Derryleigh Diary – October 21 2018

The A team progressed through to round 4 of the FAI Junior Cup with a comfortable and well-deserved 5-2 victory against Patrickswell on Sunday morning in Derryleigh Park. A first-half hat-trick from Davy Ryan and second half goals from Kalem Harte & Christy Doyle ensured Newport’s safe passage to round 4.

On paper, Newport were warm favourites going into the game as they currently top Div 1B and their opposition are in the bottom half of the division below. However anything can happen in cup football and form goes out the window. Within one minute of the kick-off Newport were sent an early warning when the home keeper, Brendan Coffey did well to touch a long-range effort onto the post and deny the visitors an early lead. Thankful of the early let-off, Newport took the lead in the seventh minute when Davy Ryan did well to get on the end of a cross from the right win and fired home from inside the penalty box.

The next twenty minutes were 50-50 with neither side really asserting their game on the opposition. In the 26th minute, Patrickswell were awarded a penalty when their player was deemed to have been taken down in the box when moving away from goal. Maybe a harsh decision but the ref had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Despite Brendan Coffey doing well to get a hand to the spot-kick, the power of the shot was too much to stop the ball hitting the back of the net.

Newport realised they were in a game and began to up the tempo and two quick goals in the 34th and 36th minutes gave Newport a 3-1 lead. Both goals were identical. Darren Collins firing in a long-range shot which the keeper could only parry and on both occasions, Davy Ryan was in the right place to capitalise on the loose ball. Newport took this lead into the half-time break.

Newport made some changes in the second half and one of them paid off, when substitute Kalem Harte scored a cheeky lob from inside the box on the hour mark to make it 4-1. Just 5 minutes later, Christy Doyle scored a trademark headed goal when he latched onto a cross from Kalem Harte. 5-1 and the game was safe.

Newport took the foot off the pedal as the whistle final approached and Patrickswell scored a late consolation goal in the 88th minute to leave the final result 5-2 in Newport’s favour.

This probably wasn’t Newport’s best performance of the season but in cup football, it’s the result that’s all-important. Round 4 is still the local stage of the blue riband of Junior football and Newport will be hoping for a favourable draw when their name is pulled from the hat in FAI HQ in the next week or two.

The only other junior side in action were the C team and they were unlucky to lose 1-0 away to Parkville on Sunday afternoon. The performances are improving and it’s only a matter of time before they can turn the corner in what’s been a difficult season to date.

Next weekend is unusual as none of our junior sides have games scheduled, so the players can look forward to a nice leisurely bank holiday weekend.

Limerick District League U18 Youth Squad:
Massive congrats to our players Darren Collins & Jack Noble who have been included in the Limerick League U18 Youth Squad. Their first game is next Friday at home to the Galway League. Well done lads. A great achievement for you, your families, your team-mates and our club. Best of luck.

Our U13 A & B sides were the only competitive schoolboy sides in action at the weekend. The A side drew 3-3 away to Summerville but were very unlucky not to take all 3 points on offer, as it took a last minute equaliser to deny Newport the win. Meanwhile the B’s lost 4-1 away to a strong Pike Rovers side. Despite being on level terms at 1-1 with 10 minutes to go, the home side scored three late goals to distort the scoreline. However this was a fine Newport performance and the lads can hold their heads high.

Our two U9 sides and two U11 sides were in non-competitive action. U9s were The U11s were home to Regional and away to Shelbourne Park. All sides were involved in very exciting games that provided all the supporters with some super entertainment and no shortage of great skill & determination from all players. The training that the players are doing can really be seen on the pitches during the matches with improvements in every game. The future is bright. Well done everyone.

Next Saturday is the evens age groups. The U8s are home to Caherconlish and away to Pike Rovers (9.45am). The U10s are home to Pike and away to Bridge Celtic (both at 11am) and the U12B team are home to Corbally (12.30pm). On Bank Holiday Monday, U11 (2) are away to Caherconlish (12pm) and the U13A are home to Granville (12pm).

The U12, U14 & U17 girls were all in action, with Lough Derg the opposition in all three fixtures. The games went 2-1 in the favour of Newport. The U17 girls won 6-2 in Derryleigh Park on Saturday afternoon. This was an excellent performance from the girls. Chelsea King enjoyed her day at the office as she scored a hat-trick and Kaitlyn Bradshaw, Ava Shinners & Rachel Carey also pitched in with a goal apiece.

Earlier that day, the U14s recorded a comfortable 6-1 win at home with Aoife Mellerick scoring a hat-trick and Emily Hurley, Amelia Healy & Eryn Kennedy also getting on the score-sheet.

Unfortunately the U12s went down 5-0 to a very good Lough Derg side in Clarisford Park.

Next Saturday, the U13s are home to Shinrone (12.15pm) and the U18s are away to Lough Derg (12.30pm).

FAI National Draw
Newport Town AFC is participating in the FAI National Draw. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for our club with some great prizes on offer. Tickets are just €10 and are available from any Committee member, team manager, at the Derryleigh Dugout Club shop on Saturdays or in O’Sullivan’s Bar. One ticket gets you entry into three separate raffles – a club only draw, a regional draw and a national draw with incredible prizes. Prizes include; 4 x Ford Fiesta Cars, Trips to the Champions League Final, Premier League game, Away Ireland International & a Weekend in Copenhagen, 1 year’s electricity, Hotel breaks, Corporate Box for 12 at the Aviva, match tickets, various vouchers and lots more. So make sure to buy your ticket soon as entry closes in early November. Thanks for your support.

Bag Packing Volunteers Needed:
We have very kindly been offered bag packing slots in Dunnes Stores, Childers Road on Friday, November 2 from 10am to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to raise some vital funds. Anyone over 16 can help. Ideally, we would like volunteers to fill two-hour slots. All volunteers will be entered a draw for a voucher. Please text or call Jenny (086 8390949) or Aine (087 6579128). Please specify what time suits and, how much time you can help us out with. We really would appreciate your help. Please spread the word. Two hours of your time could make all the difference.

Pop-Up Shop:
Breda Lenihan is going to run a Pop-Up Shop in Derryleigh Park, Newport Town AFC on Saturday, November 10 from 10.00am to 2.30pm. We all have items cluttering up the attic, garage & shed that could be put to great use in someone else’s home. So if you have any item you would like to donate that we can sell (ornaments, pictures, books, music, toys etc. in good saleable condition), please drop to the clubhouse on Saturday mornings up to November 3 between 10am to 1pm. Please only donate goods that are of saleable condition. Your support on the day would be much appreciated also. All proceeds will go to the Soccer Club. Any queries, please contact Breda Lenihan on 085 1428735.

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:
Just 7 players remained from the original 167 entrants as we entered Round 9 last weekend. By Sunday evening only the 3 players who had selected Everton now remain in with a chance to win €500 due to the failure of Bournemouth, Wolves & West Ham to win their games. Who from Denise O’Sullivan, Finn Chambers & Robbie Bailey will be the last one standing?

There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, October 20 and this week’s jackpot is €4,650 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 27. The numbers drawn were 2, 8, 13 & 30. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.