The A & C team played their divisional cup quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon. The B’s had been due to play Holycross in their quarter-final but the game was called off by the league at the eleventh hour and it’s to be clarified if the tie is to be re-scheduled and we await a decision from the league.
The A team welcomed a youthful Regional Utd B side to Derryleigh Park on a glorious spring day and ran out comfortable winners on a 6-0 scoreline with goals coming from six different scorers, Jimmy Fyfe, Mark McGuire, Christy O’Connor, Paul Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan & Darren Collins. Newport will now meet Knockainey away in the semi-final, after they defeated league leaders, Kilfrush, on penalties.
Newport opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Jimmy Fyfe headed home from a corner and when Mark McGuire latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box on the 20th minute and fired home to make it 2-0, Newport appeared to be well in control of the game. Centre-half Christy O’Connor headed powerfully home from a corner on the half-hour mark to extend the Newport lead and a Paul Ryan strike on the stroke of half-time after some good work by Brian O’Sullivan, nade ot 4-0 to the home side at the interval.
The second half continued in the same vein with Newport controlling the game and creating plenty of chances. Brian O’Sullivan scored his 22nd goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Paul Ryan was taken down in the box. Darren Collins completed the scoring with 7 minutes remaining on the clock when his shot was fumbled by the Regional keeper into his own net. The A’s still have 7 league games remaining and a cup semi-final to look forward to but this means that they are going to face a very congested fixture schedule in the coming weeks and the depth of Marc Barry’s squad is going to be fully tested in the run-in. However the focus will continue to be one game at a time and hope that players remain free from injury and suspension.
A very young C team were very unlucky to lose 2-0 at home to Athlunkard Villa C in a topsy-turvy cup tie. Newport had plenty of chances in front of goal but failed to take their chances and somewhat against the run of play, Athlunkard scored two somewhat fortuitous goals late in the game to go through to the quarter-final. This was a disappointing result as the lads gave it their all but nothing seemed to go their way.
Next Sunday, the A, C & U18 teams are all in league action with all games taking place in Derryleigh Park. The A’s play Southend and the C’s play Murroe with both games kicking off at 11am. In the afternoon the U18s welcome Caherdavin with a 2.15pm kick-off.
The U13s got their first win of their league campaign when they recorded an excellent 9-1 win at home to Aisling Annacotty C. Ciaran Carey was the scorer-in-chief with a double hat-trick. Conor Molamphy, Evan Moran & James Moloney all chipped in with a goal apiece.
The U15s were very unfortunate to leave Annacotty empty-handed on Saturday afternoon after going down to Aisling Annacotty B on a 2-1 scoreline. This was the best performance by the lads in quite a while but despite the great effort, they were left scratching their heads as to how they lost the game. Unfortunately the lads just can’t seem to buy a win at the moment but hopefully they can turn things around on Wednesday evening, when they travel to play Caherdavin. Special mention for Mark Forde, the Newport keeper, who wasn’t at fault for either goal and produced two top-class saves in the game and continues to improve with every game.
Midweek evening games with 6.30pm kick-offs start this week so it’s going to be a very busy fixture list from now on. On Friday, U12 are away to Bridge Celtic. Saturday sees the even age groups in action. U8 are away to Corbally (9.45am), U10 Blues are away to Geraldines (11am), U10 Browns are home to Summerville (11am), U14A are away to Regional A (2pm), U14B are home to Regional C (12.30pm). Both U16 sides are at home, the B’s play Regional Utd (11am) and the A’s play Geraldines (12.30pm). On Monday, both U11 sides are in action at 6.30pm. The Reds are home to Corbaly and the Browns are away to Lisnagry.
With so many upcoming games, keep up to date on all fixtures & results on the official club website
Only the U13 side were in action over the weekend and despite a brave performance, they suffered an away defeat to a very good Ballymackey side. The scheduled U18 girls Shield Final against Lough Derg was called off. There are no schoolgirl games scheduled this week.
Massive thanks to Kirby Engineering & Construction who have generously sponsored a new set of jerseys for our U9 & U10 schoolboy squads. If there are any businesses or individuals out there who would like to be come a club sponsor, we would love to hear from you to discuss all available options.
Online booking are now open for our always popular FAI Summer Soccer School camps. Once again we will hold 2 camps. Camp 1 (July 15-19) & Camp 2 (August 19-23). Our camps always book up fast so book early to avoid disappointment. Full details on www.summersoccerschools.ie
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €5,800 with the next draw taking place on Friday, April 6 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 23 & 27. 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.