U17 Squad 2018/2019

2018/2019 Management: Daire Kennedy & Ray Ryan

Team Captain:
TBC

Scheduled Training Times: Friday (8-9pm)

Year of birth for 2018/2019 season: 2002 or later

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

Junior Season Preview

With pre-season completed, the 2018/2019 Junior season kicks-off this evening when the Junior A team, under the helm of new manager, Marc Barry, welcome Knockainey to Derryleigh Park with a 6.30pm start. This will be a tough opener for the A team as the visitors were unlucky to be relegated from Div 1A last season and no doubt will be anxious to bounce straight back up. Knockainey have strengthened their squad during the off-season with the signing of former Janesboro player, John Tierney. However, Newport have also been active over the summer and the signings of Dave Ryan from Pike and Christy Doyle from Fairview along with the experienced Jimmy Fyffe will bring lots of experience and talent to the squad. Blend this with the introduction of some of last year’s league winning Youth side and you have an exciting mix of players who will hopefully start the season well and look to better their 5th place league finish last season.

The B’s start their league campaign in Div 2B tomorrow evening when Athlunkard B will be the visitors to Derryleigh Park at 6.30pm. Dave ‘Dobs’ O’Brien will once again be player-manager for the B’s and following-on from their Cup win and third place in the league last season, sights will be firmly set on being involved in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season. Dobs has a large squad to choose from and will also be a mixture of youth and experience, again with some of last season’s youths making the progression from under-age football. Continue reading

Schoolboy / Schoolgirl Awards


Our annual end-of-season awards ceremony took place in a packed Community Centre last Friday and proved once again to be a very enjoyable evening. The size of the crowd and the number of players in attendance really shows that the club continues to get bigger and stronger every year. The club’s Chairperson, Ger Healy welcomed everyone before the Event M.C, Dave Noble gave a rundown of the achievements both on and off the field during the past season including league & cup honours, players selected for league representative teams, sold out Easter & Summer Camps, the growth in playing numbers and developments in Derryleigh Park. As we continue to grow year on year to cater for the youth in the local community, he had a special thanks for the coaches, assistant coaches etc who give endless hours of their time to our young players. The parents were also acknowledged for their continued support and co-operation.

All of our younger non-competitive players received a medal and certificate from the club, while the competitive players from the under 12’s right up to the under 16’s, were in contention for Most Improved Player and Player of the Year Awards. The U17s & U18s were up for Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards. The coaches deliberated long and hard over their selections and there were some very close calls. However the full list of award winners was as follows.

Most Improved Players  – U12 Boys – Martin McCabe & Darragh Meaney, U12 Girls – Muireann Ryan, U13 Boys – Tommy Lyons & Christopher Egan, U13 Girls – Meabh Gaffrey, U14 Boys – Ryan Madden & David Hannon, U14 Girls – Nadine Hartigan, U15 Boys – Lorcan Delaney & Cillian O’Sullivan, U15 Girls – Kate Harvey, U16 Boys – John Ryan Rose U17 Girls – Roisin Power.

Players of the Year –U12 Boys – Conor O’Brien & Luke Kennedy, U12 Girls – Lauren Bailey, U13 Boys – Nathan Bridgeman & Alex O’Toole, U13 Girls – Shauna Pearson, U14 Boys – Mark Forde & Stephen McCormack, U14 Girls – Sarah Kelly, U15 Boys – Oisin Kenedy & Calum Grant, U15 Girls – Eimear Carey, U16 Boys – Jack O’Carroll, U17 Girls – Jasmyne Butler.

U17 Youths – Jack Foley (Golden Boot) & Colin Coleman (Player of the Year),
U18 Youths– Devlin Courtney (Golden Boot) & Ben Wixted (Player of the Year).

Overall Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Player of the Year was Shauna Pearson.

Thanks to all the players, their parents and families who attended. Roll on the start of the new season. Click here for lots of images from the event

U17 & U18 Pre-Season Training

Our U17 & U18 squads return for pre-season training in Derryleigh Park, next Tuesday, July 17 at 7.30pm. New players (born in 2001 & 2002) are welcome to come along.

Limerick League Junior Teams of the Season

Congratulations to the Newport players who have been selected on the 2017/2018 Limerick League divisional teams of the season. We have representation from our B team and U18 & U17 sides. This is a great honour for both the players and the club. Click here for full list of teams.

Div 2B: Kieran ‘Fletch’ O’Sullivan, Kalem Harte & John Ryan
U18 Div 2: James Lynch, Ben Wixted, Elliott Slattery & Devlin Courtney
U17 Div 2: Jack Foley, Jack Noble & Robert Duggan

U17 Div 2 Cup Final, Charleville 4-1 Newport Town AFC

U17 Cup Final Squad
Thursday, May 10 2018 (Jackman Park)

Scorer: Jack Foley

Hard luck to our U17s who were beaten in the Div 2 Cup Final in Jackman Park by Charleville on a 4-1 scoreline. The scoreline was harsh on the lads but it was just one of those games, where they did not play to their full potential. Overall a third place league finish and a Cup Final was a positive season overall and there’s plenty to build on for next season. Unfortunately it just wasn’t to be this time around but as a wise old head once said ‘what hurts you today, makes you stronger tomorrow’. Lots of images from the game here.

U17 Cup Final this Thursday

U17 Cup Final v Charleville FB
🏆Best of luck to our U17 Youths who take on Charleville this coming Thursday in Jackman Park in the Div 2 Cup Final. K.O. at 7pm. Please try and get along to support our young players. Hon’ the Town 🔴⚫️

U17, Div 2 Cup Semi-Final, Corbally Utd 2-4 Newport Town AFC

U17 v Corbally Cup Semi April 28 2018Saturday, April 28 2018 (Athlunkard)

Scorers: Darren Collins, Colin Coleman, Jack Foley & Ciaran Flynn

Massive congrats to our U17s who have advanced to the Div 2 Cup Final in Jackman Park following a memorable & pulsating 4-2 semi-final win away to Corbally this evening. In a real battling performance, goals from Darren Collins, Jack Foley, Colin Coleman & Ciaran Flynn ensured that Newport will play Charleville in the final at local HQ on Thursday, May 10. Thanks to Corbally for a tough but very sporting game. Lots of images from the game are here.

Match squad: Josh White, Brendan McMahon, Robert Duggan, Killian O’Malley, Darren Collins, Ciaran Flynn, Jack Noble, Devon Ryan, Jack Foley, Jack O’Carroll, Colin Coleman, Sean Freeney, John Ryan Rose, Thomas O’Toole

U17, Div 2, Kilfrush 4-1 Newport Town AFC

Thursday, April 12 2018 (Hospital)

Scorer: Jack Foley

The U17s lost away 4-1 to title chasing Kilfrush but in reality the score wasn’t a true reflection of the game with Newport failing to capitalise on some great chances, hitting the bar twice and finding the Kilfrush keeper in great form. This was the last league game for the lads and if other results go their way, they could finish in third place. All eyes are now on their cup semi-final away to Corbally in a couple of weeks time.

U17, Div 2 Cup, Newport Town AFC 7-3 Aisling Annacotty B

Sunday, April 8 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Jack O’Carroll 3, Jack Foley 2, Darren Collins & Devon Ryan

The U17s have run into a rich vein of goalscoring form and this was reflected in 2 wins in 4 days against Aisling Annacotty in the league and cup. On Sunday Aisling were back in Derryleigh for the cup quarter-final and this time Newport ran out 7-3 winners with Jack O’Carroll 3, Jack Foley 2, Darren Collins & Devon Ryan on the score-sheet. Newport will now travel to play Corbally in the cup semi-final with nothing between the sides following two draws already in the league campaign.

Newport had played Aisling a few days earlier and ran out 6-0 winners, however the visitors had different playing personnel on the field today, so the previous result counted for nothing. Newport started the game very well and took an early lead in the 5th minute, when Jack O’Carroll was superbly positioned at the back post to head home a pinpoint cross from the left from Ciaran Flynn. However the lead was short-lived when Aisling were awarded a free-kick and Robert Duggan scored a great header but unfortunately it was into his own net. Darren Collins, who is making a steady return from a lengthy lay-off, scored a brilliant header from a Ciaran Flynn corner in the 13th minute to once again give Newport the lead, which was extended in the 34th minute when Jack Foley got on the end of a cross from Robert Duggan.

Newport were now playing very well all over the park, passing and moving with fluidity and showing grit & determination, which had not been as evident earlier in the season. In the 3oth minute, Jack O’Carroll finished a wonderful sweeping move that went the full length of the pitch with a number of players involved and ending with Jack Foley whipping in a brilliant ball into the box for the in-form Jack O’Carroll to clinically dispatch to the back of the net. Aisling pulled one back in the 34th minute, when they were awarded a penalty for a handball. Just 6 minutes later, Newport were awarded a penalty but unfortunately, Colin Coleman, did not connect with the ball as well as he’d have liked and his spot-kick went wide. 4-2 up at half-time and the home team were well worth the lead. Continue reading

U17, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 6-0 Aisling Annacotty B

Thursday, April 5 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Jack O’Carroll 2, Thomas O’Toole, Colm Carey, Jack Noble & Colin Coleman

On a miserable night in Derryleigh Park, Newport welcomed Aisling Annacotty in our second last league game of the campaign. It’s been a very disjointed season but the recent run of games is allowing us getting some consistency into our game and we were hoping to continue the recent run of good form against opposition who had beaten us earlier in the season in a game on which we simply did not perform.

The starting 11 saw us rest some of our U16 players who had won their league a few days earlier and have another game in 2 days time. With such a large squad, it’s great that we can rotate the squad and give everyone game time and rest as required.

Again, we were a little slow to start but we finally broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute when Thomas O’Toole was on hand to fire home his first goal of the season inside the penalty box. 19 minutes later Colin Coleman doubled the lead when he latched onto an excellent through ball from Jack Noble. With just 2 minutes remaining in the first half, it was Jack Noble’s turn to score when he rifled the ball past the Aisling keeper after a great ball into the box from Ciaran Flynn. 3-0 at half-time. Continue reading