Despite the awful weather on Sunday, the Junior A game against Granville in the Div 1B Calvert Cup went ahead in Derryleigh Park. Newport advanced to the quarter-final following a comfortable 4-0 win with a goal from Paul Ryan and captain, Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan scoring the other 3 goals to make it two hat-tricks in consecutive games and bring his season’s tally to 21 and according to one of the club statiticians, he also scored his 175th junior goal for Newport, which is some achievement.
Newport dominated the game from start to finish and after Clemy opened the scoring in the 11th minute it always looked like the home side were in complete control and in truth, if we had been more clinical in front of goal the winning margin could have been more.
It was good to see James Lynch make a welcome return to the matchday squad following a lengthy absence through injury. The most welcome sound of the day was the ref’s final whistle to allow the players & hardy supporters escape from the weather. Newport will now be home to Regional Utd B in the quarter-final.
Well done to our U18 players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble who were in the Limerick District League Youth squad that dismantled the North Dublin League on a 10-0 scoreline on Sunday afternoon in arctic Jackman Park. Darren played the full game at centre-half. This win means that the Limerick League now advance to the semi-final of the FAI Inter-League competition.
Next Sunday, the A’s are away to Hill Celtic in the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup. The winner will play the winners of Pike Rovers & Prospect in the semi-final. Hill Celtic are also in Div 1B and lie one place ahead of us in second place. Newport won the only game between the sides so far this season but Hill Celtic are on a very good run of form. There’s very little between both sides, so this game could potentially go all the way to penalties. Kick-off in Hogan Park at 11am. The B’s will be in league action at the same time away to Mungret Regional. There will be no junior games scheduled over the St. Patrick’s weekend.
It was a disapppointing start to the league campaigns for our U13 & U15 sides who both lost their opening fixtures. The U15s lost 3-1 at home to Carew Park with Adam McEvoy heading home for Newport. The lads are once again playing in a very strong Premier League and there will be no easy games at this level. The U13s side suffered a heavy defeat away to a strong Corbally side with Conor Molamphy scoring a consolation for Newport.
Unfortunately all next weekend’s schoolboy fixtures clash with the Newport St. Patrick’s Parade. U12 are away to Pike (12.30pm), U14A home to Geraldines (11am), U14B home to Parkville (12.30pm), U16A away to Mungret (2pm) & U16B away to Carew Park (12.30pm)
The U15 girls recorded an excellent 6-1 win away to Knigh Utd with goals from Robyn McNamara 2, Chelsea King, Aoife Kennedy, Abbie Lenihan & Caragh Flynn. With a strong gale blowing and the rain pelting down, the girls were eager to play as their last game was 2 months ago. We had 18 girls to choose from and each one of them wanted to be out in that weather. We started very strong, when Robyn McNamara did a lovely pull back and shot past the keeper for the opener. After a great run by Chelsea King, Aoife Kennedy finished off for number 2. Again Robyn struck inside the box to get her 2nd. Knigh then got one back before Shauna Pearson set Chelsea free who finished the first half by scoring our 4th. In the 2nd half, Knigh pressed us back but a quick break from Leah Moran sent Abbie Lenihan free to score. With time nearly up, Sarah Kelly & Abi Rainsford did a quick one two and crossed into Caragh Flynn who made no mistake from close range. Well done to Ellie Kennedy & Ailín Rochford on their debuts for the club, and on a final note, every single girl put in a team performance during the game.
Unfortunately our U13 girls lost 3-1 away to Killavilla with Aisling McMahon scoring for Newport.
Having already won the league a few weeks back, next Saturday the U14 girls will receive their league trophy when they play their final league game of the season away to Lough Derg at 10am. Well done girls on bringing another trophy back to Derryleigh Park.
Last Man Standing
143 players entered our Last Man Standing competition and after two rounds 25 players have been eliminated and 118 remain standing as we go into round 3 next weekend. Thanks to everyone who has entered and supported this fundraiser.
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €5,600 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, March 9 in Gleeson’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 12 & 18. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.
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.