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Derryleigh Diary – November 3 2019

Juniors
Newport failed to make it to the out of town stage of the Munster Junior Cup following a 4-2 defeat away to Premier League side, Aisling Annacotty, under lights on Saturday evening. An already hard job became more difficult due to the absence of a number of players due to injury, suspension & work commitments. A decent Newport crowd had travelled in to Annacotty on a miserable night but less than a minute was on the clock before Aisling opened the scoring. Newport failed to deal properly with a ball into the box and Aaron Murphy took advantage with a well- struck shot from 12 yards out.

The home side dominated the first 15 minutes, with Newport struggling to retain possession of the ball, while Aisling were very comfortable on the slick artificial surface. Newport created their first chance of the game in the 17th minute when Brian O’Sullivan’s shot was well-saved by the home keeper. From the resultant corner, Jimmy Fyfe rose highest but his powerful header went just above the crossbar. The remainder of the first half was fairly nip & tuck creating any real clear-cut chances and the sides went into the break with Aisling 1-0 up.

Aisling extended their lead in the 55th minute when Aaron Murphy scored a very good individual goal when he won a header in the middle of the park and then chased his own header, took control of the ball and cleverly lobbed the onrushing Newport keeper, Harry Ryan, from the edge of the box. Newport reduced the deficit in the 70th minute when Peter O’Sullivan got on the end of a Kevin O’Brien free-kick from the left hand side and flicked his header into the far corner.

Unfortunately, the home side extended their lead just 2 minutes later, when they were awarded a penalty when Harry Ryan was adjudged to have taken down an Aisling player in the box. Nathan O’Callaghan calmly slotted home to make it 3-1. In the 75th minute, Jake Dillon drilled home a low shot to the corner after some good build-up play to once again close the gap and left the score 3-2 with just 15 minutes left. However, Aisling ensured safe passage to round 4, with a brilliantly taken free-kick by Nathan O’Callaghan in the 81st minute.

On the overall balance of play, Aisling deserved the win but Newport know that they didn’t play as well as they can and never really got it going on the night. It’s now back to league action next Sunday, when Newport are away to Athlunkard on Sunday morning at 11am.

The B team are the only other junior side in action next Sunday when they are away to Pallasgreen at 2pm.

Schoolboys
Our U12 (2008) & U16B sides were the only teams in action at the weekend as the games involving the U9 & U10 sides were called off due to the weather.

At a wet and windy Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning, our U12 (2008) boys pulled off a great win in round 3 of the Skechers SFAI National Cup, defeating league rivals Shelbourne on a scoreline of 5-3. A brilliant start from Newport saw them race into a 3-0 first half lead with goals from Scott Nugent and Cormac Shanahan (2). Ollie Roche and Luke McIntyre were on top in midfield, with Patrick O’Shea linking well in the front three. Goalkeeper Eoin Mac Craith was called into action several times in the second half, making some great saves and distributing the ball well for his team mates. The skilful Shelbourne side forced their way back into the game with a rebound off a great save, but Newport responded immediately with another well taken Scott Nugent goal. Conor McLoughlin, Darragh McNamara and Liam Lynch worked effectively as a back three, getting the team going forward with some great passes. Shelbourne never gave up and a well taken strike brought it back to 4-2 before Lucas Wright added a 5th for Newport. Shelbourne kept pressing and scored again late in the game to close the gap once more, but Cian English, Conor Ryan and Leon O’Donoghue rounded off a brilliant squad effort by the Newport lads who will travel to take on Granagh in round 4. Final score in Derryleigh, Newport 5-3 Shelbourne.

Well done to the coaching team of Fiachra MacCraith, Michelle Rafferty, Keith McIntyre & Andrew Whelan. Thanks also to the supporters who braved the elements to support the lads. Finally, great credit is due to the ground staff crew of Tim Coffey, John O’Brien & Eddie Gleeson who had the pitch in great condition on a day when most pitches would not have even been playable.

Our U16B side were knocked out of the Div 1 cup by a very strong Carew Park side on Saturday afternoon on a 6-2 scoreline. The first half was very close and the half-time scoreline was 3-2 to the visitors but in the second half, Carew Park upped their game and advanced to the next round.

Next Saturday’s games. U14 Div 1, Newport Town AFC A v Regional Utd B, 11am (Derryleigh Park), U14 Div 2 Cup Q-Final, Newport Town AFC B v Fairview Rgs B, 11am (Derryleigh Park), U16 Premier, Aisling Annacotty A v Newport Town AFC A, 12.30pm (Killonan). All support is very welcome.

Schoolgirls
The U16s were the only side due to have a game last weekend but their fixture against Birdhill didn’t go ahead. Next weekend’s fixtures are provisional and subject to change. U11 Girls v Moneygall, 11am, (Derryleigh Park), U13 Girls Premier v Holycross, 12.00pm (Derryleigh Park). U18 Girls v BT Harps, 1.30pm (Derryleigh Park).

Lotto
Brian Healy of Foxhall is the very lucky winner of the club’s lotto jackpot of €7,350, with the winning ticket sold by Andy O’Connor in O’Sullivan’s Bar. The jackpot now restarts at €750 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 9 in McGrath’s. The lucky numbers drawn were 10, 12, 18 & 24. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member, in the local pubs, Nicky English Butchers, the Derryleigh Dugout and at our lotto stand at Ryan’s Centra on Sunday mornings. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Bagpacking Fundraiser – Volunteers Needed
Our annual bag backing fundraiser takes place on Saturday 11th November from 9am till 6pm in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise vital funds. Ideally we would like volunteers to fill two hour slots but even one hour would be greatly appreciated. Please text or call Michelle )086 8330812), Jenny (086 8390949) or Aine (087 6579128). Please specify what time suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your help. Please spread the word. Two hours of your time could make all the difference. Thank you.

FAI National Draw
We are participating in the FAI National Draw. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our club with some excellent prizes on offer. Tickets are €10 each and are available from Committee members, team managers, at the Derryleigh Dugout Club shop on Saturdays, Sunday morning lotto stand at Centra, Nicky English Butchers or in O’Sullivan’s Bar. All money raised goes directly to our club. One ticket gets you entry into three separate raffles – a club only draw, a regional draw and a national draw with brilliant prizes. Prizes include; 4 x Ford Fiesta Cars, Trip to the Champions League Final, Premier League game, Away Ireland International, a Weekend in Copenhagen, 1 year’s electricity, Home Entertainment System, FAI Season tickets, Ireland jerseys, various vouchers and lots more. So make sure to buy your ticket soon, as entry closes in early November. Thanks for your support.

Last One Standing
And then there were 3. The defeats of Man Utd & West Ham saw Paul Ryan, Clodagh O’Sullivan & Marc Barry knocked out over the weekend. Brighton’s 2-0 win at home to Norwich sees the Lenihan Bros (Micheál & Brian) and Kathleen O’Sullivan advance to round 8 next weekend. Who’s going to be the Last One Standing?

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

Derryleigh Diary – October 27 2019

Juniors
Our C team were the only junior side at the weekend and they made it two wins on the trot with a 5-4 win away to Moyross courtesy of goals from Gary Bargary (3) & David Kennedy (2). This was a good away win for the lads as it’s never easy to get a result in Moyross. Special mention for Josh White, who pulled off a great penalty save to ensure that Newport secured the 3 points.

Newport have been drawn away to Premier side, Prospect Priory in Rd 4 of the FAI Junior Cup. Fixture to be played the weekend ending November 10th.

Next weekend, the A team are the only side in action when they are away to Premier side, Aisling Annacotty in round 3 of the Munster Junior Cup on Saturday evening with a 7pm kick-off. This will be the first meeting of the sides since last January when Newport were very unlucky to lose 2-1 in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup. Newport are currently on a very good run of form and despite being the underdogs going into the game will be confident of giving a good account of themselves. Not many outsiders will give Newport a chance but fingers crossed that a cup upset could be on the cards. Hopefully a big Newport crowd will travel to Annacotty to get behind the lads as they attempt to make it through to the out of town stage of the competition.

Schoolboys
Our U13, U15 & U16B sides were all in competitive league action on Saturday. The U13s enjoyed a very good 5-0 win at home over a gallant Bridge Celtic side in the final league game of the season. James Moloney, with 4 goals, was the scorer-in-chief with Conor O’Brien scoring the fifth.

The U15s wrapped up their premier league campaign with a 2-1 defeat away to Caherdavin. Newport had enough chances to win the game but unfortunately despite playing some good football, the failure to take their chances seems to have been the story this season and it looks like the lads might drop down a division next season.

The U16B side also finished their league campaign on Saturday, when they suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Aisling Annacotty B. The scoreline was a bit harsh on the lads as they were denied a goal that was harshly disallowed and also hit the crossbar. The players now look forward to the cup quarter-final at home to Carew Park next Saturday.

The U11 Reds played out an 11 goal thriller at home to Lisnagry on Saturday morning. The lads now look forward to their big Round 3 game in the U12 (2008) National Cup next Saturday, when Shelbourne come to town at 11am. Newport beat Killavilla & Castleisland in the previous rounds away from home so now the lads will enjoy home advantage against the city side, in what should be a very exciting & close game.

Next Saturday’s games. U12 (2008) National Cup, Round 3 v Shelbourne, 11am, (Derryleigh Park). U9 Red Group v Fairview Rgs, 9.45am (Fairgreen). U10 Browns v Shelbourne B, 12pm (Derryleigh Park). U16 Div 1 Cup Quarter Final v Carew Park, 1pm (Derryleigh Park). All support is very welcome. The winner of this game will be away to Granagh or Herbertstown in round 4.

Schoolgirls
After a free weekend last week, our schoolgirl sides were back in action with the U13, U15 & U18 sides all in competitive action in Derryleigh Park. First up were the U13 side who narrowly lost 1-0 to Lough Derg in a very competitive game. The U18 side suffered a disappointing 6-1 defeat to Killavilla with Leah Moran scoring the consolation goal in what was a very hard-fought game, despite the score-line. Last up on the top pitch were the U15 side who lost 4-2 to a very strong Killavilla side with Aoife Mellerick the scorer of both Newport’s goals.

Well done to Abbie Lenihan & Shauna Pearson who were in the North Munster U15 Emerging Talent schoolgirl squad that played Liverpool FC U15 Girls in Liverpool last week.

Next weekend’s fixture is provisional and subject to change. U16 Girls v Birdhill, 12.30pm (Derryleigh Park).

Last chance to order O’Neill’s Club Gear in time for Christmas
You will have one final chance to place your O’Neill’s club gear order in the Clubhouse this Wednesday, October 30, from 7.00 to 8.00pm. This will be the last chance to order through the club to ensure delivery in time for Xmas. Orders can ONLY be accepted with full payment. Order forms & more info are also available on our club website https://www.newporttownafc.com/official-ntafc-merchandise/ The new online O’Neill’s club shop, will be up & running in the coming weeks. Any queries, please contact Richard Egan, 087 6811154.

FAI National Draw
We are participating in the FAI National Draw. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our club with some excellent prizes on offer. Tickets are €10 each and are available from Committee members, team managers, at the Derryleigh Dugout Club shop on Saturdays, Sunday morning lotto stand at Centra, Nicky English Butchers or in O’Sullivan’s Bar. All money raised goes directly to our club. One ticket gets you entry into three separate raffles – a club only draw, a regional draw and a national draw with brilliant prizes. Prizes include; 4 x Ford Fiesta Cars, Trip to the Champions League Final, Premier League game, Away Ireland International, a Weekend in Copenhagen, 1 year’s electricity, Home Entertainment System, FAI Season tickets, Ireland jerseys, various vouchers and lots more. So make sure to buy your ticket soon, as entry closes in early November. Thanks for your support.

Last One Standing
Just 10 players were still in with a chance of winning the €500 prize going into round 6 at the weekend but the failure of Wolves, Bournemouth, West Ham & Arsenal to win their games saw 4 players knocked out. So just 6 players are left standing as we head into round 7 next weekend.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €7,350 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 2 in O’Sullivan’s. The numbers drawn were 2, 18, 19 & 28. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member, in the local pubs, Nicky English Butchers, the Derryleigh Dugout and at our lotto stand at Ryan’s Centra on Sunday mornings. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

Derryleigh Diary – October 20 2019

Juniors
Newport advanced into round 3 of the FAI Junior Cup following a 4-2 win at home over Premier A league leaders, Moyross, in front of a decent crowd in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. The visitors won the opening league game of the season on a 4-3 scoreline after Newport relinquished a 3-1 lead and this game was expected to be a tough affair.

Newport opened the scoring in the 4th minute, when an Elliott Slattery free-kick on the edge of the box was deflected to the net. The home side were playing well and exerting pressure on the Moyross side and their efforts were rewarded on the half hour mark, when Kev Connolly rifled home a slick pass from Jake Dillon on the edge of the box, after some good work by Brian O’Sullivan in the middle of the park. A 2-0 halftime lead was no more than Newport deserved.

However, like in the first game of the season, Moyross proved to be tough opposition and when they curled in a well-struck free-kick in the 52nd minute, their tails were up and they went up a gear. The next 20 minutes were nip & tuck but when Moyross equalised in the 72nd minute after their striker beat Newport net-minder, Harry Ryan to a bouncing ball it looked like lightning might strike again.

However this is a much improved Newport side and they regained the lead in the 83rd minute, when Brian O’Sullivan fired home a cross from substitute, James Lynch. Newport ensured safe passage to the next round when James Lynch was on hand to tap home a cross from Jake Dillon in the 87th minute. The lads will have no game for the next 2 weeks at least, but all eyes will be on the draw for the next round of the FAI Junior Cup to see who their opposition will be. This will be the last round before the out of town stages and hopefully we will get a home draw and avoid the big Limerick Premier League sides still remaining.

Both our U17 sides were also in action and both suffered away defeats. The A team lost 6-2 to a very good Fairview side with our goals coming from Cillian O’Sullivan & Daniel Egan. Unfortunately the B team also suffered an away defeat when they lost 4-2 to Regional A. Conor McHugo & Luke Ryan were on the scoresheet for Newport.

Next weekend, only our C team are playing when they are away to Moyross on Sunday at 2pm.

Schoolboys
Our U12, U14B & U16B sides were all in competitive league action on Saturday. The U12s travelled to play Regional and lost 5-3 in a very entertaining & open game. Zach Mooney, Christopher O’Connor & Cathal McNamara were on the score-sheet for Newport. The U16B team were also on the road when they played Corbally and they also suffered an away defeat, losing 6-2 with Aidan Fogarty & Luke Ryan the scorers. The U14B were at home to Aisling Annacotty C and played out an 11 goal thriller, with Newport coming out winners on a 6-5 scoreline. Conor Gavan was the main man with 5 goals, with Mikey Carroll also scoring.

The U9 & U10 Blues sides were in non-competitive action. The U9s played Mungret Regional in Derryleigh and the U10s away to Carew Park. Both were very exciting games, with some great goals scored and some lovely football on display. Well done to all our young players and thanks to the supporters who really got behind the sides.
Next Saturday’s games. U9 Reds v Regional Utd, 9.45am (Derryleigh Park). U11 Reds v Lisnagry FC, 11am (Derryleigh Park). U11 Browns v Newport Town AFC Browns, 1pm (Knockalisheen). U13 Div 1 v Bridge Celtic A, 2pm (Derryleigh Park). U15 Premier v Caherdavin Celtic, 1pm (Greenhills). U16 Div 1, v Aisling Annacotty B, 12.30pm (Derryleigh Park). All support is very welcome.

Schoolboys to revert to traditional season
Having completed just one campaign in a calendar year format, schoolboy football in the Limerick District League will revert to the traditional season (September to May) in January 2020. This follows a delegate meeting that took place last week, where all clubs had a vote. U13’s to U16’s will commence in mid-January, U12’s in March, with the younger age grades kicking off in April. Leagues will be comprised of one round of games, followed by a Divisional Cup. The short season will terminate in June, with the full season to then commence in September.

Schoolgirls
None of our schoolgirl sides were in action last weekend. Next weekend’s fixtures are provisional and subject to change. U11 Girls v Ballymackey (1pm) Derryleigh Park. U13 Girls v Lough Derg, 10am (Derryleigh Park). U18 Girls v Killavilla, 11.30am (Derryleigh Park).

Shauna Pearson called for U16 international trials
Following her recent international trials at U15 level, Shauna Pearson has now also been called for trials for the international U16 schoolgirl side. This is a great achievement for Shauna and our club and recognition of her abilities and hard work. Best of luck Shauna from everyone in the club.

Order O’Neill’s Club Gear in time for Christmas
We are now taking Xmas orders for official O’Neill’s Soccer club gear packs. You can place your pack order in the Clubhouse this week on Tuesday from 7.00 to 8.00pm. Christmas cut-off date is Thursday, October 31, so please order early to ensure delivery in time for Xmas. Orders can ONLY be accepted with full payment. Order forms & more info are also available on our club websitehttps://www.newporttownafc.com/official-ntafc-merchandise/ Please note that ONLY FULL packs can be ordered directly through the club. The packs will be at a lower discounted price, than if you were to buy the same set of items on our new online O’Neill’s club shop, which will be up & running in the coming weeks. Any queries, please contact Richard Egan, 087 6811154.

FAI National Draw
We are participating in the FAI National Draw. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our club with some excellent prizes on offer. Tickets are €10 each and are available from Committee members, team managers, at the Derryleigh Dugout Club shop on Saturdays, Sunday morning lotto stand at Centra, Nicky English Butchers or in O’Sullivan’s Bar. All money raised goes directly to our club. One ticket gets you entry into three separate raffles – a club only draw, a regional draw and a national draw with brilliant prizes. Prizes include; 4 x Ford Fiesta Cars, Trip to the Champions League Final, Premier League game, Away Ireland International, a Weekend in Copenhagen, 1 year’s electricity, Home Entertainment System, FAI Season tickets, Ireland jerseys, various vouchers and lots more. So make sure to buy your ticket soon, as entry closes in early November. Thanks for your support.

Last One Standing
32 players remained as we into round 5 at the weekend but the failure of Spurs, Wolves, Bournemouth & West Ham to win their games saw 22 players knocked out. So just 10 players are left standing and still in with a chance to win the €500 first prize as we head into round 6 next weekend.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €7,300 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 26 in Gleeson’s. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 11 & 28. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member, in the local pubs, Nicky English Butchers, the Derryleigh Dugout and at our lotto stand at Ryan’s Centra on Sunday mornings. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

Derryleigh Diary – October 13 2019

Juniors
Our B team were the only junior side in action at the weekend and they recorded their second win of the season with a fully deserved 3-1 win at home to Aisling C in Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon, courtesy of goals from Killian O’Malley, Colin Coleman & and O.G.

Newport opened the scoring in the 10th minute when a high cross from the right wing by Killian O’Malley deceived the Aisling keeper and the ball nestled in the back of the net. The remainder of the first half was close enough with neither side creating any clear cut chances.

Newport increased the tempo in the second half and began to exert a lot more pressure on the Aisling rear-guard. Newport extended their lead in the 51st minute after some great work & neat interplay down the right hand side between Mattie Connolly, Colin Coleman & Killian O’Malley, who did very well to cut back inside the box and lay off a pass to Colin who slotted home from close range. Newport were now well on top as Aisling had to chase the game. The 3 points were secured in the 73nd minute, when a cross from John Barry was turned into his own goal by an Aisling player. The full squad at the game all got a run and there’s now some serious competition for places all over the pitch in what is a very young group of players. Aisling scored a consolation goal 2 minutes into injury time to deny Newport a clean sheet. Hopefully this win will see the lads kick on and make up a move up the Div 1B table.

Next weekend, the big game of the weekend is the visit of Moyross to Derryleigh in the FAI Junior Cup. The visitors currently lead Div 1A and this will be a close, tough game, especially as both sides are on good runs of form. Kick off on Sunday morning is at 10.30am. Both our U17 sides are also in action. U17B play on Saturday night and are away to Regional at 7pm. On Sunday afternoon, the U17A side are away to Fairview at 2pm.

Schoolboys
Hard luck to our U15 (2005) squad who lost 3-1 away to a very strong Fairview side in round 2 of the Skechers National Cup on Saturday morning. It was a super performance from the lads, whose efforts probably deserved more. Fairview scored their 3rd goal to clinch the game late on, when Newport had been pushing hard for an equaliser. Conor Brett was the Newport scorer.

Both our U11 sides were in non-competitive action. The Reds were away to Pike and the Browns were at home to Regional Utd. Both games were very exciting and highly entertaining with some great individual & team displays.

The draw for rounds 3 & 4 of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland Skechers National Cups has taken place. Our one remaining side, U12 (2008), have been drawn at home to Shelbourne in round 3. The winners will be away to the winners of Granagh v Herbertstown in round 4.

Next Saturday’s games. U9 v Mungret Regional, 9.45am (Derryleigh Park). U10 Blues v Carew Park A, 11am (Carew Pk). U12 v Regional Utd B, 12.30pm (Dooradoyle). U14B v Aisling Annacotty C, 2pm (Derryleigh Park). U16B v Corbally Utd A, 12.30pm (Athlunkard). All support is very welcome.

Schoolgirls
Well done to our U13 girls who played Borrisokane in the NTSFL league on Saturday morning. It was a close game with Newport just edging it 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Rebecca Moylan.

U18 girls were unlucky to not take away any points from a gritty and determined performance in Ballymackey. Newport showed great character to fight back from a 4 – 1 deficit in the first half by dominating the second half in a tough encounter that ended 6-5 in favour of the home side. Goal scorers for Newport Chelsea King 3, Leah Moran and Rachel Carey.

Our U15 Girls had a great 5-1 win away to Lough Derg with goals from Emily Hurley, Aoife Mellerick, Eryn Kennedy, Robyn McNamara & Lauren Bailey. The U11 girls were also in action against Lough Derg and played out a thrilling game.
Next weekend, there’s only one game. U16 v Ballymackey, 11.30am (Balinree).

NTSFL Schoolgirl Academy
Well done to the following players on making the North Tipp academy panels. U12 – Ria Delahunty, Aoibheann McNamara, Emma Sweeney & Chloe O’Donnell. U13 – Abagail Hickey & Jayne Ryan.

O’Neills Club Gear
We are now taking Xmas orders for official O’Neills Soccer club gear packs. You can place your pack order in the Clubhouse this week on Wednesday & Friday from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Christmas cut-off date is Thursday, October 31, so please order early to ensure delivery in time for Xmas. Orders can ONLY be accepted with full payment. Order forms & more info are available on our club website https://www.newporttownafc.com/official-ntafc-merchandise/ Please note that ONLY FULL packs can be ordered directly through the club. The packs will be at a lower discounted price, than if you were to buy the same set of items on our new online O’Neills club shop, which will be up & running in the coming weeks. Any queries, please contact Richard Egan, 087 6811154.

FAI National Draw
We are participating in the FAI National Draw. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our club with some excellent prizes on offer. Tickets are €10 each and are available from Committee members, team managers, at the Derryleigh Dugout Club shop on Saturdays, Sunday morning lotto stand at Centra, Nicky English Butchers or in O’Sullivan’s Bar. All money raised goes directly to our club. One ticket gets you entry into three separate raffles – a club only draw, a regional draw and a national draw with brilliant prizes. Prizes include; 4 x Ford Fiesta Cars, Trip to the Champions League Final, Premier League game, Away Ireland International, a Weekend in Copenhagen, 1 year’s electricity, Home Entertainment System, FAI Season tickets, Ireland jerseys, various vouchers and lots more. So make sure to buy your ticket soon, as entry closes in early November. Thanks for your support.

Last One Standing
Our Last One Standing competition resumes this weekend after the international break. Just 32 players remain with a chance to win the €500 first prize as we head into round 5.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €7,250 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 19 in Lee’s. The numbers drawn were 8, 14, 22 & 24. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member, in the local pubs, Nicky English Butchers, the Derryleigh Dugout and at our lotto stand at Ryan’s Centra on Sunday mornings. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

Derryleigh Diary – October 6 2019

Juniors
A good weekend for the club with the two junior sides in action, both winning their games. The A team beat Charleville in the Munster Junior Cup and the U17s beat Ballymackey in the FAI U17 Cup.

Newport’s Junior A team travelled to North Cork on Saturday evening to play Charleville in round 2 of the Munster Junior Cup. Both teams were on a decent run of form and with Charleville having won the earlier league encounter on a 4-1 scoreline, this was always going to be a tough task. The game turned out to be a very even contest between two good sides. Both teams scored in the first half to leave it 1-1 at half-time. Paul Ryan continued his impressive goal scoring run with the Newport goal. Newport took the lead in the second half thanks to a goal from captain, Brian O’Sullivan. However, Charleville equalised to make it 2-2 and brought the game to extra-time. For the second game running, substitute Jake Dillon came off the bench to score to make it 3-2. Newport were reduced to 10 men, with 5 minutes remaining, when Seán Ryan was sent off for a second yellow but the lads dug deep to hold on for a great win. Newport will now be away to the winners of Aisling Annacotty v Fairview B in the next round.

Well done to our U17 Youth team who staged a great comeback to advance to round 2 of the FAI U17 Cup after a 3-2 extra time win at home to Ballymackey on Sunday afternoon. Newport dominated the first half but failed to capitalise on the many chances created to leave the game scoreless at half-time. Ballymackey upped their game in the second half and scored twice in the third quarter to make it 2-0 and leave Newport chasing the game. Great credit is due to the Newport lads, superbly led by their captain Daniel Egan, as they never gave up or let the heads drop. Daniel Egan gave them hope when he headed home a Jack Ryan corner in the 75th minute. Just as it looked like the visitors would hold on to the victory, Cillian O’Sullivan was on hand to latch onto a fumble by the Ballymackey keeper and he poked the ball home from close range. No one in the large attendance would have denied that Newport deserved to bring the game to extra time.

The Newport lads now had the momentum as the game went into 20 minutes of extra time. With both sides tiring it was Cillian O’Sullivan who again was on hand to finish from close range with 6 minutes remaining to give the home side a 3-2 lead. Newport held their nerve as the clock counted down and were delighted when the ref blew for the final whistle. This was a super comeback and incredibly for the lads this was their second game in 24 hours as they also had to play an U16 schoolboy fixture on Saturday afternoon. There will be tired bodies tonight but the tiredness will be well worth it. Newport will now be at home to the winners of Shelbourne & Summerville in the next round.

Next weekend’s, the Bs are the only junior side in action when they play Aisling Annacotty C in the Div 1B league in Derryleigh Park at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

Schoolboys
Newport Town AFC U12 (2008) schoolboys recorded another fantastic away win in the SFAI Skechers National Cup in Castleisland on Friday evening. A tight first half finished 0-0 after terrific battling and organising from goalkeeper Tommy Whelan and the back three of Liam Lynch, Darragh McNamara and Eoin Mac Craith. In the second half Newport began to settle and create chances through wingers Scott Nugent and Cormac Shanahan, who bagged a brilliant goal to put the Town in front. Patrick O’Shea, Lucas Wright and Conor Ryan made strong contributions across midfield before Luke McIntyre smashed home a second goal. Newport controlled the rest of the game against a skilful Castleisland AFC outfit, with Leon O’Donoghue, Cian English and Conor McLoughlin showing great skill and determination at key moments. Final score Castleisland 0-2 Newport Town AFC. Well done everyone.

U12 (2007) were very unlucky to lose 3-2 at home to runaway Div 1 league leaders, Caherdavin on Saturday. Newport pushed the visitors all the way and a draw would probably have been a fair result. Zach Mooney & Darragh Moloughney were the Newport scorers.

The U14A side continued their recent run of good form when recording a comfortable 7-0 win away to Mungret Regional B. Nathan Bridgeman 2, Calum O’Connell 2, Conor Brett, Conor Molamphy & Adam Melikchi scored the Newport goals to keep Newport in second place breathing down the necks of the leaders, Regional.

U16A lost 3-2 away to Shelbourne on Saturday afternoon. However, with the National Cup game against Ballymackey the following day on their minds and both out of contention for league honours, this game was a bit of a dead rubber for both sides. Stephen Madden & Cillian O’Sullivan were on the scoresheet for Newport.

Our U8 and U10 Blue sides were also in non-competitive action in Derryleigh Park. The U8s played Mungret Regional in a mini-blitz and the U10 Blues played Aisling Annacotty. All the games were very exciting and entertaining despite the poor weather.

Next Saturday’s fixtures include the U15(2005) National Cup game. The scheduled games are U8 Red Group, Caherdavin Celtic v Newport Town AFC, 9.45am (Greenhills), U15 (2005) National Cup, Round 2, Fairview Rgs v Newport Town AFC, 11am (Fairgreen), U11 Red Group, Pike Rvs A v Newport Town AFC Reds, 11am (Pike Grounds) & U11 Brown Group, Newport Town AFC Browns v Regional Utd C, 11am (Derryleigh Park). All support is very welcome.

Schoolgirls
The U16 girls enjoyed an excellent 3-0 win at home to Knigh Utd on Saturday. The Newport scorers were Chelsea King, Abbie Lenihan & Robyn McNamara. Unfortunately, the U14 girls lost 4-1 away to a very good Killavilla side. Lauren Bailey scored Newport’s only goal.

Next weekend’s fixtures are U11 away to Lough Derg (12pm), U13 away to Borrisokane (11.30am), U15 away to Lough Derg (11.30am) and U18 away to Ballymackey (1pm).

Membership
There are still a number of players that haven’t completed club registration. To facilitate parents, we will be holding another registration night for ALL schoolboy & schoolgirl players on Friday, October 11 from 6-9pm in the clubhouse. It is very important that a parent/guardian attend to complete a membership form and pay the relevant fee. Reminder that all players must be registered before taking part in training or playing games for insurance purposes. Full details of membership are available on the club website.

Last One Standing
76 players were still standing and in with a chance of winning the €500 prize as the competition entered round 4 at the weekend. Arsenal were the popular choice on 27, followed by Man City 17, Spurs 12, West Ham 7, Man Utd 6, Chelsea 4, Liverpool 1, Norwich 1 & Sheffield Utd 1. Only Arsenal, Chelsea & Liverpool won so 44 players were knocked out and only 32 are now left standing. There are no games next weekend due to the international break, so round 5 will start on October 19.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €7,200 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 12 in Ryan’s. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 5 & 7. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member, in the local pubs, Nicky English Butchers, the Derryleigh Dugout and at our lotto stand at Ryan’s Centra on Sunday mornings. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

Derryleigh Diary – September 29 2019

Juniors
A good weekend for the club with our four junior sides in action, all winning their games. The A team put in a good performance away from home on Sunday morning to beat Corbally 5-0 and advance to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup. A solid defensive performance laid the foundation for this win and this was the third successive clean sheet for the lads. Captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan brought his scoring boots and rattled in a good hat-trick. Jake Dillon, on his welcome return to the club after playing League of Ireland with Limerick FC U17 & U19 was also on the scoresheet, while Paul Ryan kept his great goal scoring run going with another to add to add to his tally. Next up for the A team is a very difficult trip away to Charleville in round 2 of the Munster Junior Cup next Saturday evening at 7pm.

The C team notched up their first win of the season with a 3-2 win at home to Murroe C in a local derby on Sunday afternoon. Wayne Cullen, Dave Kennedy & James Lynch were the Newport scorers.

The U17A team made it 2 wins in 4 games with a tight 1-0 win at home to Corbally Utd on Sunday afternoon. Numbers were tight but the lads fought hard and put in a good performance to take all 3 points on offer courtesy of a goal from Daniel Egan. Next Sunday afternoon at 2pm, they will welcome Ballymackey to Derryleigh Park in round 1 of the FAI National Cup.

Meanwhile the U17Bs played out an 11 goal thriller away to Castle Rovers. As you would expect from the scoreline, this was a very entertaining & exciting game that could have gone either way. Luke Ryan kept his scoring run going with a well-take hat-trick. Nathan O’Donoghue scored from the penalty spot and Johnny Ryan & Calum Merrigan also chipped in with a goal apiece.

Schoolboys
The U15s welcomed Regional Utd to Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning. The visitors are in the hunt for league honours but were made work hard all the way for their win. They finally ran out 5-2 winners but Newport really put it up to them for long periods of the game. Adam McEvoy & Calum O’Connell were the Newport scorers.

The U13s lost 4-1 win away to Aisling Annacotty B. Newport played well but the home side just had too much for them on the day. Paul Moloney scored the consolation goal for Newport.

Both our U11 sides were in non-competitive action when the Reds played Regional Utd at home and the Browns played Summerville away. Both games were high-scoring & entertaining games with all our players playing very well. There were some great goals scored and some great saves made by the keepers. Well done everyone.

Next weekend is very busy with 9 games taking place including the U12 (2008) visit to play Castleisland in round 2 of the National Cup. The fixtures are Friday, October 4: U12 (2008) National Cup, Round 2, Castleisland v Newport Town AFC, 6.30pm, (Castleisland). Saturday, October 5: U8, Newport Town AFC v Mungret Regional, 9.45am (Derryleigh Park), U10 Blue Group, Newport Town AFC Blues v Aisling Annacotty C, 11am (Derryleigh Park), U10 Brown Group, Caherdavin Celtic B v Newport Town AFC Browns, 3pm (Greenhills), U12 Div 1, Newport Town AFC A v Caherdavin Celtic, 12.30pm (Derryleigh Park), U14 Div 1, Mungret Regional B v Newport Town AFC A, 12.30pm (Castlemungret), U16 Premier, Shelbourne v Newport Town AFC A, 2pm (Shelbourne Pk) & U16 Div 1, Corbally Utd A v Newport Town AFC B, 11am (Athlunkard). All support is very welcome.

Schoolgirls
Last Wednesday evening, Newport’s U14 girls lost 4-2 at home to Ballymackey in a very good game. Aoife Mellerick & Sinéad O’Riordan scored the Newport goals.

On Saturday morning, the U15 girls’ 2 year unbeaten run was finally brought to an end by a very good Knigh Utd side who won the game in Derryleigh Park on a 3-0 scoreline. Obviously the girls were disappointed to lose the game but they’ve been on an incredible run this is only a small bump in the road.

Our U11 girls played their first game of the season, when they welcomed near neighbours Birdhill to Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning in a non-competitive game. Well done girls, you all played very well and looked like you were having great fun.

Next Saturday’s fixtures are U14 Girls, Killavilla v Newport Town AFC, 12.30pm (Villa Park) & U16 Girls, Newport Town AFC v Knigh Utd, 12pm (Derryleigh Park).

Shauna & Abbie called to International Schoolgirl Trials
Well done to our schoolgirl players Shauna Pearson (U15) & Abbie Lenihan (U16) who attended international trials in the AUL complex at the weekend. To even get called for a trial is a massive achievement for the girls and everyone in the club is very proud of the girls.

Membership
Reminder that all players must be registered before taking part in training or playing games for insurance purposes, so please contact your team manager or any committee member to complete your membership if you haven’t done so already.

Last One Standing
76 players were still standing and in with a chance of winning the €500 prize as the competition entered round 3 at the weekend. Chelsea were the popular choice on 39, followed by Leicester 19, Spurs 14, Palace 2, Liverpool 1 & Wolves 1. As all the selected teams won their games, all 76 players go into Round 4 next weekend.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €7,150 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 5 in O’Sullivan’s. The numbers drawn were 8, 13, 15 & 27. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member, in the local pubs, Nicky English Butchers, the Derryleigh Dugout and at our lotto stand at Ryan’s Centra on Sunday mornings. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

Derryleigh Diary – September 22 2019

Juniors
Last Sunday was the Munster Junior Cup first round, so only the A team were in action. For the second week running, Newport scored three and kept a clean sheet to advance to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over fellow Premier A side, Hill Celtic in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. Newport will be away to Charleville in the next round after they beat Moyross 4-2.

Newport played well in the first half and dominated the opening 45 minutes and deservedly took a 2-0 lead into the break, courtesy of goals from Paul Ryan in the 17th & 19th minutes. The first was a good header from a cross from the left by Jimmy Fyfe. The second followed less than 2 minutes later when he was played through and found himself one-on-one with the keeper and placed a low shot past the keeper. Newport were good value for this lead and in truth, could easily have had another couple if we had been a bit more clinical in front of goals.

Having played Hill Celtic numerous times over the past 12 months, we know that they would come back into the game and the second half was a much tighter affair with the visitors dominating long passages of play. However, a good defensive effort by Newport frustrated the city side and it was good to secure another clean sheet. Newport made the game safe in the 81st minute when that man again, Paul Ryan, latched onto a defensive error and calmly slotted home to grab his hat-trick. A good win and we now look forward to the visit to North Cork.

Next Sunday’s fixtures include round 1 of the FAI Junior Cup when we travel to play Corbally on Sunday morning at 10.30am. The other games are Junior C, Div 3A, Newport Town AFC C v Murroe C, 2.00pm (Derryleigh Park), U17A, Div 1, Newport Town AFC v Corbally Utd A, 2.00pm (Derryleigh Park) & U17B, Div 2, Castle Rvs v Newport Town AFC, 2.00pm (Carnane, Fedamore).

Schoolboys
It was National Cup games for our even aged sides at the weekend with the U12 (2008), U14 (2006) & U16 (2004) teams in action. It was mixed results with a great win for the U12s, while the U14s were beaten late in extra time and the U16s suffered heartbreak in a dreaded penalty shootout.

Our U12 (2008) boys had their first ever competitive match in Round 1 of the Skechers National Cup at a windswept Villa Park in Roscrea on Saturday afternoon. A tight first half saw Newport take the lead through a well taken Conor Ryan goal and Patrick O’Shea doubled the advantage before half time. Newport were composed and organised from building from the back and Luke McIntyre stretched the lead early in the second half with a great strike from midfield before Killavilla hit back to make it 3-1. However, strikes from Scott Nugent, Ollie Roche and Lucas Wright put Newport in control, with the final score Killavilla 1- 6 Newport. Liam Lynch, Eoin Mac Craith and Darragh McNamara worked seamlessly with goalkeeper Tommy Whelan to keep Killavilla at bay throughout an entertaining tussle in difficult conditions. Leon O Donoghue, Conor McLoughlin and Cian English contributed well in a tough midfield battle, showing some great touches on the ball. Newport will now be away to Castleisland in Round 2.

Hard luck to our U14 (2006) squad who bowed out of the National Cup after losing 2-3 to Broadford United after extra-time in a cracking game. The game ended 2-2 in normal time and it was the visitors who scored late in extra-time to advance to the next round. Newport played very well and were very unlucky to lose. James Moloney & Adam Power were the Newport scorers. Thanks to the parents who helped out with the post-match refreshments. Best of luck to Broadford in the next round.

The U16 sides from Newport Town AFC & Newmarket Celtic (Clare League) played out a very tight & exciting National Cup game in Derryleigh Park. It was an excellent battle between two very good sides and it eventually took a penalty shootout to decide the outcome after the game ended 1-1 after extra time. Unfortunately, it was the visitors who won the shootout 2-1 after Newport failed to convert 4 of their spot-kicks. It was 0-0 at half-time but both sides scored in the second half to leave it 1-1 at normal time. There were no goals scored in extra time meaning penalties would decide the tie. Hard luck to Newport who really played well, gave it their all and can be very proud of their effort. Calum O’Connell scored the Newport goal. Best of luck to Newmarket in the next round.

On Saturday morning in a sun-drenched Derryleigh Park, both our U11 sides were in non-competitive action when the Reds played Aisling Annacotty and the Browns played Shelbourne. Both games were high-scoring games with lots of excitement and all players playing out of their skin. There were some cracking goals scored and there are definitely some future superstars in the making.

Our U7 & U10 sides were all in non-competitive action. The U7 Newport Nippers were away to Corbally and played very well in some very exciting mini-games. Both U10 sides had home games. The Browns played Caherconlish and the Blues played Bridge Celtic with some great football from all sides on display.

Next Saturday’s fixtures are U8 Red Group, Pike Rvs v Newport Town AFC, 9.45am (Pike Grounds), U11 Red Group, Newport Town AFC Reds v Regional Utd A, 11am (Derryleigh Park), U11 Brown Group, Summerville Rvs v Newport Town AFC Browns, 11am (Portland Pk), U13 Div 1, Aisling Annacotty B v Newport Town AFC, 2.30pm (Annacotty) & U15 Premier, Newport Town AFC v Regional Utd A, 12.30pm (Derryleigh Park). All support is very welcome.

Schoolgirls
The U14 game versus Ballymackey was postponed and has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, September 25 in Derryleigh Park at 6.15pm. Saturday’s fixtures are U11 Girls v Birdhill, 11am (Derryleigh Park), U13 Girls, Killavilla v Newport Town AFC, 12pm (Villa Park), U15 Girls, Newport Town AFC v Knigh Utd, 12.15pm (Derryleigh Park) & U18 Girls, BT Harps v Newport Town AFC, 1pm (Roscrea Road).

Membership
Reminder that all players must be registered before taking part in training or playing games for insurance purposes, so please contact your team manager or any committee member to complete your membership if you haven’t done so already.

Last One Standing
149 players entered our Last One Standing competition but after round 1, 58 players were eliminated with Man City & Arsenal causing most of the damage and only 91 players remained standing going into round 2, which took place at the weekend. 15 players were eliminated in round 2, which leaves 76 players remaining as the competition enters round 3 next weekend.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €7,100 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, September 28 in McGrath’s. The numbers drawn were 4, 9, 16 & 22. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member, in the local pubs, Nicky English Butchers, the Derryleigh Dugout and at our lotto stand at Ryan’s Centra on Sunday mornings. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

Derryleigh Diary September 16 2019

Juniors
Unfortunately, all three junior games clashed on Sunday afternoon. For the A team, it was a local derby in Premier A, when 5th placed Newport welcomed 2nd placed Murroe to Derryleigh Park. Before kick-off Newport were 4 points behind Murroe with both having played 7 games. Newport made a lie of the league positions by putting in a great display to win 3-0 with goals from Davy Ryan, Jimmy Fyfe & Brian O’Sullivan. Another satisfying aspect of the game was a solid defensive effort to keep a clean sheet, only Newport’s second of the season.

The Bs travelled to Knockalisheen to play Parkville in Div 1B on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, it was the home side that won on a 4-1 scoreline. Kalem Harte scored the Newport goal from the penalty spot. Nathan Hartigan also scored from the penalty spot earlier in the game, which would have levelled the score at 1-1 but the goal was disallowed due to the official’s interpretation of the rules that left both the Newport & Parkville players & management puzzled. Again the scoreline was harsh on the lads but that’s football.

The Cs, badly in need of some points, travelled to Nenagh to play their fellow Tipp side in Div 3A and deservedly got their first point of the season with a good 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Wayne Collins & Brendan McMahon. Hopefully this will now give the lads the badly needed boost to kick on.

Next weekend is Munster Junior Cup first round, so only the A team are in action on Sunday morning at 11.00am, when they welcome Hill Celtic to Derryleigh Park. All support welcome.

FAI Junior Cup & Munster Junior Cup Draws
The draw has been made for the FAI Junior Cup. Newport have been drawn away to fellow Premier A side, Corbally United AFC. Following on from last year’s big adventure, when we made it to the last 32, we’re hoping that we can go on another good cup run. However, an away trip to Athlunkard is always a difficult assignment. Game is scheduled to be played on or before September 29.

Newport have been drawn at home to fellow Premier A side, Hill Celtic in round 1 of the Munster Junior Cup, with the game scheduled for next Sunday morning at 11.00am. The winner will be away to the winners of Charleville / Moyross in round 2.

Schoolboys
Well done to our U15 (2005) schoolboys who advanced to the next round of the National Cup following an excellent 6-0 win away to Carew Park on Saturday morning. This was a super performance from all the lads. The scorers were Conor Brett (2), Adam Melickichi, David Healy, Aaron Coleman & Nathan Bridgeman. Newport will be away to the winners of Fairview & Tralee Dynamos in the next round.

On Sunday, the U13 (2007) side welcomed Tralee Dynamos to Derryleigh Park in the National Cup. Unfortunately, the well-drilled Kerry side were much too strong for a plucky Newport side and it’s Tralee who advance to the next round. Thanks to all the parents who helped out in providing post-match refreshments for both sets of players and supporters.

Earlier in the week, in the last of the evening games, the U14A beat Aisling Annacotty B on a 3-0 scoreline with goals from Calum O’Connell (2) & Conor Brett. The U12s lost 4-2 away to Granville and the Newport scorers were Harry Lee & Seán Wren.

On Saturday morning in a sun-drenched Derryleigh Park, both our U11 sides were in non-competitive action when the Reds played Aisling Annacotty and the Browns played Shelbourne. Both games were high-scoring games with lots of excitement and all players playing out of their skin. There were some cracking goals scored and there are definitely some future superstars in the making.

Next Saturday’s fixtures include some big National Cup games for our U12 (2008), U14 (2006) & U16 (2004) sides. The fixtures are U7 Red Group, Newport Town AFC v Corbally Utd, 9.45am (Derryleigh Park), U12 (2008) National Cup, Killavilla Utd v Newport Town AFC, 4.00pm (Villa Park), U14 (2006) National Cup, Newport Town AFC v Broadford Utd, 11.00am (Derryleigh Park), U16 (2004) National Cup, Newport Town AFC v Newmarket Celtic, 11.00am (Derryleigh Park), U10 Browns, Newport Town AFC Browns v Caherconlish, 1.00pm (Derryleigh Park) & U10 Blues, Newport Town AFC Blues v Bridge Celtic, 2.00pm (Derryleigh Park). All support is very welcome.

Schoolgirls
The U13s welcomed Killavilla to Derryleigh on Saturday and it was the visitors who scored the only goal of the game to take 3 points on offer, despite a very good performance from the Newport girls.

The U15s travelled to Borrisokane and put in a brilliant display to win the game on a 5-0 scoreline. The management were absolutely delighted with the performance and the attitude shown by the girls. The Newport scorers were Grainne Power 2, Amelia Healy, Emily Hurley & Aoife Mellerick.

The final girls’ fixture on Saturday was the U18 game against Ballymackey. Unfortunately the visitors proved too strong for Newport and recorded a 5-3 victory. This Newport side consists of a number of players playing well above their age but despite the loss they will have learnt a lot and will take this into the next game. On the scoresheet for Newport were Chelsea King 2 & Abbie Lenihan.

The U14s are the only schoolgirl side in action next Saturday when they play Ballymackey in Derryleigh Park with a 2pm kick-off.

Shauna Pearson selected for Munster U15 Squad
Massive congratulations to our schoolgirl player, Shana Pearson, who’s been selected on the 17 player U15 squad to represent Munster in the 2019 Inter-Provincial Tournament taking place in November. This is a huge honour for Shauna, her family, our club, her coaches & team-mates. Fully deserved recognition for a top-class and hard-working player with a great attitude.

Membership
Thanks to all our schoolboy & schoolgirl players who registered for club membership at our registration evenings over the past few weeks. All players must be registered before taking part in training or playing games for insurance purposes, so please contact your team manager or any committee member to complete your membership if you haven’t done so already.

Last One Standing started at the weekend
Thanks to the 149 players who entered our Last One Standing competition, which started at the weekend. All of the players were in with a chance of winning the €500 first prize but after round 1, 58 players were eliminated with Man City & Arsenal causing most of the damage and now only 91 players remain standing. The round 1 team picks were, Liverpool (65), Man City (27), Spurs (22), Arsenal (11), Villa (5), Sheffield Utd (4), Leicester (3), Chelsea (2), West Ham (2), Everton (2), Wolves (2), Brighton (1), Burnley (1), Man Utd (1) & Southampton (1). Round 2 picks must be sent in by 9pm Thursday.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €7,050 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, September 14 in Gleeson’s. The numbers drawn were 1, 11, 19 & 25. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

Derryleigh Diary – September 8 2019

Juniors
The A team travelled into the Fairgreen on Sunday morning to take on the league leaders, Fairview Rangers B. In a very evenly contested game, the match ended 1-1 with team captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan scoring for Newport from the penalty spot. This draw keeps Newport in the hunt in the top half of the table.

The Bs suffered a 7-2 defeat at home to a very strong Glenview side on Sunday morning. The scoreline doesn’t reflect the game as Newport gave away at least three or four cheap goals and we also missed a penalty and hit the crossbar. Again, it was a very young starting eleven and despite being behind the lads kept plugging away until the final whistle. It’s a steep learning curve for this development squad but with a bit of luck the results will start to go their way. Mattie Connolly, with a very brave header and Colin Coleman with a clinical finish, were the Newport scorers.

Unfortunately, the C’s suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Dromore Celtic in Derryleigh Park on Saturday evening. The lads just can’t seem to get a break so far this season despite working hard. Kevin O’Brien was on the mark for Newport.

The U17B team despite taking a 1-0 lead against Summerville Rovers lost the game 5-2 with the Newport goals coming from a great header from Conor McHugo and yet another goal from Luke Ryan.

Next Sunday’s junior fixtures are. Junior A, Premier A, Newport Town AFC v Murroe, 2pm, Derryleigh Park. Junior B, Parkville v Newport Town AFC B, 2pm, Knockalisheen & Junior C, Nenagh v Newport Town AFC C, 2pm, Brickfields.

Schoolboys
The U14A side had an excellent midweek 4-0 win away to Carew Park with Conor Brett on fire with a hat trick and Aaron Coleman with the other Newport goal. These sides will meet again in the National Cup next Saturday and no doubt Carew Park will be looking for some revenge. The U14B side played out a cracking 12 goal thriller away to Fairview B last Wednesday, unfortunately it was the city side that ran out 7-5 winners. The Newport scorers were Cathal Lenihan with 4 and Adam Power.

Despite a good performance, the U13s lost 5-1 at home to Carew Park on Friday evening. James Moloney scored the consolation goal for Newport. On Saturday, the U16B side enjoyed a comfortable 5-0 win away to Corbally B. Johnny Ryan scored twice and Luke Ryan, Lorcan Delaney & Phelim O’Reilly also got their names on the score-sheet.

This week’s fixtures are. Monday, September 9, U12 Div 1, Granville Rgs v Newport Town AFC, 6.30pm (Glenbrook) & U14 Div 1, Newport Town AFC A v Aisling Annacotty B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Saturday, September 14, U15 (2005) National Cup, Carew Park v Newport Town AFC, 11.00am (Carew Pk), U11 Red Group, Newport Town AFC Reds v Aisling Annacotty A, 11.00am (Derryleigh Park) & U11 Brown Group, Newport Town AFC Browns v Shelbourne B, 12.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Sunday, September 15, U13 (2007) National Cup, Newport Town AFC v Tralee Dynamos, 2.00pm (Derryleigh Park). All support is very welcome.

Schoolgirls
The schoolgirl season got underway this week with our U13, U14, U15, U16 & U18 sides in action. The U13s lost their opening game on a 4-0 scoreline away to a very good Holycross side. The U14s secured 3 points with an excellent 3-1 win away to Borrisokane with goals from Aoife Mellerick, Abagail Hickey & Isobel Eivers. Despite being 2-0 down at half-time the U15s rallied in the second half to run out 4-2 winners against Moneygall thanks to goals from Amelia Healy, Robyn McNamara, Emily Hurley & Lauren Bailey. U16s beat BT Harps 4-1 away from home with the goals coming from a hat trick from Abbie Lenihan & Chelsea King. Finally, the U18s beat local rivals Lough Derg 5-1 in Derryleigh Park thanks to goals from Chelsea King 2, Abbie Lenihan, Eimear Carey & Rachel Carey. A very good start for the girls with 4 wins and 1 loss in 5 games.

This week’s fixtures. Saturday, September 14. U13 Girls, Newport Town AFC v Killavilla, 12.00pm (Derryleigh Park), U15 Girls, Borrisokane v Newport Town AFC, 11.30am (Borrisokane) & U18 Girls, Newport Town AFC v Ballymackey, 1.30pm (Derryleigh Park).

Membership
Thanks to all our schoolboy & schoolgirl players who registered for club membership at our registration evenings last week. We will be holding two more registration evening this Monday & Friday, September 9 &13. All players must be registered before taking part in training or playing games for insurance purposes. More details here

Last One Standing starts this Saturday
The club’s Last One Standing competition, starts again this Saturday, September 14. Entry will again be €10 with €500 on offer to the winner. If you’d like to play, please text or Whatsapp your name & mobile number to 089-4052382 or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers, Kennedy’s Discount Store or our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your team-mates, friends & family, while supporting the soccer club. If you haven’t played before, it’s easy. Each game week you will be texted the fixture list, you pick the Premiership team that you think will win their game and text back your selection. If your team wins their game, you are through to the next round. If they lose or draw, then you are out. You can’t pick the same team twice. This continues until the Last One is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €7,000 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, September 14 in Lee’s. The numbers drawn were 6, 12, 14 & 29. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

Derryleigh Diary – September 1 2019

Juniors
Mixed results for our junior sides this week. The A team played twice and had a win & a loss. They suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat on the road to Charleville on Tuesday evening. Newport failed to capitalise on the chances they created while Charleville took the opportunities that came their way. The lads were looking to turn things around again on Saturday when Carew Park were the visitors to Derryleigh Park. The lads bounced back in style with a comfortable 6-0 win against a young Carew Park side. Keith Mawdsley scored 4 goals with Paul Ryan & Elliott Slattery scoring one apiece. After 6 games Newport sit comfortably in the top half of the Premier A division.

The Bs also played two games. First up was the visit of Caherdavin to Derryleigh. The lads will probably feel that these were points dropped rather than a point gained when recording a 2-2 draw. Newport took a 2-0 lead into the interval through goals from youngsters Colin Coleman & Ciarán Flynn. However, with the strong breeze at their backs the visitors took a foothold in the second half and scored in the 75th minute to narrow the gap. However, Newport looked like they would hold on to take all 3 points and created enough chances to win the game but failed to put the game to bed. For the second game running the concession of a late, late penalty proved to be costly. In saying that, the lads played well and before the game a point would have been very acceptable.

A depleted B team suffered a 5-2 loss away to league leaders on Saturday evening in Lee Estate. Missing a number of players due to injuries, work commitments etc. a very young Newport side were up against a very experienced and well-drilled Athlunkard side and the concession of three early goals in the first 20 minutes made a hard job even harder. In fairness to the lads, they dug in and were creating chances and got their rewards on the stroke of half-time, when Colin Coleman scored his 6th of the season to leave it 3-1 at half-time. Colin has now scored in each of the last 4 games. Unfortunately, Athlunkard scored early again in the second half to kill off the game and scored their 5th in the 66th minute. Newport kept plugging away and Ciarán Flynn scored a deserved second goal in the 75th minute to reduce the deficit. Newport finished the game well and came close on a couple of occasions. We would like to wish a speedy recovery to Aaron O’Neill who suffered a knee injury midway through the first half.

The C team were once again very unlucky to lose on a 1-0 scoreline for the second game running, when Mungret Regional C took the 3 points on offer at Derryleigh Park on Friday evening. Newport have lost their first three league games but have been unfortunate not to take any points along the way. It’s just a matter of time before the lads pick up their first win of the campaign.

The U17A side travelled into town to play Shelbourne on Sunday afternoon in their third league game but were unable to find the net and it was the home side that ran out winners on a 3-0 scoreline.

This week’s junior fixtures are. Saturday, September 7, Junior C, Div 3A, Newport Town AFC v Dromore, 6.15pm (Derryleigh Park). Sunday, September 8, Junior A, Premier A, Fairview Rgs B v Newport Town AFC, 10.30am (Derryleigh Park) & Junior B, Div 1B, Newport Town AFC B v Glenview, 10.30am (Derryleigh Park) & U17, Div 2, Newport Town AFC v Summerville, 2.00pm (Derryleigh Park).

Rearcross Tournament
Well done to the Juniors on winning the Ann Kennedy Rearcross FC tournament during the week. The game ended 2-2 in normal time. Jordan Ryan & Elliott Slattery were our scorers. Newport won the penalty shootout 4-3. This is Newport’s 6th time winning the tournament since it started in 1990. We would like to wish Rearcross player, Gary Ryan, a speedy recovery after he suffered a nasty arm injury during the second half.

Schoolboys
The schoolboy season resumes this Wednesday, September 4. In the first week, our U7, U12, U13, U14, U15 & U16 sides will be in action. The fixtures are – Wednesday, September 4, U14 Div 1, Carew Park v Newport Town AFC A, 6.30pm (Carew Pk) & U14 Div 2, Fairview Rgs B v Newport Town AFC B, 6.30pm (Fairgreen). Friday, September 6, U13 Div 1, Newport Town AFC A v Carew Pk, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park) & U15 Premier, Newport Town AFC v Regional Utd A, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Saturday, September 7, U16 Div 1, Corbally Utd B v Newport Town AFC B, 12.30pm (Athlunkard) & U7 Red Group, Caherdavin Celtic v Newport Town AFC, 9.45am (Greenhills). Monday, September 9, U12 Div 1, Granville Rgs v Newport Town AFC, 6.30pm (Glenbrook) & U14 Div 1, Newport Town AFC A v Aisling Annacotty B, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Best of luck to all our sides. All support is welcome at the games.

National Cup Draws
The draws have been made for the SFAI National Cups. Our draws are below.

U12 (2008) v Killavilla United AFC (Away)
U13 (2007) v Tralee Dynamos F.C (Home)
U14 (2006) v Broadford United AFC (Home)
U15 (2005) v Carew Park FC (Away)
U16 (2004) v Newmarket Celtic (Home)

Dates & times to be confirmed. Some great games in store and we look forward to all the games and welcoming visiting teams from Tralee, Broadford (Co Limerick) & Newmarket (Clare) to Derryleigh Park.

Schoolgirls
The schoolgirl season kicks off on Monday, September 2. Opening fixtures are Monday, September 2, U13, Holycross v Newport Town AFC, 6.30pm (Glenbane) & U15, Newport Town AFC v Moneygall, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Wednesday, September 4, U18 Girls, Newport Town AFC v Lough Derg, 6.30pm (Derryleigh Park). Saturday, September 7, U14 Girls, Borrisokane v Newport Town AFC, 2.00pm (Borrisokane) & U16 Girls, BT Harps v Newport Town AFC, 11.30am (Roscrea Road)Best of luck to all our schoolgirl sides in the new season.

Membership
Thanks to all our schoolboy & schoolgirl players who registered for club membership at our registration evenings last week. We will be holding another registration evening in the next week or two. All players must be registered before taking part in training or playing games for insurance purposes.

Last One Standing will return on Saturday, September 14
Due to popular demand, the club’s Last One Standing competition, will be returning on Saturday, September 14. Entry will again be €10 with €500 on offer to the winner. If you’d like to play, please text or Whatsapp your name & mobile number to 089-4052382 or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers, Kennedy’s Discount Store or our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your team-mates, friends & family, while supporting the soccer club. If you haven’t played before, it’s easy. Each game week you will be texted the fixture list, you pick the Premiership team that you think will win their game and text back your selection. If your team wins their game, you are through to the next round. If they lose or draw, then you are out. You can’t pick the same team twice. This continues until the Last One is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,950 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, September 7 in Ryan’s. The numbers drawn were 5, 14, 18 & 22. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.