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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.