Derryleigh Diary September 16 2019

Unfortunately, all three junior games clashed on Sunday afternoon. For the A team, it was a local derby in Premier A, when 5th placed Newport welcomed 2nd placed Murroe to Derryleigh Park. Before kick-off Newport were 4 points behind Murroe with both having played 7 games. Newport made a lie of the league positions by putting in a great display to win 3-0 with goals from Davy Ryan, Jimmy Fyfe & Brian O’Sullivan. Another satisfying aspect of the game was a solid defensive effort to keep a clean sheet, only Newport’s second of the season.

The Bs travelled to Knockalisheen to play Parkville in Div 1B on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, it was the home side that won on a 4-1 scoreline. Kalem Harte scored the Newport goal from the penalty spot. Nathan Hartigan also scored from the penalty spot earlier in the game, which would have levelled the score at 1-1 but the goal was disallowed due to the official’s interpretation of the rules that left both the Newport & Parkville players & management puzzled. Again the scoreline was harsh on the lads but that’s football.

The Cs, badly in need of some points, travelled to Nenagh to play their fellow Tipp side in Div 3A and deservedly got their first point of the season with a good 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Wayne Collins & Brendan McMahon. Hopefully this will now give the lads the badly needed boost to kick on.

Next weekend is Munster Junior Cup first round, so only the A team are in action on Sunday morning at 11.00am, when they welcome Hill Celtic to Derryleigh Park. All support welcome.

FAI Junior Cup & Munster Junior Cup Draws
The draw has been made for the FAI Junior Cup. Newport have been drawn away to fellow Premier A side, Corbally United AFC. Following on from last year’s big adventure, when we made it to the last 32, we’re hoping that we can go on another good cup run. However, an away trip to Athlunkard is always a difficult assignment. Game is scheduled to be played on or before September 29.

Newport have been drawn at home to fellow Premier A side, Hill Celtic in round 1 of the Munster Junior Cup, with the game scheduled for next Sunday morning at 11.00am. The winner will be away to the winners of Charleville / Moyross in round 2.

Well done to our U15 (2005) schoolboys who advanced to the next round of the National Cup following an excellent 6-0 win away to Carew Park on Saturday morning. This was a super performance from all the lads. The scorers were Conor Brett (2), Adam Melickichi, David Healy, Aaron Coleman & Nathan Bridgeman. Newport will be away to the winners of Fairview & Tralee Dynamos in the next round.

On Sunday, the U13 (2007) side welcomed Tralee Dynamos to Derryleigh Park in the National Cup. Unfortunately, the well-drilled Kerry side were much too strong for a plucky Newport side and it’s Tralee who advance to the next round. Thanks to all the parents who helped out in providing post-match refreshments for both sets of players and supporters.

Earlier in the week, in the last of the evening games, the U14A beat Aisling Annacotty B on a 3-0 scoreline with goals from Calum O’Connell (2) & Conor Brett. The U12s lost 4-2 away to Granville and the Newport scorers were Harry Lee & Seán Wren.

On Saturday morning in a sun-drenched Derryleigh Park, both our U11 sides were in non-competitive action when the Reds played Aisling Annacotty and the Browns played Shelbourne. Both games were high-scoring games with lots of excitement and all players playing out of their skin. There were some cracking goals scored and there are definitely some future superstars in the making.

Next Saturday’s fixtures include some big National Cup games for our U12 (2008), U14 (2006) & U16 (2004) sides. The fixtures are U7 Red Group, Newport Town AFC v Corbally Utd, 9.45am (Derryleigh Park), U12 (2008) National Cup, Killavilla Utd v Newport Town AFC, 4.00pm (Villa Park), U14 (2006) National Cup, Newport Town AFC v Broadford Utd, 11.00am (Derryleigh Park), U16 (2004) National Cup, Newport Town AFC v Newmarket Celtic, 11.00am (Derryleigh Park), U10 Browns, Newport Town AFC Browns v Caherconlish, 1.00pm (Derryleigh Park) & U10 Blues, Newport Town AFC Blues v Bridge Celtic, 2.00pm (Derryleigh Park). All support is very welcome.

The U13s welcomed Killavilla to Derryleigh on Saturday and it was the visitors who scored the only goal of the game to take 3 points on offer, despite a very good performance from the Newport girls.

The U15s travelled to Borrisokane and put in a brilliant display to win the game on a 5-0 scoreline. The management were absolutely delighted with the performance and the attitude shown by the girls. The Newport scorers were Grainne Power 2, Amelia Healy, Emily Hurley & Aoife Mellerick.

The final girls’ fixture on Saturday was the U18 game against Ballymackey. Unfortunately the visitors proved too strong for Newport and recorded a 5-3 victory. This Newport side consists of a number of players playing well above their age but despite the loss they will have learnt a lot and will take this into the next game. On the scoresheet for Newport were Chelsea King 2 & Abbie Lenihan.

The U14s are the only schoolgirl side in action next Saturday when they play Ballymackey in Derryleigh Park with a 2pm kick-off.

Shauna Pearson selected for Munster U15 Squad
Massive congratulations to our schoolgirl player, Shana Pearson, who’s been selected on the 17 player U15 squad to represent Munster in the 2019 Inter-Provincial Tournament taking place in November. This is a huge honour for Shauna, her family, our club, her coaches & team-mates. Fully deserved recognition for a top-class and hard-working player with a great attitude.

Thanks to all our schoolboy & schoolgirl players who registered for club membership at our registration evenings over the past few weeks. All players must be registered before taking part in training or playing games for insurance purposes, so please contact your team manager or any committee member to complete your membership if you haven’t done so already.

Last One Standing started at the weekend
Thanks to the 149 players who entered our Last One Standing competition, which started at the weekend. All of the players were in with a chance of winning the €500 first prize but after round 1, 58 players were eliminated with Man City & Arsenal causing most of the damage and now only 91 players remain standing. The round 1 team picks were, Liverpool (65), Man City (27), Spurs (22), Arsenal (11), Villa (5), Sheffield Utd (4), Leicester (3), Chelsea (2), West Ham (2), Everton (2), Wolves (2), Brighton (1), Burnley (1), Man Utd (1) & Southampton (1). Round 2 picks must be sent in by 9pm Thursday.

There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €7,050 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, September 14 in Gleeson’s. The numbers drawn were 1, 11, 19 & 25. Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.

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.