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

Derryleigh Diary – March 17 2019

Juniors
There were no junior games scheduled over the St. Patrick’s weekend. Next Sunday, the Junior A & B sides are in action. The A’s are away to Hill Celtic in the re-scheduled quarter-final of the Lawson Cup, which is the biggest & most prestigious local cup competition. The winner can look forward to playing the winners of Ballynanty v Pike Rovers /Prospect in the semi-final. Like Newport, Hill Celtic are also in Div 1B and currently lie one place ahead of us in second place. Newport won the only game between the sides so far this season in a cracking league encounter back in September. The score was 2-1 with Christy Doyle & Dave Kennedy on the score-sheet. Hill Celtic are currently on a very good run of form and will prove to be very tough opposition on their home patch. There’s very little between both sides and with the reward of a Lawson Cup semi-final on offer, this game could potentially go all the way to penalties. Kick-off in Hogan Park is at 11am and we hope to see a big Newport crowd at the game to get behind the lads in one of the biggest games of the season.

The B’s will be in league action at the same time away to Mungret Regional in their penultimate league game of the season. Mungret are in second place and will be doing their best to ensure that Newport don’t put a dent in their promotion hopes.

Inter-League Representation
Good luck to our Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who are in the Limerick District League inter-league Youth squad that play the Inishowen (Donegal) League in the semi-final of the FAI Inter-League competiton in Jackman Park next Sunday at 1.00pm.

Schoolboys
Unfortunately the bad weather last weekend led to the Limerick District League calling a blanket postponement of all schoolboy games.

Next Saturday sees the even age competitive schoolboy sides in action. The U12s are away to Janesboro (11am), U14A are away to Aisling Annacotty B (2pm), U14B are away to Corbally B (2pm) and U16B are home to Summerville Rovers (11am).

All schoolboy fixtures up to April 24 are now listed in the fixtures section of our website.

Schoolgirls
Like the schoolboys the scheduled schoolgirl games also fell foul of the weather at the weekend.

Next Saturday the U18 girls welcome Birdhill to Derryleigh Park in the Cup at 2.00pm. The U12 girls are away to Ballymackey in the Cup at 11.30am and the U10 girls host a blitz in Derryleigh Park at 2pm.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
Newport Town AFC launched the Soccer Sisters Easter Camp last week. Our popular camp for girls aged 6-14 will run on April 17 & 18 in Derryleigh Park. This year, thanks to Aviva & the FAI, this year’s camp will be FREE and all participants will get an exclusive Soccer Sisters t-shirt. The camp sold out in record time and all 80 places are gone.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €5,700 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, March 23 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 7, 25, 27 & 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 – March 10 2019

Juniors
Unfortunately the poor weather pood paid to last weekend’s junior fixtures with the Limerick District League calling a blanket call-off of all junior games.

There are no junior games scheduled over the St. Patrick’s weekend.

Schoolboys
The U14A made it two wins from two games with an excellent 6-3 win at home to Geraldines with goals from Conor Brett 2, Calum O’Connell, Alex O’Toole, Aaron Coleman & Nathan Bridgeman. Unfortunately the U14Bs lost 5-1 at home to Parkville with Conor Gavan scoring the consolation goal for Newport.

Both our U16 sides were also in action. The A team recorded a very good 2-2 draw away to Mungret with goals from Daniel Egan & Diarmuid O’Riordan. A win and a draw in their opening games is a good start to the Premier League. The B side suffered their first defeat in a long time when they went down 5-2 away to a very good Carew Park side on Saturday afternoon. Luke Ryan scored both goals.

The U12s got their season off to a great start with a very impressive 3-2 win away to Pike Rovers with the goals coming from Jack Cosgrave 2 & Dara Moloughney.

Next Saturday sees just two of our schoolboy sides in action. The U15s are home to Regional (11am) and the U13s are away to Pike Rovers B (12.30pm).

Schoolgirls
Having already won the league title a few weeks back, the U14 girls received their league trophy after their final league game of the season when they won 5-0 away to Lough Derg. Aoife Mellerick 2, Emily Hurley, Amelia Healy & Shauna Pearson were the Newport scorers. This squad keep going from strength to strength having won the League & Cup Double last season. Special mention for their hard-working, dedicated & enthusiastic coaches John O’Hora & Trish Kennedy. Well done girls on bringing another trophy back to Derryleigh Park.

Next Saturday the U18 girls welcome Birdhill to Derryleigh Park in the Cup at 2pm. The U13 girls are away to Ballymackey in the league at 11.30am.

Last Man Standing
118 players started round 3 of our Last Man Standing competition and after the weekend’s Premier League games 28 were eliminated due to the failure of Spurs, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Chelsea & Man Utd to win their games. As there is a curtailed fixture list next weekend ( only 5 games) and international games the following weekend, we will skip the next round of Premier League fixtures and 90 players will go into round 4, which will take place over the weekend of March 30/31.

St. Patrick’s Parade
Thanks to all our players, coaches, parents & supporters who marched in the Newport Parade last Saturday. It was great to see the whole community out in force. Thanks again to the hard-working and dedicated Parade committee who ensure that the parade goes ahead every year. Well done also to the volunteers from the soccer club who assisted with the erection and dismantling of the street barriers. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from everyone in Newport Town AFC.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €5,650 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, March 16 in O’Sullivan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 10, 18, 27 & 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 – March 3 2019

Juniors
Despite the awful weather on Sunday, the Junior A game against Granville in the Div 1B Calvert Cup went ahead in Derryleigh Park. Newport advanced to the quarter-final following a comfortable 4-0 win with a goal from Paul Ryan and captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan scoring the other 3 goals to make it two hat-tricks in consecutive games and bring his season’s tally to 21 and according to one of the club statiticians, he also scored his 175th junior goal for Newport, which is some achievement.

Newport dominated the game from start to finish and after Clemy opened the scoring in the 11th minute it always looked like the home side were in complete control and in truth, if we had been more clinical in front of goal the winning margin could have been more.

It was good to see James Lynch make a welcome return to the matchday squad following a lengthy absence through injury. The most welcome sound of the day was the ref’s final whistle to allow the players & hardy supporters escape from the weather. Newport will now be home to Regional Utd B in the quarter-final.

Well done to our U18 players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble who were in the Limerick District League Youth squad that dismantled the North Dublin League on a 10-0 scoreline on Sunday afternoon in arctic Jackman Park. Darren played the full game at centre-half. This win means that the Limerick League now advance to the semi-final of the FAI Inter-League competition.

Next Sunday, the A’s are away to Hill Celtic in the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup. The winner will play the winners of Pike Rovers & Prospect in the semi-final. Hill Celtic are also in Div 1B and lie one place ahead of us in second place. Newport won the only game between the sides so far this season but Hill Celtic are on a very good run of form. There’s very little between both sides, so this game could potentially go all the way to penalties. Kick-off in Hogan Park at 11am. The B’s will be in league action at the same time away to Mungret Regional. There will be no junior games scheduled over the St. Patrick’s weekend.

Schoolboys
It was a disapppointing start to the league campaigns for our U13 & U15 sides who both lost their opening fixtures. The U15s lost 3-1 at home to Carew Park with Adam McEvoy heading home for Newport. The lads are once again playing in a very strong Premier League and there will be no easy games at this level. The U13s side suffered a heavy defeat away to a strong Corbally side with Conor Molamphy scoring a consolation for Newport.

Unfortunately all next weekend’s schoolboy fixtures clash with the Newport St. Patrick’s Parade. U12 are away to Pike (12.30pm), U14A home to Geraldines (11am), U14B home to Parkville (12.30pm), U16A away to Mungret (2pm) & U16B away to Carew Park (12.30pm)

Schoolgirls
The U15 girls recorded an excellent 6-1 win away to Knigh Utd with goals from Robyn McNamara 2, Chelsea King, Aoife Kennedy, Abbie Lenihan & Caragh Flynn. With a strong gale blowing and the rain pelting down, the girls were eager to play as their last game was 2 months ago. We had 18 girls to choose from and each one of them wanted to be out in that weather. We started very strong, when Robyn McNamara did a lovely pull back and shot past the keeper for the opener. After a great run by Chelsea King, Aoife Kennedy finished off for number 2. Again Robyn struck inside the box to get her 2nd. Knigh then got one back before Shauna Pearson set Chelsea free who finished the first half by scoring our 4th. In the 2nd half, Knigh pressed us back but a quick break from Leah Moran sent Abbie Lenihan free to score. With time nearly up, Sarah Kelly & Abi Rainsford did a quick one two and crossed into Caragh Flynn who made no mistake from close range. Well done to Ellie Kennedy & Ailín Rochford on their debuts for the club, and on a final note, every single girl put in a team performance during the game.

Unfortunately our U13 girls lost 3-1 away to Killavilla with Aisling McMahon scoring for Newport.

Having already won the league a few weeks back, next Saturday the U14 girls will receive their league trophy when they play their final league game of the season away to Lough Derg at 10am. Well done girls on bringing another trophy back to Derryleigh Park.

Last Man Standing
143 players entered our Last Man Standing competition and after two rounds 25 players have been eliminated and 118 remain standing as we go into round 3 next weekend. Thanks to everyone who has entered and supported this fundraiser.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €5,600 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, March 9 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 12 & 18. 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 – February 24 2019

Juniors
The A team returned to league action on Sunday and recorded an important 4-0 win away to Ballylanders. Newport had lost the reverse fixture 3-4 earlier in the season, so despite Ballylander’s position in the bottom half of the table, a tough game was expected at a venue that always proves a difficult place to get a result. The poor weather conditions and soft pitch weren’t going to help anyone’s cause and so it proved in the first ten minutes with Newport failing to get a real grip on the game.

However in the 10th minute, Newport almost opened the scoring when a mix-up in the Ballylanders defence almost led to an O.G. but they just managed to avert the danger. Three minutes later, Christy Doyle saw a delicate lob over the Ballylanders keeper hit the top of the crossbar. Newport were now beginning to get on top and looking the most likely to break the stale-mate and this duly happened in the 27th minute after Christy Doyle went on a mazy run, beating a couple of defenders and firing a shot that the home keeper could only parry and captain, Brian O’Sullivan gladly tapped home from close range.

With 2 minutes remaining in the first half, Ballylanders pressed the self-destruct button after they had 2 players sent-off one after another for dissent and this proved to be the main turning-point of the game. Newport took the 1-0 lead into the half-time break and knew that the game was only theirs to lose playing with the strong breeze in the second half and against 9 men.

Brian O’Sullivan made it 2-0 in the 50th minute when he latched onto a cross from Davy Ryan. It was all one-way traffic now and Newport made it 3-0 in the 66th minute when Peter O’Sullivan, who enjoyed another good outing, scored from a trademark Davy Ryan corner. Newport made some substitutions, with Darren Collins & Sean Ryan making way for Kevin O’Brien & Paul Ryan. Newport continued to create chances but failed to find the back of the net. On 70 minutes, with the game won, Christy Doyle was withdrawn and replaced by youth player, Jack Noble with Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan moving up top on his own.

Clemy, who enjoyed a fine game, finally secured his hat-trick with the last kick of the game from the penalty spot after a Newport player was taken down in the box. Clemy will get the man of the match award for his hat-trick but special mention for the full-backs, Mark McGuire & Kevin Connolly, who have both been in great form in the past few weeks and continued in this vein again. Also well done to Harry Ryan in goals who kept a clean sheet, ably assisted by his centre-halves, Christy O’Connor & Elliott Slattery. In fairness, every player is giving 100%, realising that there is strong competition for places.

Newport are in good form and playing with lots of confidence. We have 7 league games remaining with 5 of those at home but know that with Kilfrush, Hill Celtic & Knockainey also winning, every game is now almost a must-win to keep up the pressure on their main promotion rivals.

The B’s advanced to the quarter-finals of the Div 2B cup with a comfortable 4-1 win over Caherdavin on Sunday afternoon. This was a strong B squad with a good mix of experience & youth. Newport’s goals came from Devlin Courtney, Colin Coleman, Nathan Hartigan & Dermot Ryan. Newport won this cup last year and will be hoping to retain it this season but a difficult away trip to Holycross awaits the lads in the quarter-final.

The C team finally get their first win of the season when they beat Aisling Annacotty E in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning thanks to goals from young players, Adam Keane & Aidan Healy. This win has been coming for the past few games and now that the duck has been broken, it will give the lads confidence to try and move up the table.

Unfortunately the U17s game at home to Nenagh was abandoned very early in the second-half, when Newport player John Ryan Rose suffered a bad leg injury and had to go to hospital in an ambulance. We all wish John a speedy recovery. At the time Newport were losing 2-1 but the game should now be re-scheduled at a later date.

Next Sunday, the A’s are the only junior side in action, when they welcome Granville Rangers to Derryleigh Park in the first round of the Div 1B Calvert Cup. The winners will be home to Regional Utd B in the quarter-final.

Inter-League Representation
Good luck to our Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who are in the Limerick District League inter-league squad that play the North Dublin League in the quarter-final of the FAI Inter-League competiton in Jackman Park next Sunday at 2.15pm.

Schoolboys
The new calendar schoolboy season finally got underway on Saturday with the U14 & U16 sides in action. The lads got the season off to a great start with a clean sweep for all four teams. The U16A recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Fairview in the Premier League with Daniel Egan scoring the only goal of the game. Well done to the U15 players who stepped up and played their parts in a great win.

The U16Bs, are playing in Div 1 and secured a hard-earned 3-2 away win to Aisling Annacotty C with Johnny Ryan (2) & Luke Hamilton on the score-sheet.

Our U14A side opened their Div 1 league campaign with an impressive 6-0 won over Mungret Regional B in Derryleigh Park. Managers, Richard Egan & Dave Brett have assembled a very strong squad and are hopeful of pushing for honours this season. Nathan Bridgeman 3, Conor Brett 2 & Callum O’Connell were on target for Newport.

Finally the U14Bs rounded off the perfect day with a 7-4 win away to Summerville in Div 2, with the goals coming from Conor Gavan 4 & Cathal Lenihan 3.

All in all, a great start and let’s hope that the U13s & U15s also hit the ground running next Saturday. The U15s are home to Carew Park in the Premier League at 11am and the U13s are away to Corbally in Div 1 at 2pm.

Schoolgirls
There was no competitive schoolgirl fixtures at the weekend but our U10 girls welcomed Ballymackey & Knigh United to Derryleigh Park on Saturday afternoon for a blitz. Great fun was had by all in glorious spring sunshine. Well done everyone.

Well done to our players that were on the NTSFL Academy U13 and U15 Girls squads v Limerick County on Sunday in the latest round of Gaynor Cup Qualifiers.

Next Saturday the U17s are away to Ballymackey at 11.30am and the U13s are away to Killavilla at 1pm.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €5,550 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, March 2 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 5, 8, 11 & 14. 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 – February 17 2019

Juniors
Newport advanced to the quarter-finals of this season’s Lawson Cup following a great 4-3 comeback win over Hyde Rangers in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. Two goals from Christy Doyle, a penalty from Brian O’Sullivan & a late winner from substitute, Dave Kenny ensured that we will make the away trip to fellow Div 1B side, Hill Celtic in the last eight stage. Click here for match report.

The B’s were looking to build up some momentum ahead of their divisional cup when they welcomed unbeaten league leaders Pallasgreen to Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. Despite a good performance and pushing the leaders all the way, it was the visitors who were delighted to take all three points on offer after a 3-2 win. Youngsters, Nathan Hartigan & Colin Coleman were on the score-sheet for Newport.

The C’s, who were desperately in search of their first win of the season faced a difficult game away to Shelbourne on Sunday morning. Unfortunately it was the home side who ran out 4-0 winners.

The U18s were looking to keep the pressure on league leaders, Cals, by hoping to win all three points on offer away to Corbally on Sunday afternoon. In the reverse fixture back in August, Newport ran out 8-3 winners but as the lads found out there are no easy games in this division and Corbally got some revenge for the previous defeat by inflicting a 4-2 defeat on Newport. This was a very disappointing result for the lads and they will know that the performance was way below what they are capable of. Darren Collins and Jack O’Carroll scored the Newport goals. Special mention for Haytam Kamil & Jack O’Sullivan who both made their debuts and impressed, despite the result.

Next Sunday, the A’s re-scheduled league game away to Balylanders takes place at 11am. The B’s are away to Caherdavin in the first round of the Div 2B cup (2.15pm), the C’s are home to Aisling in the league (11am) and the U17s are home to Nenagh in the league (2.15pm).

Schoolboys
The new calendar schoolboy season finally gets underway next Saturday with games for our U16 & U14 sides. U14A are home to Mungret Regional (11am), U14B are away to Summerville (11am), U16A are home to Fairview (12.30pm) and the U16Bs are away to Aisling Annacotty C (2pm).

The U13 & U15 leagues will commence on March 2, U12s on March 9, U11s on April 1, U8s & U10s on April 13 and the U7s on April 27.

There will be no games fixed for any Saturday in the month of June and the two weeks in July. The summer break will be from July 13th to August 31st. There will also be a break in late May/June for sides for the Kennedy Cup, Leaving Cert and Junior cert age groups. Easter weekend Saturday and Monday and the May Bank Holiday on May 6 will be free from fixtures. In the second half of the season Sept 2nd to November 30, clubs will have league games and local cups will start on September 14th.

Schoolgirls
The U17 girls recorded a great 7-5 win at home to Ballymackey in a 12 goal thriller. A game that was full of goals, excitement, drama and a 4 goal haul for U14 player, Shauna Pearson. The other Newport goals came from Rachel Carey (2) & Chelsea King. With 2 games remaining, the girls are now level on points with BT Harps, who have a game less played. Newport’s remaining games are away to Killavilla & Ballymackey, so they will be hoping to win both and hope that BT Harps slip up along the way.

Unfortunately the U13 girls suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to Ballymackey with Lauren Bailey scoring the Newport goal.

Next Saturday, the U17s are the only side in action when they are away to Killavilla at 11.30am.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and this week’s jackpot is €5,500 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, February 23 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 4, 10, 14 & 20. 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.

LAST MAN STANDING returns this Friday, February 22.
The club’s Last Man Standing competition kicks off again on Friday, February 22. Entry is €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 by 9pm on Thursday, February 21. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers or Kennedy’s Discount Store. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins.

Road Safety
We would ask everyone driving to and from Derryleigh Park to take extra care on the ‘pathless’ stretch of road between the GAA field and the soccer pitch as there have been a few narrow misses involving pedestrians in the recent past, especially in the dusk/dark. Despite the club’s best efforts to dissuade people from walking to and from Derryleigh, some continue to do so and have also ignored previous advice to wear high visibility clothing. Once again, we would ask all road users, both drivers and pedestrians to take extra care and avoid walking this stretch of road, if at all possible. If you must walk, please be safe and be seen.

Derryleigh Diary – February 10 2019

Juniors
There was a blanket call-off of Junior games at the weekend. However the U17 game away to Aisling Annacotty went ahead as it was on the astro-turf. Unfortunately a depleted squad suffered a heavy defeat despite their best efforts. Jack Ryan scored a consolation goal for Newport. A special word of praise for the U16 players who stepped up to play the game at short notice and showed real commitment to the cause. It was a hard day at the office but sometimes when the chips are down, that’s when you see the real commitment and character of the players. Well done to everyone who donned the Newport jersey for this game.

Next Sunday, the A’s re-scheduled Lawson Cup game against Hyde Rangers takes place in Derryleigh Park at 11am. Our other junior sides in action will be playing league games.The Bs are home to Pallasgreen at 2.15pm. The Cs are away to Shelbourne at 11am and the U18s are away to Corbally at 2.15pm.

Cup Draws
The divisional cup draws have been made for the junior sides. The A’s are home to Granville Rangers, the B’s are away to Caherdavin, the C’s are home to Shelbourne, the U18s are away to Regional and the U17s are home to Fairview. Hopefully some of our sides get a decent cup run and make it all the way to Jackman Park.

Inter-League Squad
Well done to our Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who both played full games in the Limerick District League’s 3-0 win away to the Carlow League on Saturday. This win means that Limerick top their group and advance to a home 1/4 final in the inter-league competition which will take place on the weekend of March 1/2/3 and either Wexford or North Dublin will be the opposition.

Schoolgirls
Pride of place goes to our U14 schoolgirls who won their NTSFL league on Saturday afternoon with a game in hand following their 2-1 victory over Knigh Utd in Derryleigh Park. Aoife Mellerick scored the goals to ensure that the league trophy will take pride of place in Derryleigh Park. Having won the U13 double last year, the girls are now aiming for the double double. Well done to the girls and their coaches John O Hora & Patricia Kennedy on a superb achievement.

Next Saturday, both the U13 & U17 sides are at home in Derryleigh Park with Ballymackey the opposition in both games. U13s at 11.30am and U17s at 1.30pm.

Schoolboys
All in the club would like to wish a speedy recovery to our U14B player, Tommy Lyons, who unfortunately broke his leg in training last week. Take care Tommy and we hope to see you back in action sooner rather than later. The new schoolboy season will get underway on Saturday, February 23.

Community Games
A big well done to the under 10 boys from Newport/Birdhill on winning the Tipperary Community Games indoor soccer final in Thurles at the weekend. The boys will now represent Tipperary in the Munster Finals. Hard luck to the U13 boys & girls sides who both lost their finals. Well done to all the coaches and players who put in a big effort getting ready for this competition

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and this week’s jackpot is €5,450 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, February 16 in O’Sullivan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 15, 18, 19 & 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.

LAST MAN STANDING returns on Friday, February 22.
The club’s Last Man Standing competition kicks off again on Friday, February 22. 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.

Road Safety / Derryleigh Park
We would ask everyone driving to and from Derryleigh Park to take extra care on the ‘pathless’ stretch of road between the GAA field and the soccer pitch as there has been a few narrow misses involving pedestrians in the recent past, especially in the dusk/dark. Despite the club’s best efforts to dissuade people from walking to and from Derryleigh, some continue to do so and have also ignored previous advice to wear high visibility clothing. Once again, we would ask all road users, both drivers and pedestrians to take extra care and avoid walking this stretch of road, if at all possible. If you must walk, please be safe and be seen.

Derryleigh Diary – February 3 2019

Juniors
The A team’s scheduled Lawson Cup game against Hyde Rangers was postponed due to a bereavement in the Hyde club. The game will be re-fixed at a later date.

The U18 Youths welcomed unbeaten league leaders, Cals, to Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. Before the game Newport were 3 points behind in second place, so a defeat would have left Newport with an uphill struggle. After a tough, physical & tense game, the sides couldn’t be separated and both sides earned a point apiece after a 2-2 draw with Jack O’Carroll & Devon Ryan on the score-sheet for Newport. Both sides have 5 games remaining and Cals retain their 3 point lead but these two sides have to play each other again and depending on how the intervening results go, there could still be lots to play for when these sides are scheduled to meet again in the final game of the season.

The B teams faintest hopes of promotion were more or less extinguished on Sunday afternoon when they could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Aisling Annacotty. Newport took the lead in the very first minute when Nathan Hartigan fired home from 30 yards out. Newport rode their luck for the remainder of the game and it looked like we would take all 3 points on offer, however Aisling spoiled the party when they equalised as the clock headed towards 90 minutes.

Fixtures
Next Sunday, the A’s are back in league action, when they face a tricky fixture away to Ballylanders at 11am. With 8 games remaining and lying in third place, promotion is still firmly within sights, especially with fellow promotion-hopefuls Hill Celtic & Kilfrush having to travel to Derryleigh Park. Team Manager, Marc Barry’s stated intention at the start of the season was promotion and any extended cup runs would be a bonus. So far, so good and as the league comes to the business end of the season, we are hoping that good crowds will come along to the games to support the lads in their promotion push.

In the afternoon, the U17s are away to Aisling Annacotty in the league (2.15pm) and the C’s are home to Aisling Annacotty (2.15pm).

Inter-League Youth Squad
Best of luck to our Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who are in the Limerick District Inter-League Youth squad, that travel to play the Carlow League next Saturday. A draw will be enough to see Limerick through to the knock-out stage of the competition.

Schoolgirls
The U15 girls game away to Knigh was cancelled fue to a frozen pitch so our U18 girls were the only side in action at the weekend and unfortunately they lost 6-0 at home to a strong Birdhill side who also received the league trophy. Congrats to Birdhill but Newport will be hoping to turn things around when the sides meet again in the cup in a few weeks.

Next Saturday the U12 girls are away to Ballymackey at 12 noon, the U14s are home to Knigh at 1.30pm and the U17s are home to Killavilla at 3pm.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and this week’s jackpot is €5,400 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, February 9 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 18, 21, 27 & 28. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Table Quiz
A huge thanks to the massive crowd who supported the club’s Table Quiz. 35 teams ensured that Lee’s Bar was absolutely packed to the rafters and made it the biggest attendance ever at our annual quiz. Despite having to overcome some audio technical issues at the start of the night, Quiz Master Micheal Lenihan, brought his teachers’ voice into great use and ensured that the questions kept everyone on their toes. It was a very enjoyable evening that went late into the night but it was the lads from Bridgetown who beat runners-up Ger O’Brien, David ‘Dobs’ O’Brien & Kieran ‘Fletch’ O’Sullivan after a tie-break. The Junior A team had a quiz within a quiz and it was the team of Peter O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Ryan & Kev Connolly, who proved to be the brains of the A team and won the prize very kindly sponsored by Tony & Emma Frawley of Frawley Branding.

Thanks to Gaye & James Lee for sponsoring the first prizes and their hospitality throughout the evening. A raffle also took place with a large selection of prizes very kindly donated by the soccer club, its members and local businesses including Deirdre Moloney of Little Tots Academy, Centra Newport, John Landers Painter-Decorator, the Derryleigh Dugout, O’Sullivan’s Bar and Lounge and The Corner House Chipper. Congrats to Ann O’Toole who win the first prize of 2 tickets to the Ireland v Georgia Euro qualifier game in the Aviva next month. Well done to the club’s main & Social Committees who did another excellent job in organising the evening. Thanks also to Ailbe Coffey, Gerard Healy, Aine Lenihan, Tim Coffey, Tom O’Malley & Mike ‘Bun’ O’Donoghue who worked very hard in the background collecting answer sheets and doing the marking. We hope everyone enjoyed the night and hopefully we will see ye again next year.

Clothes Collection
“Declutter” seems to be a buzz-word at the moment. If you are in the mood to de-clutter, we can help. Our ‘Clothing Collection’ starts again 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. Thanks for your support. If you neeed any bags collected or if you’ve any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155. Please spread the word.

LAST MAN STANDING returns on Friday, February 22.
Due to popular demand, the club’s Last Man Standing competition, will be kicking off again on Friday, February 22. 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 Man or Woman is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Deryleigh Diary – January 27 2019

Juniors
The U18 Youths bounced back from last week’s disappointing result in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup with a solid 4-2 win at home to Shelbourne courtesy of 2 goals from in-form striker, Jack O’Carroll, and one apiece from team captain, Darren Collins and Jack Ryan Cooper on his debut for the Youths. This win closes the gap to league leaders, Cals to just 3 points. Cals will be the visitors to Derryleigh Park next Sunday at 2.15pm in a top of the table clash.

The C team, who have been having a difficult season so far, recorded a morale-boosting 2-2 draw away to Athlunkard Villa on the astro-turf in U.L. on Sunday morning. Newport had been leading 2-1 thanks to goals from Wayne Collins & Dan Powell but Athlunkard scored the equaliser to deny the C team their first win of the season. Hopefully this game can be the turning-point of the season and set them up for a decent cup run. Special mention for U17 player, John Ryan Rose, who had a fine game at right back and then went on to play the full game for the U18s in the afternoon.

Next weekend’s fixtures sees the A team welcome Hyde Rangers to Derryleigh Park in the third round of the Lawson Cup. Hyde will provide a very tough challenge as they currently lead Div 2A, with 10 wins from 10 games, scoring 51 goals in the process and only conceding 7 and fresh off the back of a 5-0 win over Charleville B. Newport are under no illusion of the difficult task that lies ahead and are going to have to play to their very best to have any chance of progressing to the quarter-final stage. Kick-off in Derryleigh is at 2.15pm.

The U18s welcome Cals to Derryleigh in a top-of-the table league clash at 2.15pm and the Bs are away to Aisling Annacotty in the league, also at 2.15pm.

Schoolboys
The new schoolboy calendar season will start on February 23rd Saturday with U16 & U14 in action, March 2nd Saturday with U15 & U13, March 9th Saturday with U12, U14 & U16, April 1st Monday with U 11, April 6th Saturday with U10, April 6th Saturday with U8, April 13th Saturday with U9 & April 27th Saturday with U7.

There will be no games fixed for any Saturday in the month of June and the two weeks in July. The summer break will be from July 13th to August 31st. There will also be a break in late May/June for Kennedy Cup, Leaving Cert and Junior Cert. Easter weekend Saturday and Monday and May 6th bank holiday will be free from fixtures. In the second half of the season Sept 2nd to November 30th, clubs will have league games and local cups will start on September 14th.

Congrats to the U17 boys team from St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport who are through to a FAI Schools Munster semi-final following a hard-fought but well-deserved 2-1 extra-time win against PBC Cork thanks to goals from Jake Dillon & Jay Ryan. The squad features a big number of our club players so it’s great to see the connection between club & school paying dividends. The lads will play De La Salle Cork in the semi-final with details TBA.

Schoolgirls
Our U12 girls were the only side in action at the weekend and unfortunately a depleted Newport side suffered a loss away to a very strong Killavilla team.

Next Saturday the U18 girls are home to Birdhill (2pm) and the U15 girls are away to Knigh (11.45am).

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and this week’s jackpot is €5,350 with the next draw taking place on Friday, February 1 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 5, 8, 15 & 27. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Table Quiz
The Soccer club’s annual table quiz will take place in Lee’s Pub on Friday, February 1 @ 9.30pm. Entry is €20 per table of four. If you can’t make up a team, come along anyway and we will put teams together on the night. Please support this important club fundraiser, which is always great craic. There will also be a raffle on the night for lots of prizes including hampers, a voucher for O’Neill’s club merchandise & 2 tickets for the Ireland v Georgia Euro qualifier in the Aviva on Tuesday, March 26, which will be Mick McCarthy’s first competitive game at home.

Clothes Collection
“Declutter” seems to be a buzz-word at the moment. If you are in the mood to de-clutter, we can help. Our ‘Clothing Collection’ starts again 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. Thanks for your support. Any questions, please contact Sarah 087 2826155. Please spread the word.

LAST MAN STANDING returns on Friday, February 22.
Due to popular demand, the club’s Last Man Standing competition, will be returning soon. Entry details to follow in the coming week.Entry will again be €10 with €500 on offer to the winner. 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 Man or Woman is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Derryleigh Diary – January 20 2019

Juniors
The A team bounced back from the disappointing defeat in the FAI Junior Cup last week, to take the scalp of Premier League side, Kilmallock, with an emphatic home 6-1 win the round 2 of the Lawson Cup, thanks to a hat-trick from Sean Ryan and goals from Paul Ryan, Davy Ryan and one from Christy O’Connor to break-up the Ryan monopoly on goals. Newport will now be at home to Hyde Rangers in the next round.

Newport took the lead in the 4th minute, when Sean Ryan calmly slotted home after a lovely through ball from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan. Both sides nullified each other in the first half but both keepers, including Newport’s Harry Ryan, dealt comfortably with any threats that came their way. Newport were living with the Premier side and didn’t look like a team that are 2 divisions below. 1-0 up at half-time and it was anyone’s game.

Newport extended the lead 2 minutes into the second half, when Clemy was once again the provider. His perfect chip cross to the far post was expertly headed home by Paul Ryan, who was playing just his second game for the club on his return from his 12 month travels. Kilmallock reduced the lead to 2-1 when a well-struck free kick gave Harry Ryan no chance low to his right.

The visitors had a good shout for a penalty turned down by the ref and not long after Newport were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately the Kilmallock keeper made a great save to deny Clemy when pushing the ball around the post for a corner. However from the resultant corner in the 70th minute, Christy O’Connor was in the right place in the penalty area to rifle the ball home to extend the Newport lead to 3-1.

The visitors now had to chase the game and Newport began exploiting the spaces that were now appearing in the Kilmallock defence. Newport made the game safe in the 75th minute when Davy Ryan showed all his experience to coolly round the keeper after picking up a pass on the edge of the box to make it 4-1. Two more goals from Sean Ryan in the 83rd & 86th minute, to secure his hat-trick, ensured Newport’s safe passage to the third round. Newport were expected to put it up to the Premier side but the emphatic score-line would have been far beyond most people’s expectations.

The A team players & management would like to thank Barry Windows for their kind sponsorship of the new jerseys, which were worn for the first time in this game.

Squad: Harry Ryan, Mark McGuire, Kev Connolly, Elliott Slattery, Jimmy Fyfe, Christy O’Connor, Paul Ryan, Peter O’Sullivan, Sean Ryan, Davy Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan, Dave Kennedy, Darren Collins, Nathan Hartigan, Jack Noble & Brendan Coffey.

The B team went into their game against Parkville knowing that a win was essential to keep alive their slim hopes of promotion. It was a very tight contest between two evenly-matched sides and unfortunately it was the visitors who took all three points on offer after scoring a late winner courtesy of an excellent strike. With just 4 league games remaining, promotion is now looking slightly out of reach and the lads will be hoping for a good cup run.

The U18 Youths suffered a very disappointing 6-1 home defeat to Premier side Charleville on Sunday afternoon. Confidence was high before the game for a good performance but two soft goals early in the first half, after Newport had started brightly, took the wind out of the lads’ sails. Newport began chasing the game and became a bit loose & disjointed and the visitors scored three more goals to make it 5-0 at the break. At this stage it was damage limitation and a better second-half performance saw a bit of prode restored in the jersey. Charleville scored again but the hard-working Jack O’Carroll, scored a late consolation from the spot-kick after the winning penalty to leave the final score 6-1. Lack of consistency and the concession of soft goals is Newport’s problem this season and with 7 league games remaining, we are hoping that the lads will hit a run of form to finish the season strongly.

Next weekend’s fixtures sees the C team away to Athlunkard in the league in U.L. at 11am and the U18s are home to Shelbourne in the league at 2.15pm.

Schoolboys
Well done to our U12 player, Cillian Collins, who was on the LDSL inter-league squad for the games last weekend against the Limerick Desmond League in U.L.

Schoolgirls
It was a mixed bag of results at the weekend. Our U13 girls recorded an excellent 3-0 win away to Shinrone on Saturday morning with Aoife Mellerick scoring a hat-trick.

Unfortunately the U18s lost 4-1 at home to Nenagh with Chelsea King scoring a consolation goal for Newport.

Well done to the Newport girls who were on the NTSFL U15 squad who played out an excellent 1-1 draw against the Kilkenny League on Sunday afternoon in the second of the Gaynor Cup qualifying games. Special mention for Chelsea King who scored the goal.

Next Saturday the U12 girls are the only side in action when they travel to play Killavilla on Saturday afternoon (2.30pm).

Safeguarding 1 – Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course
Newport Town AFC will host a Safeguarding 1 – Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course in Derryleigh Park on Tuesday, January 29 from 7.00 – 10.00pm. This is a MANDATORY course for any person working or volunteering with children in football in any capacity including but not limited to just Coaches & Assistants. The course must also be retaken if not completed within the past 3 years. The course will be given by James Scott, FAI Regional Development Officer. The cost is €10 and all are welcome (over 16s only). Registration must be completed online as this is the only way to book a place on the course! Spaces are limited so please book soon to guarantee your place. Check out our Facebook page for more details.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and this week’s jackpot is €5,300 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, January 26 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 5, 17, 18 & 27. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Table Quiz
The Soccer club’s annual table quiz will take place in Lee’s Pub on Friday, February 1 @ 9.30pm. Entry is €20 per table of four. If you can’t make up a team, come along anyway and we will put teams together on the night. Please support this important club fundraiser, which is always great craic. There will also a raffle on the night for lots of prizes including a voucher for O’Neill’s club merchandise & 2 tickets for the Ireland v Georgia Euro qualifier in the Aviva on Tuesday, March 26, which will be Mick McCarthy’s first competitive game at home.

Clothes Collection
“Declutter” seems to be a buzz-word at the moment. If you are in the mood to de-clutter, we can help. Our ‘Clothing Collection’ starts again 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. Thanks for your support. Any questions, please contact Sarah 087 2826155. Please spread the word.

LAST MAN STANDING returns on Friday, February 22.
Be in with a chance to win €500 and make the Premier League more interesting. Challenge your friends, family, team-mates, neighbours, work-mates etc., all while supporting the soccer club. Click the link below to see how you can enter and the competition rules. Complete the entry form and return it with payment to any player, coach, committee member by 9pm on Thursday, February 21. Form & payment can also be dropped into O’Sullivan’s Bar, Nicky English Butchers, Kennedy’s Shop or to our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings.

Before each round, you pick a Premier League team you think will WIN their game.

If your team wins, you are through to the next round, if your team draws or loses, you are eliminated. Last Man Standing wins.

Last Man Standing Entry Form & Rules Feb 2019

Derryleigh Diary – January 12 2019

Juniors
So near but yet so far was the general consensus after Newport lost their FAI Junior Cup last 32 game away to Aisling Annacotty on Sunday afternoon. Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve but that’s sport and it’s Aisling who advance to the last 16 after securing a late 2-1 win over a Newport side who deserved far more than the final score-line showed. Newport were the firm underdogs before the game as we are two divisions below the home side but it was the Division 1B side who really put it up to the Premier League side and the general consensus was that the better team lost on the day.

The Newport faithful travelled to Annacotty in massive numbers and easily outnumbered the home support ten to one and really got behind the lads right from the kick-off. The first 15 minutes were very cagey with both teams probing but creating very few chances. In the 16th minute, Christy Doyle had the first real chance of the game but the Aisling keeper, Brian O’Connor, who was called on many times througout the game, saved well to deny Newport the opener. In the 27th minute, Doyler got on the end of a Sean Ryan, one of Newport’s best players on the day, cross but his header went over the bar. 3 minutes later, team captain, Brian O’Sullivan fired in a shot from 20 yards, which was easily saved. Aisling broke quickly and forced a shot, which was blocked for a corner. From the resultant phases of play, the home side exerted some pressure and in the 32nd minute Jason Lipper put Aisling ahead with an opportunistic header after some mis-communication in the Newport rearguard. This goal was against the run of play as Newport had been the more threatening up to that point.

In the 37th minute, Newport striker, Christy Doyle, received a yellow card after cheekily heading the ball out of the Aisling’s keeper’s hands and in hindsight, this card proved to be costly as Christy was walking a thin line from them on. On the stroke of half-time Newport were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and dead-ball specialist, Elliott Slattery rifled in a shot which looked like a definite goal until the Aisling keeper made a brilliant reflex save to deny Newport an equaliser. 0-1 down at half-time but Newport were well in the game.

After a couple of positional changes, with Davy Ryan switching wings, Newport started the second half much the stronger and exerted some concerted pressure on the Aisling goal. Newport were well on top and in the 68th minute got their reward with an equaliser from Christy Doyle, for his 28th goal of the season. Davy Ryan, who displayed all his experience with a super display, picked up a ball in the Aisling half and jinked his way through the Aisling defence. When everyone expected him to unleash a shot, he laid off a sublime pass to the onrushing Doyle who calmly slotted the ball low past the Aisling keeper to send the travelling support into raptures. At this stage, Newport were well on top and looking the more likely. However disaster struck in the 73rd minute when Christy Doyle was sent from the pitch for a controversial second yellow card. It appeared that Doyle had won the ball in a tough but fair challenge but after referee Robbie Broe consulted with his linesman, the second yellow card was brandished and Newport were reduced to 10 men.

Despite having the one man advantage the Premier league side did not change their tactic of pumping long balls up the pitch, which were superbly dealt with the Newport rearguard of Kev O’Brien, Mark McGuire, Christy O’Connor & Elliott Slattery throughout the game. Newport were digging deep and kept putting pressure on the Aisling defence and it was still anyone’s game. However in the 85th minute Newport hearts were broken when a ball was crossed into the heart of the Newport penalty area and Aisling player Aaron Murphy got his head on the end of a cross a split second before Newport keeper Jimmy Fyfe.

With 5 minutes remaining on the clock Newport threw the kitchen sink at Aisling but despite some half-chances towards the end, it was the Annacotty side who held out to secure safe passage to the last 16.

Despite bowing out of the competition at a stage never reached before, Newport can hold their heads high as every player on the pitch gave 100% and put in a performance which deserved far more than the final result. The neutrals at the game agreed with this viewpoint but unfortunately sport can be cruel and it’s Newport who will look back at the game and wonder if it was one that they left behind. If the lads can perform at this level for the rest of the season then they will be pushing hard for promotion at the business end of the campaign.

Thanks to the Newport supporters who turned out in such huge numbers to get behind the lads. It was great to see children, parents and grand-parents and from all sporting codes at the game to show that we are a club firmly entrenched in our community.

Next weekend’s fixtures sees all our sides at home in Derryleigh Park. The Junior A team get to play against another Premier side, Kilmallock, in round 2 of the Lawson Cup (11am). Last week’s performance, despite the result, will give the lads great confidence for the remainder of the season, where promotion is now firmly the main focus. The Bs play Parkville in the league (2.15pm) and the U18s play, premier opposition, Charleville, in round 2 of the Ger Ryan Youth Cup (2.15pm).

Schoolboys
We are delighted & very proud to announce that our club has once again been represented in the Limerick District Schoolchildren’s League Awards for the 2017/2018 season. We have received three awards this year.

Contribution to Football Award – Denis ‘Jack’ O’Sullivan
U16 Div 1 Player of the Year – Jack O’Carroll
Club Award – Luke Kennedy

What more can be said about Denis ‘Jack’ O’Sullivan? He’s been involved in schoolboy football with Newport for as long as anyone can remember and is still going strong as Manager of the current U16 side. He has given years of dedication, time, knowledge & effort to all the players who have been on any of the teams that he’s been involved with. He has also done likewise for the club in terms of being a committee member and also involved with junior sides in the past. Denis has created an O’Sullivan football dynasty within the club as his 3 lads, Kieran (Fletch), Brian (Clemy) & Pete (Pistol) are all playing junior football with the club as well as his grand-son Cillian, who’s playing with the U16s. You will see Denis at most games that his lads are playing in and he’s also your go-to man if you want a mint sweet at a game. Thanks also to his wife, Kathleen & daughter, Denise for putting up with all the football talk, that we are sure goes on around the dinner table every night. Every club needs the likes of Denis to grow & prosper and it’s brilliant to see his contribution to schoolboy football being recognised by the Limerick League. No doubt Denis will take this award in his stride and play it down as is his nature but as a club we are delighted and very proud of this achievement by a wonderful clubman.

Jack O’Carroll was co-Captain of last season’s U16 team who completed the League & Cup double and went the season unbeaten in all local competitions. Jack was also a member of the U17 squad who got to their divisional cup final in Jackman Park. He’s known as a hard-working, skilful player and prolific goal-scorer and was also selected as the club’s U16 player of the year last season. This award culminates what was a brilliant season for both Jack & his fellow team-mates.

Luke Kennedy is a highly thought-of young keeper in our club and is a popular choice to receive a Club Award. He was selected as one of our U12 Players of the Year last season after a wonderful campaign. Keepers are a rare commodity in most clubs and Luke has definitely been ear-marked as one for the future.

Our award winners will be presented with their awards at the Limerick League awards ceremony on Friday, January 25. Well done to Denis, Jack & Luke from everyone in the club.

Schoolgirls
Our U17s enjoyed an excellent 6-2 win away to Lough Derg. This was a super performance from the girls and the goals were scored by Kaitlyn Bradshaw 2, Abbie Lenihan, Chelsea King, Caragh Flynn & Rachel Carey. Unfortunately, despite a good display, the U12s lost 1-0 at home to Lough Derg.

Next Saturday the U13 & U18 girls are back in action. The U13s are away to Shinrone (10am) and the U18s are home to Nenagh (10am).

Calorie Kickers
Kick-start 2019 and start your new year weight-loss resolution with the Calorie Kickers community weight-loss group, which continues this Wednesday, January 16 and every every Wednesday for the next 5 weeks from 7.00-7.45pm. Some current members, since last September, have lost up to an amazing 2 stone. Cost for new members is €20 for 6 weeks or you can pay €8 in week one and €3 weekly. The weekly health talk is at 7.30pm and this week’s talk is by Michelle Rafferty, Chief Cardiac Physiologist and Head of the Cardiac Diagnostic Dept. at University Hospital Limerick, who will discuss the importance of exercise in looking after & maintaining a healthy heart . Contact Jenny on 086 8390949 or checkout the club’s Facebook page for more info. All are welcome.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and this week’s jackpot is €5,250 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, January 19 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 9, 18, 24 & 30. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Table Quiz
The club’s annual table quiz will take place in Lee’s Bar on Friday, February 1. Be sure to pencil the date in your diaries.