Derryleigh Diary – June 9 2019

Schoolboys
Our U12 & U14 sides were in competitive action in the past week. Our U12s played Bridge Celtic in the league & cup with both games taking place in Derryleigh Park. In the league encounter on Wednesday, the visitors won on a 5-3 scoreline with Conor Ryan 2 & Aaron O’Flaherty on the mark for Newport. The sides played each other again just 2 days later in the cup quarter-final in a much tighter and low-scoring game. Unfortunately it was Bridge Celtic that once again got the upper hand when they advanced to the semi-final after a 2-0 victory.

The U14B side played out an 11 goal thriller away to Parkville last Wednesday but it was the home side that earned all 3 points on a 6-5 scoreline. The Newport scorers were Conor Gavan wit ha hat-trick, Adam Power & Mikey Carroll. On Friday evening the U14A side enjoyed an excellent 5-3 win away to Geraldines courtesy of goals from Conor Brett 2, Conor Molamphy 2 & Alex O’Toole. This win leaves Newport in second place in Div 1 after 7 games, 6 points behind unbeaten Regional.

Our U7 & U10 Browns were in action in non-competitive games against Regional & Shelbourne respectively. As always, there are no match scores or league tables being recorded for non-competitive games (U11 and under). These games are all about player development and allowing the young players express themselves on the football pitch without being concerned about scorelines and league positions. However some of the skills on display were very impressive and some great goals were scored with some great individual & team performances. Great entertainment for all the supporters.

This week’s fixtures see our U7, U8, U9, U11 Reds, U13 and both U10 & U11 sides in action. On Tuesday, U9 are home to Shelbourne (7pm) & U11 Reds are away to Shelbourne (7pm). On Wednesday, U8 are home to Geraldines (7pm) and the U13s are away to Aisling Annacotty B in the cup quarter-final (7.45pm). On Friday, U10 Blues are home to Geradlines (7pm) and U10 Browns are away to Summerville (7pm). Next Monday, U7 are home to Lisnagry (7pm). Finaly next Tuesday, June 18, U11 Red are away to Corbally and U11 Brown are away to Bridge Celtic, both games at 7pm.

With so many games taking place, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website www.newporttownafc.com

Kennedy Cup
The very best of luck to our players, Aaron Coleman, who’s on the main LDSL Kennedy Cup squad and to Mark Forde, who’s on standby for the Kennedy Cup competition that starts on Tuesday, June 11 in U.L. The prestigious U14 schoolboy tournament features the elite players from all 32 of the SFAI leagues. Each of the 32 Leagues enters a squad of twenty players to compete over an entire week with additional competitions for those teams which do not progress to the latter stages of the Kennedy Cup itself.

Limerick District Schoolboy League are pitted against West Cork, Roscommon and North Dublin District League in group 7. LDSL will open their campaign against Roscommon on Tuesday June 11th (pitch 4) at 4pm. On Wednesday, it is an earlier start as the District League face West Cork at 10.30am (pitch 5) which is situated at the new all weather complex. Later that day, the final group game sees Limerick face North Dublin District League at 4pm (pitch 7).

Summer Camps
There has been a surge in bookings for our FAI Summer Soccer Schools and the camps, especially camp 1, are beginning to fill up. Camp 1 takes place from July 15-19 and Camp 2 runs from August 19-23. Online booking and full details are available at www.summersoccerschools.ie. The camps are for boys & girls aged 6-14 and the cost is just €70 which includes an exclusive playing kit (jersey, shorts & socks), backpack, football and certificate plus five days of fun-filled coaching from FAI accredited coaches! You also receive a 20% discount in SportsDirect.com stores. The cost is €70 per week but if you book the 2 weeks, the second camp only costs €55. There is also a family discount available. Both of last year’s camps were sell-outs so we advise you to book early to guarantee your place and avoid disappointment.

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,300 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, June 15 in Ryan’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 18 & 29. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

AGM
The club’s AGM took place on Saturday, June 8 in our Derryleigh Park clubhouse. Outgoing Chairman, Ger Healy welcomed everyone and and thanked them for their attendance. There was a minute’s silence for all deceased members including former player Terry Cullimore who recently passed away. Last year’s minutes were read before Secretary, Ailbe Coffey, gave a very comprehensive report on the club’s activities over the past 12 months. The length of the report highlights the current size of the club and how busy we are both on and off the pitch. Both the Chairman & Secretary, in their respective addresses, thanked the managers, assistants, all volunteers and the supporters of all our teams, both junior and underage for their efforts all season. Outgoing Treasurer, Ger O’Brien gave an update on the club’s finances and no issues arose. Child Welfare Officer, Micheál Lenihan, gave his report and once again emphasised the importance of child welfare within the club. Team reports were then read out for all teams from the Junior A side all the way down to the Newport Nippers. With 500 players and more than 30 teams, there was lots of reading in these reports.The Election of Committee & Executive Committee members then took place. Tom O’Malley replaces Ger Healy as Chairperson, while Ger Healy replaces Ger O’Brien as Treasurer. Ailbe Coffey & Micheál Lenihan remain on as Secretary & Child Welfare Officer respectively, while Dave Noble returns as Club P.R.O.

Ger O’Brien, Andrew Gleeson, Tom Hickey, Mike Lyons and Vivienne Keane stood down from the committee and their service was acknowledged. The Committee members re-elected were Denis O’Sullivan, Richard Egan, Tim Coffey, Marc Barry & Mike O’Donoghue. A new committee member for the 2019/2020 season is Lar Kennedy. Good luck to the incoming committee for the season ahead in what continue to be exciting & busy times for the club both on and off the pitch as we enter our 50th anniversary in 2020.

Ger O’Brien
At the AGM, club stalwart, Ger O’Brien publicly announced his decision to step down from the committee and his role as Treasurer after more than 30 years unbroken service on the club’s committee and was presented with a token of appreciation from the committee on behalf of all club members. When Ger advised his fellow committee members of his intentions a month or two ago, there was both surprise & disappointment but also a deep sense of appreciation of the lifetime of hard work that Ger has put into the club. Ger has been a great ambassador for and servant to Newport Town AFC and has seen the club grow from under 50 members to the current membership of 500 members. Without Ger’s dedication and hard work and that of others before him, we would not have our fantastic new clubhouse and grounds and see the club prosper and develop far beyond the founding members’ wildest dreams, when the first meeting of the club took place in May 1970 in the pool room of O’Sullivan’s Bar. In his time, Ger has been a player, manager and served in all officer roles and will be a major loss to our executive. As outgoing treasurer, he has assured financial stability and financial governance over the last number of years. Thanks Ger for your time, effort & dedication.

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.