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Preview of Weekend Junior Games:

The current Div 1B league table shows you all you need to know about the Junior A team’s promotion challenge with just 4 league games remaining. Following on from the excitement of last weekend’s cup semi-final, Marc Barry and his players have a visit to Jackman Park to look forward to but from early in the season, promotion has been their main target and continues to be. A cup final and the great runs in the FAI Junior Cup & Lawson Cup are added bonuses but it’s all about the promotion challenge for now.

It’s now a three-horse race and just two out of Newport, Kilfrush & Hill Celtic will be promoted to Div 1A and the next hurdle for Newport is this Saturday evening, when we travel to play fifth-placed Geraldines B in Garryowen with a 6.30pm kick-off. A win on Saturday night would see us close the gap on the top two sides before Kilfrush welcome Hill Celtic on Sunday morning in a game that could play a big part in the final shake-up. Newport are on a good run of league form, having won their last 5 league games on the bounce and in the process, scoring 27 and only conceding 2. We’ve also won our three divisional cup games along the way, so momentum is being built at the right time of the season. In the earlier league encounter back in September, Newport enjoyed a comfortable victory in Derryleigh Park, however getting a result in Garryowen is never an easy task and you can be sure that the city side will be keen to lower our colours.

After Saturday’s game, our final three league games are all at home, starting with the visit of Hill Celtic next Thursday night. These will all be crucial fixtures and we’re calling on all Newport supporters to come along to these games to get right behind the lads. Continue reading

U18 Div 2 Cup, Quarter-Final, Regional Utd 1-4 Newport Town AFC

Tuesday, April 23 2019 (Dooradoyle)

Scorers: Jack O’Carroll 2, Colin Coleman & Jack Noble

The 18s advanced to the Div 2 Cup semi-final, where they will be away to Caherdavin, following a hard-earned 4-1 win away to Regional. Jack O’Carroll with 2, Colin Coleman & Jack Noble on the score-sheet. Jack O’Caroll’s 2 goals keep him top of the goalscoring charts in Div 2. Newport took the lead in the game and should have increased their advantage but failed to do so and when Regional scored a soft goal to equalise, it seemed to boost their confidence. They were awarded a penalty early in the second half but substitute keeper, Jack O’Sullivan, who came on at half-time made a brilliant save. Newport finished the game stronger and 3 goals in the final quarter were enough to seal safe passage to the semi-final.

Match Squad: Josh White, Chris Carmody, Jack Noble, Killian O’Malley, John Ryan Rose, Devon Ryan, Ciaran Flynn, Brendan McMahon, Jack O’Carroll, Colin Coleman, Daniel Egan, Haytam Kamil, Jack O’Sullivan, Jack Ryan & Cian O’Connell

Inter League Youth Cup Final – Well done Darren & Jack

National Champions

Massive congratulations to our U18 Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who were members of the Limerick District League squad that won the the national final of the FAI Inter-League Cup Competition on Easter Sunday afternoon in Jackman Park. Limerick beat the Waterford League 3-2 in an exciting cup final and it was their first time to win the trophy since 2004. This was a super achievement by the players and a great honour for our young players and our club.

Junior A, Div 1B Cup Semi-Final, Knockainey 3-3 Newport Town AFC (AET, NTAFC win 4-2 on pens)

Sunday, April 21 2019 (Knockainey)

Scorers: Mark McGuire, Brian O’Sullivan & Christy Doyle

On Easter Sunday morning, Newport & Knockainey played out a cracking cup tie out in Knockainey. The pre-match prediction was that this was going to be a close game in a difficult venue and so it proved to be with a dreaded penalty shootout needed to separate the sides. Thankfully it was Newport who held their nerve, with our keeper, Harry Ryan making two great penalty saves to ensure that it’s Newport who head to Jackman Park to play Hill Celtic in the Div 1B Calvert Cup Final in a couple of weeks time.

Marc Barry had a depleted squad due to representative duty, suspension, injury and holidays but in fairness to the available players, they all gave 100% in terms of effort & commitment and over the course of the 90 minute plus extra-time were deserving of the win. Newport started well and came close to opening the scoring in the first 20 minutes and were keeping the Knockainey keeper very busy. Somewhat against the run of play, it was the home team who opened the scoring in the 27th minute when a deep cross to the back post was superbly headed home. Newport had two great chances to equalise in the 30th & 36th minutes but we just couldn’t get on the end of two inviting crosses into the danger area. Newport scored the deserved equaliser in the 42nd minute when Mark McGuire picked up on a loose ball on the edge of the box and drilled a low shot to the net through a packed penalty box. 1-1 at half-time and anyone’s game. Continue reading