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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.