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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.