On Saturday morning Newport U11 Blue team made the journey to play Shelbourne in what was a game that Newport dominated but over the course of the game, both sides could not be separated. Newport started brightly and dominated possession but could not make the break through. In fact it was Shelbourne who nearly took the lead in the 10th minute but Luke Kennedy in goals made an excellent save. Newport were back on top again and nearly scored through Conor Molumphy after good work by Dylan Jones but from the breaking ball Shelbourne attacked and scored. A similar situation arose 3 minutes later when a cross from the opposing team ended up in the back of the net off the foot of a Newport player. This seemed to light the spark in Newport and a move started by the dependable David O’Brien in defence ended with a mazy run by Conor Molumphy who buried it in the bottom corner. As usual Damien O’Brien and Martin McCabe were driving the team forward before the half time whistle.
As the second half started Newport again took control with James Delahunty having his best game yet this season at left back urging the team forward. Newport were creating chance after chance but between good defending and solid goalkeeping the home team were still in the lead. Good movement from our forward Nathan Kepple kept Newport in the hunt and with 2 minutes to go the hardworking Ciaran Carey drove the ball past the keeper to the back of the net. It was no more than the team deserved and with their never say die attitude it was a great lesson for all the players going forward for the rest of the season. When the game was over the ref approached both teams and said it was the best U11 game he was at all season, so a big well done to Cathriona and all the players.
Report by Ollie Kennedy.
A damp but happy U11 Blues Squad
Newport U11 Blue team welcomed Fairview Rangers to Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning last in what had to be the worst conditions possible. The wind and rain battered the players but despite all of this the team produced their best performance of the season with skill and more importantly teamwork at the core of another great game.
Despite going behind from a great strike in the 5th minute, Newport were playing the better football with again a back three of Luke Kennedy in goals, David O’Brien and James Delahunty putting in an assured and solid display. Damien O’Brien again was the driving force in a defensive midfield role where he was supported superbly by our wingers of Ciaran Carey and Conor Molumphy. It was Conor who made the breakthrough for Newport in the 9th minute and added to this again in the 16th minute, this was followed by another goal from Ciaran Carey on the 20th minute. Dylan Jones showed some great skill to set up Conor Molumphy who shot narrowly wide as the first half drew to a close. Continue reading
Saturday, September 24 2016 (Derryleigh Park)
On one of the wettest ever Saturday mornings seen in Derryleigh the U11 green team turned up in good numbers to take on Summerville.
Summerville started strongly and scored first as the greens battled against the tough conditions but as the half wore on the team prompted by the strong running of midfielders Conor O’Brien, Evan Moran and Darragh Meaney came back into the game and by half time Conor O’Brien and Adam Power had scored with Evan Moran adding another two goals.
The second half saw Newport continue their good form from the first and the highlight was a second half hat-trick from Evan Keogh with Conor O’Brien and Adam Power helping themselves to another goal each. Continue reading
Friday, September 16 2016 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport U11 Blue team welcomed Aisling Annacotty on Friday evening in what turned out to be a thriller. In an end to end game Newport at times turned on the style to play fantastic football. From Luke Kennedy in goals to Nathan Kepple up front, 100% was given by all players. James Delahunty was again solid as a rock in defence beside Damien O’Brien who scored our first with a stunning long range effort. Nathan Kepple was putting in a strong performance up front and as the game went on Newport were getting stronger. The second goal was scored on the 18th minute after a series of excellent passes started by our goalkeeper Luke Kennedy which ended in Ciaran Carey burying it in the bottom right corner after great passes by Senan Ryan and Conor Molumphy. The second half began in the same hectic fashion with Aisling getting the better of Newport for the first few minutes but that all changed again with Newport scoring a great goal in the 16th minute with Conor Molumphy finishing well. Cillian Collins and Conor Sweeney worked tirelessly in ensuring the defence held strong. Dillon Jones kept the defence busy as well as Martin McCabe who as always put in a hardworking display. Another goal followed as David O’Brien scored in the 18th minute after great team work. As they say we left the best to last when Ciaran Carey scored an overhead kick with 4 minutes to go which proved to be the last and decisive goal of the game. It was a great team effort and well done to Cathriona and the boys.
The squad was. Luke Kennedy Capt, James Delahunty, Damien O’Brien, Dillion Jones, Conor Sweeney, Senan Ryan, Ciaran Carey, David O’Brien, Nathan Kepple, Cillian Collins, Conor Molumphy and Martin McCabe.
Friday, September 16 2016 (Pearse Stadium)
On Friday evening our U-11 greens opened their season when they travelled into Limerick to take on Janesboro.
Straight from the kick off Newport were on the attack and within the first few minutes Adam Power had continued his fine scoring form from last season by grabbing the opening goal. Our midfield at this point of Paddy Hussey, Zach Ryan and Darragh Meaney worked so hard that Janesboro were unable to get into the game and as the half wore on Adam Power was able to get another two goals to complete an impressive first half hat-trick.
Janesboro came more into it during the second half but found our goalkeeper Darragh Gavin in inspired form, as he made a series of fantastic saves. Continue reading
U11 Blues 2016/2017
Monday, September 12 2016 (Glenbrook)
Newport Blue Team played their first game of the season away to Granville Rangers on Monday evening. In wet conditions Newport found the going tough in the first half but strong defensive displays from Damien O’Brien and James Delahunty ensured Newport kept in touch together with a great goal from David O’Brien set up by Senan Ryan. Alex O’Neil put in strong work in midfield as did Martin McCabe who took a big blow to his head and had to be replaced shortly before half time. The second half saw Newport put in an excellent performance with Ciaran Carey and Conor Molumphy in fantastic form. Granville also attacked but Dylan Jones made a telling clearance which set up Conor Molumphy for a goal. Nathan Keppel nearly scored shortly afterwards as did Luke Kennedy who hit the post. Newport went onto hit the post and crossbar 3 more times before Conor scored again. Well done to all the players who never gave up in bad conditions.
Report by Ollie Kennedy.
The countdown is nearly over to the first of this summer’s Newport Town AFC / FAI Summer Soccer Schools, which starts on Monday, July 4, with just a few places remaining at www.summersoccerschools.ie
All the playing kits & backpacks have been delivered. 140+ footballs have been pumped. The pitches are in perfect condition. The dressing rooms are ready. The FAI coaches are all set to go. Now we just await the arrival of 140+ excited kids on Monday morning.
Just a few pointers for the week.
* The Camp runs from 10.30am to 3pm from Monday to Friday.
* All kids should bring a healthy packed lunch with plenty of water.
* As the car park is going to be very busy, please co-operate with the stewards when dropping and collecting children in Derryleigh Park.
* The camp is almost fully booked, therefore we can’t guarantee a place for a child that arrives on Monday morning unless they have pre-booked online.
* Lastly, fun, football & friendship is guaranteed and we hope everyone has a great week.
List of items to bring to camp.
* Your booking confirmation (first morning only)
* Full official Sports World FAI Summer Soccer Schools kit, ball, and backpack (you will get this on the first day, so don’t forget it afterwards!)
* Shin guards
* Football boots and runners
* Rain jacket (just in case)
* Sun screen (we ae optimistic)
* Name tag for your bag
* Any medication you may need
Saturday, May 14 2016 (Shelbourne Park)
Last match of the season for the U11 green team today up against Shelbourne at Shelbourne Park. Over all brilliant play from everyone & goals from Senan Ryan and Paddy Hussey. Outstanding play from everyone & we hope everyone enjoyed what was an entertaining season. Andrew & Mike want to thank all the lads for their great effort over the season & hope we can keep the great work going over the off season. Man of the Match today was Paddy Hussey but well done to all the lads.
Squad: Mark Forde, PJ Lenihan, Michael Carroll, Robbie Murray, Senan Ryan, Conor Molamphy, David O’Brien, Claude Powell, Eoin Browne, Luke Phelan,Tommy Lyons, Brían Corrigan, Ronan O’Connell & Paddy Hussey.
Saturday, May 14 2016 (Greenhills)
Caherdavin hosted today’s under 11 red match. The conditions were ideal for a great contest. Suncream and water stoppages were the order of the day as the sun shone brightly. The boys only have a couple of games left this season and have improved steadily with each game.
The teams swapped ends after the toss and Newport started brightly. Continue reading
Monday, May 9 2016 (Newtown, Castletroy)
Outstanding performance from the U11 green team tonight. Senan Ryan scored two great goals in the first half. Great second half from us but Annacotty were very unlucky not to score as they had some good chances but great defending from our lads never let them pass. Parents and grandparents that came to watch the match were overwhelmed by the team performance. Man of the match goes to PJ Lenihan who was outstanding from kick off to the end but well done to all. Let’s keep up the good work.
Mark Forde, PJ Lenihan, Michael Carroll, Robbie Murray, Senan Ryan, Taylor McGill, David O’Brien, Claud Powell, Eoin Browne, Luke Phelan ,Tommy Lyons ,Brían Corrigan ,Ronan O’Connell ,Paddy Hussey