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Deryleigh Diary – January 27 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LAST MAN STANDING returns on Friday, February 22.
Due to popular demand, the club’s Last Man Standing competition, will be returning soon. Entry details to follow in the coming week.Entry will again be €10 with €500 on offer to the winner. Make the premiership weekends more interesting, challenge your team-mates, friends & family, while supporting the soccer club. If you haven’t played before, it’s easy. Each game week you will be texted the fixture list, you pick the Premiership team that you think will win their game and text back your selection. If your team wins their game, you are through to the next round. If they lose or draw, then you are out. You can’t pick the same team twice. This continues until the Last Man or Woman is left standing. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Derryleigh Diary – January 20 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Man Standing Entry Form & Rules Feb 2019

Derryleigh Diary – January 12 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Derryleigh Diary – January 6 2019

Juniors
The Junior A side recorded a very comfortable 9-2 victory over Northside Legacy in the first round of the Lawson Cup, which was a nice warm-up ahead of the big game against Aisling Annacotty in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup next Sunday. The undoubted highlight of this game was a 7 goal salvo from in-form striker, Christy Doyle, who has now scored 27 goals in all competitions this season.

Newport, who trained hard over the Christmas period, hit the ground running and scored as early as the 5th minute, when Christy Doyle latched onto a lovely through-ball from captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan. In the 11th minute, Doyler made it 2-0 when he latched onto a dropped ball by the Northside keeper from a cross Davy Ryan out on the left. It was all one-way traffic and Christy scored his first hat-trick on 25 minutes, when he again was on theend of a lovely slip-pass from Clemy to make it 3-0. Clemy & Doyler have struck up an excellent partnership this season and Clemy’s 14 goals, making a combined tally of 41, make them a handful for any side. Clemy made it 4-0 in the 29th minute he capitalised on a defensive error to shoot home off the post. 2 more goals from Christy before half-time, both headers, gave Newport a 6-0 lead at the interval.

Doyle continued where he left off after the break and scored his 6th & 7th goals in the 48th & 50th minutes respectively to make it 8-0 before he departed the field of play. With the job done and one eye firmly on next week’s game, manager, Marc Barry, made some substitutions to avoid the risk of injury to key players and also to give most of the panel a run-out. Substitute, Nathan Hartigan, made it 9-0 with 25 minutes and amazingly Newport didn’t score again despite creating some good chances. Northside scored two consolation goals to leave the final score 9-2 to the home side.

Newport dominated the game from start to finish and advance to the next round where we are at home to Premier side Kilmallock. Another bonus was that we finished the game without any major injury scares ahead of next week. Full concentration can now switch to the massive challenge that lies ahead of us next week.

The U18s hadn’t played a competitive game in almost 2 months, since November 11, but they got rid of the rustiness shown in the early stages to secure safe passage to the next round of the Ger Ryan Youth Cup with a well-deserved 4-1 win at home to Shelbourne on Sunday afternoon. The lads will know that the first-half performance was sluggish but still commanded a 2-1 at half-time thanks to the opener from Devon Ryan in the 24th minute and a 30 yard shot from Karl Kelly in the 40th minute. A much-improved performance in the sceond half saw Newport score another 2 goals through the hard-working Jacks (Foley & O’Carroll). This was a great result for the lads as it’s hard to keep the interest-levels up, when only playing 2 games in 3 months. However the numbers attending and the effort being put-in at training will hopefully be all worth it at the business end of the season.

Next weekend’s fixtures see our U17s travel to play Aisling Annacotty in the league on Saturday afternoon (2.15pm) and then on Sunday afternoon, the A team travel to the same venue to play Aisling in Round 6 (last 32) of the FAI Junior Cup with a 2.15pm kick-off.

FAI Junior Cup, Round 6 Preview:
Well over 600 teams started on the journey but now after 5 rounds played, Newport are one of the last 32 teams remaining on the Road to the Aviva. This coming Sunday afternoon, we make the short journey in the R503 road to play Premier League side Aisling Annacotty in Round 6 of the FAI Junior Cup. Before the draw was made for this round, we were hoping for a home draw, but if it was away, we wondered if we would be sent to the far-reaches of the country. Instead we were given one of the closest possible away draws as it’s just over 12km from Derryleigh Park to Annacotty. Aisling Annacotty are massive favourites heading into the game and must have been secretly delighted to draw a side from Div 1B of the Limerick League in the last 32 of the Blue Riband trophy of Irish junior soccer.

Newport are the firm underdogs going into this cup tie. We have played 5 games to get to this stage beating Northside Legacy (3-0), Dromore (6-1), Patrickswell (5-2), Granville (4-2) & Carbury (Sligo) on pens after the game ended 2-2 after both normal time & extra time. Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan have both scored 5 goals, team Captain, Brian ‘Clemy ‘O’Sullivan (4), Kalem Harte (2), Sean Ryan (2), Elliott Slattery (1) & Dave Kennedy (1) have scored the 20 goals to get us this far. Newport are well capable of scoring goals, as Doyler (27) and Clemy (14) have a combined tally of 41 goals in all competitions this season and no doubt, Aisling will see the 2 lads as the main Newport goal-scoring threat. However we have plenty of other players on the pitch well-capable of scoring given the opportunity.

Aisling are currently in 6th place in the Limerick Premier League and are the bookies’ firm odds-on favourites to progress to the last 16, especially as the game is being played on their astro-turf pitch, a surface that they are well used to playing on. To get to this stage, Aisling have beaten Athlunkard, Caherdavin, & Prospect and in the last round recorded an excellent 4-0 win away to Blarney.

Round 5 was new territory for Newport, so the last 32 is a huge bonus and another step along an unknown path. However we know that a large Newport crowd intend travelling to the game and they will give the lads plenty of vocal support and encouragement during the game. The players will have learnt a lot about playing on the big stage after the last game against Carbury and they will have absolutely no doubts that if they give it their very best shot, they are more than capable of causing a potential cup upset.

We look forward to seeing a big Newport support on the day and encourage everyone to come along and get to the game early and get behind the players right from the kick-off at 2.15pm. Days like this don’t come along too often and we have nothing to lose as nobody expects us to win but ourselves.

Schoolboys:
In consultation with the clubs in the Limerick League, the LDSL Committee and Bord na nOg this is the schedule for the coming calendar season 2019. Please note this schedule will be reviewed at the end of the season by all the appropriate bodies.

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

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

Schoolgirls
Our U15s & U18s were in action at the weekend with mixed results. The U15s travelled to play Ballymackey and recorded an excellent 2-0 win thanks to goals from Robyn McNamara & Neve Clements, scoring her first goal for the club. Unfortunately the U18s suffered a surprise heavy defeat away to local rivals, Birdhill. This was just an off day for the girls with Abbie Lenihan’s goal the only consolation on the day.

Next Saturday the U12 & 17 girls are back in action. The U12s are home to Lough Derg (10am) and the U17s are away to Lough Derg (11.30am).

Calorie Kickers:
Kick-start 2019 and start your new year weight-loss resolution with the Calorie Kickers community weight-loss group, which starts back this Wednesday, January 9 for a 6 week stint, every Wednesday from 7.00-7.45pm. Some current members, since last September, have up to an amazing 2 stone weight loss. Cost for new members is €20 for 6 weeks or you can pay €8 in week one and €3 weekly. The weekly talk is at 7.30pm. Contact Jenny on 086 8390949 or checkout the club’s Facebook page for more info. All are welcome.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto in the draw that took place on Saturday, January 5 and this week’s jackpot is €5,200 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, January 12 in O’Sullivan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 1, 10, 20 & 26. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

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

Derryleigh Diary – December 30 2018

Juniors
After the Christmas break, Junior football resumes next Sunday, January 6, when the A team welcome Northside Legacy to Derryleigh Park (11am) in the Lawson Cup and the U18s welcome Shelbourne in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup (2.15pm).

Schoolgirls
Next Saturday the U18 & U15 girls are back in action. The U18s are away to Birdhill at 2pm and the U15s are away to Ballymackey at 10am.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto in draws that took place on Friday, December 21 and Friday, December 28 and this week’s jackpot is €5,150 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, January 5 in Lee’s Bar. The numbers drawn on December 21 were 6, 9, 13 & 28 and on December 28 were 6, 22, 25 & 26. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

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

Happy New Year
Finally, the soccer club would like to wish everyone in Newport and surrounding areas, especially our players, coaches, supporters, sponsors and their families a very happy & prosperous New Year.

Derryleigh Diary – December 16 2018

Juniors
Following 2 disappointing league defeats, the A team rebounded with an emphatic 6-0 win at home to Granville on Sunday morning. The scoreline reflected Newport’s dominance of the game and the scorers were Christy Doyle (2), Dave Kenendy (2), Elliott Slattery and Kalem Harte. The lads are now on a Christmas break until January 6 and will then face into a busy January with games in the league, Lawson Cup and the FAI Junior Cup game away to Aisling Annacotty on the weekend of January 12/13.

Unfortunately the U17s were on the wrong end of a 5-1 defeat at home to a very strong Fairview side on Sunday afternoon. Jack O’Carroll scored Newport’s consolation goal from the penalty spot.

Junior football resumes on January 6, when the A team welcome Northside Legacy to Derryleigh Park (11am) in the Lawson Cup and the U18s welcome Shelbourne in the Ger Ryan Youth Cup (2.15pm).

Schoolgirls
The scheduled schoolgirl games at the weekend were cancelled due to the poor weather. Games will resume on Saturday, January 5 with the even age groups.

Christmas Raffle Winners
The soccer club’s Christmas Draw took place last Sunday in O’Sullivan’s Bar. It was a great night enjoyed by all and Jeremy Morgan ‘Livewire’ had the place rocking all night long. Prizes on offer included large Xmas hampers, a fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. The winners of the hampers, very kindly sponsored by Meehan Funeral Directors, Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home & Delaney Minihan Funeral Directors were Cathy Ryan, John M Ryan & Pat Brennan. Other prize winners were Jenny Noble, James McInerney, Tommy Harvey, Helen Coffey, James Lee & Dave Moloney. Thanks to everyone who supported the club by buying a line to enter the raffle and donating spot prizes. Thanks also to Mary Jo O’Sullivan for her hospitality on the night and for sponsoring some spot prizes as well as also sponsoring the post-match meals after the recent Junior Cup game against Carbury.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Friday, December 14 and this week’s jackpot is €5,050 with the next draw taking place on Friday, December 21 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 3, 11, 21 & 25. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

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

Christmas Message
Finally, the soccer club would like to wish everyone in Newport and surrounding areas, especially our players, coaches, supporters, sponsors and their families a very peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you to all our club sponsors and local businesses for their support throughout the year and to everyone who supported the club’s various fundraising efforts throughout the year. Without people’s generosity and goodwill towards the soccer club, it would not be possible to progress the club forward.

Derryleigh Diary – December 9 2018

Juniors
After the highs of last week the A team were brought firmly back down to earth this weekend when they suffered a very disappointing 1-0 loss away to Knockainey. It’s never an easy place to get a result and the task was made even more difficult due to a number of regulars missing from the starting team due to injury, suspension and other commitments. This was a game that is better being placed in the archives and not in the memory bank as it was a fairly poor performance and hopefully not a result that comes back to haunt us later in the season.

The Bs also suffered a disappointing away defeat when they lost 2-1 away to Holycross. Before the game Newport were in third and Holycross were in fourth but this result sees the sides swap places. Tristan O’Sullivan scored from the spot for Newport.

The Cs almost staged a great comeback when losing 4-0 at home to Fairview C with 10 minutes remaining on the clock. Goals from Jamie Daly, Devon Ryan and an O.G. brought the game back to 4-3 but try as they might Newport couldn’t manage an equaliser.

Next Sunday the Junior A side are home to Granville (11am) and the U17s are home to Fairview (2.15pm). After next weekend, the Christmas break kicks in with games resuming on January 5.

Cup Draws
Newport have been drawn away to Premier side Aisling Annacotty AFC in the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup with the game to take place on the weekend of January 12/13.

The draw has taken place for this season’s Lawson Cup. In the first round Newport have been drawn at home to Div 3B side Northside Legacy, with the winner playing Premier side Kilmallock in round 2.

Schoolgirls
The U15s were the only schoolgirlside in action as the U13 game away to Ballymackey was called off. The U15s travelled to play Killavilla and suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat with Abbie Lenihan scoring a consolation goal.

Next Saturday, the U17s are away to Ballymackey (11.30am) and the U12s are away to Killavilla (10.00am).

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 from Jeremy Morgan “Livewire” & spot prizes. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in 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. If anyone is in a position to donate spot prizes (big or small) for the Christmas raffle, please call Dave Noble (086 6002534) or message us here or contact any team manager or committee member. Thanks in advance for your support.

Lotto
There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, December 8 and this week’s jackpot is €5,000 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, December 14 in the Derryleigh Clubhouse. The numbers drawn were 7, 13, 17 & 25. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

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.