Derryleigh Diary – September 30 2018

The A team maintained their excellent run of form, with a solid 6-0 defeat of Geraldines B on Sunday afternoon in Derryleigh Park. The win, moved Newport to the top of Div 1B on 22 points after 9 games, one point ahead of second placed Kilfrush and two ahead of third placed Geraldines B. Prior to the game, the visitors had an unbeaten record but on the day they came up against a determined Newport side who commanded the game throughout. Christy O’Connor opened the scoring with a strong header from a corner swung in by Kalem Harte in the 10th minute. Just 2 minutes later, Geraldines had a great chance to equalise but their player blasted over from close range. Newport extended their lead in the 13th minute when Elliott Slattery fired home a super free-kick, which have the keeper no chance. Newport dominated the first half and had good chances from Mark McGuire, who saw his shot go just wide after a scintilating run and on the stroke of half-time, Kalem Harte will feel that he should have scored when his shot was fired over the bar after getting on the end of good cross from Captain, Brian O’Sullivan. 2-0 up at half-time and in truth, the lead should have been more.

On the hour mark, James Lynch was in the right place at the right home to fire home, when Brian O’Sullivan’s shot was only parried by the Geraldine’s keeper. The captain finally got on the score-sheet in the 75th minute when he calmly converted a penalty. He then doubled his tally in the 82nd minute when he coolly chipped the keeper to give Newport a 5-0 lead. The captain has found his goal-scoring form after a hat-trick last week and a brace today. The scoring was wrapped up in the final minute when substitute, Nathan Hartigan, fresh from scoring 2 goals for the B team in the morning game was able to walk the ball into the net unopposed. A 6-0 win, good team performance, a strong clean-sheet and all 3 points to move them to top of the league. Job done and a good day’s work. 11 games played in all competitions to date with 9 wins, 1 draw and just 1 defeat. Team Manager, Marc Barry can be very content with the good start to the season but he will know that there are lots of challenges ahead and complacency will not be allowed under any circumstance. The squad is a good blend of youth & experience, playing a nice brand of football fully deserving of support and it would be great to see large crowds in Derryleigh to get behind the lads in the coming games. Next up is the tough task of an away game to Premier outfit, Geraldines A, in the second round of the Munster Junior Cup next Sunday at 10.30am in Garryowen.

The Sunday morning fixture in Derryleigh saw the Bs play Mungret Regional. The B team were in third place just one point off the leaders before the game and Mungret were just 1 point behind in 4th place so a tight game was expected. Unfortunately, Newport lost the game on a 5-2 scoreline and did not play as well as they can and conceded some soft goals. Once again, it was a youthful Newport side, with three U18 players in the squad. Mungret opened a 2 goal lead early in the first half but Newport fought back through 2 goals from in-form Nathan Hartigan, the first of which was a brilliant volley and the second a penalty after Colin Coleman was brought down. At this stage, Newport were back in the game and Tristan O’Sullivan was unlucky to see his free-kick crash off the cross-bar. However after that, it was Mungret Regional who scored three goals without reply and took all three points on offer. Newport now lie in fourth place after 7 games. Next up for the B team is a visit to Bateman Park to play Ballynanty in the league next Sunday at 2pm.

Next Sunday sees the U18s take on Premier side, Mungret Regional, in the second round of the Munster Youth Cup in Derryleigh Park at 2pm. The C team will also be in action in Derryleigh at the same time, when they play Coonagh in the league.

Both our U16 sides recorded two great wins. In the Premier League, the A team beat Caherdavin Celtic 3-0 with goals from Jay Ryan, Daniel Egan & Jack Ryan. Meanwhile, the B team continued their 100% start to the season with an excellent 2-1 win at home to Aisling Annacotty B with goals from the two Lukes, Ryan & Hamilton, which sees them top Div 2.

Not to be oudone, both our U14 sides also won their games. The A team kept up their 100% record and stay top of Div 1, with a 5-2 win over Bridge Celtic with a hat-trick from Conor Brett and a double from Alex O’Toole. The B team made it 4 wins from 4 games and also lead their division following a 4-0 win away to Shelbourne with goals from Conor O’Brien 2, Conor Gavin & Adam O’Connell.

Unfortunately the U12B team suffered a defeat against a very good Carew Park side. However in fairness to the players, they kept battling to the very end.

Our U8 & U10 sides were also in non-competitive action. The U8s welcomed Aisling Annacotty to Derryleigh Park and the U10 team travelled to play Lisnagry. By all accounts both games were cracking matches, full of excitement and some great goals. All the Newport players did brilliantly and all their hard work in training is definitely paying off. Well done.

Next weekend is an odds weekend with games scheduled for the U9, U11, U13 & U15s. U9 1 are home to Aisling Annacotty (9.45am), U9 2 are away to Shelbourne (9.45am), U11 1 are home to Geraldines (11am), U11 2 are home to Lisnagry (12.30pm), U13B are home to Moyross (2pm), U15A are away to Regional (2pm), while the highlight of the weekend is the U13 National Cup, Round 2 game, when Newport travel to play Avenue Utd in Ennis at 1pm.

Our U15 & U18 girls were both in action and unfortunately both suffered defeats. The U15s lost 3-0 at home to Killavilla, while the U18s lost 3-1 away to Nenagh, with Kaitlyn Bradshaw on the scoresheet.

Next Saturday the U17s are away to Birdhill at 12pm and the U12 girls are home to Killavilla at 10am.

Following on from their great win in Round 1 of the National Cup, the U18 girls have been drawn at home to Limerick side Regional Utd in Round 2, with the game to be played on or before October 14

Calorie Kickers
Our Calorie Kickers continue to kick off those pounds every Wednesday from 7 to 8pm in our Derryleigh Clubhouse. New Kickers are welcome cost is €5 joining fee and €3 a week weigh in.

Last Man Standing Round 7
With just 19 players still standing before round 7, the picks were in. Spurs were the most popular choice with 8 players pinning their hopes on them beating Huddersfield away. The other picks were Everton (5), Bournemouth (2), Wolves (2), Burnley (1) & Leicester (1). At the time of writing on Sunday evening, every player had made it through to round 8, with 2 players awaiting the result of the Bournemouth game on Monday evening. As the weeks go by, it’s getting more difficult for the remaining players to make their selections.

There was no winner of the club’s lotto on Saturday, September 29 and this week’s jackpot is €4,500 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, October 6 in McGrath’s Bar. The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 15 & 18. Thanks as always to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.