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Junior C, Div 4, Coonagh Utd 5-1 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, April 14 2019 (Coonagh)

Scorer: Aidan Healy

The C team have just 2 games remaining in their season, following their 5-1 defeat away to Coonagh on Sunday afternoon. The home side still had a very remote chance of promotion so this was always going to be a very difficult test for Newport, who despite some decent performances along the way, have not had the bit of luck sometimes needed to get a few wins to gather some momentum. Aidan Healy scored the consolation goal for Newport.

Junior B, Div 2B Cup, Semi-Final, Newport Town AFC 2-3 Athlunkard Villa (AET)

Sunday, April 14 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Tristan O’Sullivan 2

As predicted, the junior B’s Div 2B cup semi-final between Newport & Athlunkard Villa was a very clouse-fought affair with extra-time needed to separate the sides, after the game ended 2-2 in normal time with both Newport goals coming from Tristan O’Sullivan. Newport will see this as one that got away as they failed to capitalise on some great chances. Just when it looked the game would go to penalties, Athlunkard scored a late extra-time winner to break Newport hearts and at the same time, bring the B’s season to a close.

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 7-0 Caherdavin

Thursday, April 11 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 3, Christy Doyle 3 & Paul Ryan

Match Squad: Harry Ryan, James Lynch, Mark McGuire, Christy O’Connor, Jimmy Fyfe, Peter O’Sullivan, Paul Ryan, Darren Collins, Jack Noble, Brian O’Sullivan (C), Christy Doyle, Nathan Hartigan, Davy Ryan & Colin Coleman

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

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 4-2 Southend

Sunday, April 7 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Brian O’Sullivan 3 & James Lynch

In Div 1B, the third-placed A team welcomed seventh-placed Southend in a game that we knew we had to win in order to maintain the pressure on the top two teams, Kilfrush & Hill Celtic. Southend arrived not intent in making up the numbers and put it up to Newport from the very first whistle. The home side struggled to get into any sort of rhythm in the early stages and were making hard work of things in front of a decent crowd. Newport finally broke the deadlock when Dave Kennedy cleared the ball from a corner and Brian Clemy O’Sullivan picked up the ball midway on the left in the Southend half. He had one defender and the keeper to beat and made some space to expertly fire home to the far corner of the goal from the left edge of the box. Just 3 minutes later, Clemy had another great chance but his shot flew over the bar.

In the 27th minute, somewhat against the run of play, Southend scored the equaliser, when Newport failed to deal properly with a corner and the loose ball was picked up their player who brilliantly scored from the edge of the box. Newport continued to create chances but were struggling to test the keeper. In the 43rd minute, Davy Ryan found himself in space in the box after Paul Ryan slipped a lovely pass through but his shot was well-saved by the keeper who managed to push the ball over the bar. The half-time whistle saw the score remain 1-1. Continue reading

Junior C, Div 4, Newport Town AFC 0-3 Murroe C

Sunday, April 7 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

On the bottom pitch, the C team welcomed near neighbours, Murroe C to Derryleigh Park in a local derby. A win for Newport would have seen them climb off the bottom of the Div 4 table and level with Murroe and to give this fixture a little twist, Murroe had some former Newport players in their ranks. Unfortunately it was Murroe who ran out 3-0 winners and extend the gap between themselves and Newport.