U14A Squad v Aisling Annacotty
Wednesday, September 7 2016 (Annacotty)
Newport scorer: Eoin Guilfoyle
The Newport U14A team had their second ever premiership game yesterday evening against near neighbours Aisling Annacotty. After their opener against Fairview this was a second away game against another of the elite clubs in the premier league and another huge challenge for the Newport Boys.
Aisling were going to be on a par with Fairview and so it was always going to be very difficult for the Newport boys to gain points from this encounter but the hope was again that they could put up a display that would show some positives and give belief that this team can survive in this top division.
From the start it was obvious that Aisling were a serious outfit and while maybe physically less intimidating than Fairview this was more than made up for by their skill levels and work rate. Aisling found their groove immediately and had Newport under pressure from the get-go. The Newport boys seemed to lack the energy levels of their first match and paid the price very early when Aisling found the net after only 3 mins – a real sickener for everyone! Continue reading
Wednesday, September 7 2016 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorers: Lee Ryan 2, Luke Ryan & Aidan Fogarty
Friday, September 2 2016 (Derryleigh Park)
Newport scorer: Aidan Fogarty
U14A Squad 2016/2017
Friday, September 2 2016 (Fairgreen)
The U14A team began life in the premier division with the tough task of an initial match away to Limerick kingpins Fairview rangers. There was great excitement but also a lot of nerves as the team waited to see just how big a leap in standard it was going to be competing in the top division.
Fairview started strong and had big strong talented players across all positions on the field. The first difference was the sheer physicality of the opposition but to Newport’s credit they matched that with some great strong tackles and running of their own. Fairview were on top but for the first 15/20 mins the Newport lads caused them plenty of problems with the Fairview goalie actually seeing more action than Brendan in the Newport goal. However the reality of life in the elite division hit home twice before the break when Fairview capitalised on 2 Newport errors to net twice with 2 strong finishes. These were mistakes that were not been punished last year but it became obvious to all that any such lapses will be punished at this level. Newport rallied before half time and were unlucky to miss a goal chance that would have sent them in at only 2-1 at the break which probably might have a fairer reflection of the balance of play.
In the second half Fairview continued their strong performance and found the net 3 more times but to Newport’s credit they continued to cause the home team problems and were unlucky not to find the net at least once.
It was a baptism of fire against one of the strongest teams in the league but the Newport boys did and showed enough to make them believe that they can definitely compete at the top level – it will take time to adjust but there remains great hope and belief that the lads will improve as their experience grows on this division – well done boys.
Report by Jim O’Riordan.
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