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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Massive congrats to our players Darren Collins & Jack Noble who have been included in the Limerick League Youth Squad. Their first game is next Friday at home to the Galway League (Jackman Park 8pm). Well done lads. A great achievement for you, your families, your team-mates and our club. Best of luck.
Sunday, October 14 2018 (Dooradoyle)
Scorers: Jack O’Carroll, Darren Collins, Devon Ryan, Colin Coleman & Ciaran Flynn
The U18 Youths bounced back from their disappointing exit from the Munster Youths Cup last weekend, when they travelled to Dooradoyle early on Sunday morning and beat Regional Utd 5-1 on the astro-turf. This was a game that we dominated comfortably from start to finish and could have had some more goals if we had been more clinical in front of goal. A good three points, which keeps us in second place in the league, 3 points behind leaders Caledonians, who we are due to play in the next round of league games.
Sunday, October 7 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Ciaran Flynn & Karl Kelly
Sunday, September 23 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Colin Coleman (2), Jack Noble (2), Ciaran Flynn (2), Jack Foley (2), Darren Collins & Sean Freeney