U17 Squad 2018/2019

2018/2019 Management: Daire Kennedy & Ray Ryan

Team Captain:

Scheduled Training Times: Friday (8-9pm)

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

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U17, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 2 – 7 Charleville

Sunday, October 23 2016 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorers: Nathan Hartigan & Elliott Slattery

Following a recent run of good form, having won 6 games in a row, the U17s were brought crashing back to earth on Sunday afternoon, suffering a disappointing defeat at home to Charleville. To say that this was not a typical performance from the lads is an understatement.

The players were disappointed after the game as they were only too well aware that the attitude, effort, composure and performance levels just weren’t up to the usual standard and it was just one of those days when nothing went their way. Unfortunately you sometimes get games like that.

Newport were under pressure from the very start and Robert Duggan, in goals for the usual keeper, Brendan Coffey, was called on early in the game to deny the visitors. Great credit is due to Robert, who stepped up to the plate and went in goals, despite it not being his position, and made some fine saves during the game and showed great bravery at one stage to dive at the striker’s feet and suffered a kick to the jaw as a result. Continue reading

U17 FAI Umbro National Cup Round 2 Draw

Our U17s have been drawn away to Shelbourne in Round 2 of the FAI Umbro National Cup, with the game to be played on or before October 30.

Time, date & venue to be confirmed.

U17, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 4 – 1 Knockainey

U17 Lineup v Knockainey Oct 16 2016

Starting Lineup v Knockainey

Sunday, October 16 2016 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorers: Jack Connolly, Pa Murtagh, Elliott Slattery & Nathan Hartigan

After an opening day defeat to current league leaders, Mungret, our under 17s have now made it six wins on the bounce to maintain their second place league position with an excellent 4-1 win & performance at home to Knockainey on Sunday afternoon. On the score-sheet for Newport were Jack Connolly, Pa Murtagh, Nathan Hartigan and Elliott Slattery.

Playing on the top pitch on a lovely afternoon, there was a sombre feel before the game as the news about Anthony Foley’s untimely death was just filtering through and there was lots of checking on smart phones to confirm the news.

The lads started the game very well and were playing some lovely on the deck football and were comfortable playing the ball out from the back and up through the thirds. Despite creating some decent half chances, Knockainey were proving a tough nut to crack open. Continue reading

U17, Div 2, Janesboro 0 – 2 Newport Town AFC

U17 LineupSunday, September 11 2016 (Pearse Stadium)

Newport scorers: Devlin Courtney & Nathan Hartigan

The under 17s recent good run of form continued with their fifth win in a row and also impressively kept their third clean sheet in the past four games after securing a precious 2-0 win away to Janesboro despite being reduced to 10 men early in the second half.

This was easily Newport’s best performance of the season so far in which they scored two excellent goals, played some very good football and showed real strength of character and worked very hard to keep the Boro scoreless for the first time this season.

Played on the back pitch in Pearse Stadium, in a very strong cross-field win, Newport started the game well and had a great chance to open the scoring in the 11th minute when Devlin Courtney got his head to a well-delivered free kick from Elliott Slattery but failed to beat the keeper from close range. Continue reading

Junior Cup Draws

Draws have taken place recently for the various Junior Cups. Below are the draws for the Newport teams. Dates & times to be confirmed.

FAI Junior Cup
Newport Town AFC v Ballynanty
Sunday, September 18, 10.30am (Derryleigh Park)

Munster Junior Cup
Newport Town AFC v Janesboro

U18 FAI National Youth Cup
Round 1: Caherdavin Celtic v Newport Town AFC

U18 Munster Youth Cup
Round 1: Bye
Round 2: Newport Town AFC v Cappamore / Geraldines

U17 FAI National Cup
Round 1: Newport Town AFC received a bye

Div 1A O’Halloran Cup
Round 1: Bye
Quarter Final: Newport Town AFC v Charleville / Caherconlish

Divs 3 & 4 Open Cup

Round 1: Newport Town AFC v Lisnagry

U17, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 5 – 3 Corbally Utd

Thursday, September 8 2016 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorers: Devlin Courtney 4 & Darren Collins

Our U17s recorded their fourth win on the trot with a solid 5-3 win at home to Corbally Utd on Thursday evening. The lads have really bounced back from their narrow opening day defeat to Mungret to maintain their second place league position.

Devlin Courtney is in the groove at the moment and he scored another 4 goals to bring his season tally to 11 goals in 5 games. He has now scored in each of his last 8 games. Darren Collins was the other scorer with a sublime piece of skill and clinical finish.

Newport opened the scoring before the match cards had even been completed. Devlin won a penalty in the 5th minute and coolly slotted home from the spot.

Corbally were bringing the game to Newport and in the 20th minute, got an equaliser after Newport failed to deal properly with a corner. Continue reading

U17, Div 2, Shelbourne 0 – 6 Newport Town AFC

Thursday, September 1 2016 (Shelbourne Park)

Newport scorers: Devlin Courtney (3), Elliott Slattery (P), James Lynch & Colin Coleman

Newport U17’s made it three wins on the bounce with an impressive 6-0 victory on the road to Shelbourne on a miserable September evening. In the process, they kept a clean sheet for two games running and they also moved up to joint second in the league just 3 points behind joint-leaders Janesboro & Mungret Regional.

Once again, with a large squad, the management team changed the starting eleven with Odhran Brett making his first appearance for the 17s this season slotting in alongside his centre-half partner, Elliott Slattery.

Newport started in a very positive manner and Elliott Slattery almost opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a low drilled shot, which the Shel’s keeper did well to save. Continue reading

U17, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 3 – 0 Star Rovers

Sunday, August 28 2016 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorers: Elliott Slattery, Nathan Hartigan & Devlin Courtney

Newport U17’s followed up their midweek win over Aisling Annacotty with an impressive 3-0 victory over Star Rovers on sunny Sunday afternoon. After playing the previous two games in winter-like conditions, it was nice to be watching the game in warm sunshine but the heat was difficult on the players with plenty of water being taken on-board.

The first half was a fairly tame affair with both sides prodding & probing with half-chances on both sides but defences holding firm. Newport were looking the more likely to open the scoring and had two good chances in the final few minutes of the first half. Left back, Jack Noble, pushed up the field and tried his luck with a long-range effort which the Star keeper did well to push away for a corner. From the resultant corner, Adam Hurley’s goal bound shot was just deflected wide of the post. 0-0 at half-time. Continue reading

U17, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 7 – 1 Aisling Annacotty ‘B’

Thursday, August 25 2016 (Derryleigh Park)

Newport scorers: Nathan Hartigan (3), Adam Hurley (2), Devlin Courtney & Darren Collins

Our under 17s bounced back from their opening day league defeat with a resounding 7-1 home win over Aisling Annacotty thanks to a Nathan Hartigan hat-trick, a brace from Adam Hurley and a goal apiece from Darren Collins and Devlin Courtney.

Once again the game was played in miserable wet conditions which were not conducive to flowing football and the game was a bit of a stop-start affair. Newport opened the scoring in the second minute when Adam Hurley was on hand to get on the end of a pin-point Nathan Hartigan cross from the left side after some good build-up work play from Pat Murtagh.

On 7 minutes, Colin Coleman made great inroads down the right wing and delivered a great ball into the danger zone, which Nathan slotted home to make it 2-0. Continue reading

U17, Div 2, Mungret Regional 3 – 2 Newport Town AFC

U17 v Mungret Aug 21 2016

U17 Squad v Mungret Regional

Sunday, August 21 2016 (Mungret)

Newport scorer: Devlin Courtney (2)

Our U17s squad, under a new management team this year led by Ailbe Coffey opened their league campaign away to Mungret Regional on Sunday afternoon. Mungret is always a difficult place to get a result and so it was, as Newport were denied a valuable point, after Mungret converted a controversial penalty very late in the game to run out 3-2 winners after a very tough physical encounter, in which no quarter was asked or given.

The game was due to have been played at the Dock Road pitch but after the warm ups, the ref declared the pitch unplayable and a convoy of cars ferried both sets of players to Mungret’s main pitch.

In absolutely miserable conditions, Newport got off to the worst possible start after conceding a goal just 2 minutes into the new season. Despite the early setback, Newport grew into the game and deservedly equalised when Devlin Courtney continued his goal-scoring exploits of the tail-end of last season when he expertly curled a free kick to the top corner.

Just 7 minutes later, hard-working Colin Coleman won a free-kick in the middle of the park. Elliott Slattery delivered a trademark free kick into the danger area, which the keeper failed to deal with and Devlin was on hand to score his and Newport’s second.

Newport’s lead was short-lived, when Mungret equalised in the 33rd minute. A free kick was floated into the box and a Mungret player ghosted into the box to glance home a header, which gave Brendan Coffey in the Newport goal no chance. In truth, this was a soft goal to give away and defensive lapses like these will be worked on and ironed out in training.

The referee played 7 minutes of injury time in the first half but there was to be no further goals. 2-2 at half-time and anybody’s game.

A feature of this game was some hard but fair tackles from both sides but on 60 minutes Devlin Courtney, who took a few hefty challenges throughout the game was taken out by the Mungret centre-half, who received a yellow card for the mistimed tackle.

The second half was nip & tuck and it looked likely that whoever scored next would take all 3 points on offer. On 70 minutes, Devlin went close from a free kick and just one minute later at the other end, Brendan Coffey had to be at his very best to tip over a long range effort from Mungret, which had goal written all over it.

With the clock heading towards 90 minutes a Mungret player latched on to a route one kick out and ran towards the box but was guided harmlessly towards the end-line. However when challenged for the ball the Mungret player went down and the referee blew for a penalty much to the amazement of the Newport players and supporters. Brendan Coffey got a hand to the resultant spot-kick but there was too much power behind the shot to keep it out.

Newport’s best efforts to get the leveller in injury time just fell short and the Mungret defence held firm and the home side were delighted to take all 3 points on offer. Based on this game, the return game later in the season could very well be a cracker.

Despite the narrow defeat, the players and management are looking forward to the rest of the season as there were lots of positives to be taken out of the game.

Man of the Match was Devlin Courtney, last season’s Player of the Year, for both his 2 goal contribution and overall work rate and attitude.

We wish new player Pat Murtagh a speedy recovery from a knee injury and hope that he’s fit to play again very soon. The same goes to our other injured players, Darren Collins & James Lynch, who we hope to see back in action in the very near future.

This year’s 22 man panel consists of last year’s core panel plus 7 new players, who have settled very well into the squad after only a few weeks. A feature of this tight-knit group of players over the past number of years is the unity and team spirit and this was once again reflected in this game, when everything was left on the pitch and were very unlucky not to get the draw they deserved.

The club would like to welcome new players, Pat O’Toole, Pat Murtagh, Philly Deegan, James Rochford, Ben Wixted & Jack Connolly and it’s also great to see Darren Collins return to the club and his buddies.

There’s a long way to go in the season and we now look forward to our next game at home to Aisling Annacotty on Thursday.

Matchday Squad: Brendan Coffey, Elliott Slattery, Jack Noble, Pat O’Toole, Killian O’Malley, Colin Coleman, Nathan Hartigan, Devlin Courtney, Philly Deegan, Adam Hurley, Pat Murtagh, Jordan Mooney, Ben Wixted, James Rochford, Jack Butler Williams, Cian O’Connell, Jack Landers, Robert Duggan

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