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Derryleigh Diary – April 28 2019

Juniors
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.

Schoolboys
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 

Schoolgirls
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.

Community Games
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.

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
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?

Lotto
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.

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 – April 21 2019

Juniors
The A team were the only junior side in action in the past week in league & cup action. First up was a midweek away trip to play Shelbourne in the league. In a game that Newport needed to win to keep up the pressure on the top two in the promotion race, we got off to a great start after Peter O’Sullivan got on the end of a corner from his brother Brian and powerfully headed home to open the scoring in the 10th minute. Newport dominated the first half but despite creating some great chances, they didn’t extend their lead until the 35th minute when Paul Ryan picked up a lovely pass from Brian O’Sullivan on the edge of the box and superbly curled the ball to the top corner.

In the 42nd minute, Darren Collins latche on to a loose pass in the middle of the park and expertly played a through ball to Brian O’Sullivan on the left wing, whose cross wasn’t dealt with by the Shels centre-half and Christy Doyle pounced to calmly slot home from close range. On the stroke of half-time, left back Mark McGuire made a surging run from deep into the box and his cross was bundled into the goal by a Shelbourne defender. 4-0 at half-time and Newport were in full control.

Newport continued to pile the pressure on the Shelbourne rearguard in the second half and Christy Doyle scored his second and Newport’s fifth after receiving yet another assist from Brian O’Sullivan and made no mistake in finding the net. The Doyler / Clemy partnership is proving very potent this season and is causing lots of trouble for opposition defences.

Marc Barry was able to unload the bench in the second half and youth player, Jack O’Carroll, scored his first ever A team goal in the 82nd minute when brilliantly getting on to a cross ahead of the Shels keeper to guide the ball home. 6-0 was a fair reflection of a game that Newport controlled from start to finish and earned the 3 points to close the gap on Hill Celtic & Kilfrush. With 4 league games remaining, we now lie just 3 points behind Hill Celtic, same games played and are 9 points behind Kilfrush but we have a game in hand. Both these sides have yet to visit Derryleigh Park and play each other, so the promotion race could go all the way to the wire but we are still in control of our own destiny.

On Easter Sunday morning, Newport & Knockainey played out a cracking cup tie out in Knockainey. The pre-match prediction was that this was going to be a close game in a difficult venue and so it proved to be with a dreaded penalty shootout needed to separate the sides. Thankfully it was Newport who held their nerve, with our keeper, Harry Ryan making two great penalty saves to ensure that it’s Newport who head to Jackman Park to play Hill Celtic in the Div 1B Calvert Cup Final in a couple of weeks time.

Marc Barry had a depleted squad due to representative duty, suspension, injury and holidays but in fairness to the available players, they all gave 100% in terms of effort & commitment and over the course of the 90 minute plus extra-time were deserving of the win. Newport started well and came close to opening the scoring in the first 20 minutes and were keeping the Knockainey keeper very busy. Somewhat against the run of play, it was the home team who opened the scoring in the 27th minute when a deep cross to the back post was superbly headed home. Newport had two great chances to equalise in the 30th & 36th minutes but we just couldn’t get on the end of two inviting crosses into the danger area. Newport scored the deserved equaliser in the 42nd minute when Mark McGuire picked up on a loose ball on the edge of the box and drilled a low shot to the net through a packed penalty box. 1-1 at half-time and anyone’s game.

7 minutes into the second half, Newport had a great chance to take the lead but a header from close range just went the wrong side of the crossbar. Newport were awarded a penalty for handball in the 56th minute and Brian O’Sullivan made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-1. Just 5 minutes later, there was a disputed drop-ball that normally Knockainey would have given back to us but given the intensity of the tie, the drop-ball was contested, from which the home side were awarded a free kick, which was headed home to make it 2-2. There were no quarters asked or given and this was a full-blooded cup tie with the home support vocal in giving the referee their opinions throughout the game.

Knockainey took the lead in the 78th minute and at this stage, Newport were looking on the ropes but as seen a few times this season, this squad is full of character and self-belief and once again they dug deep. With a few minutes remaining on the clock, Christy O’Connor in true Christy style, won a thundering header in the middle of the park, which powered over the Knockainey defence. Christy Doyle read the headed pass superbly and still with a lot of work to do, brilliantly knocked the ball over the keeper to make it 3-3 with only a couple of minutes remaining.

Both sides were tired at the end of a bruising 90 minutes and as a result the extra-time lacked the same intensity as normal time with both sides creating only half-chances. With no further goals, the game would be decided by penalties. Newport, through Brian O’Sullivan, Elliott Slattery, Davy Ryan & Christy Doyle scored their penalties and Harry Ryan’s 2 saves meant that we won the shootout 4-2 and didn’t need to take the last spot-kick. Now with a cup final to look foward to, attention switches back to the league with some massive games coming up starting with an away trip to Geraldines next Saturday evening (6.30pm) followed by the visit of Hill Celtic on Thursday, May 2 (6.30pm). The two final fixtures will be home to Regional & Kilfrush and we will be hoping for a big Newport support at our remaining games to really get behind the lads at this crucial stage of the season.

In other upcoming junior games, the U17s are away to Regional in the Div 2 cup quarter-final on Tuesday, Saturday, April 23 and also play the same opposition in the league next Sunday in Derryleigh Park (2.15pm). The C team are home to Parkville next Saturday at 6.30pm.

Inter League Youth Cup Final
Massive congratulations to our U18 Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who were members of the Limerick District League squad that won the the national final of the FAI Inter-League Competition on Easter Sunday afternoon in Jackman Park. Limerick beat the Waterford League 3-2 in an exciting cup final. This was a super achievement by the players and a great honour for the players and our club.

Schoolboys
Our U14 & U16 sides were the only sides in competitive action in the past week. The U16A team played two games, unfortunately suffering defeats in both. They lost 3-2 away to Shelbourne with Brendan Quinn & Daniel Egan scoring the goals. They then welcomed Aisling Annacotty to Derryleigh Park on Friday evening and found themselves up against a team in flying form and despite a brave performance lost 6-0.

The U16B team also played two games, recording a win and a draw against Corbally opposition. In the first game, Newport secured a very good 4-0 win over Corbally B with a hat-trick from Luke Ryan and one from Alex Considine. A few days later, they welcomed Corbally A and played out a very entertaining 1-1 draw with Luke Ryan once again on the score-sheet with a well-taken free-kick.

The U14A side enjoyed an excellent 5-1 win away to Regional B with goals from Nathan Bridgeman 3, Conor Molamphy & Jamie Kavanagh. This win keeps the lads joint leaders of Div 1 with Regional A. Meanwhile the U14B team suffered a 5-2 defeat away to Aisling Annacotty with Cathal Lenihan & Evan Moran on the score-sheet. They still remain joint top of Div 2 along with Fairview & Aisling.

This Wednesday, the U13s are home to Aisling Annacotty B (6.30pm) and then are home to Caherconlish on Friday (6.30pm). On Wednesday, U15s are away to Carew Park (6.30pm). On Friday, U16A are home to Mungret Regional (6.30pm). On Saturday, the U7s get their season underway when they travel to Corbally (9.45am). Both U10 sides are in action. The Blues are away to Aisling Annacotty (11am) and the Browns are away to Mungret Regional (11am). U12A are home to Caherconlish (12.30pm) and U14B are home to Fairview (2pm). Your support is very welcome at these games.

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

Schoolgirls
The U14s advanced to the cup-final after winning a very close & tense semi-final on a 1-0 scoreline thanks to a goal from Robyn McNamara. This win keeps the girls on course for the double double. Unfortunately the U13s lost their cup game 4-1 at home to Killavilla despite taking the lead thanks to a goal from Lauren Bailey.

This week again, it’s all cup games for the girls. On Tuesday, in the U15 Shield, Newport welcome Knigh Utd at 6.30pm. On Thursday, Newport welcome local rivals Birdhill in the U17 Cup (6.30pm) and on Friday, the U18s play the Cup Final against Nenagh in Moneygall with a 6.45pm kick-off.

Manchester Cup
Well done to the U14 NTSFL girls who won the international Manchester Cup over the Easter weekend . Congrats to our 4 Newport girls Abbie Lenihan, Shauna Pearson, Robyn McNamara & Ellie Kenendy on winning this prestigious tournament and Abbie scoring 2 goals in the final.

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
Our Aviva Soccer Sisters camp is over for another year and it’s safe to say that all 90 girls that made it one of the biggest camps in the region had great fun. It was great to see some new faces up in Derryleigh and we hope that some of them might join us next season. Thanks to everyone in the club who once again voluntarily gave up their free time to ensure the success of the camp. Special mention to Gaylord Harvey who co-ordinated the camp and did such a great job ensuring that everything went to plan. We hope all the girls really enjoyed themselves. You were all brilliant.

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 €5,950 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, April 27 in O’Sullivan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 3, 11, 18 & 19. 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 – April 14 2019

Juniors
In the past week, the Junior, A, B & C and U18 sides have all been in action with mixed results.

The A’s maintained their promotion challenge with a comfortable 7-0 win at home to a very young Caherdavin side last Thursday in the first of their midweek games. The Newport squad also contained a number of young players including three of this year’s Youth squad along with a few more from last year’s Youth squad. Seeing the younger players breaking through to our junior squads in the past couple of seasons is a great reflection of the good work being done in our schoolboy section.

Christy Doyle, made his welcome return after an injury layout and showed no signs of rustiness when scoring a hat-trick on his comeback. Not to be outdone, his strike-partner Brian O’Sullivan also scored a hat-trick. This combination have amassed a total of 62 goals betweeen them this season, which makes them one of the top scoring partnerships in all the Limerick Leagues. Paul Ryan was the other Newport scorer.

With just 5 league games remaining, Newport are still right in the promotion hunt. We are 9 points behind league leaders, Kilfrush with 2 games in hand and 3 behind second-placed Hill Celtic with a game in hand and still have to play the top two in Derryleigh Park and they still have to play each other, so there’s still lots of tense & exciting times ahead in the remaining games.

As predicted, the junior B’s Div 2B cup semi-final between Newport & Athlunkard Villa was a very clouse-fought affair with extra-time needed to separate the sides, after the game ended 2-2 in normal time with both Newport goals coming from Tristan O’Sullivan. Newport will see this as one that got away as they failed to capitalise on some great chances. Just when it looked the game would go to penalties, Athlunkard scored a late extra-time winner to break Newport hearts and at the same time, bring the B’s season to a close.

The C team have just 2 games remaining in their season, following their 5-1 defeat away to Coonagh on Sunday afternoon. The home side still had a very remote chance of promotion so this was always going to be a very difficult test for Newport, who despite some decent performances along the way, have not had the bit of luck sometimes needed to get a few wins to gather some momentum. Aidan Healy scored the consolation goal for Newport.

In the U18 Div 2 league, second-placed Newport kept up the pressure on league leaders Cals when they travelled to play Aisling Annacotty B on Sunday afternoon and recorded an emphatic 8-0 win with a hat-trick from Thomas Floyd and another from Colin Coleman, on his very welcome return from suspension. John Ryan Rose (penalty) and Daniel Egan were also on the mark. Newport won the home tie earlier in the season but with several regular starters missing from the side this time out, this was a real test of the depth of the squad. The players that came into the starting side all did well and thanks also to the U16 players who also stepped up when called upon.

In upcoming games, the U17s are away to Fairview on Tuesday, April 16 (6.30pm), the U18s are away to Regional in the Div 2 cup quarter-final on Saturday, April 20 (6.30pm) and on Easter Sunday morning, the A team are away to Knockainey in the Div 1B Calvert Cup semi-final (11am).

Inter League Youth Cup Final
Best of luck to our U18 Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who are members of the Limerick District League squad that play in the national final of the FAI Inter-League on Easter Sunday afternoon at 2pm in Jackman Park. Limerick play the Waterford League in the final.

Schoolboys
The U15 side recorded an excellent 2-2 draw away to Aisling Annacotty in the premier league. It took a fortuituous last minute goal from the home side to deny Newport a deserved win. Stephen Madden & Ciaran Darcy were the Newport scorers. After a rocky start to the season, the lads have now settled down with 2 good draws in their last two games in a very competitive division.

The U13 side enjoyed an excellent 2-1 win away to Bridge Celtic with goals from James Moloney & Evan Moran. After losing their opening game, this makes it two wins on the bounce for Newport and sees them in fourth place but with a game less played than the teams above them.

The U9, U10 & U11 sides were all in action in the past week in non-competitive action and put in some great performances.

On Monday, both U16 sides are in action, when the A team are away to Shelbourne (6.30) and the Bs are home to Corbally B (6.30pm). On Good Friday, our U14 & U16 sides are in action. Both the U14 sides are away. The A team play Regional B and the Bs play Aisling Annacotty C. The U16 sides are both at home. The A team play Aisling Annacotty A and the Bs play Corbally Utd A. All evening games are 6.30pm kick-offs.

With so many upcoming games, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website.

Schoolgirls
Our U14 & U15s were both in cup action. The U14s advanced to the next round and keep their league & cup double hopes alive following a 7-0 defeat of Borrisokane with goals from Shauna Pearson 3, Amelia Healy, Molly O’Hora, Emily Hurley & Eryn Kennedy.

Unfortunately the U15s suffered a 4-2 defeat away to a good Killavilla side with Abbie Lenihan & Chelsea King on the score-sheet for Newport.

This week it’s all cup games for the girls. On Monday, April 14, the U14s are home to Knigh Utd (6.45pm) and on Thursday, the U13s are home to Killavilla (6.45pm).

Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
Best of luck to the 90 girls taking part in our Soccer Easters Camp this Thursday & Friday. It’s great to see so many girls taking part and once again making our camp one of the largest in the region. This is a super indication at the growth of girls’ football in the Newport area. We hope you all have lots of fun.

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 fill 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 €5,900 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, April 20 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 1, 6, 8 & 29. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing continues with Round 7 starting on Saturday, April 20. 14 players were eliminated at the weekend due to the failure of Brighton, Leicester & Everton to win their games so 70 players have qualified for the next round of the competition and their team picks will have to be in with us by 9pm on Friday, April 19.

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 – April 7 2019

Juniors
The Junior A, C & U18 sides were all in league action in Derryleigh Park on a sun-soaked and action-packed day of football, that saw a total of 16 goals scored in all three games on Sunday.

The Junior A team ground out a late comeback against a dogged Southend side to eventually run out 4-2 winners in Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning. The goals came from Brian O’Sullivan (3) & James Lynch. This win sees third-placed Newport close the gap on the top two in the promotion race and with just 6 league games remaining, starting with the visit of Caherdavin this Thursday evening, a tense & exciting end to the season lies ahead in the coming weeks. Just two of the top three teams will gain promotion to Div 1A. Click here for the match report.

At the same time, on the bottom pitch, the C team welcomed near neighbours, Murroe C to Derryleigh Park in a local derby. A win for Newport would have seen them climb off the bottom of the Div 4 table and level with Murroe and to give this fixture a little twist, Murroe had some former Newport players in their ranks. Unfortunately it was Murroe who ran out 3-0 winners and extend the gap between themselves and Newport.

The U18s played out a cracking league encounter against Caherdavin Celtic on Sunday afternoon. In a must-win game for both sides to maintain the pressure on league leaders Cals, it was Newport who snatched all 3 points on offer with a brilliant Daniel Egan goal deep into injury time to secure a 4-3 victory. Click here for the match report.

With midweek games now scheduled and the end of season looming, the fixture schedule will be fairly congested for the next few weeks. The Junior A team are home to Caherdavin this Thursday (6.30pm) and away to Shelbourne on Tuesday, April 16. The Bs are home to Athlunkard Villa in the Div 2B cup semi-final next Sunday (2pm). The Cs are away to Coonagh on Sunday (2pm). U18s are away to Aisling Annacotty next Sunday (2pm). The U17s are away to Nenagh next Saturday (6.30) and away to Fairview on Tuesday, April 16 (6.30pm).

Schoolboys
The U16A squad maintained their excellent unbeaten start to the season with a very good 3-1 win at home to Geraldines with goals coming from Adam McEvoy, Daniel Egan & Calum Grant. This makes it 2 wins & 1 draw from their opening 3 games in the Premier League and they currently sit at the top of the table. Unfortunately the U16Bs lost 3-1 at home to Regional Utd A with the goal coming from Calum Merrigan. This makes it 2 wins & 2 defeats in the opening 4 games in a very tough Div 1.

Both our U14 sides also had mixed results. Missing a few players, the A team lost 4-2 away to unbeaten Regional Utd in Div 1 with goals coming from David Healy & Alex O’Toole. After 3 wins on the trot, these were Newport’s first dropped points of the season. Meanwhile the Bs recorded an excellent 6-3 win at home to Regional Utd C with Cathal Lenihan 3, Conor Gavin 2 & Evan Moran on the score-sheet and the win moves them to the top of Div 2.

The U12s travelled to play Bridge Celtic last Friday night and were very unlucky to lose on a 2-1 scoreline. Interestingly the Newport scorer was keeper, Cillian Collins, who played out field for some of the game.

Our U8 & U10 sides were also in non-competitive action. As part of the FAI’s policy on non-competitive football, scores are not recorded and league tables are not kept for these sides. However all the teams played in very exciting & competitive games with some great goals scored and excellent team displays.

Well done to our U14 keeper, Mark Forde, who has been called into the LDSL U14 Development Training Squad, where he joins fellow Newport player, Aaron Coleman. The final squad for the Kennedy Cup will be finalised towards the end of April. Best of luck lads

This Wednesday, the U13s are home to Caherconlish (6.30pm). On Friday, both U10 sides are at home at 6.30pm, the Blues play Janesboro & the Browns play Aisling Annacotty. On Saturday, the U9s start their season when they travel to Corbally (9.45am), U11 Reds are away to Mungret Regional (11am), U11 Browns are home to Summerville (11am), U13s are away to Bridge Celtic (11am) and the U15s are away to Aisling Annacotty A (3.30pm). On Monday, both U16 sides are in action, when the A team are away to Shelbourne (6.30) and the Bs are home to Corbally B (6.30pm).

With so many upcoming games, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website.

Schoolgirls
There were no competitive schoolgirl games over the weekend but our U10 schoolgirls travelled to Ballymackey for an end of season blitz with teams from Knigh, Lough Derg, Ballymackey, Holycross, Borrisokane & Moneygall. Great fun had by all, loads of goals and some super skills on display. Well done girls & coaches

This week it’s all cup games for the girls. On Tuesday, the U15s are away to Killavilla (6.30pm), on Thursday the U14s are home to Borrisokane (6.45pm) and on Saturday the U13s are home to Shinrone (11am).

Best of luck to the 1st Year Girls from St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport in the FAI Schools Munster Cup Final on Tuesday, when they play Presentation, Thurles in Cahir.

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 €5,850 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, April 13 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 4, 18, 20 & 30. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing continues with Round 6 starting on Friday, April 12. Just 3 players were eliminated at the weekend so 84 players have qualified for the next round of the competition and their team picks will have to be in with us by 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

Confirmation
Best of luck from the Soccer Club to all the boys & girls from Newport, Birdhill & Toor making their Confirmation this Thursday. We hope you have a wonderful day with your families and 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 – March 31 2019

Juniors
The A & C team played their divisional cup quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon. The B’s had been due to play Holycross in their quarter-final but the game was called off by the league at the eleventh hour and it’s to be clarified if the tie is to be re-scheduled and we await a decision from the league.

The A team welcomed a youthful Regional Utd B side to Derryleigh Park on a glorious spring day and ran out comfortable winners on a 6-0 scoreline with goals coming from six different scorers, Jimmy Fyfe, Mark McGuire, Christy O’Connor, Paul Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan & Darren Collins. Newport will now meet Knockainey away in the semi-final, after they defeated league leaders, Kilfrush, on penalties.

Newport opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Jimmy Fyfe headed home from a corner and when Mark McGuire latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box on the 20th minute and fired home to make it 2-0, Newport appeared to be well in control of the game. Centre-half Christy O’Connor headed powerfully home from a corner on the half-hour mark to extend the Newport lead and a Paul Ryan strike on the stroke of half-time after some good work by Brian O’Sullivan, nade ot 4-0 to the home side at the interval.

The second half continued in the same vein with Newport controlling the game and creating plenty of chances. Brian O’Sullivan scored his 22nd goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Paul Ryan was taken down in the box. Darren Collins completed the scoring with 7 minutes remaining on the clock when his shot was fumbled by the Regional keeper into his own net. The A’s still have 7 league games remaining and a cup semi-final to look forward to but this means that they are going to face a very congested fixture schedule in the coming weeks and the depth of Marc Barry’s squad is going to be fully tested in the run-in. However the focus will continue to be one game at a time and hope that players remain free from injury and suspension.

A very young C team were very unlucky to lose 2-0 at home to Athlunkard Villa C in a topsy-turvy cup tie. Newport had plenty of chances in front of goal but failed to take their chances and somewhat against the run of play, Athlunkard scored two somewhat fortuitous goals late in the game to go through to the quarter-final. This was a disappointing result as the lads gave it their all but nothing seemed to go their way.

Next Sunday, the A, C & U18 teams are all in league action with all games taking place in Derryleigh Park. The A’s play Southend and the C’s play Murroe with both games kicking off at 11am. In the afternoon the U18s welcome Caherdavin with a 2.15pm kick-off.

Schoolboys
The U13s got their first win of their league campaign when they recorded an excellent 9-1 win at home to Aisling Annacotty C. Ciaran Carey was the scorer-in-chief with a double hat-trick. Conor Molamphy, Evan Moran & James Moloney all chipped in with a goal apiece.

The U15s were very unfortunate to leave Annacotty empty-handed on Saturday afternoon after going down to Aisling Annacotty B on a 2-1 scoreline. This was the best performance by the lads in quite a while but despite the great effort, they were left scratching their heads as to how they lost the game. Unfortunately the lads just can’t seem to buy a win at the moment but hopefully they can turn things around on Wednesday evening, when they travel to play Caherdavin. Special mention for Mark Forde, the Newport keeper, who wasn’t at fault for either goal and produced two top-class saves in the game and continues to improve with every game.

Midweek evening games with 6.30pm kick-offs start this week so it’s going to be a very busy fixture list from now on. On Friday, U12 are away to Bridge Celtic. Saturday sees the even age groups in action. U8 are away to Corbally (9.45am), U10 Blues are away to Geraldines (11am), U10 Browns are home to Summerville (11am), U14A are away to Regional A (2pm), U14B are home to Regional C (12.30pm). Both U16 sides are at home, the B’s play Regional Utd (11am) and the A’s play Geraldines (12.30pm). On Monday, both U11 sides are in action at 6.30pm. The Reds are home to Corbaly and the Browns are away to Lisnagry.

With so many upcoming games, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website

Schoolgirls
Only the U13 side were in action over the weekend and despite a brave performance, they suffered an away defeat to a very good Ballymackey side. The scheduled U18 girls Shield Final against Lough Derg was called off. There are no schoolgirl games scheduled this week.

Jersey Sponsorship
Massive thanks to Kirby Engineering & Construction who have generously sponsored a new set of jerseys for our U9 & U10 schoolboy squads. If there are any businesses or individuals out there who would like to be come a club sponsor, we would love to hear from you to discuss all available options.

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 €5,800 with the next draw taking place on Friday, April 6 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 23 & 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 – March 24 2019

Juniors
The Junior A side travelled to play Hill Celtic in the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup and as predicted in the match preview, there was very little between the sides, with Hill Celtic edging out Newport 3-2 after extra time. Newport struggled to get into any real rhythm in the first hour of the game and after 57 minutes found themselves 2-0 down and facing an uphill struggle. Newport were missing a number of players and as early as the 17th minute had to re-shuffle the team after winger Dave Kennedy went off injured and was replaced by U17 player, Jack O’Carroll, making his A team debut. Then later in the game, Jack also had to leave the field injured. Hill Celtic opened the scoring in the 35th minute, when they broke down the left wing and fired the ball across the box. Newport keeper, Harry Ryan, got a leg to the ball, which richoted off the crossbar and a Hill Celtic player was on hand to drill the ball home from close range.

In truth, Newport were really only making chances from set-pieces and came close on a couple of occasions with one powerful free-kick from Elliott Slattery bringing out a great save from their keeper. A similar pattern continued into the second half and when Hill Celtic broke the offside trap to extend their lead to 2-0 in the 57th minute, it looked like there would be no way back for Newport.

However this seemed to inject a new lease of life into Newport and they began to exert some real pressure on the Hill Celtic defence. We closed the gap in the 72nd minute when Sean Ryan expertly slid his shot past the home keeper into the bottom of the net. Newport now sensed that an equaliser was on the cards. In the 78th minute, Elliott Slattery produced another top-class save from their keeper from a trademark free-kick. From the resultant corner, there was a little pinball in the penalty box before substitute, Paul Ryan managed to put the ball in the back of the net to level the tie.

The game ended 2-2 in normal time and the cup tie went into extra-time of 20 minutes. The home side took the lead again in the 5th minute of extra-time with a free header at the back post. Try as they might Newport could not score an elusive equaliser and it’s Hill Celtic who advance to the semi-final. The games between these sides are very tight affairs so the league game back in Derryleigh Park in the next few weeks has all the makings of a cracker.

In their final league game of the season, the B team put a real dent in Mungret Regional’s promotion hope with an excellent 3-2 away win on Sunday morning. Youth player, Colin Coleman, was the scorer-in-chief with a well-taken hat-trick. The Bs now have just one league game remaining and hopefully their recent good form will give them some real confidence in the divisional cup, which they are hoping to retain.

Next weekend the A, B & C teams are all in divisional cup action on Sunday afternoon with all games kicking off at 2.15pm. A’s are home to Regional Utd B, B’s are away to Holycross B and the C’s are home to Athlunkard Villa.

Inter-League Success for Newport Youth Players
Congrats to our Youth players Darren Collins & Jack Noble and the Limerick District League Youth squad & management who have advanced to the final of the FAI Inter-League Youth Cup. On Sunday afternoon in Jackman Park they beat the Inishowen Donegal League on penalties after the 90 minutes & extra-time ended 1-1. We understand that the national final v the Waterford League will take place on Jackman Park on Easter Sunday, April 21. Well done lads. Great achievement to make the final.

Schoolboys
The schoolboy sides recorded a clean sweep of victories at the weekend with all four sides in action recording excellent victories. The U16B bounced back from a loss in their game with an excellent 5-2 win at home over Summerville Rovers. The scorers were Johnny Ryan 2, Luke Ryan, Luke Hamilton & Colm O’Malley.

The U14A side made it three wins from three games with a 6-3 win away to Aisling Annacotty B. On the scoresheet for Newport were Nathan Bridgeman 2, Alex O’Toole 2, Conor Brett & Adam Melikchi. In an excellent start to their league campaign, the lads have now scored 6 goals in each of their three games to date.

The U14B side travelled to Corbally and won 2-0 in an excellent performance away from home with the goals coming from Conor Gavan & Alex O’Neill.

Finally the U12s got their league campaign off to a very impressive start with a comprehensive win away to Janesboro. Conor Ryan 3, Dara Moloughney 2, Conor Sweeney, Sean Wren, Aaron Flaherty & Jack Cosgrove scored the goals in an excellent team performance.

Well done to our U10 player, Oran O’Neill, who was one of the team mascots at the Ireland v Georgia game in the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening. We hope you enjoyed the occasion.

Next Saturday sees the odd age competitive schoolboy sides in action. The U13s are home to Aisling Annacotty C (11am) and the U15s are away to Aisling Annacotty B (2pm). With the clocks going forward next weekend, evening games commence on Monday, April 1 with both our U11 sides getting their seasons underway. All evening games kick-off at 6.30pm. The U11 Reds are home to Shelbourne and the Browns are home to Mungret Regional. On Wdnesday, April 3, the U15s are away to Caherdavin. With so many upcoming games, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Schoolgirls
Both our U12 & U18 schoolsides were in cup action over the weekend and unfortunately, despite brave performances, both were knocked out of the cup competitions.

The U18s welcomed league champions Birdhill to Derryleigh on Saturday afternoon and Newport made a good contest of it but Birdhill proved to be the stronger side running out winners on a 3-0 scoreline.

The U12s played their part in a real cup-cracker away to Ballymackey. After a thrilling game of normal time and extra-time the two sides could not be separated with the game ending 1-1, with Ava Palmer scoring Newport’s goal. In the end, it took the dreaded penalty shootout to decide a winner and unfortunately it was Ballymackey who won the shootout 2-1. Hard luck to both the Newport sides.

Next weekend, having been knocked out of the Cup, the U18s will contest the final of the Shield against Lough Derg in Killavailla at 2.30pm, while the U13 girls will travel to play Ballymackey in the league at 11.30am.

Summer Camps
Online booking will open on Tuesday, March 26 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 €5,750 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, March 30 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 1, 10, 12 & 19. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Last Man Standing
Following a 2 week break due to FA Cup & International fixtures, Last Man Standing resumes this weekend on March 30. 90 players have qualified for round four of the competition and their team picks will have to be in with us by 9pm on Friday, March 29.

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 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 10.45am 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.