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U17 Girls, Lough Derg 2-6 Newport Town AFC


Saturday, January 12 2019 (Clarisford Park)

Scorers: Kaitlyn Bradshaw 2, Abbie Lenihan, Chelsea King, Caragh Flynn & Rachel Carey

Newport u17 girls traveled to Clarisford Park this Saturday to meet Lough Derg in their first league match of 2019.
This is a very competitive league and there are no easy matches. The girls knew they would have to work for the win and set about the task with great determination.

Early in the half Abbie Lenihan opened the scoring with a great close range effort beating the keeper. Roisin Power was in top form on the right wing with a number of great runs and very intelligent passes to ensure that the supply to our forwards was constant and accurate. Similarly Hollie Coleman made an impact on the left wing and looked dangerous whenever she touched the ball. Mids and forwards Abbie, Chelsea King, Anzelika Lepika, Rachel Carey and Kaitlyn Bradshaw settled into their rhythm quickly with some great interplay that led to 2 great opportunities for Kaitlyn who took her chances and scored twice. Midway through the half, Lough Derg scored against the run of play but our keeper Emma Moloney and backs Kate Harvey, Eimear Carey and Sarah Finn made sure that they were held out for the rest of the half. Just before the break, a Newport player was brought down in the box, Chelsea stepped up to take the penalty and added to the tally. HT 1 – 4. Continue reading

FAI Junior Cup, Round 6 Preview

Over 600 teams started on the journey but now after 5 rounds played, Newport are one of the last 32 teams remaining on the Road to the Aviva. This coming Sunday afternoon, we make the short journey in the R503 road to play Premier League side Aisling Annacotty in Round 6 of the FAI Junior Cup. Before the draw was made for this round, we were hoping for a home draw, but if it was away, we wondered if we would be sent to the far-reaches of the country. Instead we were given one of the closest possible away draws, as it’s just over 12km from Derryleigh Park to Annacotty. Aisling Annacotty are the hot favourites heading into the game and must have been secretly delighted to have drawn a side from Div 1B of the Limerick League in the last 32 of the Blue Riband trophy of Irish junior soccer.

Newport are the firm underdogs going into this cup tie. We have played 5 games to get to this stage beating Northside Legacy (3-0), Dromore (6-1), Patrickswell (5-2), Granville (4-2) & Carbury (Sligo) on pens after the game ended 2-2 after both normal time & extra time. Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan have both scored 5 goals, team Captain, Brian ‘Clemy ‘O’Sullivan (4), Kalem Harte (2), Sean Ryan (2), Elliott Slattery (1) & Dave Kennedy (1) have scored the 20 goals to get us this far. Newport are well capable of scoring goals, as Doyler (27) and Clemy (14) have a combined tally of 41 goals in all competitions this season and no doubt, Aisling will see the 2 lads as the main Newport goal-scoring threat. However we have plenty of other players on the pitch well-capable of scoring given the opportunity.

Aisling are currently in 6th place in the Limerick Premier League and are the odds-on bookies’ favourites to progress to the last 16, especially as the game is being played on their astro-turf pitch, a surface that they are well used to playing on. To get to this stage, Aisling have beaten Athlunkard, Caherdavin, & Prospect and in the last round recorded an excellent 4-0 win away to Blarney.

Round 5 was new territory for Newport so the last 32 is a huge bonus and another step along an unknown path. However we know that a large Newport crowd intend travelling to the game and they will give the lads plenty of vocal support and encouragement during the game. The players will have learnt a lot about playing on the big stage after the last game against Carbury and they will have absolutely no doubts that if they give it their very best shot, they are more than capable of causing a potential cup upset.

We look forward to seeing a big Newport support on the day and encourage everyone to come along and get to the game early and get behind the players right from the kick-off at 2.15pm. Days like this don’t come along too often and we have nothing to lose as nobody expects us to win but ourselves.

Junior A, Lawson Cup,Newport Town AFC 9-2 Northside Legacy

Sunday, January 6 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Christy Doyle 7, Brian O’Sullivan & Nathan Hartigan

The Junior A side recorded a very comfortable 9-2 victory over Northside Legacy in the first round of the Lawson Cup, which was a nice warm-up ahead of the big game against Aisling Annacotty in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup next Sunday. The undoubted highlight of this game was a 7 goal salvo from in-form striker, Christy Doyle, who has now scored 27 goals in all competitions this season.

Newport, who trained hard over the Christmas period, hit the ground running and scored as early as the 5th minute, when Christy Doyle latched onto a lovely through-ball from captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan. In the 11th minute, Doyler made it 2-0 when he latched onto a dropped ball by the Northside keeper from a cross Davy Ryan out on the left. It was all one-way traffic and Christy scored his first hat-trick on 25 minutes, when he again was on the end of a lovely slip-pass from Clemy to make it 3-0. Clemy & Doyler have struck up an excellent partnership this season and Clemy’s 14 goals, making a combined tally of 41, make them a handful for any side. Clemy made it 4-0 in the 29th minute he capitalised on a defensive error to shoot home off the post. 2 more goals from Christy before half-time, both headers, gave Newport a 6-0 lead at the interval.

Doyle continued where he left off after the break and scored his 6th & 7th goals in the 48th & 50th minutes respectively to make it 8-0 before he departed the field of play. With the job done and one eye firmly on next week’s game, manager, Marc Barry, made some substitutions to avoid the risk of injury to key players and also to give most of the panel a run-out. Substitute, Nathan Hartigan, made it 9-0 with 25 minutes remaining and amazingly Newport didn’t score again despite creating some good chances. Northside scored two consolation goals to leave the final score 9-2 to the home side.

Newport dominated the game from start to finish and advance to the next round where we are at home to Premier side Kilmallock. Another bonus was that we finished the game without any major injury scares ahead of next week. Full concentration can now switch to the massive challenge that lies ahead of us next week.

Match Squad: Brendan Coffey, Jimmy Fyffe. Christy O’Connor, Elliott Slattery, Kevin O’Brien, Peter O’Sullivan, Sean Ryan, Christy Doyle, Davy Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Dave Kennedy, Harry Ryan, Mark McGuire, Kevin Connolly, Kalem Harte, Ben Wixted, Darren Collins & Nathan Hartigan.

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.

U15 Girls, Ballymackey 0-2 Newport Town AFC


Saturday, January 5 2018 (Ballinree)

Scorers: Robyn McNamara & Neve Clements

The start of a new year and our 1st game after the Christmas break was away to Ballymackey. The ground was a bit heavy and so were the girls legs after a few weeks off. We had a couple of good chances but our shots were too close to the keeper. 0-0 at half time.

For the 2nd half we were struggling to get through their midfield so we made a few changes and they paid off. From a quick break, Leah crossed the ball and Robyn remained calm and slotted the ball past the keeper. Again Leah turned provider but this time Neve was the beneficiary and scored her first goal for the club. All round a good start to 2019. #greatbunchofgirls

Squad: Emma Wright, Nadine Hartigan, Mara Van Aelst, Jayne Hurley, Robyn McNamara, Aisling O’Gorman, Leah Moran, Abbie Lenihan, Sarah Kelly, Neve Clements, Caragh Flynn, Abi Rainsford, Aoife Kennedy, Mollie O’Hora & Emily Hurley.
Coaches: Rob Kelly & Eddie O’Gorman

Junior A, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC 6-0 Granville Rangers

Sunday, December 16 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Christy Doyle 2, Dave Kennedy 2, Elliott Slattery & Kalem Harte

Following 2 disappointing league defeats, the A team rebounded with an emphatic 6-0 win at home to Granville on Sunday morning. The scoreline reflected Newport’s dominance of the game and the scorers were Christy Doyle (2), Dave Kenendy (2), Elliott Slattery and Kalem Harte. The lads are now on a Christmas break until January 6 and will then face into a busy January with games in the league, Lawson Cup and the FAI Junior Cup game away to Aisling Annacotty on the weekend of January 12/13.

U17 Div 1,Newport Town AFC 1-5 Fairview Rgs

Sunday, December 16 2018 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorer: Jack O’Carroll

Unfortunately the U17s were on the wrong end of a 5-1 defeat at home to a very strong Fairview side on Sunday afternoon. Jack O’Carroll scored Newport’s consolation goal from the penalty spot.

Junior A, Div 1B, Knockainey 1-0 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, December 9 2018 (Knockainey)

After the highs of last week the A team were brought firmly back down to earth this weekend when they suffered a very disappointing 1-0 loss away to Knockainey. It’s never an easy place to get a result and the task was made even more difficult due to a number of regulars missing from the starting team due to injury, suspension and other commitments. This was a game that is better being placed in the archives and not in the memory bank as it was a fairly poor performance and hopefully not a result that comes back to haunt us later in the season. Nest Sunday, Granville are the visitors to Derryleigh Park at 11am.