U18 2018/2019

Manager: Peter Coleman
Assistants: Allon Flynn, Tom O’Malley & Dave Noble
Team Captain: Darren Collins

Scheduled Training Times: Friday (8-9.15pm)

Year of Birth for 2018/2019: 2001 or later

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U18, Div 2, Aisling Annacotty B 0-8 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, April 14 2019 (Annacotty)

Scorers: Thomas Floyd 3, Colin Coleman 3, John Ryan Rose & Daniel Egan

In the U18 Div 2 league, second-placed Newport kept up the pressure on league leaders Cals when they travelled to play Aisling Annacotty B on Sunday afternoon and recorded an emphatic 8-0 win with a hat-trick from Thomas Floyd and another from Colin Coleman, on his very welcome return from suspension. John Ryan Rose (penalty) and Daniel Egan were also on the mark. Newport won the home tie earlier in the season but with several regular starters missing from the side this time out, this was a real test of the depth of the squad. The players that came into the starting side all did well and thanks also to the U16 players who also stepped up when called upon.

U18, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 4-3 Caherdavin

Sunday, April 7 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Darren Collins 2, Jack O’Carroll & Daniel Egan

The last game of the day saw an absolute thriller between the U18 sides from Newport & Caherdavin. Both clubs knew that a win was vital to keep alive any chance of catching league leaders Cals. Caherdavin opened the scoring in the 5th minute when Newport failed to clear a ball and their player rifled home after picking up the loose ball. Newport equalised in the 12th minute when left-back, Jack Noble put in a pin-point cross to captain, Darren Collins, who brilliantly controlled the ball on his chest and fired home with a half-volley. The rest of the first half was a very tight affair with both sides cancelling out each others’ efforts.

Newport took the lead for the first time in the 53rd minute when Jack O’Carroll scored his 13th goal of the season for the youths after latching onto a cross from substitute Thomas Floyd. However, in keeping with the topsy-turvy nature of this game, the visitors equalised in the 58th minute to make it 2-2. Just 2 minutes later, Jack Noble was fouled about 25 yards from goal and team captain, Darren Collins scored his second with a pile-driver free-kick, which crashed in off the underside of the bar.

Caherdavin had a numerical advantage towards the end of the game and made it 3-3 with just 7 minutes left on the clock. It woud have been no surprise at this stage of the game to see Caherdavin go on to win the game. However the Newport youths showed brilliant determination, character and a never-say-die spirit to put bodies on the line when needed and then scored an incredible winner deep into injury time. Jack O’Carroll did superbly out on the left hand-side to deliver a perfect cross to the back-post after some good inter-play with Thomas Floyd. His cross was expertly headed home by the tireless Daniel Egan after he made a great run into the box to spark off wild celebrations amongst the entire Newport squad and leave Caherdavin dumbfounded as to how the home side pulled this one out of the fire.

All the Newport players played well today but special mention for Killian O’Malley, who switched to centre-half early in the first-half and put in a man-of-the-match performance. He was closely followed by the hard-working Daniel Egan and John Ryan Rose on his return from a few weeks out due to injury. Newport must win their three remaining league games and hope that other results go their way to have any hope of catching Cals but this win will give them great confidence for the rest of the season.

Match Squad: Josh White, Killian O’Malley, Jack Noble, Robert Duggan, John Ryan Rose, Ciaran Flynn, Darren Collins (C), Brendan McMahon, Devon Ryan, Daniel Egan, Jack O’Carroll, Thomas Floyd, Chris Carmody, Jack Ryan Cooper, Cian O’Connell & Haytam Kamil

Preview of Sunday’s Junior Games

After last week’s cup games, it’s back to the bread & butter of league action this weekend, with our Junior A, C & U18 Youth teams all in action in Derryleigh Park on Sunday and all support is welcome. The A team are right in the promotion race but with just 7 league games remaining, every game is almost a must-win and that then brings its own pressures. We currently lie 12 points behind league leaders Kilfrush, but we have 3 games in hand and are 9 points behind second-placed Hill Celtic with 2 games in hand. Only two sides get promoted at the end of the season but we still have to play both these sides in Derryleigh Park in massive games, but Marc Barry and his players are only concerned with taking one game at a time starting with the visit of seventh placed Southend next Sunday morning.

In the earlier fixture back in August, Newport recorded a 3-1 away win with goals from Brian O’Sullivan (2) & Darren Collins in a hard-earned victory. Even though Southend don’t have much to play for, as they are more-or-less safe from relegation and looking at a mid-table finish, they will still be tough opposition and won’t make life easy for Newport. Team captain, Brian O’Sullivan, who scored his 22nd goal of the season last week will continue to lead the line.

A satisfying aspect of last week’s 6-0 win over Regional was that six different players scored, and we also kept a third clean-sheet in 4 games. New keeper, Harry Ryan, has settled nicely into the team and has done well. The players & management would really like to see the Newport support get behind them in the remaining games in the push for promotion and hope to see a decent crowd at the game on Sunday morning. Thanks also to some of the U13 schoolboys who will be on ball-boy duty for the game.

At the same time, the C team welcome near neighbours, Murroe C to Derryleigh Park in a local derby. These teams played out an exciting 3-3 draw back in September and this game has all the makings of a cracker, as a win for Newport would see them climb off the bottom of the Div 4 table and level with Murroe. To give this fixture even added spice, Murroe have some former Newport players in their ranks, who will be anxious to put one over their former team-mates.

The third game of the day sees the Youths play Caherdavin in Derryleigh with a 2.15pm kick-off. Newport currently lie in second-place behind Cals, but a very disappointing loss away to Corbally last time out put a big dent in their title hopes. Newport must win their four remaining league games and hope that other results go their way to have any hope of catching Cals. Caherdavin also have a slight chance of catching Cals but also need to win their remaining games, so with this game being a must-win for both sides it could be a very tense & exciting game. In the reverse fixture back in August, Caherdavin were 3-1 winners in a game that Newport did not play as well as they can. For this game, the Youths welcome John Ryan Rose back to the squad after a nasty injury and also welcome Thomas Floyd back to the fold. Colin Coleman, who has been missed, remains unavailable due to suspension but will be available for the next game.

Inter-League Success for Newport Youth Players

Congrats to our Youth players Darren Collins & Jack Noble and the Limerick District League Youth squad & management who have advanced to the final of the FAI Inter-League Youth Cup. On Sunday afternoon in Jackman Park they beat the Inishowen Donegal League on penalties after the 90 minutes & extra-time ended 1-1. The national final v the Waterford League will take place In Jackman Park on Easter Sunday, April 21. Well done lads. Great achievement to make the final.

U18, Div 2, Corbally Utd 4-2 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, February 17 2019 (Athlunkard)

Scorers: Darren Collins & Jack O’Carroll

The U18s were looking to keep the pressure on league leaders, Cals, by hoping to win all three points on offer away to Corbally on Sunday afternoon. In the reverse fixture back in August, Newport ran out 8-3 winners but as the lads found out there are no easy games in this division and Corbally got some revenge for the previous defeat by inflicting a 4-2 defeat on Newport. This was a very disappointing result for the lads and they will know that the performance was way below what they are capable of. Darren Collins and Jack O’Carroll scored the Newport goals. Special mention for Haytam Kamil & Jack O’Sullivan who both made their debuts and impressed, despite the result.

U18, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 2-2 Caledonians

Sunday, February 3 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Jack O’Carroll & Devon Ryan

The U18 Youths welcomed unbeaten league leaders, Cals, to Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. Before the game Newport were 3 points behind in second place, so a defeat would have left Newport with an uphill struggle. After a tough, physical & full-blooded encounter, two good teams couldn’t be separated and both sides earned a point apiece after a 2-2 draw with Jack O’Carroll & Devon Ryan on the score-sheet for Newport.

Newport were missing some key players through illness & suspension, so there were a number of U17 players and U16 player, Daniel Egan in the starting eleven. With a decent crowd in attendance, it was clear from the kick-off that neither side were going to take a backward step given the importance of the game. Newport started in a positive manner with Jack O’Carroll working hard up-front as he led the line on his own. The home side’s good start was rewarded in the 22nd minute, when Jack O’Carroll latched onto a pin-point pass over the top from Ciaran Flynn and the in-form striker coolly slotted the ball under the onrushing Cals keeper to give Newport the lead. However the lead was short-lived when the visitors equalised just 4 minutes later. A shot from the edge of the box was only parried by the Newport keeper, Josh White, and the Cals player reacted quickest to poke home from close range.

There was some fairly hefty challenges in the first half and Cals led the card count with 2 yellows and none for Newport. With no quarters asked or given, there were no more goals in the first half and the score remained 1-1 at the interval. Continue reading

U18 Div 2, Newport Town AFC 4-2 Shelbourne

Sunday, January 27 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Jack O’Carroll 2, Darren Collins & Jack Ryan Cooper

The U18 Youths bounced back from last week’s disappointing result in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup with a solid 4-2 win at home to Shelbourne courtesy of 2 goals from in-form striker, Jack O’Carroll, and one apiece from team captain, Darren Collins and Jack Ryan Cooper on his debut for the Youths.

Newport started brightly but conceded a soft goal in the 6th minute from Shelbourne’s first attacking move of the game. Fortunately it took Newport just 4 minutes to score the equaliser through a sweetly struck shot from Jack O’Carroll just outside the box. Newport begin to grow in to the game but were dealt a sucker-punch in the 29th minute, when a Shels player struck a sweet half-volley from 20 yards out when he latched on to a cleared corner, which gave Newport keeper, Josh White, no chance. The frustrating first-half ended with Newport 1-2 down and scratching their heads as to how they were behind. Continue reading

U18 Youths, Ger Ryan Youth Cup, Newport Town AFC 1-6 Charleville

Sunday, January 20 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Jack O’Carroll

The U18 Youths suffered a very disappointing 6-1 home defeat to Premier side Charleville on Sunday afternoon. Confidence was high before the game for a good performance but two soft goals early in the first half, after Newport had started brightly, took the wind out of the lads’ sails. Newport began chasing the game and became a bit loose & disjointed and the visitors scored three more goals to make it 5-0 at the break. At this stage it was damage limitation and a better second-half performance saw a bit of pride restored in the jersey. Charleville scored again but the hard-working Jack O’Carroll, scored a late consolation from the spot-kick after winning the penalty to leave the final score 6-1. Lack of consistency and the concession of soft goals is Newport’s problem this season and with 7 league games remaining, we are hoping that the lads will hit a run of form to finish the season strongly. They currently lie second in the league, so there is still a lot to play for.

U18, Ger Ryan Youth Cup, Newport Town AFC 4-1 Shelbourne

Sunday, January 6 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Devon Ryan, Karl Kelly, Jack Foley & Jack O’Carroll.

The U18s hadn’t played a competitive game in almost 2 months, since November 11, but they got rid of their rustiness shown in the early stages to secure safe passage to the next round of the Ger Ryan Youth Cup with a well-deserved 4-1 win at home to Shelbourne on Sunday afternoon. The lads will know that the first-half performance was sluggish but still commanded a 2-1 at half-time thanks to the opener from Devon Ryan in the 24th minute and a 30 yard shot from Karl Kely in the 40th minute. A much-improved performance in the sceond half saw Newport score another 2 goals through the hard-working Jacks (Foley & O’Carroll). This was a great result for the lads as it’s hard to keep the interest-levels up, when only playing 2 games in 3 months. However the numbers attending and the effort being put-in at training will hopefully be all worth it at the business end of the season.

U18, FAI Youth Cup, Rd 2, Newport Town AFC 1-3 Aisling Annacotty

Sunday, November 11 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Jack O’Carroll

Unfortunately, despite a very good performance against Aisling Annacotty on Sunday afternoon, the U18s bowed out of the FAI National Cup on a 3-1 scoreline. The game was much closer than the scoreline suggests as this was a game where we matched the current Premier League leaders in overall play and if we had been a bit more clinical in front of goal and showed a bit more composure at times, we could have caused an upset. Aisling opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play in the 30th minute and brought this lead into the half-time break. Early in the second-half Newport had a great chance but unfortunately Colin Coleman’s shot was saved by the keeper. Newport lost concentration for a 15 minute period mid-way through the second half and this proved to be our downfall. Goals in the 62nd & 70th minutes extended Aisling’s lead to 3-0 and gave the lads a mountain to climb. However great credit is due to the players for not rolling over and Jack O’Carroll rifled home in the 80th minute after some good work by Jack Noble on the right-hand side to deliver a good ball into the danger area. Unfortunately the lads couldn’t score a second, which may have caused some panic amongst the visitors and it’s Aisling who are through to the next round. Despite the result, the performance will give the lads great confidence for the remainder of the league campaign.