The U18 Youths & Cs were the only junior side in action during the week as the A team’s scheduled league game away to Geraldines B was called off.
The 18s advanced to the Div 2 Cup semi-final, where they will be away to Caherdavin, following a hard-earned 4-1 win away to Regional. Jack O’Carroll with 2, Colin Coleman & Jack Noble on the score-sheet. Jack O’Caroll’s 2 goals keep him top of the goalscoring charts in Div 2. Newport took the lead in the game and should have increased their advantage but failed to do so and when Regional scored a soft goal to equalise, it seemed to boost their confidence. They were awarded a penalty early in the second half but substitute keeper, Jack O’Sullivan, who came on at half-time made a brilliant save. Newport finished the game stronger and 3 goals in the final quarter were enough to seal safe passage to the semi-final.
Newport then played the same opposition in the league in Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon and were comfortable 8-1 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Jack O’Carroll, a double from Colin Coleman and goals from Darren Collins, Killian O’Malley & Jay Ryan.Unfortunately the win was not enough in Newport’s quest for league honours as Cals late, late victory away to Caherdavin was enough to secure them the league title. Newport will finish the season as runners-up, which is a decent league campaign. However the lads are still hoping to make it to a Cup Final in Jackman Park for the second year running but in their way is Caherdavin, who they play in the semi-final next Saturday in Greenhills at 6.30pm. This will be a tough game as in the two games played so far this season between the sides, it’s one win apiece, so it could take extra-time and even penalties to separate the sides. If Newport do make it to the final, it will be played in Jackman Park on Thursday, May 9 against the winners of Shelbourne & Cals.
The C team, whose season is almost over, suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat at home to Parkville on Saturday evening.
Div 1B Promotion Race
The Junior A side have three scheduled league games remaining and all are at home – to Hill Celtic, Kilfrush & Regional Utd. Just two of out Newport, Hill Celtic & Kilfrush will be promoted to Div 1A and the promotion race is very, very tight with all 3 sides still in with a shout of winning the league or not being promoted. Kilfrush are on 49 points (20 played), Hill Celtic are on 49 points (19 played) and Newport are on 46 points (19 played). First up for Newport is the visit of Hill Celtic to Derryleigh Park this coming Thursday at 6.30pm. On Sunday morning, Hill Celtic travelled out to Kilfrush and beat the current league leaders 4-0, so the city side will be full of confidence and know that if they can stop Newport winning the game, they will put a dent in our promotion challenge. However Newport are on a good run of league form, having won their last 5 league games on the bounce and in the process, scoring 27 and only conceding 2. We’ve also won our three divisional cup games along the way, so momentum is being built at the right time of the season. Then on Sunday morning at 10.30am, we welcome Kilfrush to Derryleigh Park in another huge league fixture. These are possibly two of the biggest games for the A team in a long time and we hope to see a big Newport crowd at the remaining home games to get right behind the lads. Their efforts in all competitions this season are fully deserving of your support and we are calling on the whole community to come along and give the lads lots of encouragement from the sidelines.
Despite a brave performance, the U13s lost 5-1 at home to Aisling Annacotty B last Wednesday, with Evan Moran scoring a consolation goal for Newport. Unfortunately their scheduled game against Caherconlish on Friday was cancelled due to Storm Hannah as was the U16A game against Mungret Regional.
Last Wednesday, the U15 side were away to a very strong Carew Park and despite taken the lead through a well-taken goal by Ciaran Darcy, it was the home side who came out on top on a 3-1 scoreline.
Our U12s did their best but ultimately lost 4-0 at home to a very good Caherconlish side on Saturday morning. This game was followed by the U14B game against Fairview. Unfortunately Newport were missing a number of players due to injury and despite battling hard and unlucky not to get more from the game, it was the visitors who ran out 5-2 winners with Conor Gavan scoring both the Newport goals.
In non-competitive games on Saturday, the U7s got their season underway when they travelled to Corbally and played out a very entertaining game between two very good sides. Both U10 sides were also in action. The Blues were away to Aisling Annacotty and the Browns were away to Mungret Regional. Again, both games saw some excellent team and individual performances and kept all the supporters fully entertained.
This week’s fixtures see the U11, U12, U13 & U15 sides in action. On Monday, both U11 sides play games at 6.30pm, with the Reds away to Aisling Annacotty and the Browns away to Shelbourne. On Wednesday, the U15s are home to Regional Utd (6.30pm). On Friday, the U12s are home to Fairview (6.30pm). On Saturday, the U9s are away to Pike (9.45am), U11 Reds are away to Regional (11am) and U11 Browns are home to Bridge Celtic (11am).
With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website
Congratulations to our U13 schoolgirls and their coach Robbie Bailey who won the NTSFL Shield last Saturday in a convincing 5-0 win over Borrisokane in Nenagh. Lauren Bailey with a hat-trick, Sinead O’Riordan & Heather O’Neill were the scorers. Well done girls. A great way to finish off your season.
This week again, it’s all cup & shield games for the girls. On Monday in the U17 Cup, Newport welcome local rivals Birdhill , while in the U12 Shield Final, Newport play Lough Derg in Brickfields (6.30pm). On Tuesday, the U14s are hoping to win a double-double when they take on Killavilla in the Cup Final in Brickfields (6.30pm). On Wednesday, the U15s welcome Knigh Utd in the Shield (6.30pm) and on Friday, the U18 Cup Final between Newport & Nenagh takes place in Moneygall at 6.45pm.
More success for Newport in the Community Games last weekend as the U15 girls won the County Futsal Final and will now represent Tipperary in the Munster Finals. The U15 & U13 Boys received walkovers and will also represent Tipperary in the Munster Finals.
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
And then there were just 2 remaining. Before the weekend’s games, there were 19 players but after the dust had settled only Seamus Bridgeman & Willie O’Neill are left standing as we head into round 9, thanks to victories by Fulham & Man City. With just 2 rounds of games left, will be have just one winner of the €500 or will it be shared between the two lads?
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,000 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 4 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 11, 12, 18 & 30. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.
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.