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Derryleigh Diary – December 2 2018

Juniors
In the words of Annie Lennox “Sweet Dreams are made of these”. What a proud, memorable & historic day for Newport Town AFC on Sunday, when we booked our place in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup after a pulsating cup-tie against Carbury FC from Sligo in a rocking Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. The poor weather probably kept some people away but they were the losers as those present witnessed a titanic game between two evenly matched sides. In the end, it took the dreaded penalty shootout to decide the tie and it was Newport who held their nerve to advance to the next round on a 4-3 scoreline after the 90 minutes ended 2-2 and no further goals were scored in extra-time.

Newport were firm underdogs before the game. Carbury were on a 15 game winning streak and had been unbeaten in 3 years and were highly fancied to advance. However Newport had other ideas and a game plan, which they executed to perfection. The home side almost took the lead in the second minute, when the very impressive Davy Ryan, a former FAI Junior Cup winner himself, saw his cross deflected onto the crossbar. The early stages of the game were nip & tuck but Newport were not overawed by their illustrious opponents. In the 17th minute Darren Collins pile-driver was well-saved by the Carbury net-minder, Mark Rooney.

Just one minute later, the visitors took the lead, when Carbury beat the offside trap and Gary Finan finished well after a lovely through ball from Ross McLoughlin. Just 4 minutes later, Newport levelled the game when Christy Doyle scored his 18th of the season after a well-worked move. Davy Ryan won the ball in the middle of the park and passed to U18 player Darren Collins, who swept a lovely pass out to Brian O’Sullivan on the left wing. His cross was met by Christy who headed the ball to the net.

In the 27th minute, Carbury had a good chance to retake the lead but their player headed over the bar from close range. After a great Newport move in the 35th minute, Sean Ryan saw his sweetly-struck shot hit the butt of the post and into the grateful hands of the Carbury keeper. The rest of the half was played out without either side creating any clearcut chances. 1-1 at half-time and it was anyone’s game to win.

5 minutes into the scond half, Davy Ryan had a gilt-edged chance to score from inside the box but his shot hit the cross-bar and Carbury breathed a sigh of relief. The supporters, high on the bank, were beginning to wonder if we would rue the chances that we had left behind. In the 52nd minute, the Carbury keeper, Mark Rooney had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Danny O’Leary.

In the 55th minute Carbury’s Mark McGoldrick made it 2-1 with a great finish after a lovely passing move from left to right. Now Newport would have to come from behind again. Carbury upped the tempo for the next 15 minutes and the Newport rearguard, superbly marshalled by Christy O’Connor & Elliott Slattery, dealt with the pressure brilliantly. Newport’s experienced keeper, Jimmy Fyfe was in commanding form and dealt with any danger in front of him. In the 66th minute, Davy Ryan’s header was well-saved by the Carbury keeper and in the 74th minute, Christy Doyle had a great chance from 10 yards but his shot was saved. At this stage it looked like it wasn’t going to be Newport’s day but as time was running out the vocal home crowd really got behind the lads and in the 86th minute got their deserved equaliser when Sean Ryan headed home from a great cross from Peter O’Sullivan. Derryleigh Park erupted and the dream was alive again.

The final minutes of the second half ran down and when referee, Robbie Broe, blew his final whistle, both sides and the supporters were able to draw breath and regroup for extra-time. 20 minutes of extra-time saw no further goals and the game went to a penalty shootout.

Carbury were first up and Jimmy Fyfe saved well but unfortunately Newport’s first spot-kick was also saved. The tension was palpable with both sides realising what was at stake. Carbury’s second spot-kick was saved again by Jimmy Fyfe and then Kalem Harte scored his penalty. Elliott Slattery & Christy Doyle both scored their penalties as did their Carbury counter-parts. It then fell to Peter O’Sullivan to take the final Newport spot-kick and he brilliantly slotted home to send Newport into the last 32 for the first time ever. The scenes that greeted the Newport players as they left the pitch will live long in the memory and the celebrations went  on long into the night.

Newport now look forward to the draw for the next stages and will relish the challenge that awaits, home or away. This was a great day for the club and lots of thanks are due to lots of people. The pitch was in superb condition due to the hard work of the grounds staff, the masses were superbly catered for by the hard-working Jenny Noble & Sarah Egan of the Social Committee of the Social Committee. Thanks to everyone else who helped out by manning the car park, collecting the admissions and special mention to our ball-girls and ball-boys who did a brilliant job. Thanks also to Mary Jo and her staff in O’Sullivan’s for their post-match hospitality.

Match squad: Jimmy Fyfe, Kevin O’Brien, Mark McGuire, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Davy Ryan, Darren Collins, Christy Doyle, Sean Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan (Capt), James Lynch, Kalem Harte, Dave Kennedy, Devlin Courtney, Nathan Hartigan, Brendan Coffey & Jack Noble

The B side recorded a very important 2-0 win at home to Caherdavin Celtic on Sunday morning. Goals from youngsters Odhran Brett & Tristan O’Sullivan got Dave O’Brien’s side’s season back on track and hopefully this result will kick-start their promotion push.

Next Sunday the Junior A side return to the bread & butter of the league campaign when they travel away to Knockainey, the Bs will ook to make it two wins on the bounce when they are away to Holycross and the Cs are home to Fairview and looking for heir first win of the season, with all games kicking off at 11am.

Schoolgirls
With the schoolboys now finished for the winter, the schoolgirls are the only underage sides in action for the next few months. The U17s recorded an excellent 5-1 win at home to local rivals Birdhill on Saturday afternoon. The in-form Kaitlyn Bradshaw scored a hat-trick, while Rachel Carey and a wonder-goal from Abbie Lenihan completed the scoring. This win keeps the girls in second place in the league.

The U14s maintained their unbeaten run and enjoyed a 2-0 win away to Knigh Utd thanks to goals from Amelia Hurley & Eryn Kennedy. Unfortunately the U12s lost 6-2 away to Holycross with Jane Ryan & Rebecca Moylan scoring Newport’s consolation goals.

Next Saturday, the U15s are away to Killavilla (1pm) and the U13s are away to Ballymackey (1pm).

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 15. This promises to be a great night out with live music & spot prizes. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturdays and pubs, shops & local businesses in the town. Great prizes to be won including 3 large food hampers (with turkey & ham), 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Thanks in advance for your support.

Calorie Kickers
Calorie Kickers will continue until mid-December, breaking for Christmas and resuming in January. Why not come up to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm? Cost is just €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, December 1 and this week’s jackpot is €4,950 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, December 8 in O’Sullivan’s. The numbers drawn were 8, 14, 21 & 26. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 25 2018

Juniors
The Junior A side suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat away to league leaders Kilfrush on Sunday morning in a top-of-the-table league clash. Missing some regulars, Newport knew this was going to a tough game and so it proved to be. Newport started well and Elliott Slattery was denied a goal from a 25 yard-free kick when the Kilrush keeper did very well to tip the ball over the bar. The first half was a very close affair with both sides cancelling each other out and neither creating any real clear-cut chances. The game remained scoreless up to half-time.

In the 55th minute, Jimmy Fyffe in the Newport goal pulled-off a spectacular save from a shot that was destined for the top-corner. Just 1 minute later Newport opened the scoring when Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan picked up a loose ball and from 30 yards out, drilled a low strike which beat the keeper low to his right. Definitely a contender for goal of the season. This goal sparked Kilfrush into life and in the 63rd minute, their player latched onto a cross into the box, when left unopposed at the backpost and despite Jimmy Fyffe’s best efforts, he slid the ball under the keeper to level the game.

Just 5 minutes later, Kilfrush took the lead when Newport failed to deal with another ball into the box. The home side then began to exert more pressure on the Newport rear-guard and ensured the 3 points would be theirs when they scored their third in the 87th minute to make it 3-1 and despite Newport’s best efforts we were unable to pull a goal back.

This defeat leaves Newport 5 points behind Kilfrush but we have a game-in-hand with half the games played so lots of football to be played and lots of twists & turns before the season is over.

The U17s recorded an excellent 4-3 home win over league leaders Aisling Annacotty in a cracking encounter. The game was nip & tuck with the lead exchanging hands during the game. Jay Ryan was the hat-trick hero and it was his crucial goal late in the game that gave Newport their first league win of the season. Karl Kelly was the other Newport scorer.

Unfortunately the C team suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of close neighbours Lisnagry in Div 4 on Sunday afternoon. Newport were 3-0 down after 15 minutes but two Kieran O’Keeffe goals closed the gap to 3-2 and it was game on. However it was Lisnagry who scored two further 2 goals to run-out 5-2 winners.

Next Sunday the Junior B side welcome Caherdavin Celtic to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning at 11am.

FAI Junior Cup
The big game of the weekend is the visit of Carbury FC (Sligo) to Derryleigh Park in the fifth round (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday afternoon with a 2pm kick-off. Carbury FC are the reigning Super League Champions in the Sligo/Leitrim District League and the current Connacht Cup holders. We find ourselves in unknown territory, as it’s the first time in our 48-year history to make it to the out-of-town stages of the FAI Junior Cup. Manager, Marc Barry, has assembled a squad combining a nice blend of experience & youth and everyone in the club is really looking to the biggest game to take place in Derryleigh Park to date. Despite being the underdogs the lads will be fully up for this game and are hoping to cause a cup upset. We are looking forward to seeing a big home support on the day and encourage everyone to come along to get behind the lads and give our visitors a real Newport welcome. Thanks to Mulcair Credit Union, who have kindly sponsored the match ball for the game. Win, lose or draw, we hope to see everyone back in O’Sullivan’s Bar for some post-match analysis.

Schoolboys
Well done to our U16B schoolboy side, under the management of Francis Merrigan, Jamie Kennedy & Tim Coffey, who secured the Div 2 League Title last Saturday, following a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Aisling Annacotty B thanks to a 2 goal salvo from Johnny Ryan. Newport won all 6 of their games played in the shortened season, scoring 24 goals and only conceding 6. 17 of those goals came from the J&L Ryan strike-force. Johnny with 11 and Luke 6. Well done to every player in this large squad who contributed to the success and a special word of thanks to their dedicated coaches who have helped transform this team this season.

Unfortunately the U16A side lost 1-0 away to Mungret Regional and that defeat ended their slim hopes of winning the league. Both U16 sides are now finished until the new calandar season begins in February.

Well done to our U14A side who beat Caherdavin 4-0. However hard luck also, as they finished just 1 point behind the league winners Regional. The lads have showed lots of promise for the next season beginning in February. Scorers today were Conor Brett (3) & Aaron Coleman.

Unfortunately both our U12 sides suffered away defeats. The A team lost 1-0 away to Corbally, while the Bs lost 4-2 away to a strong Mungret Regional with Cathal McNamara scoring both Newport goals.

The U10 Group 3 side were the last schoolboy side in action and put in an excellent performance against Aisling Annacotty to wrap up their short season.

Most schoolboy sides are now finished for the short season and can look forward to the winter break. However the U7 sides are in action in Derryleigh next Saturday at 9.45am. In Group 1, Newport play Granville Rangers and in Group 3 we play Lisnagry.

Schoolgirls
The U18s recorded an excellent 6-1 win at home to Lough Derg with Abbie Lenihan & Kaitlyn Bradshaw scoring hat-tricks in a very impressive performance. Earlier that day, Abbie Lenihan was also on the mark when scoring once in Newport’s 4-1 win away to Birdhill. The other scorers were Carragh Flynn (2) & Emily Hurley. Unfortunately the U13 girls lost 5-0 away to Killavilla.

Next Saturday, the U17 girls are home to Birdhill (2.00pm), U14 are away to Knigh (12.00pm) and U12s are away to Holycross (10.00am). The U10s are in a blitz in Holycross at 2pm.

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 15. This promises to be a great night out with live music & spot prizes. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturdays and pubs, shops & local businesses in the town. Great prizes to be won including 3 large food hampers (with turkey & ham), 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Thanks in advance for your support.

Calorie Kickers
Calorie Kickers will continue until mid-December, breaking for Christmas and resuming in January. Why not come up to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm? Cost is just €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 24 and this week’s jackpot is €4,900 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, December 1 in Lee’s. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 11 & 23. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 18 2018

Juniors
Our U17s were the only junior side in action at the weekend when they travelled to play Swords Celtic (Dublin) in the last 32 of the FAI National Cup. Despite being 4-1 down after 24 minutes, Newport staged an incredible away comeback to score a stoppage time equaliser to make it 4-4 and bring the game into extra-time. Newport were well on top in extra-time but couldn’t find the elusive winner and the game went into the dreaded penalty-shootout. Unfortunately Swords won the tie 5-4 on pens. The lads showed great fighting spirit to stage the comeback and almost win it in ET. We are all very proud of your efforts. The Newport scorers were Jack Ryan (2), Johnny Ryan & Jack O’Carroll.

Newport have been drawn at home to Carbury Football Club in Round 5 (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup. The game is likely to be played on the afternoon of Sunday, December 2. Carbury FC are located in Sligo Town and play in the Sligo Leitrim District. They are current league leaders of the Super League and reigning league champions. Last weekend they set a new club record of 15 Consecutive wins in all competitions, so they will be full of confidence travelling down to Derryleigh Park. We look forward to welcoming the Carbury squad, management & supporters to Newport. This is going to be a massive day for our club & community and we look forward to the big game in Derryleigh Park and playing in front of a large & vocal home crowd.

Well done to our Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who both played on the Limerick District League U18 side who defeated the Clare League 3-0 in a friendly last week. The lads played very well and played their parts at Centre-half and left back in keeping a clean-sheet.

A great result for the St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport U17 boys soccer team who had a decisive 6-0 victory over St Patrick’s Comp Shannon in the quarter-final of the Munster Junior trophy. Jake Dillon opened the scoring with an excellent free kick. Jay Ryan scored 4 goals & Jack O’Carroll added another. The lads now play St Declan’s Kilmacthomas for a place in the Munster Final.

Next Sunday, the Junior A side warm-up for their FAI Junior Cup with a top of the table league clash away to Kilfrush at 11am. Newport are currently 2 points behind Kilfrush but we have a game-in-hand so this has all the makings of a great game.

The C team play Lisnagry and the U17s play Aisling Annacotty. Both are league games taking place in Derryleigh Park and both games kick-off at 2.15pm.

Schoolboys
The U15A side wrapped up their short season when they welcomed Fairview Rangers to Derryleigh Park. The visitors were hoping to wrap up the league title but Newport put in a great performance and really put it up to them. Unfortunately Newport lost 3-1 and Fairview received their league medals from Ailbe Coffey of the LDSL. The lads will now re-group over the next 2 months and come back stronger for the new Calendar season starting in February.

Both U13 sides also ended their short season. The As drew 1-1 away to Bridge Celtic thanks to a James Moloney goal. The Bs finished off the season in style with a great 2-0 win over Caherconlish with both goals coming from Conor O’Brien. Thanks to their coaches Dave Grant & Joe O’Brien for their continued time & effort with this super bunch of lads, it’s very much appreciated. Well done everyone.

Both U9 sides were in action against Annacotty (home) and Regional (away). We had 33 players over the two fixtures which was a great turn out. Well done to the coaches Seamus Bridgeman & Gerard Byrne for looking after the players so well and putting in so much time with them. Big thanks also to John Landers & Alan Kelly who helped out with the teams over last few games. Great stuff everyone.

Nest Saturday, the U16B side know that a draw will be enough to secure the league title, when they travel to play Aisling Annacotty B. However an Aisling win will see both sides have to playoff for the title. The game kicks-off in Annacotty at 11am. Meanwhile, the U16A side wrap up their campaign with an away fixture in Mungret Regional. A win could possibly see the lads in a league playoff, depending on other results, and at worst second place in the Limerick Premier League.

Both U12 sides are in action. The As are away to Corbally and the Bs are away to Mungret Regional. Both games are at 11am. The U10 Group 3 side are home to Aisling Annacotty at 11am. Both U7 sides are also in action. Group 1 are away to Regional and Group 3 are home to Caherconlish, both at 9.45am.

Schoolgirls
The U17 girls fought hard for a well-earned point away to unbeaten BT Harps in an entertaining 1-1 draw. Kaitlyn Bradshaw scoring the Newport goal, which keeps Newport in second place but still 6 points behind BT Harps. The U14s recorded an excellent 3-0 win away to Killavilla to maintain top place in the league. Shauna Pearson was the hat-trick hero. Unfortunately the U12 girls lost 5-0 at home to a very strong Ballymackey side.

Congrats to our players who have been selected on the NTSFL Emerging Talent Programmes. Further evidence of the continued growth & strength of schoolgirl football in our club and the great work being done by our coaches. Well done girls. U12 – Aoibhinn McNamara, Emma Sweeney & Abagail Hickey. U15 – Abbie Lenihan, Chelsea King, Robyn McNamara & Shauna Pearson.

Well done to Abbie Lenihan who was part of the Munster U15 Schoolgirls Soccer squad who took part in last weekend’s Inter-Provincial tournament in Dublin. Keeping the NTAFC flag flying high. Unfortunately Munster lost 2-0 to Leinster in the final.

Next Saturday, the U18 girls are home to Lough Derg (2.00pm), U15 are away to Birdhill (10.00am) and U13s are home to Killavilla (12.30pm).

Respect
Without reservation, Newport Town AFC absolutely condemns the alleged cowardly attack on a referee in the midlands recently and wish him a full & speedy recovery. This type of incident is completely unacceptable and thankfully is a very isolated incident amongst the thousands of grassroots games that take place up & down the country every weekend. It is part of the policy of Newport Town AFC to not only develop footballers but also develop people. All players & coaches are reminded that when representing our club and themselves they should do it with the utmost respect, treating opponents, match officials and spectators as they would wish to be treated themselves. The club also implements strict guidelines for players/parents/spectators at our training sessions and games at Derryleigh Park and when travelling to away games. We would ask everyone to please re-familiarise themselves with our playing policies and guidelines available on our website www.newporttownafc.com

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid-December so why not come up to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 15. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturdays and pubs, shops & local businesses in the town. Great prizes to be won including 3 large food hampers (with turkey & ham), 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Thanks in advance for your support.

FAI National Draw
Thanks to everyone who entered the FAI National Draw with NTAFC. All the draw tickets have been sent to HQ and the main national draw will take place on November 21 in the Aviva Stadium. Before we sent off the tickets a local club draw was held for everyone who bought a ticket from NTAFC. Well done to Edelle Barry who was won 2 Premium International match tickets for a home Ireland game in 2019.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 17 and this week’s jackpot is €4,850 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 24 in Ryan’s. The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 16 & 26. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 11 2018

Juniors
It was a historic & memorable day for our club last Sunday, as for the first time in our 48 year history, we are into the out of town stages (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup following the 4-2 win away to Granville. Despite going 2 goals behind in the first 6 minutes, the lads didn’t panic and having brought the game level at 2-2 at half-time, thanks to goals from Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan, Newport dominated the second half and further goals from Christy Doyle & Brian O’Sullivan ensured our safe passage into round 5. All eyes will be on the draw that’s due to take place this week to see if we are home or away and to which of the other 63 teams from all over Ireland that we will face in the next round. Well done to Marc Barry and his squad on this great achievement.

Unfortunately, despite a very good performance against Aisling Annacotty on Sunday afternoon, the U18s bowed out of the FAI National Cup on a 3-1 scoreline. The game was much closer than the scoreline suggests as this was a game where we matched the current Premier League leaders in overall play and if we had been a bit more clinical in front of goal and showed a bit more composure at times, we could have caused an upset. Despite the result, the performance will give the lads great confidence for the league campaign.

A depleted C team travelled out to high-riding Herbertstown in the Open Cup and despite taking the lead, unfortunately came out on the wrong end of a 6-1 scoreline with Wayne Mullen the Newport scorer.

The B team suffered a setback in their league campaign, when losing 2-1 away to Athlunkard Villa B. Stephen O’Carroll was the Newport scorer.

Congrats to the U19 Youths team from St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport who beat St. Clement’s College 4-1 last week in the FAI Schools Munster Senior Cup in Annacotty. Most of the lads play with NTAFC. Another great win. Once again, the deadly duo of Devlin Courtney (3) & Darren Collins were the scorers.

Next Sunday, the U17s are the only team in action, when they make the journey up the M7 to take on Swords Celtic in the third round (last 32) of the FAI National Cup. This is a bit of a journey into the unknown for Ray Ryan & Daire Kennedy’s squad as little is currently known about the Co. Dublin side. However any Dublin side that has made round 3, will usually be a quality team.

Schoolboys
The U16A side enjoyed an excellent 3-1 win at home to Fairview Rangers in a thrilling game of football. Eoin McLoughlin with 2 goals and Eoin Guilfoyle were the scorers for Newport.

The U16Bs only need a draw in their final game of the short season to ensure that they finish top of the table thanks to a very good 5-2 win at home to Aisling Annacotty C with goals from Johnny Ryan 2, Luke Ryan 2 & Calum Merrigan. This was the lads 5th win in 5 games. Aisling Annacotty B will be their opposition in the final game and they know that they must beat Newport to finish level at the top of the table.

U14B recorded a 2-2 draw away to Aisling Annacotty C with goals from Conor O’Brien & Adam Power. The U12A side enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win away to Regional Utd in Div 1 with Conor Ryan 2 & Jack Cosgrave on the scoresheet.

Unfortunately due to the heavy rain last Friday, the LDSL called off all U8 games on Saturday morning. However the two U10 games went ahead in Derryleigh Park when we welcomed Aisling Annacotty & Corbally. There was lots of excitement and goals in both games, played in front of very appreciative supporters.

Next Saturday sees the odds age groups in action. The two U9 sides are in action. Group 1 away to Regional and Group 3 at home to Aisling Annacotty, both at 9.45am. U13A are away to Bridgetown and U13B are home to Caherconlish, both at 11am. Finally U15A are home to Fairview at 12.30pm.

Schoolgirls
Our U18 girls were very unlucky to lose out to Askeaton AFC in the quarter-final of the FAI National Cup in front of a large & enthusiastic crowd in Derryleigh Park on Saturday afternoon.90 minutes and extra time could not separate the teams and the match ended 0-0, so it had be decided on penalties. Unfortunately for our girls we came out the wrong side of the dreaded penalty shootout on a 2-4 score today. The club and community is very proud of the girls who gave their all on Saturday and with a bit of luck it could have been Newport through to a national semi-final. Best of luck to Askeaton in the next round and thanks to everyone who turned up to support the girls.

The U13s welcomed Borrisokane to Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning and ran out winners on a 2-1 scoreline thanks to goals from Lauren Bailey & Sinead O’Riordan. This game was followed by the U15s game against Knigh Utd. This was a real ding-dong battle between two excellent sides and in the end the points were shared as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Sarah Kelly & Aoife Kennedy were the Newport scorers.

Next Saturday, the U17 girls are away to BT Harps (11.30am), U14 are away to Killavilla (2.15pm) and U12s are home to Ballymackey (10.00am).

Pop-Up Shop
Many thanks to everyone who made Mrs. Brown’s Pop-up-Shop such a fundraising success last Saturday in Derryleigh Park. Thanks to everyone who were so generous with their donations to the Bric-a-Brac shop, the bakers who dropped off home-bakes and to the local community and visitors who purchased in great numbers. Special mention to our hard-working Social Committee, who drove this fundraiser and to the volunteers who helped out in the build-up and on the day itself. Lastly, the biggest thanks are reserved for our very own Mrs. Brown aka Breda Lenihan who stole the show on Saturday and worked so hard throughout the day drumming up the sales and entertaining everyone.

Club Gear
We will continue taking Xmas orders this week for official O’Neills club gear. Please drop-up to the Clubhouse on Monday (7-8pm), Tuesday (7-8pm) and on Friday (6-8pm). The brochure and order forms are also available on the club website as well as from team managers and committee members. Please note that we can only accept orders with full payment. Please order this week to ensure delivery for Xmas.

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid December. There is still time to lose a stone if you start making some changes right now. If you are trying to lose weight and are able to stay focused by yourself – that’s great, well done! However if you succeed better with a weekly weighing by another person why not come to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing
Congratulations to Finn Chambers who is the outright winner of Last Man Standing thanks to Newcastle’s 2-1 win on Saturday. Hard luck to Robbie Bailey & Denise O’Sullivan who pushed him all the way. Thanks to the 167 entrants who started back in August. We hope to run another Last Man Standing after Xmas.

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, Dec 15. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturdays and pubs, shops & local businesses in the town. Great prizes to be won including 3 large food hampers (wiith turkey & ham), 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Thanks in advance for your support.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 10 and this week’s jackpot is €4,800 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 17 in Gleeson’s. The numbers drawn were 10, 12, 17 & 22. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – November 3 2018

Juniors
None of our junior sides were in action last weekend as it was a free day for all junior soccer nationally due to the FAI Cup Final taking place in the Aviva Stadium. However next Sunday is a big one for the club as we are one win away from getting through to the out-of-town stages in the FAI Junior Cup for the first time in the club’s 48 year existence. Granville Rangers are the team that stands in our way and we face them in Glenbrook next Sunday morning at 11am. Marc Barry will have his squad well-up for the game and will leave no stone unturned in the preparations. We hope to see a large Newport crowd make the short journey to the Childers Road venue to support the lads.

The U18 Youths are also in action in Round 2 of the FAI Youths Cup, when they welcome Aisling Annacotty to Derryleigh Park at 2.15pm. The lads couldn’t have a tougher task as Aisling are currently the top Youth team in the Limerick Leagues. However in cup football, anything can happen and if the team can play to their full ability on the day, it could make for a very exciting cup tie.

The C team travel to Herbertstown in the first round of the Open Cup. This will be a tough game as Herbertstown currently top Div 3B, the division above Newport. Kick off is 2.15pm with the winners away to Castle Utd in Round 2.

The B team are in league action when they travel to play Athlunkard Villa on Sunday morning at 11am. This is the start of the second half of the league and the Bs will be looking for a win to improve on their current fourth place league position.

Schoolboys
None of our competitive schoolboy sides were in action last weekend. The U13A side were very disappointed to have made the journey to Bridgetown only to find out that the game was called off. The U7 games were called off by the league due to the poor weather, therefore only our U11 sides were in action with one away to Aisling and the other at home to Regional. These were the last games for the U11s before the winter break ahead of the new Calendar Football season commencing in February. Both sides have come on leaps & bounds since the start of the season and this was clearly on display with their excellent performances on Saturday.

Next Saturday sees the evens age groups in action. The two U8 sides are in action. Group 1 away to Regional and Group 3 at home to Aisling Annacotty, both at 9.45am. The two U10 sides are at home to Aisling Annacotty & Corbally (11am). U12A side are away to Regional (11am). U14B are away to Aisling (11am). Both U16 sides are at home, with the As playing Fairview and the Bs playing Aisling Annacotty C, with the games kicking off at 12.30pm.

Schoolgirls
The U12, U14 and U16 sides were in action. Hard luck to our U16 schoolgirls who bowed out of the National Cup when they came up against a very strong Cashel side, who were on top of their game. Best of luck to Cashel for the rest of the competition.

The U14s played out a very exciting and hard-fought 0-0 draw with Holycross. This was definitely not a boring goalless draw with both sides very evenly-matched and providing a very entertaining game for both sets of supporters.

The U12s made the away journey to play Knigh Utd and came away with all 3 points courtesy of a goal from Aoibhinn McNamara.

Next Saturday, sees a massive game for the U18 girls when they welcome Askeaton to Derryleigh Park in the FAI National Cup Quarter Final with a 2pm kick-off. This is the first time that any side from Newport has reached the quarter-final stage of a National Cup competition so we hope to see a big home crowd in attendance to get behind Terri Butler’s side. The U13 girls are home to Borrisokane (10am) and the U15s are home to Knigh Utd (11.30am).

Well done to the following girls from Newport who have been selected on the NTSFL U13 Girls Academy. Sinead O’Riordan, Aoife Mellerick, Isobel Eivers, Laura Parsons, Lauren Bailey & Heather O’Neill. Congrats girls on the great achievement. Well done also to our player, Abbie Lenihan, who was part of the Munster U15 girls squad, that defeated Cork City 3-1 over the weekend, with Abbie scoring one of the goals. Well done Abbie. Keeping the NTAFC flag flying high.

Pop-Up Shop (Extra Collection Dates)
Newport’s very own Mrs. Brown (aka Breda Lenihan) and the Social Committee are running a Pop-Up Shop in Derryleigh Park next Saturday, November 10 from 10.00am to 2.30pm. Due to requests, we have added another 2 collection dates for people to donate items in good saleable condition. Please drop to Derryleigh Park Clubhouse upstairs between 6.30 to 8.00pm on Wed, Nov 7 & Fri, Nov 9. We would also really appreciate any Home-Bakes on the day. Don’t forget to drop into the pop-up-shop next Saturday from 10am to 2.30pm to grab a bargain and meet Mrs. Brown. Your support on the day would be much appreciated also. Be sure to get there early to pick-up the best bargains. All proceeds will go to the Soccer Club. Any queries, please contact Breda Lenihan on 085 1428735.

Bag Packing Thank You
Thank you to all our volunteers who generously gave up their precious time to help the club’s bag packing fundraiser last Friday. It is truly appreciated. Thanks also to the generous shoppers in Dunnes Stores for being so generous and to the staff & management there for being so welcoming & helpful. Special thanks to our incredible Social Committee who drove this on with their hard work and enthusiasm. Well done to Daniel Egan, Marie O’Mahony & Deirdre Moloney who were winners of the small ‘thank-you’ raffle held for the volunteers.

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid December. There is still time to lose a stone if you start making some changes right now. If you are trying to lose weight and are able to stay focused by yourself – that’s great, well done! However if you succeed better with a weekly weighing by another person why not come to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing
Just 3 players remained from the original 167 entrants as we entered Round 11 last weekend. After the games, we still have no winner of Last Man Standing. Denise O’Sullivan (Leicester) was looking good with 7 minutes to go but two late West Ham goals brought big sighs of relief from Finn Chambers & Robbie Bailey. All 3 now move onto round 12 next weekend.

Club Gear
We will begin taking Xmas orders this week for club gear. The brochure and order forms are available on the club website as well as from team managers, committee members or in the Derryleigh Dugout. Call to the clubhouse on Thursday evening from 7-8pm to place your order.

Entry to FAI National Draw is closing
Can ALL tickets for the FAI National Draw (sold or unsold) please be returned along with payment to Tom O’Malley or any Committee member by this coming Thursday, Nov 8 at the very latest. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact Tom on 086 1927026. The local club draw for 2 Irish International Tickets will take place next weekend. Thanks for your support.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 3 and this week’s jackpot is €4,750 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 10 in McGrath’s. The numbers drawn were 4, 10, 14 & 25. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – October 29 2018

Juniors
None of our junior sides were in action last weekend. However, well done to our players Darren Collins & Jack Noble who played in the Limerick League Youths U18 side who beat the Galway League 3-2 in their first game in the FAI Inter-League tournament in Jackman Park last Friday evening. Next Sunday is a free day for all junior soccer nationally due to the FAI Cup Final taking place in the Aviva Stadium, therefore none of our sides will be in action.

Newport Town AFC have been drawn away to Granville Rangers in the 4th round of the FAI Junior Cup, with the game due to be played on or before November 11. This is the last local round before the out-of-town stages.

Schoolboys
Our U12B side were the only competitive side in action last weekend, when they welcomed Corbally Utd to Derryleigh Park on a bitterly cold but sunny Saturday morning. Cathal McNamara was the star of the show, when he scored all four goals in their 4-3 win in a highly entertaining and exciting game.

One of our U8 sides and both our U10 sides were in non-competitive action. U9s were home to Caherconlish and the U10s were home to Pike and away to Bridge Celtic. All a morning, perfect for soccer despite the cold, all the teams were involved in very exciting games that provided all the supporters with some super entertainment and no shortage of great skill & determination from all players. Well done everyone.

Next Saturday sees the odds age groups in action. The two U7 sides are home to Aisling Annacotty and Caherconlish (9.45am). The two U11 sides are home to Regional Utd and away to Aisling Annacotty (11am) and the U13A side are away to Bridge Celtic (11am).

Schoolgirls
The U10, U13 & U18 sides were in action. The U13s welcomed Shinrone to Derryleigh Park and ran out winners on a 10-5 scoreline in a very entertaining game. An unusual aspect of the game was the fact that three hat-tricks were scored, two of whcch were scored by the Bailey sisters, Lucy & Lauren. Aoife Mellerick also scored three, while Clodagh Healy was the other scorer.

The U18 girls enjoyed a comfortable 5-0 win away to Lough Derg with goals from Chelsea King (4) & Kaitlyn Bradshaw. However the game was overshadowed by an injury to one of our players. All in the club would like to wish a speedy recovery to Ailish Carey, who suffered a bad leg injury during the game. We all hope that Ailish is on the mend quickly and we look forward to seeing her back on the pitch sooner rather than later.

The U10s enjoyed a blitz in Derryleigh Park with teams from Lough Derg, Moneygall & Holycross taking part. The girls had great fun with lots of game time for them all with their friends.

Next Saturday, the U16s are away to Cashel in the National Cup (12.00pm), U12s are away to Knigh Utd (11.30am) and the U14s are home to Holycross (1.30pm)

The U18 Girls have been drawn at home to Askeaton in the FAI National Cup Quarter Final. The game is scheduled for Derryleigh Park on Saturday, November 10 at 2pm. Really something special for the girls, coaches & supporters to look forward to.

Bag Packing Volunteers Needed
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road this coming Friday, November 2 from 10am to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise some vital funds. Anyone over 16 can help. Ideally, we would like volunteers to fill two-hour slots. All volunteers will be entered a draw for a voucher. Please text or call Jenny (086 8390949) or Aine (087 6579128). Please specify what time suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your help. Please spread the word. Two hours of your time could make a big difference.

Pop-Up Shop
Newport’s very own Mrs. Brown (aka Breda Lenihan) is running a Pop-Up Shop in Derryleigh Park, Newport Town AFC on Saturday, November 10 from 10.00am to 2.30pm. We all have items cluttering up the attic, garage & shed that could be put to great use in someone else’s home. So if you have any items in good condition that you would like to donate (ornaments, pictures, books, music, toys etc. in good saleable condition along with homebakes), please drop to the clubhouse next Saturday morning, November 3 between 10am to 12 noon. Please only donate goods that are of saleable condition. Your support on the day would be much appreciated also. All proceeds will go to the Soccer Club. Any queries, please contact Breda Lenihan on 085 1428735.

FAI National Draw
Newport Town AFC is participating in the FAI National Draw. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our club with some great prizes on offer. Tickets are just €10 and are available from any Committee member, team manager, at the Derryleigh Dugout Club shop on Saturdays or in O’Sullivan’s Bar. One ticket gets you entry into three separate raffles – a club only draw, a regional draw and a national draw with incredible prizes. Prizes include; 4 x Ford Fiesta Cars, Trips to the Champions League Final, Premier League game, Away Ireland International & a Weekend in Copenhagen, 1 year’s electricity, Hotel breaks, Corporate Box for 12 at the Aviva, match tickets, various vouchers and lots more. So make sure to buy your ticket soon as entry closes in early November. Thanks for your support.

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid December. There is still time to lose a stone if you start making some changes right now. If you are trying to lose weight and are able to stay focused by yourself – that’s great, well done! However if you succeed better with a weekly weighing by another person why not come to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing
Just 3 players remained from the original 167 entrants as we entered Round 10 last weekend. Denise O’Sullivan, Finn Chambers & Robbie Bailey all selected Watford. As their team won, all of them move into Round 11. Who will be the last one standing?

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, October 27 and this week’s jackpot is €4,700 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 3 in Lee’s . The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 12 & 22. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – October 21 2018

Juniors
The A team progressed through to round 4 of the FAI Junior Cup with a comfortable and well-deserved 5-2 victory against Patrickswell on Sunday morning in Derryleigh Park. A first-half hat-trick from Davy Ryan and second half goals from Kalem Harte & Christy Doyle ensured Newport’s safe passage to round 4.

On paper, Newport were warm favourites going into the game as they currently top Div 1B and their opposition are in the bottom half of the division below. However anything can happen in cup football and form goes out the window. Within one minute of the kick-off Newport were sent an early warning when the home keeper, Brendan Coffey did well to touch a long-range effort onto the post and deny the visitors an early lead. Thankful of the early let-off, Newport took the lead in the seventh minute when Davy Ryan did well to get on the end of a cross from the right win and fired home from inside the penalty box.

The next twenty minutes were 50-50 with neither side really asserting their game on the opposition. In the 26th minute, Patrickswell were awarded a penalty when their player was deemed to have been taken down in the box when moving away from goal. Maybe a harsh decision but the ref had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Despite Brendan Coffey doing well to get a hand to the spot-kick, the power of the shot was too much to stop the ball hitting the back of the net.

Newport realised they were in a game and began to up the tempo and two quick goals in the 34th and 36th minutes gave Newport a 3-1 lead. Both goals were identical. Darren Collins firing in a long-range shot which the keeper could only parry and on both occasions, Davy Ryan was in the right place to capitalise on the loose ball. Newport took this lead into the half-time break.

Newport made some changes in the second half and one of them paid off, when substitute Kalem Harte scored a cheeky lob from inside the box on the hour mark to make it 4-1. Just 5 minutes later, Christy Doyle scored a trademark headed goal when he latched onto a cross from Kalem Harte. 5-1 and the game was safe.

Newport took the foot off the pedal as the whistle final approached and Patrickswell scored a late consolation goal in the 88th minute to leave the final result 5-2 in Newport’s favour.

This probably wasn’t Newport’s best performance of the season but in cup football, it’s the result that’s all-important. Round 4 is still the local stage of the blue riband of Junior football and Newport will be hoping for a favourable draw when their name is pulled from the hat in FAI HQ in the next week or two.

The only other junior side in action were the C team and they were unlucky to lose 1-0 away to Parkville on Sunday afternoon. The performances are improving and it’s only a matter of time before they can turn the corner in what’s been a difficult season to date.

Next weekend is unusual as none of our junior sides have games scheduled, so the players can look forward to a nice leisurely bank holiday weekend.

Limerick District League U18 Youth Squad:
Massive congrats to our players Darren Collins & Jack Noble who have been included in the Limerick League U18 Youth Squad. Their first game is next Friday at home to the Galway League. Well done lads. A great achievement for you, your families, your team-mates and our club. Best of luck.

Schoolboys
Our U13 A & B sides were the only competitive schoolboy sides in action at the weekend. The A side drew 3-3 away to Summerville but were very unlucky not to take all 3 points on offer, as it took a last minute equaliser to deny Newport the win. Meanwhile the B’s lost 4-1 away to a strong Pike Rovers side. Despite being on level terms at 1-1 with 10 minutes to go, the home side scored three late goals to distort the scoreline. However this was a fine Newport performance and the lads can hold their heads high.

Our two U9 sides and two U11 sides were in non-competitive action. U9s were The U11s were home to Regional and away to Shelbourne Park. All sides were involved in very exciting games that provided all the supporters with some super entertainment and no shortage of great skill & determination from all players. The training that the players are doing can really be seen on the pitches during the matches with improvements in every game. The future is bright. Well done everyone.

Next Saturday is the evens age groups. The U8s are home to Caherconlish and away to Pike Rovers (9.45am). The U10s are home to Pike and away to Bridge Celtic (both at 11am) and the U12B team are home to Corbally (12.30pm). On Bank Holiday Monday, U11 (2) are away to Caherconlish (12pm) and the U13A are home to Granville (12pm).

Schoolgirls
The U12, U14 & U17 girls were all in action, with Lough Derg the opposition in all three fixtures. The games went 2-1 in the favour of Newport. The U17 girls won 6-2 in Derryleigh Park on Saturday afternoon. This was an excellent performance from the girls. Chelsea King enjoyed her day at the office as she scored a hat-trick and Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Ava Shinners & Rachel Carey also pitched in with a goal apiece.

Earlier that day, the U14s recorded a comfortable 6-1 win at home with Aoife Mellerick scoring a hat-trick and Emily Hurley, Amelia Healy & Eryn Kennedy also getting on the score-sheet.

Unfortunately the U12s went down 5-0 to a very good Lough Derg side in Clarisford Park.

Next Saturday, the U13s are home to Shinrone (12.15pm) and the U18s are away to Lough Derg (12.30pm).

FAI National Draw
Newport Town AFC is participating in the FAI National Draw. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our club with some great prizes on offer. Tickets are just €10 and are available from any Committee member, team manager, at the Derryleigh Dugout Club shop on Saturdays or in O’Sullivan’s Bar. One ticket gets you entry into three separate raffles – a club only draw, a regional draw and a national draw with incredible prizes. Prizes include; 4 x Ford Fiesta Cars, Trips to the Champions League Final, Premier League game, Away Ireland International & a Weekend in Copenhagen, 1 year’s electricity, Hotel breaks, Corporate Box for 12 at the Aviva, match tickets, various vouchers and lots more. So make sure to buy your ticket soon as entry closes in early November. Thanks for your support.

Bag Packing Volunteers Needed:
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road on Friday, November 2 from 10am to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise some vital funds. Anyone over 16 can help. Ideally, we would like volunteers to fill two-hour slots. All volunteers will be entered a draw for a voucher. Please text or call Jenny (086 8390949) or Aine (087 6579128). Please specify what time suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your help. Please spread the word. Two hours of your time could make all the difference.

Pop-Up Shop:
Breda Lenihan is going to run a Pop-Up Shop in Derryleigh Park, Newport Town AFC on Saturday, November 10 from 10.00am to 2.30pm. We all have items cluttering up the attic, garage & shed that could be put to great use in someone else’s home. So if you have any item you would like to donate that we can sell (ornaments, pictures, books, music, toys etc. in good saleable condition), please drop to the clubhouse on Saturday mornings up to November 3 between 10am to 1pm. Please only donate goods that are of saleable condition. Your support on the day would be much appreciated also. All proceeds will go to the Soccer Club. Any queries, please contact Breda Lenihan on 085 1428735.

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid December. There is still time to lose a stone if you start making some changes right now. If you are trying to lose weight and are able to stay focused by yourself – that’s great, well done! However if you succeed better with a weekly weighing by another person why not come to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing:
Just 7 players remained from the original 167 entrants as we entered Round 9 last weekend. By Sunday evening only the 3 players who had selected Everton now remain in with a chance to win €500 due to the failure of Bournemouth, Wolves & West Ham to win their games. Who from Denise O’Sullivan, Finn Chambers & Robbie Bailey will be the last one standing?

Lotto:
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, October 20 and this week’s jackpot is €4,650 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 27. The numbers drawn were 2, 8, 13 & 30. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – October 14 2018

Juniors
The A team maintained top place in Div 1B with a comfortable 8-2 win away to Regional Utd B under lights in Dooradoyle on Saturday night. In-form, Christy Doyle, once again proved to be the tormentor-in-chief with a hat-trick and the other scorers were Kalem Harte, Christy O’Connor, Darren Collins, Dave Kennedy & and OG. The A team are approaching the halfway mark in the league campaign, with just one game remaining against Kilfrush in the first round of games. Kilfrush are just 1 point behind Newport, so this will be a real top-of-the-table clash when the sides meet.

The U18 Youths bounced back from their disappointing exit from the Munster Youths Cup last weekend, when they travelled to Dooradoyle on Sunday morning and beat Regional Utd 5-1 on the astro-turf. This was a game that we dominated comfortably from start to finish and could have had some more goals if we had been more clinical in front of goal. A good three points, which keeps us in second place in the league. The scorers were Jack O’Carroll, Colin Coleman, Darren Collins, Ciaran Flynn & Devon Ryan.

Next Sunday morning sees the A team welcome Patrickswell (Div 2A) to Derryleigh Park in round 3 of the FAI Junior Cup. K.O. at 10.30am. That afternoon the C team are away to Parkville at 2pm.

Schoolboys
It was a busy weekend for our competitive schoolboys with 5 sides in action. The U16A side bowed out of the National Cup when they lost 4-1 away to Cullen Lattin in Oola on Saturday afternoon, when decisions did not go their way. Diarmuid O’Riordan was the scorer of the Newport goal.

The U16B teams maintained their 100% record in Div 2, when they beat Corbally 6-1 in Derryleigh Park on Saturday afternoon. A hat-trick from Johnny Ryan, a brace from Luke Ryan and one from Aidan Fogarty ensured that all 3 points on offer went to Newport. Well done lads.

Our U14A side lost their 100% league record when they lost 2-3 away to Dooradoyle with the goals coming from Nathan Bridgeman & Conor Brett. The U14Bs maintained their unbeaten record when securing a valuable point away to Corbally in a 1-1 draw. Adam Power was on the mark for Newport.

Our U12A side secured an excellent 1-0 win at home to Coonagh on Saturday morning. Despite the miserable conditions, this was a brilliant game between two excellent teams and it was Conor Ryan’s goal that proved to be the difference between the sides.

Due to the poor weather the scheduled U7 games didn’t go ahead but the U10 sides welcomed Corbally & Lisnagry to Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning. Despite the conditions both sides were involved in very exciting games that provided all the supporters with some super entertainment and no shortage of great skill & determination from all players. The rain did not matter one bit to the players who had great fun despite being soaked by the end of the games. Well done everyone.

Next Saturday is the odds age groups. The U9s are in action at 9.45am with one team away to Pike and the other at home to Caherconlish. Both U11 sides are also playing, with one team home to Regional (11am) and the second side away to Shelbourne (12.30pm). U13A are awau to Summerville (11am) and U13B are away to Pike (12.30pm).

Great news for our schoolboy players, Cillian Collins (U12) & James Moloney (U13), who have been called up for training with the LDSL Emerging Talent Squads. Well done lads on a great achievement.

Schoolgirls
Pride of place goes to the U18 girls who advanced to the last 9 of the FAI National Cup at the expense of Regional Utd on Saturday afternoon. It’s a great achievement for the girls to have made it to round 3, where teams from Donegal, Cork, Dublin, Galway & closer to home await them in the draw for the next round.

The U15 girls played Ballymackey in Derryleigh Park on Saturday and secured an excellent 4-1 win with goals from Caragh Flynn, Leah Moran & Chelsea King (2). This was a great display from the girls.

Next Saturday all the girls’ games are against Lough Derg. The U17 girls are home (2pm), the U14s are home (12.30pm) and the U12s are away (2.15pm).

FAI National Draw
Newport Town AFC is participating in the FAI National Draw. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our club with some great prizes on offer. Tickets are just €10 and are available from any Committee member, team manager, at the Derryleigh Dugout Club shop on Saturdays or in O’Sullivan’s Bar. One ticket gets you entry into three separate raffles – a club only draw, a regional draw and a national draw with incredible prizes. Prizes include; 4 x Ford Fiesta Cars, Trips to the Champions League Final, Premier League game, Away Ireland International & a Weekend in Copenhagen, 1 year’s electricity, Hotel breaks, Corporate Box for 12 at the Aviva, match tickets, various vouchers and lots more. So make sure to buy your ticket soon as entry closes in early November. Thanks for your support.

Calorie Kickers
Our Calorie Kickers continue to kick off those pounds every Wednesday from 7 to 8pm in our Derryleigh Clubhouse. This will continue until Christmas so new Kickers are more than welcome. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing Round 9
Just 7 players now remain from the original 167 entrants as we enter Round 9 this coming weekend. Who from Aidan Adams, Denise O’Sullivan, Cillian O’Sullivan, Ger Noble, Finn Chambers, Frank Eivers & Robbie Bailey will win the €500 first prize?

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, October 13 and this week’s jackpot is €4,600 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 20 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 9 & 27. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Bag Packing Volunteers Needed
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road on Friday, November 2 from 10am to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise some vital funds. Anyone over 16 can help. Ideally, we would like volunteers to fill two-hour slots. All volunteers will be entered into a draw for a voucher. Please text or call Jenny (086 8390949) or Aine (087 6579128). Please specify what time suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your help. Please spread the word. Two hours of your time could make all the difference.

Derryleigh Diary – October 7 2018

Juniors
On a recent good run of form, the A team were in confident mood heading into Garryown on Sunday morning to take on Premier League side Geraldines in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup. With almost a full squad to choose from, manager, Marc Barry, was hopeful of his side causing a cup upset. However it wasn’t to be as it was Geraldines who ran out winners on a 4-1 scoreline, which wasn’t a true reflection of the game.

Newport did soak up a fair bit of pressure and rode our luck at times in the first half but our resistance was finally broken in the 38th minute, when we failed to clear a corner and the Geraldines player was able to tap-in from close range. A goal down at half-time but Newport were still well in this game.

In the 49th minute, skipper, Brian O’Sullivan, made a surging run into the box and when he was clearly taken down, referee Ryan McCann, pointed to the spot. Having won the penalty, the captain, calmly slotted the spot-kick to level the game.

The turning points of the game came on the hour mark. Newport should have been awarded a freek kick in the Geraldines half but the ref waved play in and the home side attacked and were awarded a penalty, which they duly converted to make it 2-1. Just a minute later, Peter O’Sullivan, received his second yellow and his marching orders and as if the job wasn’t hard enough, Newport would have to play out the remainder of the game with just 10 players.

Newport dug deep and put in a great effort for the final half hour but couldn’t find a way back into the game. Geraldines scored two late, late goals in injury time to distort the scoreline and advance into the next round. The A team will be back in league action next Saturday under lights when they travel to Dooradoyle to play Regional at 7pm.

The B team got back to winning ways when they beat Ballynanty B in Bateman Park on Sunday afternoon, with goals from Nathan Hartigan (2), Thomas Carroll & Seamus Bridgeman.

Both the C team & U18s suffered disappointing defeats on Sunday afternoon. The C team were well beaten by Coonagh, while the U18s failed to play anywhere near their potential, when crashing out of the Munster Youths Cup against premier side, Mungret Regional. The lads will have a quick chance to put this defeat behind them as they are away to Regional B next Sunday morning at 10.30am in the league.

The Round 3 draw has been made for the FAI Junior Cup. Newport have been drawn at home to Div 2A side Patrickswell. Date & time to be confirmed.

Schoolboys
It was a busy weekend for our competitive schoolboys but unfortunately only one result went our way. It was just one of those weekends. Our U13 schoolboys travelled to Ennis to play Avenue Utd in the National Cup. Unfortunately the lads came up against an excellent Clare side who won the game and advance to the next round. Ciaran Carey scored a consolation goal for Newport.

The U13B team recorded an excellent 6-3 win at home to Moyross with goals from Conor O’Brien 4, Daithi Whelton & Evan Moran. Unfortunately our U15A side are going through a sticky patch at the moment with nothing seeming to go their way and this continued on Saturday, when they lost 4-0 away to Regional.

In the non-competitive age groups, our two U9 sides and two U11 sides were also in action last Saturday. The U9s played Aisling Annacotty & Shelbourne, while the U11s played Geraldines & Lisnagry. These were all great exciting games with some excellent skills on display and some excellent goals scored. Well done to all the players.

Schoolgirls
Our U12, U14 & U17 girls were in action over the weekend. The U17 girls secured a very good 1-1 draw away to neighbours and local rivals, Birdhill, with Leah Moran on the scoresheet. This really was a hard fought match and the girls earned the away point. Well done to them all. We would like to wish a speedy recovery to injured players, Emma Moloney, Leona Burke and Abbie Lenihan.

Unfortunately the U14s bowed out of the National Cup when they were beaten away from home by an excellent Cashel side, while the U12s lost to Kilavilla, despite a brave effort.

Following on from their great win in Round 1 of the National Cup, the U18 girls have been drawn at home to Limerick side Regional Utd, with the game to be played next Saturday in Derryleigh Park at 2pm.

The U11 & U15 girls will also be in action next Saturday. The U11s are away to BT Harps at 10am, while the U15s are home to Ballymackey at 12 noon.

Congrats to Abbie Lenihan on being selected for the Munster U15 Schools squad. Everyone in NTAFC is very proud of you.

Calorie Kickers
Our Calorie Kickers continue to kick off those pounds every Wednesday from 7 to 8pm in our Derryleigh Clubhouse. New Kickers are welcome cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing Round 7
With just 19 players still standing before the weekend, the picks were Burnley (9), Brighton (3), Spurs (2), Watford (2), Leicester (1), Arsenal (1) & Man Utd (1). Just Brighton, Spurs, Arsenal & Man Utd won their games, so just 7 players now remain as we enter Round 9 after the International break.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, October 6 and this week’s jackpot is €4,550 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 13 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 11, 14 & 18. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Derryleigh Diary – September 30 2018

Juniors
The A team maintained their excellent run of form, with a solid 6-0 defeat of Geraldines B on Sunday afternoon in Derryleigh Park. The win, moved Newport to the top of Div 1B on 22 points after 9 games, one point ahead of second placed Kilfrush and two ahead of third placed Geraldines B. Prior to the game, the visitors had an unbeaten record but on the day they came up against a determined Newport side who commanded the game throughout. Christy O’Connor opened the scoring with a strong header from a corner swung in by Kalem Harte in the 10th minute. Just 2 minutes later, Geraldines had a great chance to equalise but their player blasted over from close range. Newport extended their lead in the 13th minute when Elliott Slattery fired home a super free-kick, which have the keeper no chance. Newport dominated the first half and had good chances from Mark McGuire, who saw his shot go just wide after a scintilating run and on the stroke of half-time, Kalem Harte will feel that he should have scored when his shot was fired over the bar after getting on the end of good cross from Captain, Brian O’Sullivan. 2-0 up at half-time and in truth, the lead should have been more.

On the hour mark, James Lynch was in the right place at the right home to fire home, when Brian O’Sullivan’s shot was only parried by the Geraldine’s keeper. The captain finally got on the score-sheet in the 75th minute when he calmly converted a penalty. He then doubled his tally in the 82nd minute when he coolly chipped the keeper to give Newport a 5-0 lead. The captain has found his goal-scoring form after a hat-trick last week and a brace today. The scoring was wrapped up in the final minute when substitute, Nathan Hartigan, fresh from scoring 2 goals for the B team in the morning game was able to walk the ball into the net unopposed. A 6-0 win, good team performance, a strong clean-sheet and all 3 points to move them to top of the league. Job done and a good day’s work. 11 games played in all competitions to date with 9 wins, 1 draw and just 1 defeat. Team Manager, Marc Barry can be very content with the good start to the season but he will know that there are lots of challenges ahead and complacency will not be allowed under any circumstance. The squad is a good blend of youth & experience, playing a nice brand of football fully deserving of support and it would be great to see large crowds in Derryleigh to get behind the lads in the coming games. Next up is the tough task of an away game to Premier outfit, Geraldines A, in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup next Sunday at 10.30am in Garryowen.

The Sunday morning fixture in Derryleigh saw the Bs play Mungret Regional. The B team were in third place just one point off the leaders before the game and Mungret were just 1 point behind in 4th place so a tight game was expected. Unfortunately, Newport lost the game on a 5-2 scoreline and did not play as well as they can and conceded some soft goals. Once again, it was a youthful Newport side, with three U18 players in the squad. Mungret opened a 2 goal lead early in the first half but Newport fought back through 2 goals from in-form Nathan Hartigan, the first of which was a brilliant volley and the second a penalty after Colin Coleman was brought down. At this stage, Newport were back in the game and Tristan O’Sullivan was unlucky to see his free-kick crash off the cross-bar. However after that, it was Mungret Regional who scored three goals without reply and took all three points on offer. Newport now lie in fourth place after 7 games. Next up for the B team is a visit to Bateman Park to play Ballynanty in the league next Sunday at 2pm.

Next Sunday sees the U18s take on Premier side, Mungret Regional, in the second round of the Munster Youth Cup in Derryleigh Park at 2pm. The C team will also be in action in Derryleigh at the same time, when they play Coonagh in the league.

Schoolboys
Both our U16 sides recorded two great wins. In the Premier League, the A team beat Caherdavin Celtic 3-0 with goals from Jay Ryan, Daniel Egan & Jack Ryan. Meanwhile, the B team continued their 100% start to the season with an excellent 2-1 win at home to Aisling Annacotty B with goals from the two Lukes, Ryan & Hamilton, which sees them top Div 2.

Not to be oudone, both our U14 sides also won their games. The A team kept up their 100% record and stay top of Div 1, with a 5-2 win over Bridge Celtic with a hat-trick from Conor Brett and a double from Alex O’Toole. The B team made it 4 wins from 4 games and also lead their division following a 4-0 win away to Shelbourne with goals from Conor O’Brien 2, Conor Gavin & Adam O’Connell.

Unfortunately the U12B team suffered a defeat against a very good Carew Park side. However in fairness to the players, they kept battling to the very end.

Our U8 & U10 sides were also in non-competitive action. The U8s welcomed Aisling Annacotty to Derryleigh Park and the U10 team travelled to play Lisnagry. By all accounts both games were cracking matches, full of excitement and some great goals. All the Newport players did brilliantly and all their hard work in training is definitely paying off. Well done.

Next weekend is an odds weekend with games scheduled for the U9, U11, U13 & U15s. U9 1 are home to Aisling Annacotty (9.45am), U9 2 are away to Shelbourne (9.45am), U11 1 are home to Geraldines (11am), U11 2 are home to Lisnagry (12.30pm), U13B are home to Moyross (2pm), U15A are away to Regional (2pm), while the highlight of the weekend is the U13 National Cup, Round 2 game, when Newport travel to play Avenue Utd in Ennis at 1pm.

Schoolgirls
Our U15 & U18 girls were both in action and unfortunately both suffered defeats. The U15s lost 3-0 at home to Killavilla, while the U18s lost 3-1 away to Nenagh, with Kaitlyn Bradshaw on the scoresheet.

Next Saturday the U17s are away to Birdhill at 12pm and the U12 girls are home to Killavilla at 10am.

Following on from their great win in Round 1 of the National Cup, the U18 girls have been drawn at home to Limerick side Regional Utd in Round 2, with the game to be played on or before October 14

Calorie Kickers
Our Calorie Kickers continue to kick off those pounds every Wednesday from 7 to 8pm in our Derryleigh Clubhouse. New Kickers are welcome cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing Round 7
With just 19 players still standing before round 7, the picks were in. Spurs were the most popular choice with 8 players pinning their hopes on them beating Huddersfield away. The other picks were Everton (5), Bournemouth (2), Wolves (2), Burnley (1) & Leicester (1). At the time of writing on Sunday evening, every player had made it through to round 8, with 2 players awaiting the result of the Bournemouth game on Monday evening. As the weeks go by, it’s getting more difficult for the remaining players to make their selections.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, September 29 and this week’s jackpot is €4,500 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 6 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 15 & 18. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.