In the past week, the Junior, A, B & C and U18 sides have all been in action with mixed results.
The A’s maintained their promotion challenge with a comfortable 7-0 win at home to a very young Caherdavin side last Thursday in the first of their midweek games. The Newport squad also contained a number of young players including three of this year’s Youth squad along with a few more from last year’s Youth squad. Seeing the younger players breaking through to our junior squads in the past couple of seasons is a great reflection of the good work being done in our schoolboy section.
Christy Doyle, made his welcome return after an injury layout and showed no signs of rustiness when scoring a hat-trick on his comeback. Not to be outdone, his strike-partner Brian O’Sullivan also scored a hat-trick. This combination have amassed a total of 62 goals betweeen them this season, which makes them one of the top scoring partnerships in all the Limerick Leagues. Paul Ryan was the other Newport scorer.
With just 5 league games remaining, Newport are still right in the promotion hunt. We are 9 points behind league leaders, Kilfrush with 2 games in hand and 3 behind second-placed Hill Celtic with a game in hand and still have to play the top two in Derryleigh Park and they still have to play each other, so there’s still lots of tense & exciting times ahead in the remaining games.
As predicted, the junior B’s Div 2B cup semi-final between Newport & Athlunkard Villa was a very clouse-fought affair with extra-time needed to separate the sides, after the game ended 2-2 in normal time with both Newport goals coming from Tristan O’Sullivan. Newport will see this as one that got away as they failed to capitalise on some great chances. Just when it looked the game would go to penalties, Athlunkard scored a late extra-time winner to break Newport hearts and at the same time, bring the B’s season to a close.
The C team have just 2 games remaining in their season, following their 5-1 defeat away to Coonagh on Sunday afternoon. The home side still had a very remote chance of promotion so this was always going to be a very difficult test for Newport, who despite some decent performances along the way, have not had the bit of luck sometimes needed to get a few wins to gather some momentum. Aidan Healy scored the consolation goal for Newport.
In the U18 Div 2 league, second-placed Newport kept up the pressure on league leaders Cals when they travelled to play Aisling Annacotty B on Sunday afternoon and recorded an emphatic 8-0 win with a hat-trick from Thomas Floyd and another from Colin Coleman, on his very welcome return from suspension. John Ryan Rose (penalty) and Daniel Egan were also on the mark. Newport won the home tie earlier in the season but with several regular starters missing from the side this time out, this was a real test of the depth of the squad. The players that came into the starting side all did well and thanks also to the U16 players who also stepped up when called upon.
In upcoming games, the U17s are away to Fairview on Tuesday, April 16 (6.30pm), the U18s are away to Regional in the Div 2 cup quarter-final on Saturday, April 20 (6.30pm) and on Easter Sunday morning, the A team are away to Knockainey in the Div 1B Calvert Cup semi-final (11am).
Inter League Youth Cup Final
Best of luck to our U18 Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who are members of the Limerick District League squad that play in the national final of the FAI Inter-League on Easter Sunday afternoon at 2pm in Jackman Park. Limerick play the Waterford League in the final.
The U15 side recorded an excellent 2-2 draw away to Aisling Annacotty in the premier league. It took a fortuituous last minute goal from the home side to deny Newport a deserved win. Stephen Madden & Ciaran Darcy were the Newport scorers. After a rocky start to the season, the lads have now settled down with 2 good draws in their last two games in a very competitive division.
The U13 side enjoyed an excellent 2-1 win away to Bridge Celtic with goals from James Moloney & Evan Moran. After losing their opening game, this makes it two wins on the bounce for Newport and sees them in fourth place but with a game less played than the teams above them.
The U9, U10 & U11 sides were all in action in the past week in non-competitive action and put in some great performances.
On Monday, both U16 sides are in action, when the A team are away to Shelbourne (6.30) and the Bs are home to Corbally B (6.30pm). On Good Friday, our U14 & U16 sides are in action. Both the U14 sides are away. The A team play Regional B and the Bs play Aisling Annacotty C. The U16 sides are both at home. The A team play Aisling Annacotty A and the Bs play Corbally Utd A. All evening games are 6.30pm kick-offs.
With so many upcoming games, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website.
Our U14 & U15s were both in cup action. The U14s advanced to the next round and keep their league & cup double hopes alive following a 7-0 defeat of Borrisokane with goals from Shauna Pearson 3, Amelia Healy, Molly O’Hora, Emily Hurley & Eryn Kennedy.
Unfortunately the U15s suffered a 4-2 defeat away to a good Killavilla side with Abbie Lenihan & Chelsea King on the score-sheet for Newport.
This week it’s all cup games for the girls. On Monday, April 14, the U14s are home to Knigh Utd (6.45pm) and on Thursday, the U13s are home to Killavilla (6.45pm).
Soccer Sisters Easter Camp
Best of luck to the 90 girls taking part in our Soccer Easters Camp this Thursday & Friday. It’s great to see so many girls taking part and once again making our camp one of the largest in the region. This is a super indication at the growth of girls’ football in the Newport area. We hope you all have lots of fun.
Online booking are now open for our always popular FAI Summer Soccer School camps. Once again we will hold 2 camps. Camp 1 (July 15-19) & Camp 2 (August 19-23). Our camps always fill up fast so book early to avoid disappointment. Full details on www.summersoccerschools.ie
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €5,900 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, April 20 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 1, 6, 8 & 29. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing continues with Round 7 starting on Saturday, April 20. 14 players were eliminated at the weekend due to the failure of Brighton, Leicester & Everton to win their games so 70 players have qualified for the next round of the competition and their team picks will have to be in with us by 9pm on Friday, April 19.
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.