Derryleigh Diary – May 19 2019

Newport Junior A team are promoted to Div 1A
Needing just one point, the Junior A side ensured promotion to Div 1A with a comfortable & comprehensive 7-0 victory at home to Regional Utd B last Thursday night. Once again a large Newport crowd were in attendance in Derryleigh Park to support the lads and they witnessed a top-class performance with a hat-trick from Paul Ryan being the highlight. Other scorers were Christy Doyle, Kev Connolly, Jack O’Carroll & Sean Ryan. The win now sees Newport in a one-off playoff game with Hill Celtic to determine the league winner as both sides finished on 55 points and identical records of 18 wins, 1 draw & 3 losses.

Newport started the game in a very positive manner, exerting pressure on the Regional rearguard right from the first whistle with full backs James Lynch & Mark McGuire given licence to push right up the field. Paul Ryan almost opened the scoring in the 13th minute but his shot just flew over the crossbar. Newport did take the lead in the 18th minute after a well-worked move. Christy Doyle, flicked a header on to Clemy out on the left and was then in position to head Clemy’s cross to the back of the net. Goal no 41 for Doyler for the season and yet another assist for Clemy. This strike-partnership has now scored an incredible 72 goals between them in all competitions.

Doyle almost made it 2-0 after 25 minutes but his volley just went wide after some excellent work by James Lynch on the right hand side. In the 30th minute, Newport did make it 2-0 after a brilliant sweeping move started by left-back Mark McGuire, which ended with Paul Ryan heading home his first goal of the night after a deft flick cross by Christy Doyle. On 40 minutes, Paul Ryan scored his second and Newport’s third when his angled cross into the box deceived the Regional keeper & defence and ended up in the back of the net. At this stage, Newport were dominating the game but failed to score again in the first half.

The second half continued in the same vein and Kev Connolly, who was played out of his skin in the past few games, made it 4-0 in the 60th minute when he picked up a loose ball and drilled home a low shot. 8 minutes later, Paul Ryan got his hat-trick when firing home a lovely curled shot. The bench was emptied in the second half with all subs getting a run. Our youth player, Jack O’Carroll, who had replaced Clemy, won a penalty in the 78th minute and calmly stepped up to fire home to make it 6-0. Jacko had had a great season for the club and was the leading scorer in U18 Div 2 and was also selected on the U17 & U18 League teams of the season. Sean Ryan wrapped up the scoring with the last kick of the game to leave the final score 7-0 to Newport. With promotion secured and the Cup Final won, all attention now turns to the league play-off. Getting promoted is a great achievement but management & squad are now greedy and want to go up as league & cup double winners. Just one more win will see this happen.

Manager, Marc Barry, and the Junior A team players & backroom staff have asked me to thank all our supporters who turned out in big numbers in Jackman Park at the cup final and at the most recent games in Derryleigh Park. Your support has really helped them dig deep when needed and get them over the line. They are calling on your support again this Saturday in the league playoff.

Match Squad: Match Squad: Harry Ryan, James Lynch, Mark McGuire (Jack Noble), Elliott Slattery (Jimmy Fyfe), Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Kev Connolly (Dave Kennedy), Sean Ryan, Christy Doyle, Paul Ryan (Kevin O’Brien) & Brian O’Sullivan (Jack O’Carroll)

Div 1B League Playoff next Saturday – Newport Town AFC v Hill Celtic
With both sides already promoted to Div 1A, Newport & Hill Celtic must meet again in the Div 1B League Playoff to determine who will be crowned as league champions. A toss of the coin will take place on Wednesday evening to decide whether the game will be played in Derryleigh Park or Hogan Park. Either way, the game will take place next Saturday, May 25 at 6.30pm. This will be the fifth meeting between the sides this season. Newport have won three games and Hill Celtic have one win in the previous four encounters. In the most recent games, Newport won the league game in Derryleigh Park 4-1 and won the Cup Final 2-0. Hill Celtic will feel that their performance didn’t reflect the cup final scoreline and will they will be very anxious to deny Newport the League & Cup double. However Newport are the form side in Div 1B and are currently on a 16 game winning run in the league & cup and the only games they haven’t won in 2019 are the FAI Junior Cup game away to Aisling Annacotty and the Lawson Cup quarter-final away to Hill Celtic. Wherever the games takes place, we will be hopeful of having another big Newport crowd in attendance to support the lads as they go for the double.

Christy O’Connor named as the overall Limerick Div 1B Player of the Year
Congratulations to our Junior A player, Christy O’Connor, who has been named as the Limerick League Div 1B Overall Player of the Year at the Limerick Junior Soccer Awards Ceremony last Friday. This is a highly coveted award as it’s selected by players & managers from other clubs. Christy is fully deserving of this award as selected by his peers.

Christy is a one-club man, having played all his soccer for Newport from schoolboy all the way through to today. He is always one of the first names on the team-sheet and this season, his centre-half pairing with youngster, Elliott Slattery, has been a crucial factor in the ‘A’ team’s hugely successful season, which has seen them win the Calvert Cup, get promoted to Div 1A (with the league playoff still to come), reach the quarter-final of the Lawson Cup and the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup.

Newport had the meanest defence in the Div 1B league & cups, only conceding 25 goals in the 24 games played including a brilliant 11 clean sheets. Christy has also been known to venture further up the field from time to time resulting in 4 goals for him this season.

He’s only missed one game all season and is an ever-present & dedicated trainer and demands excellence & effort from all those around him but he also leads by example and sometime puts his body in places where others wouldn’t dream of. The general consensus is that you would always want to be playing with Christy rather than against him.

Christy is now passing on his knowledge & experience to the younger players in the club as he is a coach of the U12 schoolboys. Well done Christy, a true & proud Newport man. We are all delighted for you and very proud of this great honour bestowed on you.

Christy Doyle named as Limerick Junior Player of the Month for May
Congratulations to Christy Doyle who has been named as the overall Limerick Junior Player of the Month for May. He’s the top scorer in Div 1B with 41 goals and is also one of the top scorers in all Limerick leagues. His 2 goals in the recent Calvert Cup Final were top-class and his contribution has been vital in our successful season to date. Hopefully he can manage to find the target in the league playoff.

Schoolboys
In competitive games, the U14A squad advanced to the Div 1 Cup semi-final after an excellent 2-1 win away to Aisling Annacotty B on Saturday. Alex O’Toole & Cillian English were the Newport scorers. The lads will now travel to play Mungret Regional B this Wednesday at 6.30pm. The winners of that this semi will play the winners of Geraldines v Regional Utd in the final this coming Saturday.

Unfortunately our U16 A team lost 3-0 away to a very good Fairview side. U16B played out a cracking 2-2 draw at home to league leaders on Saturday. 2-0 down at half-time, the lads turned things around after the break and Johnny Ryan to scored 2 goals to earn a deserved draw and be the first team to take points off Carew Park this season.

In non-competitive games, the U7, U9 & U11 Red sides were all in action in very exciting & entertaining games. Some of the football on display was top-class with some great individual & team displays. Well done everyone.

This week we have schoolboy games on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. On Monday the U13s are home to Pike (6.30pm) and U15 are home to Aisling Annacotty A (7.45pm). On Wednesday, U12 are home to Regional (6.30pm) and the U14 cup semi-final is on. On Friday, both U11 sides are in action. Reds are away to Lisnagry (6.30pm) and Browns are home to Parkville (6.30pm). U15 are home to Caherdavin (7.45pm). On Saturday, both U10 sides are playing.. Blues are home to Carew (11am) and the Browns are home to Star (12.30pm). U12 are away to Caherdavin (12.30pm). Both U16 sides are also in action, with the A’s away to Shelbourne (2pm) and the Bs away to Regional (12.30pm).

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

Schoolgirls
The final schoolgirl game of the season took place last Wednesday. Having been already knocked out of the Cup competition, the U18 girls had some consolation when they beat Lough Derg in the Shield Final. The 9-2 scoreline reflected a completely dominant performance. The Newport scorers were Abbie Lenihan (5), Shauna Pearson (3) & Kaitlyn Bradshaw. Wel done girls.

Summer Camps
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

Lotto
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €6,150 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, May 25 in O’Sullivan’s Bar after the Div 1B League Playoff game. The numbers drawn were 11, 15, 24 & 29. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

AGM
The Committee of Newport Town AFC wish to advise that the Annual General Meeting of Newport Town AFC takes place on Saturday, June 8 in the Derryleigh Park Clubhouse commencing at 8.30pm. All junior players, managers/coaches, parents/guardians of schoolboy/schoolgirl players and club supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Proposals for discussion items and/or motions to be put to the AGM on the night should be submitted in writing to Ailbe Coffey, Hon. Club Secretary, Newport Town AFC, Main Street, Newport, Co. Tipperary and/or by e-mail to secretary@newporttownafc.com no later than Thursday, May 30. Persons interested in becoming new Committee members or willing to lend a hand in any capacity on or off the field, should contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey or any current Committee member as soon as possible. Please try and attend as this is your club and your voice is very important. We hope to see a large attendance.

Communion
The soccer club would like to extend best wishes to all the boys & girls making their Communion in Newport next Saturday. We hope you all have a lovely day with your family & friends.

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.