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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.

Derryleigh Diary – February 17 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

LAST MAN STANDING returns this Friday, February 22.
The club’s Last Man Standing competition kicks off again on Friday, February 22. Entry is €10 with €500 on offer to the winner. If you’d like to play, please text or Whatsapp your name & mobile number to 089-4052382 or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player by 9pm on Thursday, February 21. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers or Kennedy’s Discount Store. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins.

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

Derryleigh Diary – February 10 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and this week’s jackpot is €5,450 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, February 16 in O’Sullivan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 15, 18, 19 & 27. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

Clothes Collection
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.

LAST MAN STANDING returns on Friday, February 22.
The club’s Last Man Standing competition kicks off again on Friday, February 22. Entry will again be €10 with €500 on offer to the winner. If you’d like to play, please text or Whatsapp your name & mobile number to 089-4052382 or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers, Kennedy’s Discount Store or our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins.

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

Derryleigh Diary – February 3 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clothes Collection
“Declutter” seems to be a buzz-word at the moment. If you are in the mood to de-clutter, we can help. Our ‘Clothing Collection’ starts again so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. Thanks for your support. If you neeed any bags collected or if you’ve any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155. Please spread the word.

LAST MAN STANDING returns on Friday, February 22.
Due to popular demand, the club’s Last Man Standing competition, will be kicking off again on Friday, February 22. Entry will again be €10 with €500 on offer to the winner. If you’d like to play, please text or Whatsapp your name & mobile number to 089-4052382 or give your name, mobile number & payment to any committee member, team manager or player. You can also enter by completing an entry form at O’Sullivan’s Bar, English’s Butchers, Kennedy’s Discount Store or our lotto stand at Centra on Sunday mornings. Payment must be paid before Round 1 begins. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your team-mates, friends & family, while supporting the soccer club. If you haven’t played before, it’s easy. Each game week you will be texted the fixture list, you pick the Premiership team that you think will win their game and text back your selection. If your team wins their game, you are through to the next round. If they lose or draw, then you are out. You can’t pick the same team twice. This continues until the Last Man or Woman is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.