Saturday, January 20 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorer: Aidan Fogarty
The U14B’s were very unlucky to lose 2-1 to Shelbourne. Right from the very first minute, the boys got stuck in against a much physically bigger side and started very brightly. It was evident that the lads were up for this game as the level of commitment and effort was exemplary. They were unlucky to go a goal down but equalised soon after when Aidan Fogarty scored direct from a corner. 1-1 at half-time and it was anyone’s game.
A few changes were made at half-time and in the second half to try and give every player a fair run out. In the second half Shels took the lead somewhat against the run of play after Newport had a couple of chances, which were well saved by the big Shelbourne keeper. Trying as hard as they could, Newort worked tirelessly to try and secure an equaliser. Unfortunately this was one of those games, where the lads did not get the result they deserved.
Some of these lads have really improved and grown in confidence this season and are benefitting from getting game time. This is a tough division and the lads have been more than holding their own and with a bit more luck more results could have gone their way.
The lads now have one league game remaining. They will then play a league cup and they’ve been drawn in the same group as Aisling C, Corbally C and Janesboro. In the Divisional Cup, they’ve been drawn at home to Regional B. If the lads show the same heart, desire and performance as they did against Shelbourne, they could be in with a chance of a good cup run.
Thanks to the supporters who really got behind the lads and encouraged them all the way to the final whistle.
Match squad: Killian Sexton, Cian Kennedy, Aaron Pearson, Shaun Bonfield, Jeremy Caingles, Ben Noble, Aidan Fogarty, Ethan O’Flaherty, John Ryan, Luke Ryan Rose, Lee Ryan, Shane Murray, Shane O’Halloran, Stephen McCormack, Sean McCarthy & Conor Shanahan.