Keep up to date on all the recent club news by reading the weekly Derryleigh Diary.

Derryleigh Diary – July 7 2019

Schoolboys
Well done to our U12 side on a great 4-3 win away to Fairview last Monday evening. The Fairgreen is never an easy place to go and get a win. Scorers for Newport were Conor Ryan 2, Christopher O’Connor & Dara Moloughney.

Hard luck to the U16B side that lost 6-2 away to a strong Summerville side last Tuesday. It could have been closer as Newport missed two pens. Johnny Ryan & Nathan O’Donoghue were on the mark for NTAFC.

The U13 side had a good win on the road last Wednesday, when they beat Aisling Annacotty C 4-3 in Killonan. The Newport scorers were Conor O’Brien 2, Evan Moran & Conor Molamphy.

Last Thursday, the U15s made the trip to Dooradoyle to play Regional in the Premier League and unfortunately lost 4-1. This was a score line which wasn’t a true reflection of the effort the lads put in. Missing a number of regulars, Newport really put it up to the Premier League leaders but when Lady Luck seems to no longer be on your side and you come up against a keeper in inspired form, then sometimes results don’t go your way. Keep plugging away lads and don’t let the heads drop. Stephen Madden scored a very good goal for Newport.

Last Friday, our under 14A side recorded an excellent 3-1 win over Div 1 league leaders Regional United in Derryleigh Park. The Newport scorers were Nathan Bridgeman (2) & Callum O’Connell. Unfortunately a severely depleted U16A side (missing a number of players due to holidays & Longitude) suffered a disappointing home defeat to Premier league leaders Aisling Annacotty.
Our U8, U9, U10 and U11 sides were also in non-competitive action. The U9s had their last league game before the summer break away to Regional last Tuesday. It was a lovely evening for a game of ball and the lads played some nice football. The U8 Nippers were also away to Regional in Dooradoyle. The boys & girls from both sides had some great fun in very exciting games on a lovely sunny evening. Thanks to all the parents & supporters who travelled in to really get behind the players. Both U10 sides were in action against Shelbourne & Aisling Annacotty and played out two excellent & entertaining games. There was a path worn to Dooradoyle last week as the U11 Browns also played Regional and it was a great team effort from a super bunch of players. Well done to all our players who represented the club so well in the past week.

This week sees the last of the schoolboy games before the summer break. Monday, July 8, U15 are home to Carew Park (7pm) and the U7s are home to Mungret Regional (7pm). Wednesday, July 10, U16A are home to Fairview (7.30pm) and U16B are away to Regional (8pm. U10 Blues are home to Geraldines (6.30pm) and U10 Browns are away to Summerville (7pm). Friday, July 12, U15s are away to Aisling Annacotty B (7pm). The schoolboy summer break will be from July 13 to September 2.

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls
Well done to all our schoolgirl teams and players who picked up awards at the NTSFL Awards Night last Friday night. The new schoolgirl season is due to commence on Saturday, August 31.

Summer Camps
It’s less than a week to the start of the first of our FAI Summer Soccer Schools. The camp starts next Monday, July 15 and is fully booked with 150 boys & girls taking part; therefore no extra walk-up bookings can be taken. However there are still some spaces left on our second camp from August 19-23. Book soon to avoid disappointment on www.summersoccerschools.ie If you are already booked on the July camp, you can also do the August camp at a reduced price of €55.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,500 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, July 13 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 10 & 26. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Community Games
Unfortunately the Newport U12 & U15 girls and U13 & U15 boys and U15 girls soccer sides were all beaten in the semi-finals of the Munster Community Games Finals in Tralee last weekend. All the sides put in great performances but it just wasn’t to be.

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 – June 30 2019

Schoolboys
Last week, the U12s travelled out to Caherconlish and despite putting in an excellent performance, were very unlucky to lose out on a 3-1 scoreline with the Newport goal coming from Dara Moloughney. U14B played out a thrilling 4-4 draw against Summerville Rovers last Tuesday in front of a big crowd in Derryleigh Park. James Moloney (2), Adam Power & Mikey Carroll were on the scoresheet for Newport. This was a great advertisement for schoolboy football. Special thanks to the five U13 players who stepped up on the evening and made a great contribution.

The U13 players had two games last week. On Wednesday, they travelled out to Caherconlish and were unlucky to come out on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline with James Moloney scoring the Newport goal. On Friday, the lads were well beaten by a strong Corbally side. James Moloney (again) & Conor O’Brien scored the consolation goals for Newport.

The U15s also had two games in Derryleigh Park and unfortunately lost both. On Wednesday they played Aisling Annacotty B and despite taking the lead through a great goal from Ciaran Darcy, two quickfire goals in the second half saw the city side run out 2-1 winners. This was a game that Newport did not deserve to lose. Then on Friday, they welcomed a very strong Carew Park in the Premier Cup semi-final. Once again the lads put in a very good performance but they just can’t buy a win at the minute and it was the visitors who advanced to the cup final on a 4-2 scoreline. Newport’s goals came from Adam McEvoy & Diarmuid O’Riordan.

Our U8 and U11 sides were also in non-competitive action. The U8s played Shelbourne in a blitz on the astro-turf. This group of players continue to improve with every outing and really love to put on the club jersey and enjoy every game. The U11 Browns welcomed near-neighbours Lisnagry to a sun-soaked Derryleigh Park and played out a very entertaining game. Newport scorers were Eden Flanagan and James Fahy but special mention for Adam Kamil who was in inspired form in the Newport goals. Our U11 Reds played Mungret Regional in Derryleigh on Thursday evening. There was plenty of great football on display in very warm conditions.

This week is another very busy week for our schoolboy sides. On Monday, July 1, U12s are away to Fairview (6.30pm). On Tuesday, U16B are away to Summerville Rovers (7.30pm) and the U9s are away to Regional (6.30pm). This Wednesday, U13 are away to Aisling Annacotty C (6.30pm) and both U10 sides are in action. The Blues are home to Shelbourne (7pm) and the Browns are away to Aisling Annacotty (8pm). On Thursday, U15 are away to Regional (8pm) and U8 are also away to Regional (7pm). On Friday, U11 Browns are away to Regional (7pm), U14A are home to Regional (7pm) and U16A are home to Aisling Annacotty. Next Monday, U15 are home to Carew Park (7pm) and the U7s are home to Mungret Regional (7pm). The schoolboy summer break will be from July 13 to September 2.

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Summer Camps
All 150 places on our first summer camp in July are gone and just over 50 places are left on our second camp, from August 19-23. Book online at www.summersoccerschools.ie soon to avoid disappointment. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €70 (discounted price if you book on both camps) which includes an exclusive playing kit (jersey, shorts & socks), backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,450 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, July 6 29 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 16 & 24. 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 – June 23 2019

Schoolboys
Last week, only our non-competitive U7, U8, U9, U10, U11 sides were in action. U9s played away to Caherdavin last Wednesday evening. John Meehan & John Landers, stand-in managers for the night, got the lads playing fast, free-flowing attacking football which produced lots of goals. Our U11 Brown team played Bridge Celtic on Tuesday evening. A great game featuring a very good goal from a free kick well worked by Athol Harvey & Cillian Healy. A great bunch of lads that train hard and love playing ball. Some of the skills on display in all games were very impressive and some great goals were scored with some great individual & team performances. Great entertainment for all the supporters and lots of smiles on the players faces.

It’s an FAI policy that there are no match scores or league tables recorded for non-competitive games (U11 and under). These games are all about player development and allowing the young players express themselves on the football pitch without being concerned about scorelines and league positions.

This week’s fixtures see our U7, U8, U9, U11,U12, U13, U14B, U15 & U16B sides in action. On Monday, June 24, U12s are away to Caherconlish (7pm). On Tuesday, U14B are home to Summerville (7pm) and the U8s are home to Shelbourne (7pm). This Wednesday, U15s are home to Aisling Annacotty (7pm) & U13 are home to Caherconlish (7pm). On Thursday, U11 Reds are home to Mungret Regional (7pm) and the U11 Browns are home to Lisnagry (8pm). On Friday, U15s are home in the Premier semi-final, playing the winners of Aisling Annacotty A / Carew Park, U13 are home to Corbally and the U7s are home to Shelbourne (all kick-off 7pm). Next Monday, July 1, U12s are away to Fairview (6.30pm). Finally next Tuesday, U16B are away to Summerville Rovers (7.30pm) and the U9s are away to Regional (6.30pm).

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Gaynor Cup
Best of luck to our players that are part of the NTSFL U15 schoolgirl squad participating in the Gaynor Cup competition taking place in U.L. from Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, June 30. There are 16 league squads participating in what is widely-regarded as the premier showcase for underage women’s football in Ireland. North Tipp will be hopeful of progressing into the knock-out stages from their group, which also contains the Galway, Mayo & Kilkenny leagues.

Summer Camps
All 150 places on our first summer camp in July are gone and more than half the places on our second camp, from August 19-23 are gone. Book online at www.summersoccerschools.ie soon to avoid disappointment. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €70 (discounted price if you book on both camps) which includes an exclusive playing kit (jersey, shorts & socks), backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches!

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,400 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, June 29 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 8 & 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 – June 16 2019

Schoolboys
Hard luck to our U13 side who unfortunately lost out in a penalty shootout away to Aisling Annacotty B in the Div 1 Cup quarter final last Wednesday. The game ended 1-1 with Conor Molamphy scoring the Newport goal. Newport were unlucky not to win the game in normal time but that’s football.

The scheduled games for our U10 sides were postponed but our U8, U9 & U11 (Red) sides were in action in non-competitive games against Geraldines & Shelbourne respectively. As always, there are no match scores or league tables being recorded for non-competitive games (U11 and under). These games are all about player development and allowing the young players express themselves on the football pitch without being concerned about scorelines and league positions. However some of the skills on display were very impressive and some great goals were scored with some great individual & team performances. Great entertainment for all the supporters.

This week’s fixtures see our U7, U8, U9, U10, U11,U12 & U14 sides in action. On Monday, U7s are home to Lisnagry (7pm). On Tuesday both U11 sides are in action at 7pm, Reds are away to Corbally & Browns are away to Bridge Celtic. This Wednesday, U9s are away to Caherdavin (7pm). On Friday, both U10 sides are playing at 7pm, Blues away to Granville & Browns home to Mungret Regional. Next Monday, U12s are away to Caherconlish (7pm). Finally next Tuesday, U14B are home to Summerville (7pm) and the U8s are home to Shelbourne (7pm).

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Summer Camps
All 150 places are now booked on our first Summer Camp in July and the camp is fully SOLD-OUT a full month before it’s due to start. Incredible response and we’re also the first camp to sell-out in North Tipperary. Spaces on our second camp, from August 19-23 are also filling fast. If you are booked on the first camp, you can book on the second camp for a discounted price of €55. Book online at www.summersoccerschools.ie The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €70 which includes an exclusive playing kit (jersey, shorts & socks), backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! You also receive a 20% discount in SportsDirect.com stores.

Help us keep Derryleigh Park tidy
If your children are using our astro-turf or pitches during their summer holidays, please talk to them about binning their litter. It is not only unsightly but also dangerous to players of all ages when training or playing matches. There are plenty of bins around Derryleigh Park, so please remind them to use them for their rubbish. Thank you.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,350 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, June 22 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 2, 7, 20 & 27. 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 – June 9 2019

Schoolboys
Our U12 & U14 sides were in competitive action in the past week. Our U12s played Bridge Celtic in the league & cup with both games taking place in Derryleigh Park. In the league encounter on Wednesday, the visitors won on a 5-3 scoreline with Conor Ryan 2 & Aaron O’Flaherty on the mark for Newport. The sides played each other again just 2 days later in the cup quarter-final in a much tighter and low-scoring game. Unfortunately it was Bridge Celtic that once again got the upper hand when they advanced to the semi-final after a 2-0 victory.

The U14B side played out an 11 goal thriller away to Parkville last Wednesday but it was the home side that earned all 3 points on a 6-5 scoreline. The Newport scorers were Conor Gavan wit ha hat-trick, Adam Power & Mikey Carroll. On Friday evening the U14A side enjoyed an excellent 5-3 win away to Geraldines courtesy of goals from Conor Brett 2, Conor Molamphy 2 & Alex O’Toole. This win leaves Newport in second place in Div 1 after 7 games, 6 points behind unbeaten Regional.

Our U7 & U10 Browns were in action in non-competitive games against Regional & Shelbourne respectively. As always, there are no match scores or league tables being recorded for non-competitive games (U11 and under). These games are all about player development and allowing the young players express themselves on the football pitch without being concerned about scorelines and league positions. However some of the skills on display were very impressive and some great goals were scored with some great individual & team performances. Great entertainment for all the supporters.

This week’s fixtures see our U7, U8, U9, U11 Reds, U13 and both U10 & U11 sides in action. On Tuesday, U9 are home to Shelbourne (7pm) & U11 Reds are away to Shelbourne (7pm). On Wednesday, U8 are home to Geraldines (7pm) and the U13s are away to Aisling Annacotty B in the cup quarter-final (7.45pm). On Friday, U10 Blues are home to Geradlines (7pm) and U10 Browns are away to Summerville (7pm). Next Monday, U7 are home to Lisnagry (7pm). Finaly next Tuesday, June 18, U11 Red are away to Corbally and U11 Brown are away to Bridge Celtic, both games at 7pm.

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Kennedy Cup
The very best of luck to our players, Aaron Coleman, who’s on the main LDSL Kennedy Cup squad and to Mark Forde, who’s on standby for the Kennedy Cup competition that starts on Tuesday, June 11 in U.L. The prestigious U14 schoolboy tournament features the elite players from all 32 of the SFAI leagues. Each of the 32 Leagues enters a squad of twenty players to compete over an entire week with additional competitions for those teams which do not progress to the latter stages of the Kennedy Cup itself.

Limerick District Schoolboy League are pitted against West Cork, Roscommon and North Dublin District League in group 7. LDSL will open their campaign against Roscommon on Tuesday June 11th (pitch 4) at 4pm. On Wednesday, it is an earlier start as the District League face West Cork at 10.30am (pitch 5) which is situated at the new all weather complex. Later that day, the final group game sees Limerick face North Dublin District League at 4pm (pitch 7).

Summer Camps
There has been a surge in bookings for our FAI Summer Soccer Schools and the camps, especially camp 1, are beginning to fill up. Camp 1 takes place from July 15-19 and Camp 2 runs from August 19-23. Online booking and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €70 which includes an exclusive playing kit (jersey, shorts & socks), backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! You also receive a 20% discount in SportsDirect.com stores. The cost is €70 per week but if you book the 2 weeks, the second camp only costs €55. There is also a family discount available. Both of last year’s camps were sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place and avoid disappointment.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,300 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, June 15 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 18 & 29. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

AGM
The club’s AGM took place on Saturday, June 8 in our Derryleigh Park clubhouse. Outgoing Chairman, Ger Healy welcomed everyone and and thanked them for their attendance. There was a minute’s silence for all deceased members including former player Terry Cullimore who recently passed away. Last year’s minutes were read before Secretary, Ailbe Coffey, gave a very comprehensive report on the club’s activities over the past 12 months. The length of the report highlights the current size of the club and how busy we are both on and off the pitch. Both the Chairman & Secretary, in their respective addresses, thanked the managers, assistants, all volunteers and the supporters of all our teams, both junior and underage for their efforts all season. Outgoing Treasurer, Ger O’Brien gave an update on the club’s finances and no issues arose. Child Welfare Officer, Micheál Lenihan, gave his report and once again emphasised the importance of child welfare within the club. Team reports were then read out for all teams from the Junior A side all the way down to the Newport Nippers. With 500 players and more than 30 teams, there was lots of reading in these reports.The Election of Committee & Executive Committee members then took place. Tom O’Malley replaces Ger Healy as Chairperson, while Ger Healy replaces Ger O’Brien as Treasurer. Ailbe Coffey & Micheál Lenihan remain on as Secretary & Child Welfare Officer respectively, while Dave Noble returns as Club P.R.O.

Ger O’Brien, Andrew Gleeson, Tom Hickey, Mike Lyons and Vivienne Keane stood down from the committee and their service was acknowledged. The Committee members re-elected were Denis O’Sullivan, Richard Egan, Tim Coffey, Marc Barry & Mike O’Donoghue. A new committee member for the 2019/2020 season is Lar Kennedy. Good luck to the incoming committee for the season ahead in what continue to be exciting & busy times for the club both on and off the pitch as we enter our 50th anniversary in 2020.

Ger O’Brien
At the AGM, club stalwart, Ger O’Brien publicly announced his decision to step down from the committee and his role as Treasurer after more than 30 years unbroken service on the club’s committee and was presented with a token of appreciation from the committee on behalf of all club members. When Ger advised his fellow committee members of his intentions a month or two ago, there was both surprise & disappointment but also a deep sense of appreciation of the lifetime of hard work that Ger has put into the club. Ger has been a great ambassador for and servant to Newport Town AFC and has seen the club grow from under 50 members to the current membership of 500 members. Without Ger’s dedication and hard work and that of others before him, we would not have our fantastic new clubhouse and grounds and see the club prosper and develop far beyond the founding members’ wildest dreams, when the first meeting of the club took place in May 1970 in the pool room of O’Sullivan’s Bar. In his time, Ger has been a player, manager and served in all officer roles and will be a major loss to our executive. As outgoing treasurer, he has assured financial stability and financial governance over the last number of years. Thanks Ger for your time, effort & dedication.

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 – June 2 2019

Schoolboys
With the Junior & Schoolgirl seasons now ended, the Schoolboys are centre-stage. Our U16, U13 & U12 were all in competitive action in the past week. The U16s welcomed Fairview to Derryleigh Park in the quarter-final of the Premier Cup and were unfortunately outgunned by a very good city side on a 7-2 scoreline. Jay Ryan & Jack Ryan scored the consolation goals for Newport.

The U13s enjoyed a very good 5-3 win at home to Caherconlish with goals from James Moloney 2, Conor O’Brien 2 & Ciarán Carey. This was an excellent display from the lads.

Our U12s played two games with mixed results.On Wednesday, they lost 6-1 to an excellent Pike Side with Aaron Flaherty scoring Newport’s only goal. On Friday evening, Newport played Janesboro in Derryleigh Park and ran out 7-2 winners with goals from Sean Wren 3, Aaron Flaherty, Zach Mooney, Liam Coffey & Dara McGrath.

Our U7, U9 & U11 Browns were all in action in non-competitive games against Aisling & Summerville Rovers. Some of the skills on display were very impressive and some great goals were scored with some great individual & team performances. Great entertainment for all the supporters.

This week we have 10 schoolboy games between taking place. On Tuesday, U8 are away to Regional (7pm). On Wednesday U12 are home to Bridge Celtic (7pm) and U14B are away to Parkville (7pm). On Thursday U10 Browns are away to Shelbourne (7pm). On Friday U14A are away to Geraldines (7pm), U7 are away to Regional (6.30pm) and the U12s welcome Bridge Celtic back to Derryleigh in the Cup quarter-final (7pm). On Monday U9 are home to Shelbourne (6.30pm). Finally on Tuesday both U11 sides are in action. U11 Reds are away to Shelbourne (7pm) and the Browns are home to Mungret Regional (7pm).

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls Gaynor Cup
We were very proud to have 4 Newport players (Lauren Bailey, Aoife Mellerick, Heather O’Neill & Laura Parsons) in the North Tipp U13 schoolgirl squad that took place in the FAI Gaynor Cup that took place over the Bank Holiday weekend in UL. The Gaynor Cup is the country’s most prestigious tournament for schoolgirls. Unfortunately the results didn’t go their way over the weekend and they finished 11th out of the 16 teams.

Summer Camps
Booking is open for our FAI Summer Soccer Schools and the camps are beginning to fill up. Camp 1 takes place from July 15-19 and Camp 2 runs from August 19-23. Online booking and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €70 which includes an exclusive playing kit (jersey, shorts & socks), backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! You also receive a 20% discount in SportsDirect.com stores.

The cost is €70 per week but if you book the 2 weeks, the second camp only costs €55. There is also a family discount available. Both of last year’s camps were sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place and avoid disappointment.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,250 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, June 8 in O’Sullivan’s Bar after the AGM. The numbers drawn were 20, 25, 27 & 30. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Exams
We would like to extend our best wishes to all our players and all students starting their Leaving & Junior Cert exams this Wednesday. Hopefully all the hard work and long hours of study will all be worth it. Remember that these exams only measure a little bit of you.

AGM
The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Saturday, June 8 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. All junior players, managers/coaches, parents/guardians of schoolboy/schoolgirl players and club supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, should contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey or any current Committee member as soon as possible. Please try and attend as this is your club and your voice is very important. We hope to see a large attendance.

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 – May 26 2019

Newport narrowly lose the Div 1B League Playoff Final
Having already won the Calvert Cup and secured promotion, the fairytale ending to the Junior ‘A’ side’s season failed to come to pass on Saturday evening, when they narrowly lost the Div 1B League Playoff Final to Hill Celtic in Hogan Park on a 1-2 scoreline. Newport lost the toss for home advantage and it was Hill Celtic who didn’t give their visitors a very hospitable welcome when they led 2-0 after just 25 minutes.

It was the worst possible start for Newport as in the 12th minute, our top-scorer, Christy Doyle suffered a nasty knee injury and had to be replaced by U17 player, Jack O’Carroll. Then just 5 minutes later, right-back James Lynch, had to leave the field of play due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Kevin O’Brien, who went on to play a great game and in turn produced two brilliant pieces of defending in the second half when the Limerick side seemed destined to score.

The early changes seemed to upset Newport’s rhythm as they adjusted to the new personnel on the field and it was in this short interval that the damage was done. In the 20th minute Celtic picked up the ball on the left end-line and crossed the ball into the 6 yard box and Aaron Dawson’s header hit the cross-bar, came straight down but was deemed by the assistant referee, Jackie Curran, to have crossed the line. Some of the Newport players weren’t convinced but without the use of VAR, referee John McNamara awarded the goal. Then just 5 minutes later Newport failed to deal with a corner and Alex Mitchell scrambled the ball home from a yard out to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Even though, there was still a long way to go, Newport were shell-shocked and a comeback didn’t look on the cards. However this side have shown a lot of character during the season and after the half hour mark began to settle into the game and began to put some patterns into their play. In the 33rd minute we had a claim for handball in the box waved away and then a minute later, Jack O’Carroll’s shot on target was well saved by Robert Power in the Celtic goal. He then followed this up with a save from a Seán Ryan shot one minute later. Then within 60 seconds, Clemy’s header from a Mark McGuire cross just went the wrong side of the post. At this stage, it was all Newport and Hill Celtic were hanging on at the back. Newport’s pressure finally paid off in the 42nd minute when Sean Ryan fired home inside the box to leave the score 2-1 to Hill Celtic.Just 2 minutes later, Paul Ryan had a great chance in front of goal to level the game but he didn’t connect cleanly and the ball went wide.

The ref indicated there would be 6 minutes of injury time. Newport were now dominating the game and the city side were desperate for the half-time whistle. 3 minutes into injury time, Seán Ryan, stretched to get on a great low cross into the danger area but despite making contact the power just wasn’t enough to steer the ball past the keeper. 2-1 down at half-time but Newport were well in the game.

The half-time team talk seemed to work for Hill Celtic as they started the second half in a calmer and more assured manner. When they were awarded a penalty in the 51st minute, it looked like our race was run but when the spot kick cannoned off the crossbar, the feeling was that our luck had changed. In the 66th minute, Kevin O’Brien made a brilliant & perfectly-timed last-ditch tackle as the Hill Celtic player was bearing down on goal. 2 minutes later, Newport were denied what looked like a stonewall penalty as Clemy was tackled in the box but the ref waved play on. This game had everything!

The game was now opening up a bit and Newport were pushing on as we looked for the equaliser. In the 77th minute Nathan Hartigan & Dave Kennedy replaced Kev Connolly & Jack O’Carroll to introduce some pace and fresh legs. With 7 minutes left, Hill Celtic headed the ball clear off their line and another groan went up from the large Newport crowd at the game. In the 84th minute, Jimmy Fyfe replaced the hard-working Seán Ryan. Hill Celtic were threatening on the counter and in the 85th minute, it took a great block from Kevin O’Brien on the line to deny the home side a goal. Try as they might, Newport could not break down the Hill Celtic defence and the Limerick side were relieved and delighted to hear the final whistle and be crowned Div 1B league champions for the 2018/2019 season. The Newport players, management & supporters were disappointed but when the dust settles, all will be able to reflect on what has been a very successful season for the A team.

When the final curtain came down on the junior season, we just came up short at the very end. However it’s been a great season. We would have bitten your hand off at the start of the season if we were offered promotion, a cup win and great runs in the FAI Junior Cup & Lawson Cup. This disappointment will fade but next year we look forward to playing in Div 1A and will challenge again. Thanks lads for a great journey. You have done yourselves & our club proud. The future is bright. Enjoy the summer break and see you for pre-season training in July.

Match Squad: Harry Ryan, James Lynch, Mark McGuire, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Kev Connolly, Sean Ryan, Christy Doyle, Paul Ryan & Brian O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Brien, Dave Kennedy, Jack Noble, Nathan Hartigan, Jack O’Carroll, Jimmy Fyfe & Brendan Coffey.

Schoolboys
Hard luck to our U14A side who lost the Cup Final after extra time away to Regional last Saturday. The lads advanced to the final following a comfortable 8-0 win away to Mungret the previous Wednesday thanks to goals from Aaron Coleman 2, Conor Brett 2, Nathan Bridgeman 2, Conor Molamphy & Callum O’Connell. In the final, Newport went a goal down after 17 minutes but 5 minutes before that Newport were unlucky not to open the scoring after hitting the crossbar. Alex O’Toole levelled the final in the 21st minute but just 8 minutes later, Newport were behind again after Regional were awarded a penalty which they duly converted. On the stroke of half-time Newport were once again denied by the woodwork. 9 minutes into the second half Regional scored again to make it 3-1. Instead of dropping their heads the Newport lads dug deep and really brought the game to their hosts and closed the gap with 15 minutes remaining, when Conor Brett found the net. With 9 minutes left, the comeback was complete when Alex O’Toole scored from the penalty spot. The remaining minutes of normal time were frantic with both sides looking for the winner. However neither team scored so extra time was needed. 6 minutes into the first half of extra time Regional went 4-3 ahead and despite creating some chances Newport could not manage to get an equaliser and it was the Dooradoyle side who lifted the trophy. It was a disappointing result for the lads but they gave it everything on the day and with a bit of luck the result could have been different, but that’s sport. Hard luck lads.

Last Monday, the U13s recorded a very good 8-1 win at home to Pike Rovers B with James Moloney 3, Darragh Meaney, Conor O’Brien, Evan Moran, Evan Keogh & Adam Power on the mark.

The U15s had 2 games during the week with mixed results. Last Monday they went down 4-0 at home to Aisling Annacotty A but on Friday, secured their first win of the season when beating Caherdavin 2-1 in a very entertaining game. It was a fully deserved win for the lads. Effort & performance was top class. Hopefully the lads will kick on with this victory. The scorers were Ciaran Darcy & Steven Madden.

Our U12s also had 2 games this week but unfortunately they lost both. On Wednesday they were beaten 7-2 away to Regional with goals coming from Dara McGrath & Cathal McNamara. On Saturday, they lost 3-1 away to Caherdavin with Conor Ryan the Newport scorer.

The U16A side lost 5-3 at home to a strong Shelbourne side on Saturday. Jay Ryan (2) & Daniel Egan scored for Newport. After 8 games, Newport have now won 3, drawn 2 and lost 3 and are currently in 4th place. They now play Fairview in the cup quarter-final on Monday evening.

Our U10 & U11 sides also played non-competitive games. Played on good pitches in decent weather, the players really enjoyed themselves despite the mixed results. Some of the skills on display were very impressive and some great goals were scored. Great entertainment for all the supporters.

This week we have schoolboy games on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. On Monday, U11 Browns are home to Summerville (6.30pm) and U13 are home to Caherconlish (7.45pm). On Tuesday, U7 are away to Aisling (7pm). On Wednesday U12 are home to Pike Rovers (7pm). On Thursday, U9 are away to Aisling (7pm) and on Friday, U12s are in action again when they welcome Janesboro to Derryleigh (7pm).

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Summer Camps
Online booking are now open for our always popular FAI Summer Soccer School camps. Once again we will hold 2 camps. Camp 1 (July 15-19) & Camp 2 (August 19-23). Our camps always book up fast so book early to avoid disappointment. Full details on www.summersoccerschools.ie

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,200 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, June 1 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 1, 9, 11 & 15. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

AGM
The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Saturday, June 8 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. All junior players, managers/coaches, parents/guardians of schoolboy/schoolgirl players and club supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Proposals for discussion items and/or motions to be put to the AGM on the night should be submitted in writing to Ailbe Coffey, Hon. Club Secretary, Newport Town AFC, Main Street, Newport, Co. Tipperary and/or by e-mail to secretary@newporttownafc.com no later than Thursday, May 30. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, should contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey or any current Committee member as soon as possible. Please try and attend as this is your club and your voice is very important. We hope to see a large attendance.

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 – May 19 2019

Newport Junior A team are promoted to Div 1A
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.

The second half continued in the same vein and Kev Connolly, who was played out of his skin in the past few games, made it 4-0 in the 60th minute when he picked up a loose ball and drilled home a low shot. 8 minutes later, Paul Ryan got his hat-trick when firing home a lovely curled shot. The bench was emptied in the second half with all subs getting a run. Our youth player, Jack O’Carroll, who had replaced Clemy, won a penalty in the 78th minute and calmly stepped up to fire home to make it 6-0. Jacko had had a great season for the club and was the leading scorer in U18 Div 2 and was also selected on the U17 & U18 League teams of the season. Sean Ryan wrapped up the scoring with the last kick of the game to leave the final score 7-0 to Newport. With promotion secured and the Cup Final won, all attention now turns to the league play-off. Getting promoted is a great achievement but management & squad are now greedy and want to go up as league & cup double winners. Just one more win will see this happen.

Manager, Marc Barry, and the Junior A team players & backroom staff have asked me to thank all our supporters who turned out in big numbers in Jackman Park at the cup final and at the most recent games in Derryleigh Park. Your support has really helped them dig deep when needed and get them over the line. They are calling on your support again this Saturday in the league playoff.

Match Squad: Match Squad: Harry Ryan, James Lynch, Mark McGuire (Jack Noble), Elliott Slattery (Jimmy Fyfe), Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Kev Connolly (Dave Kennedy), Sean Ryan, Christy Doyle, Paul Ryan (Kevin O’Brien) & Brian O’Sullivan (Jack O’Carroll)

Div 1B League Playoff next Saturday – Newport Town AFC v Hill Celtic
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 will take place on Wednesday evening to decide whether the game will be played in Derryleigh Park or Hogan Park. Either way, the game will take place 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. Wherever the games takes place, we will be hopeful of having another big Newport crowd in attendance to support the lads as they go for the double.

Christy O’Connor named as the overall Limerick Div 1B Player of the Year
Congratulations to our Junior A player, Christy O’Connor, who has been named as the Limerick League Div 1B Overall Player of the Year at the Limerick Junior Soccer Awards Ceremony last Friday. This is a highly coveted award as it’s selected by players & managers from other clubs. Christy is fully deserving of this award as selected by his peers.

Christy is a one-club man, having played all his soccer for Newport from schoolboy all the way through to today. He is always one of the first names on the team-sheet and this season, his centre-half pairing with youngster, Elliott Slattery, has been a crucial factor in the ‘A’ team’s hugely successful season, which has seen them win the Calvert Cup, get promoted to Div 1A (with the league playoff still to come), reach the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup and the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup.

Newport had the meanest defence in the Div 1B league & cups, only conceding 25 goals in the 24 games played including a brilliant 11 clean sheets. Christy has also been known to venture further up the field from time to time resulting in 4 goals for him this season.

He’s only missed one game all season and is an ever-present & dedicated trainer and demands excellence & effort from all those around him but he also leads by example and sometime puts his body in places where others wouldn’t dream of. The general consensus is that you would always want to be playing with Christy rather than against him.

Christy is now passing on his knowledge & experience to the younger players in the club as he is a coach of the U12 schoolboys. Well done Christy, a true & proud Newport man. We are all delighted for you and very proud of this great honour bestowed on you.

Christy Doyle named as Limerick Junior Player of the Month for May
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.

Schoolboys
In competitive games, the U14A squad advanced to the Div 1 Cup semi-final after an excellent 2-1 win away to Aisling Annacotty B on Saturday. Alex O’Toole & Cillian English were the Newport scorers. The lads will now travel to play Mungret Regional B this Wednesday at 6.30pm. The winners of that this semi will play the winners of Geraldines v Regional Utd in the final this coming Saturday.

Unfortunately our U16 A team lost 3-0 away to a very good Fairview side. U16B played out a cracking 2-2 draw at home to league leaders on Saturday. 2-0 down at half-time, the lads turned things around after the break and Johnny Ryan to scored 2 goals to earn a deserved draw and be the first team to take points off Carew Park this season.

In non-competitive games, the U7, U9 & U11 Red sides were all in action in very exciting & entertaining games. Some of the football on display was top-class with some great individual & team displays. Well done everyone.

This week we have schoolboy games on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. On Monday the U13s are home to Pike (6.30pm) and U15 are home to Aisling Annacotty A (7.45pm). On Wednesday, U12 are home to Regional (6.30pm) and the U14 cup semi-final is on. On Friday, both U11 sides are in action. Reds are away to Lisnagry (6.30pm) and Browns are home to Parkville (6.30pm). U15 are home to Caherdavin (7.45pm). On Saturday, both U10 sides are playing.. Blues are home to Carew (11am) and the Browns are home to Star (12.30pm). U12 are away to Caherdavin (12.30pm). Both U16 sides are also in action, with the A’s away to Shelbourne (2pm) and the Bs away to Regional (12.30pm).

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls
The final schoolgirl game of the season took place last Wednesday. Having been already knocked out of the Cup competition, the U18 girls had some consolation when they beat Lough Derg in the Shield Final. The 9-2 scoreline reflected a completely dominant performance. The Newport scorers were Abbie Lenihan (5), Shauna Pearson (3) & Kaitlyn Bradshaw. Wel done girls.

Summer Camps
Online booking are now open for our always popular FAI Summer Soccer School camps. Once again we will hold 2 camps. Camp 1 (July 15-19) & Camp 2 (August 19-23). Our camps always book up fast so book early to avoid disappointment. Full details on www.summersoccerschools.ie

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,150 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 25 in O’Sullivan’s Bar after the Div 1B League Playoff game. The numbers drawn were 11, 15, 24 & 29. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

AGM
The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Saturday, June 8 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. All junior players, managers/coaches, parents/guardians of schoolboy/schoolgirl players and club supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Proposals for discussion items and/or motions to be put to the AGM on the night should be submitted in writing to Ailbe Coffey, Hon. Club Secretary, Newport Town AFC, Main Street, Newport, Co. Tipperary and/or by e-mail to secretary@newporttownafc.com no later than Thursday, May 30. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, should contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey or any current Committee member as soon as possible. Please try and attend as this is your club and your voice is very important. We hope to see a large attendance.

Communion
The soccer club would like to extend best wishes to all the boys & girls making their Communion in Newport next Saturday. We hope you all have a lovely day with your family & friends.

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 – May 12 2019

Newport win the Div 1B Calvert Cup Final
The top two sides in Div 1B, Newport Town & Hill Celtic contested the Calvert Cup Final in a sun-soaked Jackman Park on Saturday evening. The large crowd in attendance witnessed a cracking cup final between two very evenly-matched sides. Ultimately the game was decided by two great strikes from the division’s top scorer, Christy Doyle, to ensure that the trophy crossed the border to North Tipperary and will reside in Derryleigh Park for the next 12 months following a hard-earned 2-0 win.

Having played each other three times already this season, twice in the league and once in the Lawson Cup, with Newport wining the league encounters and Hill Celtic, the Lawson Cup tie, the teams were very familiar with one another and the opening stages of the game were tight with both sides probing each other. In the 19th minute Newport were awarded a free kick when James Lynch was fouled 30 yards from goal. Christy Doyle stepped up to take the free-kick and fired home with a well-struck shot, which beat Robert Power in the Hill Celtic goal, who was maybe put off by the bright sunshine he was facing into.

Just 3 minutes later, Hill Celtic were awarded a free kick on the right hand side of the box and it took a superb save from Harry Ryan to deny the Limerick side an equaliser. Hill Celtic stepped up the pressure on the Newport goal and in the 25th minute Newport managed to escape a goalmouth scramble from a corner. Just 2 minutes later Hill Celtic flashed in a dangerous low cross the box but thankfully there was no one on hand to get on the end of it.

Hill Celtic continued to dominate possession and push forward but the Newport rearguard, superbly marshalled by Christy O’Connor & Elliott Slattery soaked up the pressure. Unfortunately just before the interval, Davy Ryan had to be substituted and was replaced by Paul Ryan. On the stroke of half-time, Hill Celtic were once again denied a goal by a brilliant point-blank save from Harry Ryan. Newport took a one goal lead into the interval but Hill Celtic would have been disappointed not to have been on level terms. Newport were thankful for the opportunity to regroup and take a well-earned breather.

The early stages of the second half saw Hill Celtic continuing to dominate possession and again it was the Newport keeper who was being kept busy pulling off two more excellent saves in the 51st & 55th minutes. In the final quarter of the game, Hill Celtic had to push out more from the back as they went in search of a goal and this led to the game being more open and Newport were beginning to create some chances. In the 77th minute, Dave Kennedy replaced Kevin Connolly on the Newport side.The last 15 minutes of the game were very tense for both sets of supporters with both sides coming close on a number of occasions. In the 90th minute, Hill Celtic had a shot that looked destined for the top corner but it just grazed the top of the crossbar much to the relief of the Tipperary side and their supporters. When word came that there would be 4 minutes of injury time, there was a groan from the Newport support and the nail biting continued.

However 2 minutes into injury time, that man Doyle ensured the Newport victory, when superbly dispatching a low shot into the far corner after captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan, broke away and released Doyle with a perfect pass. The sense of relief was palpable amongst the Newport support as it was now too late for Hill Celtic to deny us the victory.

Hill Celtic will probably feel that their efforts and performance deserved more from the game but credit has to go to Newport for taking their chances and defending superbly throughout the game. The large Newport crowd were delighted to see captain Brian O’Sullivan receive the Calvert Cup before the celebrations went on long into the night in O’Sullivan’s Bar and beyond.

It would be hard to single out any one player for Man of the Match but the general consensus was that it would have to be any one of Harry Ryan, who produced some great saves throughout the game, either of the two centre-halves, Christy O’Connor & Elliott Slattery, who defended as though their lives depended upon the result or Christy Doyle, who scored the two Newport goals and in the process brought his season’s tally up to 40.

The players & management would like to extend their sincere thanks for the incredible support they had at the cup final as it really helped them dig deep and get over the line.

Newport: Harry Ryan, James Lynch, Mark McGuire, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Davy Ryan, Sean Ryan, Christy Doyle, Kevin Connolly, Brian O’Sullivan (C)
Subs: Paul Ryan for Davy Ryan (45), Dave Kennedy for Kevin Connolly )77)
Unused Subs: Kevin O’Brien, Jimmy Fyfe, Jack Noble & Darren Collins.

Hill Celtic: Robert Power, Adrian Mitchell, Jamie Leahy, Danny Sheehan (C), David Corbett, Michael Lipper, Kenneth Nealon, Patrick Boyle, Aaron Sawson, Dean Mitchell, Alex Purcell
Subs: Evan Doran for Aaron Dawson (64), John Mitchell for Dean Mitchell (75) Evan Doran for Jamie Leahy (75)
Unused Subs: Johnny Corbett, Lee Reddan,Joe Mannahan,Daniel Malone & Hayden Johnson.

Div 1B Promotion Race
Newport welcome already relegated Regional B to Derryleigh Park this coming Thursday 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 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.

Limerick Junior Teams of the Season
The Limerick League Junior Teams of the Season have been announced and Newport has great representation on 4 teams in Div 1B, Div 2B, Youth Div 2 & U17 Div 1. This is a great honour for our players and our club.Well done lads and hard luck to our players who must have been in the running for a spot but missed out.

The Newport players and their respective division are below:

Junior A, Div 1B:
Team: Christopher O Connor Brian O’Sullivan Christy Doyle
Subs: Elliott Slattery & Seán Ryan

Junior B, Div 2B:
Team: Stephen Carroll & Nathan Hartigan
Sub: Odhran Brett

U18 Youth Div 2:
Team: Darren Collins Jack Noble & Jack O’Carroll
Subs: Killian O Malley & Colin Coleman

U17 Div 1:
Team: Jack O’Carroll
Sub: Jay Ryan

Juniors
The U18s wrapped up their season when they travelled to play Cals who had already been crowned league champions. Newport were guaranteed runners-up spot so this was a game with nothing resting on it. However credit is due to both sides for playing out a very entertaining game, which saw Cals narrowly win on a 3-2 scoreline. Newport were missing a number of regular players so there were some enforced positional changes, one of which saw regular left-back, Jack Noble play as a centre-forward and it proved to be a great switch as he scored both Newport goals. The first half was scoreless and Newport took the lead early in the second half when Jack Noble beat the offside trap and latched onto a through ball and calmly slotted home under the advancing keeper. The home side then scored 3 goals without response before Jack Noble pounced on a defensive lapse late in the game to roll the ball into an empty net. However the lads could not snatch a deserved equaliser. The league’s top scorer, Jack O’Carroll was very unlucky not to make it to 20 goals for the season after his superbly struck free-kick early in the first half smashed against the crossbar. However well done to Jack for scoring 19 goals in the 16 games that he played in.This was a lot of the lads last time playing underage football before they move into the full junior ranks. They have been a credit to the club and have a very bright football future ahead of them. Peter, Allon, Tom & Dave would like to thank all the players for their efforts over the past few years.

The C team also finished their season when they lost 4-2 away to league champions Lisnagry with Aidan Healy scoring both Newport goals. This has been a frustrating season for the C team and they were unlucky not to get more positive results during the season.

Schoolboys
The U13s recorded an excellent 4-0 win away to Pike Rovers with goals coming from John Kennedy, Damien O’Brien, James Moloney & Adam Power. Both U16 sides were in action. The A team drew 2-2 qith Mungret Regional with Jay Ryan scoring both.This leaves them in third place in the Premier league after 6 games. The Bs lost 2-1 away to Aisling Annacotty B but were very unlucky not to earn a share of the points after Aisling in the last minute of the game. Alex Considine was the Newport scorer.

In non-competitive games, the U10s had a very busy week with each side having two games each. Our U8s were home to Aisling Annacotty on Saturday morning. Scores for non-competitive games aren’t recorded and there are no league tables but by all accounts the Newport sides put in some very good performances in entertaining games. Well done everyone.

This week we have schoolboy games on Wednesday, Friday,Saturday & Monday. On Wednesday, U15 are home to Aisling Annacotty B (6.30pm). On Friday, U9s are home to Fairview (6.30pm) and the U11 Reds are home to Pike Rovers (6.30pm). On Saturday the U7s are home to Aisling Annacotty (9.45am), U16A are away to Fairview (1pm), U16B are home to Carew Park (11am) and the U14A side are away to Aisling Annacotty in the Cup quarter-final (2pm). Finally on Monday the U13s are home to Pike (6.30pm) and U15 are home to Aisling Annacotty A (7.45pm).

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls
Unfortunately despite a brave performance the U18 girls lost their cup final 2-0 to Nenagh. They will now play Lough Derg in the Shield Final this Wednesday in Derryleigh (6.30pm).

The U15 beat Ballymackey 7-0 in the Shield Final in their final game of the season in Nenagh. Newport started the game strongly. With Abbie, Leah & Sarah dominating the midfield it was difficult for Ballymackey to create anything to really bother the back line. When they did get a half chance, Ailín, Caragh, Ellie, Jayne & Mara were solid enough to tidy up. Changing wingers around really upset their back line so Aoife, Emily, Eryn, Nadine, Neve & Shauna had a lot of open field to run at them. Chelsea was her usual self, creating space and tormenting defenders. Leading 3-0 at half time through goals from Abbie, Chelsea & Shauna, it wasn’t long into the 2nd half and the girls were creating more chances. There was some lovely passing and moving by the girls and Ballymackey did not know how to stop them. Abbie & Chelsea completed a hat trick each to put a gloss on the scoreline but it was definitely the team working hard that created those chances. Right at the end of the game, Ballymackey broke through but Emma forever brave, dived at the players feet to snuff out that chance. Again we had a few injured and missing players Abi Rainsford, Aisling O’Gorman, Mollie O’Hora & Robyn McNamara. A season of ups & downs but finished strong.

FAI Coaching Course
An FAI Coach Education PDP 2 two day coaching course takes place in Derryleigh Park on Sundays May 19 & 26. Cost is €75. Booking can be made online at www.fai.ie/domestic/coach-education

Please be advised this is the only way to book a place on the course! There is a maximum 24 places for the course, so please book early

Summer Camps
Online booking are now open for our always popular FAI Summer Soccer School camps. Once again we will hold 2 camps. Camp 1 (July 15-19) & Camp 2 (August 19-23). Our camps always book up fast so book early to avoid disappointment. Full details on www.summersoccerschools.ie

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,100 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 18 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 11, 17, 28 & 30. 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.

Deryyleigh Diary – May 5 2019

Juniors
Following two massive victories over their closest rivals, Hill Celtic & Kilfrush, in the past week, the Junior A team need just 1 point from their remaining home game against Regional to secure promotion to Div 1A. Victory in that game, would at worse see them in a playoff for the league title. Before that final league game, is the Div 1B Cup Final v Hill Celtic in Jackman Park next Saturday night. Exciting times for Marc Barry, his players, management team and our club.

The Div 1B promotion race is as tight as could possibly be and it was a case of who could hold their nerve in the last few games and thankfully it’s Newport who weathered the storm and remained calm to win the vital games. First up was the visit of Hill Celtic last Thursday evening. The sides had already met twice this season with Newport winning the league game and Hill Celtic coming out on top, in the Lawson Cup quarter-final. Both those games were in Hogan Park but this time Newport made full use of home advantage and a big local support to comfortably and maybe surprisingly win the game on a 4-1 scoreline.

Newport started the game brightly and had a couple of half-chances in the first ten minutes which they failed to put away. The game then settled into a close affair with both sides nullifying one another. However it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 35th minute on a swift counter-attack. Their lead only lasted 1 minute as our scorer-in-chief, Christy Doyle, headed home from close range after getting on the end of a pin-point free kick from Elliott Slattery. With just 3 minutes remaining in the first half, the other half of our free-scoring partnership, Brian O’Sullivan, was on hand to tap home from close range when he pounced on a shot from Christy Doyle, that was only parried by the Hill Celtic keeper. 2-1 at half-time and Newport were well worth the lead.

Newport were well on top in the early stages of the second half and in the 59th minute, Christy Doyle scored with yet another header at the back post from a corner from Davy Ryan, to make it 38 goals for him for the season to date. Hill Celtic now had to chase the game but the Newport defence superbly marshalled by Christy O’Connor & Elliott Slattery dealt with any threats that came their way, and while the visitors pushed forward, space was opening up for Newport. The home side ensured all 3 points, after full-back, James Lynch, who was impressive throughout, in another of his advances up the field, fired home in the 85th minute to seal a very impressive victory and performance. The only down side was the injury to our young player, Darren Collins.

This win left all three sides level on points with each side having 2 games left to play.Next up for Newport was the visit of Kilfrush to a sun-soaked Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning in a game that neither side could afford to lose, which gave it the feeling of a Cup-Final. Marc Barry was missing a couple of players from his squad, Darren Collins & Jimmy Fyfe were unavailable, but was still able to go with a very strong starting line-up. Once again, Newport started well and had a couple of decent chances through Kev Connolly & Christy Doyle in the 10th & 11th minutes. Then in the 17th minute, Kev Connolly did very well to block down a clearance and the ball agonisingly spun inches wide of the post.

Newport were dealt a blow in the 26th minute, when Davy Ryan had to leave the field through injury and was replaced by Paul Ryan. The remainder of the first half was very tight between two very good sides but just as the game was heading to half-time, Kilfrush reacted quickest to a shot that was blocked by Newport keeper, Harry Ryan and they tapped home from close-range. This was a real sucker-punch to Newport and gave Kilfrush a 1-0 interval lead.

Whatever was said to the lads at half-time or whatever was put in their water, drew a massive response, as while supporters were still getting their half-time cuppas from the Derryleigh Dugout, Newport scored two rapid-fire goals in the 47th & 48th minutes to leave the visitors shell-shocked. Paul Ryan scored the first, when he received a perfect pass from Brian O’Sullivan just inside the box and blasted home with a well-struck shot. If that was good, the next goal from Peter O’Sullivan was an absolute worldie. Pete picked up the ball in the middle of the park and with open ground in front of him he advanced into the space and unleashed an absolute thunder-bolt from 30 yards, which he fired into the top corner, giving the Kilfrush keeper no chance. As good a strike as you’ll see in Derryleigh Park.

Kilfrush were rattled but regained their composure and equalised in the 55th minute when a long-range shot deceived Harry Ryan in the Newport net and again the sides were level in a very exciting game. With both sides fully realising the magnitude of this game in the promotion & title race, the tension was palpable at times. Newport took the vital lead in the 66th minute, when Paul Ryan, who made a huge contribution off the bench, was taken down in the box and ref, Brian Higgins, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Brian O’Sullivan expertly fired the ball to the bottom right corner, to score his 31st of the season and possibly the most important to make it 3-2.

Like in the game against Hill Celtic, the visitors had to push up to chase the lead and again spaces began to open up and Newport had some decent chances to kill the game, but as they sometimes like to do, the team decided to test the hearts of the watching supporters and failed to punish the opposition.

The remaining 24 minutes plus injury time were hard to watch as the stopwatch seemed to slow down but in fairness to the lads, they dug deep and worked their socks off. When Brian Higgins sounded the final whistle, there was a roar from the crowd that was heard down in the town. Div 1B football and the 1 point needed to get there is almost within reach and fingers crossed that the lads, after a wonderful season so far, won’t be denied in the final game when relegation-threatened Regional come to town. First up is the matter of a trip to Jackman Park next Saturday.

The players & management wish to extend their sincere thanks to the big Newport support who really got behind the lads in the two games and helped them over the line. Hopefully the supporters will be out in big numbers in the Cup Final and the remaining league game.

Hard luck to our U18 Youths who lost their cup semi-final away to Caherdavin on Saturday evening 3-2 after extra time, with Caherdavin scoring the winner in injury time of the second period of extra time. Newport took the lead in the 11th minute through a brilliant curled free kick from Jack O’Carroll. Caherdavin equalised just 6 mins later. The Limerick side then took the lead in the 62nd minute from a back post header from a corner. Newport showed great character to level the game in the 83rd minute when Ciaran Flynn lobbed the keeper from 25 yards out. Extra-time saw both sides have half chances and just as everyone was preparing for a penalty shootout, Newport were left devastated after conceding a late, late breakaway goal. A hard defeat to take but the lads can keep their heads held high as none of them left anything out on the pitch. Sport can be cruel. The Youths last game of the season is away to Cals next Sunday at 2pm.

Div 1B Cup Final
All roads lead to Jackman Park next Saturday, when the Junior A’s take on Hill Celtic in the Div 1B Cup Final. We are calling on all our supporters to travel into local HQ as the lads attempt to win part 1 of a possible League & Cup Double. This team have had a wonderful season so far and are fully deserving of your support and any success that comes their way. Kick off is at 7pm.

Schoolboys
Our U15s staged a great comeback after falling behind 2-0 to league leaders Regional Utd to earn a fully deserved 2-2 draw in Derryleigh Park. Ciaran Darcy and Adam McEvoy were the scorers.

Despite a good performance, the U13s lost 3-1 away to a very strong Carew Park side with Ciaran Carey on the score-sheet for Newport.

Unfortunately the U12s suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat at home to Fairview on Friday evening.

In non-competitive games, the U11s had a very busy week with each side having two games each against Aisling, Shelbourne, Regional & Bridge Celtic. Our U9s were away to Pike Rovers on Saturday morning. Scores for non-competitive games aren’t recorded and there are no league tables but by all accounts the Newport sides put in some very good performances in entertaining games. Well done everyone.

This week we have schoolboy games on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. On Wednesday, both U10 sides are in action, with the Blues at home to Granville (6.30) and the Browns away to Caherconlish (6.30). On Friday, the U13s are away to Pike (6.30). On Saturday, U8s are home to Aisling (9.45am), both U10s are playing again, Blues away to Shelbourne (11am) and the Browns home to Caherdavin (11am). Both U16 sides are also in league action. The A’s are home to Mungret (2pm) and the Bs are away to Aisling B (2pm).

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Kennedy Cup Squad
Congratulations to our U14 player Aaron Coleman, who has been selected on the final 20 player Limerick District Schoolboy League Kennedy Cup squad. Well done also to our U14 keeper, Mark Forde, who is named as the standby keeper for the squad. This is a massive achievement for both players and a huge honour for them, their families and our club. The Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland New Balance Kennedy Cup will take place in University of Limerick from Tuesday June 11th to Saturday June 15th. The prestigious tournament features the elite players from all 32 of the SFAI leagues. Each of the 32 affiliated Leagues enters a squad of twenty U-14 year old players to compete over an entire week with additional competitions for those teams which do not progress to the latter stages of the Kennedy Cup itself.

Schoolgirls
Following on from the U13s winning the Shield last weekend, it was another very successful week for our schoolgirls. The U12s won the Shield after beating Lough Derg in penalties after normal time and extra time could not separate the sides. Then the U14s won their Cup Final. This game went down to the second half of extra time before Newport got the winner to make it 2-1 against Killavilla Utd who always give us a tough game. This win gave these girls the double double having won the league and cup for the last 2 years. The U17s lost their Cup semi-final to Birdhills on penalties but then bounced back to win the convincingly win the Shield Final after beating Lough Derg 8-0 with goals from Shauna Pearson 4, Abbie Lenihan 3 & Ava Shinners. The U15s won their Shield semi-final 3-1 aganst Knigh Utd with goals from Abbie Lenihan 2 & Chelsea King. They will now play Ballymackey in the final this Thursday in Nenagh at 6.30pm.

FAI Coaching Course
An FAI Coach Education PDP 2 two day coaching course takes place in Derryleigh Park on Sundays May 19 & 26. Cost is €75. Booking can be made online at www.fai.ie/domestic/coach-education

Please be advised this is the only way to book a place on the course! There is a maximum 24 places for the course, so please book early

Summer Camps
Online booking are now open for our always popular FAI Summer Soccer School camps. Once again we will hold 2 camps. Camp 1 (July 15-19) & Camp 2 (August 19-23). Our camps always book up fast so book early to avoid disappointment. Full details on www.summersoccerschools.ie

Last Man Standing
The 2 remaining players, Willie O’Neill & Seamus Bridgeman, both made it through to the final round after both their teams, Wolves & Everton, won at the weekend. The lads have decided not to take a chance and agreed to share the first prize of €500. Thanks to everyone who took part and supported this club fundraiser. We will run another competition when the new Premier League season starts.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,050 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 11 in O’Sullivan’s Bar after the Junior A team Cup Final. The numbers drawn were 16, 18, 28 & 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.