Derryleigh Diary – November 18 2018

Our U17s were the only junior side in action at the weekend when they travelled to play Swords Celtic (Dublin) in the last 32 of the FAI National Cup. Despite being 4-1 down after 24 minutes, Newport staged an incredible away comeback to score a stoppage time equaliser to make it 4-4 and bring the game into extra-time. Newport were well on top in extra-time but couldn’t find the elusive winner and the game went into the dreaded penalty-shootout. Unfortunately Swords won the tie 5-4 on pens. The lads showed great fighting spirit to stage the comeback and almost win it in ET. We are all very proud of your efforts. The Newport scorers were Jack Ryan (2), Johnny Ryan & Jack O’Carroll.

Newport have been drawn at home to Carbury Football Club in Round 5 (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup. The game is likely to be played on the afternoon of Sunday, December 2. Carbury FC are located in Sligo Town and play in the Sligo Leitrim District. They are current league leaders of the Super League and reigning league champions. Last weekend they set a new club record of 15 Consecutive wins in all competitions, so they will be full of confidence travelling down to Derryleigh Park. We look forward to welcoming the Carbury squad, management & supporters to Newport. This is going to be a massive day for our club & community and we look forward to the big game in Derryleigh Park and playing in front of a large & vocal home crowd.

Well done to our Youth players, Darren Collins & Jack Noble, who both played on the Limerick District League U18 side who defeated the Clare League 3-0 in a friendly last week. The lads played very well and played their parts at Centre-half and left back in keeping a clean-sheet.

A great result for the St. Marys’ Secondary School, Newport U17 boys soccer team who had a decisive 6-0 victory over St Patrick’s Comp Shannon in the quarter-final of the Munster Junior trophy. Jake Dillon opened the scoring with an excellent free kick. Jay Ryan scored 4 goals & Jack O’Carroll added another. The lads now play St Declan’s Kilmacthomas for a place in the Munster Final.

Next Sunday, the Junior A side warm-up for their FAI Junior Cup with a top of the table league clash away to Kilfrush at 11am. Newport are currently 2 points behind Kilfrush but we have a game-in-hand so this has all the makings of a great game.

The C team play Lisnagry and the U17s play Aisling Annacotty. Both are league games taking place in Derryleigh Park and both games kick-off at 2.15pm.

The U15A side wrapped up their short season when they welcomed Fairview Rangers to Derryleigh Park. The visitors were hoping to wrap up the league title but Newport put in a great performance and really put it up to them. Unfortunately Newport lost 3-1 and Fairview received their league medals from Ailbe Coffey of the LDSL. The lads will now re-group over the next 2 months and come back stronger for the new Calendar season starting in February.

Both U13 sides also ended their short season. The As drew 1-1 away to Bridge Celtic thanks to a James Moloney goal. The Bs finished off the season in style with a great 2-0 win over Caherconlish with both goals coming from Conor O’Brien. Thanks to their coaches Dave Grant & Joe O’Brien for their continued time & effort with this super bunch of lads, it’s very much appreciated. Well done everyone.

Both U9 sides were in action against Annacotty (home) and Regional (away). We had 33 players over the two fixtures which was a great turn out. Well done to the coaches Seamus Bridgeman & Gerard Byrne for looking after the players so well and putting in so much time with them. Big thanks also to John Landers & Alan Kelly who helped out with the teams over last few games. Great stuff everyone.

Nest Saturday, the U16B side know that a draw will be enough to secure the league title, when they travel to play Aisling Annacotty B. However an Aisling win will see both sides have to playoff for the title. The game kicks-off in Annacotty at 11am. Meanwhile, the U16A side wrap up their campaign with an away fixture in Mungret Regional. A win could possibly see the lads in a league playoff, depending on other results, and at worst second place in the Limerick Premier League.

Both U12 sides are in action. The As are away to Corbally and the Bs are away to Mungret Regional. Both games are at 11am. The U10 Group 3 side are home to Aisling Annacotty at 11am. Both U7 sides are also in action. Group 1 are away to Regional and Group 3 are home to Caherconlish, both at 9.45am.

The U17 girls fought hard for a well-earned point away to unbeaten BT Harps in an entertaining 1-1 draw. Kaitlyn Bradshaw scoring the Newport goal, which keeps Newport in second place but still 6 points behind BT Harps. The U14s recorded an excellent 3-0 win away to Killavilla to maintain top place in the league. Shauna Pearson was the hat-trick hero. Unfortunately the U12 girls lost 5-0 at home to a very strong Ballymackey side.

Congrats to our players who have been selected on the NTSFL Emerging Talent Programmes. Further evidence of the continued growth & strength of schoolgirl football in our club and the great work being done by our coaches. Well done girls. U12 – Aoibhinn McNamara, Emma Sweeney & Abagail Hickey. U15 – Abbie Lenihan, Chelsea King, Robyn McNamara & Shauna Pearson.

Well done to Abbie Lenihan who was part of the Munster U15 Schoolgirls Soccer squad who took part in last weekend’s Inter-Provincial tournament in Dublin. Keeping the NTAFC flag flying high. Unfortunately Munster lost 2-0 to Leinster in the final.

Next Saturday, the U18 girls are home to Lough Derg (2.00pm), U15 are away to Birdhill (10.00am) and U13s are home to Killavilla (12.30pm).

Without reservation, Newport Town AFC absolutely condemns the alleged cowardly attack on a referee in the midlands recently and wish him a full & speedy recovery. This type of incident is completely unacceptable and thankfully is a very isolated incident amongst the thousands of grassroots games that take place up & down the country every weekend. It is part of the policy of Newport Town AFC to not only develop footballers but also develop people. All players & coaches are reminded that when representing our club and themselves they should do it with the utmost respect, treating opponents, match officials and spectators as they would wish to be treated themselves. The club also implements strict guidelines for players/parents/spectators at our training sessions and games at Derryleigh Park and when travelling to away games. We would ask everyone to please re-familiarise themselves with our playing policies and guidelines available on our website

Calorie Kickers
By popular demand we are delighted that our Calorie Kickers will continue until mid-December so why not come up 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.

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 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 (with turkey & ham), 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Thanks in advance for your support.

FAI National Draw
Thanks to everyone who entered the FAI National Draw with NTAFC. All the draw tickets have been sent to HQ and the main national draw will take place on November 21 in the Aviva Stadium. Before we sent off the tickets a local club draw was held for everyone who bought a ticket from NTAFC. Well done to Edelle Barry who was won 2 Premium International match tickets for a home Ireland game in 2019.

There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 17 and this week’s jackpot is €4,850 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 24 in Ryan’s. The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 16 & 26. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.