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U17, FAI National Cup, Round 1, Newport Town AFC 3-2 Ballymackey (AET)

Sunday, October 6 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Cillian O’Sullivan 2 & Daniel Egan

Well done to our U17 Youth team who staged a great comeback to advance to round 2 of the FAI U17 Cup after a 3-2 extra time win at home to Ballymackey on Sunday afternoon. Newport dominated the first half but failed to capitalise on the many chances created to leave the game scoreless at half-time. Ballymackey upped their game in the second half and scored twice in the third quarter to make it 2-0 and leave Newport chasing the game. Great credit is due to the Newport lads, superbly led by their captain Daniel Egan, as they never gave up or let the heads drop. Daniel Egan gave them hope when he headed home a Jack Ryan corner in the 75th minute. Just as it looked like the visitors would hold on to the victory, Cillian O’Sullivan was on hand to latch onto a fumble by the Ballymackey keeper and he poked the ball home from close range. No one in the large attendance would have denied that Newport deserved to bring the game to extra time.

The Newport lads now had the momentum as the game went into 20 minutes of extra time. With both sides tiring it was Cillian O’Sulivan who again was on hand to finish from close range with 6 minutes remaining to give the home side a 3-2 lead. Newport held their nerve as the clock counted down and were delighted when the ref blew for the final whistle. This was a super comeback and incredibly for the lads this was their second game in 24 hours as they also had to play an U16 schoolboy fixture on Saturday afternoon. There will be tired bodies tonight but the tiredness will be well worth it. Newport will now be at home to Shelbourne in the next round.

Lots of images here.

Munster Junior Cup, Round 2, Charleville 2-3 Newport Town AFC (AET)

Saturday, October 5 2019 (Charleville)

Scorers: Paul Ryan, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan & Jake Dillon

Newport travelled to North Cork on Saturday evening to play Charleville in round 2 of the Munster Junior Cup. Both teams were on a decent run of form and with Charleville having won the earlier league encounter on a 4-1 scoreline, this was always going to be a tough task. The game turned out to be a very even contest between two good sides. Both teams scored in the first half to leave it 1-1 at half-time. Paul Ryan continued his impressive goalscoring run with the Newport goal. Newport took the lead in the second half thanks to a goal from captain, Brian O’Sullivan. However Charleville equalised to make it 2-2 and brought the game to extra-time. For the second game running, substitute Jake Dillon came off the bench to score to make it 3-2. Newport were reduced to 10 men, with 5 minutes remaining, when Seán Ryan was sent off for a second yellow but the lads dug deep to hold on for a great win.

U16 Girls, Newport Town AFC 3-0 Knigh Utd

Saturday, October 5 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Chelsea King, Abbie Lenihan & Robyn McNamara

In very wet conditions and the rain constantly pouring down, the girls took to the field with only a few groans 😀. Even though the pitch was in perfect condition, it was hard work moving the ball around in that weather. But the girls stuck to the plan and Chelsea with a deflected shot opened the scoring for us. In the 2nd half, a lovely run through the middle of the field by Abbie, who then slotted the ball past the keeper. With time almost up, Robyn headed in our 3rd from a corner crossed in by Ailín. Every girl had to work hard during the match to keep the clean sheet as Knigh went close on a few occasions.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our captain, Abbie Lenihan on attending FAI U17 National Assessments in Dublin. She is a wonderful role model and a great ambassador for NTAFC.

Also, well done to all the girls who received their Junior Results 2019.

Team: Emma Wright, Ailín Rochford, Ellie Kennedy, Mara Van Aelst, Caragh Flynn, Sarah Kelly, Abbie Lenihan (c), Robyn McNamara, Chelsea King, Neve Clements, Nadine Hartigan, Aoife Kennedy, Eryn Kennedy, Mollie O’Hora & Jayne Hurley.
Coaches: Rob Kelly & Eddie O’Gorman

U12 (2008) National Cup, Round 2, Castleisland 0-2 Newport Town AFC

Friday, October 4 2019 (Castleisland)

Scorers: Cormac Shanahan & Luke McIntyre

Newport Town AFC U12 (2008) schoolboys recorded another fantastic away win in the SFAI Skechers National Cup in Castleisland this evening. A tight first half finished 0-0. Terrific battling and organising from goalkeeper Tommy Whelan and the back three of Liam Lynch, Darragh McNamara and Eoin Mac Craith. In the second half Newport began to settle and create chances through wingers Scott Nugent and Cormac Shanahan, who bagged a brilliant goal to put the Town in front. Patrick O’Shea, Lucas Wright and Conor Ryan made strong contributions across midfield before Luke McIntyre smashed home a second goal. Newport controlled the rest of the game against a skilful Castleisland AFC outfit, with Leon O’Donoghue, Cian English and Conor McLoughlin showing great skill and determination at key moments. Final score Castleisland 0-2 Newport Town AFC.

U17B, Div 2, Castle Rvs 5-6 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, September 29 2019 (Carnane, Fedamore)

Scorers: Luke Ryan 3, Nathan O’Donoghue, Johnny Ryan & Calum Merrigan

The U17Bs played out an 11 goal thriller away to Castle Rovers. As you would expect from the scoreline, this was a very entertaining & exciting game that could have gone either way. Luke Ryan kept his scoring run going with a well-taken hat-trick. Nathan O’Donoghue scored from the penalty spot and Johnny Ryan & Calum Merrigan also chipped in with a goal apiece. We would like to wish a speedy recovery to Colm O’Malley who suffered an injury during the game. Hope to see him back in training soon.

U17A, Div 1, Newport Town AFC 1-0 Corbally Utd A

Sunday, September 29 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Daniel Egan

The U17A team made it 2 wins in 4 games with a tight 1-0 win at home to Corbally Utd on Sunday afternoon. Numbers were tight but the lads fought hard and put in a good performance to take all 3 points on offer courtesy of a goal from Daniel Egan. Next Sunday afternoon at 2pm, they will welcome Ballymackey to Derryleigh Park in round 1 of the FAI National Cup.