and slotted home. However, Ballylanders went back into the lead in the 14th minute when Newport failed to clear a ball and the visitors got a soft goal. 2 minutes later, Clemy had to leave the field due to injury and was replaced by Kalem Harte.

In the 33rd minute, Ballylanders were awarded another penalty, when the ref harshly called a hand-ball, when on another day, it might not have been given. Ballylanders scored from the spot again to make it 3-1 and they held the lead until the interval. It was a frustrating first-half as Newport should not have been behind by 2 goals but unfortunately the ref’s card said differently. Continue reading

Junior A, Div 1B, Caherdavin 0-5 Newport Town AFC

Thursday, August 30 2018 (Greenhills)

Scorers: Christy Doyle (2), Davy Ryan, Dave Kennedy & Devlin Courtney

The A team continued their good start to the season with a comfortable 5-0 victory away to Caherdavin on Thursday evening at the Greenhills. Unbeaten, coming into the game on the back of 3 wins and a draw, the Newport lads were in a confident mood and when Christy Doyle headed home the opener from a Kevin O’Brien corner, it was the perfect start.

Christy was unlucky not to get a second, when from an identical corner, his powerful header rebounded off the crossbar. Then on 18 minutes, the same player hit a well-struck shot, but the keeper was well-positioned to make the save. On 31 minutes, Dave Kennedy did brilliantly on the left wing to get into the position to swing in a great cross, which was expertly met by the head of Doyle, who headed the ball back across the goal to the opposite corner to give the keeper no chance. 2-0 and Newport were well in control.

With 3 minutes remaining in the first-half, Davey Ryan, slid the ball under the Caherdavin keeper to make it 3-0 and gave Newport a fully deserved half-time lead. Christy Doyle was replaced at half-time by Devlin Courtney, who was making his return after a lengthy absence due to injury.

Just 1 minute into the second half, Newport made it 4-0, when Clemy went on a mazy run down the right-hand side and slipped a lovely low cross in to the box, where Dave Kennedy was on-hand to fire home from close range.

On 56 minutes, Devlin Courtney, latched on to a corner and drilled home from inside the box to make it 5-0. With the result not in doubt, the final 30 minutes was a lack-lustre affair, with both sides creating some chances but failing to find the back of the net. Newport are now joint-leaders if Div 1B on 16 points and next up is the visit of Ballylanders to Derryleigh Park next Sunday.

Team: Brendan Coffey, Mark McGuire, Kevin O’Brien, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Darren Collins, Davy Ryan, Sean Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Christy Doyle, Dave Kennedy.
Subs (all used): Kev Connolly, Devlin Courtney, Nathan Hartigan & John Ryan.

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 3-2 Caherconlish

Sunday, August 26 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: James Lynch 2 & Davy Ryan

Both Newport & Caherconlish went into the game in good form and in confident moods after decent starts to the season, both with 2 wins and a draw. Caherconlish have always been sticky opposition for Newport and this game proved no different. The first half was a relatively quiet affair with both sides cancelling each other out and to be honest, not much to write home about. 0-0 at half-time and no-one really expecting what was to come in the second half.

Some poor defending in the 47th & 49th minutes, gifted the visitors 2 soft goals and a 2-0 lead. At this stage, most people at the game thought that any hope of the 3 points were now gone. In fairness to the Newport lads, despite the setback, they kept their heads and grew back into the game. However, the team set-up had to be shuffled considerably when Keeper/Manager, Marc Barry, had to depart the field injured and was replaced by centre-half, Jimmy Fyffe. In fairness, this wasn’t Jimmy’s first time between the sticks!

Newport’s persistence was rewarded in the 71st minute, when second-half substitute, James Lynch, did well to stay on-side and latched onto a pass and calmly slid the ball past the Caherconlish keeper. Newport had a real sense of belief at this stage and continued to press forward and were again rewarded in the 83rd when Davy Ryan was on hand to score to level the game.

By now we would have been content to settle for the point after being 2 goals down, but on the stroke of 90 minutes, super-sub James Lynch, received the ball at least 35 yards from goal and when most people expected him to pass, he struck the most-perfect shot to the top right-hand corner to make it 3-2 and secure all 3 points for Newport. There haven’t been too many better strikes in Derryleigh Park and it’s already a contender for goal of the season.

The lads are now on 10 points with 3 wins and a draw and the next sequence of games is Caherdavin (A), Ballylanders (H), Hill Celtic (A) and Shelbourne (H). The team are taking it one game at a time but it’s definitely the best start to a season in a few years and hopefully the momentum will continue away to Caherdavin next Thursday.