Derryleigh Diary – February 10 2019

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.

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.

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

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.