Derryleigh Diary – November 25 2018

The Junior A side suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat away to league leaders Kilfrush on Sunday morning in a top-of-the-table league clash. Missing some regulars, Newport knew this was going to a tough game and so it proved to be. Newport started well and Elliott Slattery was denied a goal from a 25 yard-free kick when the Kilrush keeper did very well to tip the ball over the bar. The first half was a very close affair with both sides cancelling each other out and neither creating any real clear-cut chances. The game remained scoreless up to half-time.

In the 55th minute, Jimmy Fyffe in the Newport goal pulled-off a spectacular save from a shot that was destined for the top-corner. Just 1 minute later Newport opened the scoring when Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan picked up a loose ball and from 30 yards out, drilled a low strike which beat the keeper low to his right. Definitely a contender for goal of the season. This goal sparked Kilfrush into life and in the 63rd minute, their player latched onto a cross into the box, when left unopposed at the backpost and despite Jimmy Fyffe’s best efforts, he slid the ball under the keeper to level the game.

Just 5 minutes later, Kilfrush took the lead when Newport failed to deal with another ball into the box. The home side then began to exert more pressure on the Newport rear-guard and ensured the 3 points would be theirs when they scored their third in the 87th minute to make it 3-1 and despite Newport’s best efforts we were unable to pull a goal back.

This defeat leaves Newport 5 points behind Kilfrush but we have a game-in-hand with half the games played so lots of football to be played and lots of twists & turns before the season is over.

The U17s recorded an excellent 4-3 home win over league leaders Aisling Annacotty in a cracking encounter. The game was nip & tuck with the lead exchanging hands during the game. Jay Ryan was the hat-trick hero and it was his crucial goal late in the game that gave Newport their first league win of the season. Karl Kelly was the other Newport scorer.

Unfortunately the C team suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of close neighbours Lisnagry in Div 4 on Sunday afternoon. Newport were 3-0 down after 15 minutes but two Kieran O’Keeffe goals closed the gap to 3-2 and it was game on. However it was Lisnagry who scored two further 2 goals to run-out 5-2 winners.

Next Sunday the Junior B side welcome Caherdavin Celtic to Derryleigh Park on Sunday morning at 11am.

FAI Junior Cup
The big game of the weekend is the visit of Carbury FC (Sligo) to Derryleigh Park in the fifth round (last 64) of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday afternoon with a 2pm kick-off. Carbury FC are the reigning Super League Champions in the Sligo/Leitrim District League and the current Connacht Cup holders. We find ourselves in unknown territory, as it’s the first time in our 48-year history to make it to the out-of-town stages of the FAI Junior Cup. Manager, Marc Barry, has assembled a squad combining a nice blend of experience & youth and everyone in the club is really looking to the biggest game to take place in Derryleigh Park to date. Despite being the underdogs the lads will be fully up for this game and are hoping to cause a cup upset. We are looking forward to seeing a big home support on the day and encourage everyone to come along to get behind the lads and give our visitors a real Newport welcome. Thanks to Mulcair Credit Union, who have kindly sponsored the match ball for the game. Win, lose or draw, we hope to see everyone back in O’Sullivan’s Bar for some post-match analysis.

Well done to our U16B schoolboy side, under the management of Francis Merrigan, Jamie Kennedy & Tim Coffey, who secured the Div 2 League Title last Saturday, following a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Aisling Annacotty B thanks to a 2 goal salvo from Johnny Ryan. Newport won all 6 of their games played in the shortened season, scoring 24 goals and only conceding 6. 17 of those goals came from the J&L Ryan strike-force. Johnny with 11 and Luke 6. Well done to every player in this large squad who contributed to the success and a special word of thanks to their dedicated coaches who have helped transform this team this season.

Unfortunately the U16A side lost 1-0 away to Mungret Regional and that defeat ended their slim hopes of winning the league. Both U16 sides are now finished until the new calandar season begins in February.

Well done to our U14A side who beat Caherdavin 4-0. However hard luck also, as they finished just 1 point behind the league winners Regional. The lads have showed lots of promise for the next season beginning in February. Scorers today were Conor Brett (3) & Aaron Coleman.

Unfortunately both our U12 sides suffered away defeats. The A team lost 1-0 away to Corbally, while the Bs lost 4-2 away to a strong Mungret Regional with Cathal McNamara scoring both Newport goals.

The U10 Group 3 side were the last schoolboy side in action and put in an excellent performance against Aisling Annacotty to wrap up their short season.

Most schoolboy sides are now finished for the short season and can look forward to the winter break. However the U7 sides are in action in Derryleigh next Saturday at 9.45am. In Group 1, Newport play Granville Rangers and in Group 3 we play Lisnagry.

The U18s recorded an excellent 6-1 win at home to Lough Derg with Abbie Lenihan & Kaitlyn Bradshaw scoring hat-tricks in a very impressive performance. Earlier that day, Abbie Lenihan was also on the mark when scoring once in Newport’s 4-1 win away to Birdhill. The other scorers were Carragh Flynn (2) & Emily Hurley. Unfortunately the U13 girls lost 5-0 away to Killavilla.

Next Saturday, the U17 girls are home to Birdhill (2.00pm), U14 are away to Knigh (12.00pm) and U12s are away to Holycross (10.00am). The U10s are in a blitz in Holycross at 2pm.

Xmas Raffle
The club’s popular Xmas Raffle will take place in O’Sullivan’s Bar on Saturday, December 15. This promises to be a great night out with live music & spot prizes. 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.

Calorie Kickers
Calorie Kickers will continue until mid-December, breaking for Christmas and resuming in January. Why not come up to Newport Town AFC Clubhouse on Wednesday evenings between 6.45 and 7.45pm? Cost is just €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, November 24 and this week’s jackpot is €4,900 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, December 1 in Lee’s. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 11 & 23. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.