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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.

Preview of Sunday’s Junior A Game

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.

Junior A, Div 1B Cup, Newport Town AFC 6-0 Regional Utd B


Sunday, March 31 2019 (Deryleigh Park)

Scorers: Jimmy Fyfe, Mark McGuire, Christy O’Connor, Paul Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan & Darren Collins

The A team welcomed a youthful Regional Utd B side to Derryleigh Park in the Div 1B Cup on a glorious spring day and ran out comfortable winners on a 6-0 scoreline with goals coming from six different scorers, Jimmy Fyfe, Mark McGuire, Christy O’Connor, Paul Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan & Darren Collins. Newport will now meet Knockainey away in the semi-final, after they defeated league leaders, Kilfrush, on penalties.

Newport opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Jimmy Fyfe headed home from a corner and when Mark McGuire latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box on the 20th minute and fired home to make it 2-0, Newport appeared to be well in control of the game. Centre-half Christy O’Connor headed powerfully home from a corner on the half-hour mark to extend the Newport lead and a Paul Ryan strike on the stroke of half-time after some good work by Brian O’Sullivan, made it 4-0 to the home side at the interval.

The second half continued in the same vein with Newport controlling the game and creating plenty of chances. Brian O’Sullivan scored his 22nd goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Paul Ryan was taken down in the box. Darren Collins completed the scoring with 7 minutes remaining on the clock when his shot was fumbled by the Regional keeper into his own net. A satisfying aspect of this game was that it was the third clean-sheet in the last 4 games. The A’s still have 7 league games remaining and a cup semi-final to look forward to but this means that they are going to face a very congested fixture schedule in the coming weeks and the depth of Marc Barry’s squad is going to be fully tested in the run-in. However the focus will continue to be one game at a time and hope that players remain free from injury and suspension.

Match Squad: Harry Ryan, Kevin O’Brien, Mark McGuire, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Darren Collins, Davy Ryan, Jimmy Fyfe, Paul Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Jack Noble, Sean Ryan, James Lynch, Dave Kennedy & Peter O’Sullivan.

Junior C, Div 4 Cup, Newport Town AFC 0-2 Athlunkard Villa C

Sunday, March 31 2019 (Derryleigh Park)

A very young C team were very unlucky to lose 2-0 at home to Athlunkard Villa C in a topsy-turvy cup tie. Newport had plenty of chances in front of goal but failed to take their chances and somewhat against the run of play, Athlunkard scored two somewhat fortuitous goals late in the game to go through to the quarter-final. This was a disappointing result as the lads gave it their all but nothing seemed to go their way.