Derryleigh Diary – November 11 2018

It was a historic & memorable day for our club last Sunday, as for the first time in our 48 year history, we are into the out of town stages (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup following the 4-2 win away to Granville. Despite going 2 goals behind in the first 6 minutes, the lads didn’t panic and having brought the game level at 2-2 at half-time, thanks to goals from Christy Doyle & Davy Ryan, Newport dominated the second half and further goals from Christy Doyle & Brian O’Sullivan ensured our safe passage into round 5. All eyes will be on the draw that’s due to take place this week to see if we are home or away and to which of the other 63 teams from all over Ireland that we will face in the next round. Well done to Marc Barry and his squad on this great achievement.

Unfortunately, despite a very good performance against Aisling Annacotty on Sunday afternoon, the U18s bowed out of the FAI National Cup on a 3-1 scoreline. The game was much closer than the scoreline suggests as this was a game where we matched the current Premier League leaders in overall play and if we had been a bit more clinical in front of goal and showed a bit more composure at times, we could have caused an upset. Despite the result, the performance will give the lads great confidence for the league campaign.

A depleted C team travelled out to high-riding Herbertstown in the Open Cup and despite taking the lead, unfortunately came out on the wrong end of a 6-1 scoreline with Wayne Mullen the Newport scorer.

The B team suffered a setback in their league campaign, when losing 2-1 away to Athlunkard Villa B. Stephen O’Carroll was the Newport scorer.

Congrats to the U19 Youths team from St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport who beat St. Clement’s College 4-1 last week in the FAI Schools Munster Senior Cup in Annacotty. Most of the lads play with NTAFC. Another great win. Once again, the deadly duo of Devlin Courtney (3) & Darren Collins were the scorers.

Next Sunday, the U17s are the only team in action, when they make the journey up the M7 to take on Swords Celtic in the third round (last 32) of the FAI National Cup. This is a bit of a journey into the unknown for Ray Ryan & Daire Kennedy’s squad as little is currently known about the Co. Dublin side. However any Dublin side that has made round 3, will usually be a quality team.

The U16A side enjoyed an excellent 3-1 win at home to Fairview Rangers in a thrilling game of football. Eoin McLoughlin with 2 goals and Eoin Guilfoyle were the scorers for Newport.

The U16Bs only need a draw in their final game of the short season to ensure that they finish top of the table thanks to a very good 5-2 win at home to Aisling Annacotty C with goals from Johnny Ryan 2, Luke Ryan 2 & Calum Merrigan. This was the lads 5th win in 5 games. Aisling Annacotty B will be their opposition in the final game and they know that they must beat Newport to finish level at the top of the table.

U14B recorded a 2-2 draw away to Aisling Annacotty C with goals from Conor O’Brien & Adam Power. The U12A side enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win away to Regional Utd in Div 1 with Conor Ryan 2 & Jack Cosgrave on the scoresheet.

Unfortunately due to the heavy rain last Friday, the LDSL called off all U8 games on Saturday morning. However the two U10 games went ahead in Derryleigh Park when we welcomed Aisling Annacotty & Corbally. There was lots of excitement and goals in both games, played in front of very appreciative supporters.

Next Saturday sees the odds age groups in action. The two U9 sides are in action. Group 1 away to Regional and Group 3 at home to Aisling Annacotty, both at 9.45am. U13A are away to Bridgetown and U13B are home to Caherconlish, both at 11am. Finally U15A are home to Fairview at 12.30pm.

Our U18 girls were very unlucky to lose out to Askeaton AFC in the quarter-final of the FAI National Cup in front of a large & enthusiastic crowd in Derryleigh Park on Saturday afternoon.90 minutes and extra time could not separate the teams and the match ended 0-0, so it had be decided on penalties. Unfortunately for our girls we came out the wrong side of the dreaded penalty shootout on a 2-4 score today. The club and community is very proud of the girls who gave their all on Saturday and with a bit of luck it could have been Newport through to a national semi-final. Best of luck to Askeaton in the next round and thanks to everyone who turned up to support the girls.

The U13s welcomed Borrisokane to Derryleigh Park on Saturday morning and ran out winners on a 2-1 scoreline thanks to goals from Lauren Bailey & Sinead O’Riordan. This game was followed by the U15s game against Knigh Utd. This was a real ding-dong battle between two excellent sides and in the end the points were shared as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Sarah Kelly & Aoife Kennedy were the Newport scorers.

Next Saturday, the U17 girls are away to BT Harps (11.30am), U14 are away to Killavilla (2.15pm) and U12s are home to Ballymackey (10.00am).

Pop-Up Shop
Many thanks to everyone who made Mrs. Brown’s Pop-up-Shop such a fundraising success last Saturday in Derryleigh Park. Thanks to everyone who were so generous with their donations to the Bric-a-Brac shop, the bakers who dropped off home-bakes and to the local community and visitors who purchased in great numbers. Special mention to our hard-working Social Committee, who drove this fundraiser and to the volunteers who helped out in the build-up and on the day itself. Lastly, the biggest thanks are reserved for our very own Mrs. Brown aka Breda Lenihan who stole the show on Saturday and worked so hard throughout the day drumming up the sales and entertaining everyone.

Club Gear
We will continue taking Xmas orders this week for official O’Neills club gear. Please drop-up to the Clubhouse on Monday (7-8pm), Tuesday (7-8pm) and on Friday (6-8pm). The brochure and order forms are also available on the club website as well as from team managers and committee members. Please note that we can only accept orders with full payment. Please order this week to ensure delivery for Xmas.

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid December. There is still time to lose a stone if you start making some changes right now. If you are trying to lose weight and are able to stay focused by yourself – that’s great, well done! However if you succeed better with a weekly weighing by another person why not come to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm. Cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing
Congratulations to Finn Chambers who is the outright winner of Last Man Standing thanks to Newcastle’s 2-1 win on Saturday. Hard luck to Robbie Bailey & Denise O’Sullivan who pushed him all the way. Thanks to the 167 entrants who started back in August. We hope to run another Last Man Standing after Xmas.

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, Dec 15. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturdays and pubs, shops & local businesses in the town. Great prizes to be won including 3 large food hampers (wiith turkey & ham), 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Thanks in advance for your support.

There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 10 and this week’s jackpot is €4,800 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 17 in Gleeson’s. The numbers drawn were 10, 12, 17 & 22. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.