With both sides already promoted to Div 1A, Newport & Hill Celtic must meet again in the Div 1B League Playoff to determine who will be crowned as league champions. A toss of the coin decided that the game will be played in Hogan Park next Saturday, May 25 at 6.30pm. This will be the fifth meeting between the sides this season. Newport have won three games and Hill Celtic have one win in the previous four encounters. In the most recent games, Newport won the league game in Derryleigh Park 4-1 and won the Cup Final 2-0. Hill Celtic will feel that their performance didn’t reflect the cup final scoreline and will they will be very anxious to deny Newport the League & Cup double. However Newport are the form side in Div 1B and are currently on a 16 game winning run in the league & cup and the only games they haven’t won in 2019 are the FAI Junior Cup game away to Aisling Annacotty and the Lawson Cup quarter-final away to Hill Celtic. We will be hopeful of having another big Newport crowd in attendance to support the lads as they go for the double.
Congratulations to Christy Doyle who has been named as the overall Limerick Junior Player of the Month for May. He’s the top scorer in Div 1B with 41 goals and is also one of the top scorers in all Limerick leagues. His 2 goals in the recent Calvert Cup Final were top-class and his contribution has been vital in our successful season to date. Hopefully he can manage to find the target in the league playoff.
Saturday, May 18 2019 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorer: Johnny Ryan 2
Saturday, May 18 2019 (Fairgreen)
Saturday, May 18 2019 (Annacotty)
Scorers: Alex O’Toole & Cillian English
Scorers: Paul Ryan 3, Christy Doyle, Kev Connolly, Jack O’Carroll & Sean Ryan
Needing just one point, the Junior A side ensured promotion to Div 1A with a comfortable & comprehensive 7-0 victory at home to Regional Utd B last Thursday night. Once again a large Newport crowd were in attendance in Derryleigh Park to support the lads and they witnessed a top-class performance with a hat-trick from Paul Ryan being the highlight. Other scorers were Christy Doyle, Kev Connolly, Jack O’Carroll & Sean Ryan. The win now sees Newport in a one-off playoff game with Hill Celtic to determine the league winner as both sides finished on 55 points and identical records of 18 wins, 1 draw & 3 losses.
Newport started the game in a very positive manner, exerting pressure on the Regional rearguard right from the first whistle with full backs James Lynch & Mark McGuire given licence to push right up the field. Paul Ryan almost opened the scoring in the 13th minute but his shot just flew over the crossbar. Newport did take the lead in the 18th minute after a well-worked move. Christy Doyle, flicked a header on to Clemy out on the left and was then in position to head Clemy’s cross to the back of the net. Goal no 41 for Doyler for the season and yet another assist for Clemy. This strike-partnership has now scored an incredible 72 goals between them in all competitions.
Doyle almost made it 2-0 after 25 minutes but his volley just went wide after some excellent work by James Lynch on the right hand side. In the 30th minute, Newport did make it 2-0 after a brilliant sweeping move started by left-back Mark McGuire, which ended with Paul Ryan heading home his first goal of the night after a deft flick cross by Christy Doyle. On 40 minutes, Paul Ryan scored his second and Newport’s third when his angled cross into the box deceived the Regional keeper & defence and ended up in the back of the net. At this stage, Newport were dominating the game but failed to score again in the first half. Continue reading
Wednesday, May 15 2019 (Brickfields)
Scorers: Abbie Lenihan 5, Shauna Pearson 3 & Kaitlyn Bradshaw
Newport welcome already relegated Regional B to Derryleigh Park this coming Thursday, May 16 at 6.30pm, knowing that a draw will be good enough to secure promotion. However at the same time, Hill Celtic travel to play Knockainey and Kilfrush welcome Geraldines in fixtures that could also determine whether or not Newport are league champions or are in a playoff for promotion for the league title. Simply put, a draw definitely guarantees promotion and a win will see us either crowned as league champions or in a play-off with Hill Celtic for the league title depending on the other results. Once again, we are calling on all our supporters to get along to Derryleigh Park as the lads now push on to try and win the league & cup double. This team have had a wonderful season so far and are fully deserving of your continued support.
Monday, May 13 2019 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Luke Ryan 4, Alex Considine 3, Johnny Ryan & Ben Noble
Monday, May 13 2019 (Derryleigh Park)