Junior A, Div 1B, Shelbourne 0-6 Newport Town AFC

Junior A Match Squad v Shelbourne

Tuesday, April 16 2019 (Shelbourne Park)

Scorers: Christy Doyle 2, Peter O’Sullivan, Paul Ryan, Mark McGuire & Jack O’Carroll

Newport faced a midweek away trip to play Shelbourne in the league. In a game that Newport needed to win to keep up the pressure on the top two in the promotion race, we got off to a great start after Peter O’Sullivan got on the end of a corner from his brother Brian and powerfully headed home to open the scoring in the 10th minute. Newport dominated the first half but despite creating some great chances, they didn’t extend their lead until the 35th minute when Paul Ryan picked up a lovely pass from Brian O’Sullivan on the edge of the box and superbly curled the ball to the top corner.

In the 42nd minute, Darren Collins latched on to a loose pass in the middle of the park and expertly played a through ball to Brian O’Sullivan on the left wing, whose cross wasn’t dealt with by the Shels centre-half and Christy Doyle pounced to calmly slot home from close range. On the stroke of half-time, left back Mark McGuire made a surging run from deep into the box and his cross was bundled into the goal by a Shelbourne defender. 4-0 at half-time and Newport were in full control.

Newport continued to pile the pressure on the Shelbourne rearguard in the second half and Christy Doyle scored his second and Newport’s fifth after receiving yet another assist from Brian O’Sullivan and made no mistake in finding the net. The Doyler / Clemy partnership is proving very potent this season and is causing lots of trouble for opposition defences.

Marc Barry was able to unload the bench in the second half and youth player, Jack O’Carroll, scored his first ever A team goal in the 82nd minute when brilliantly getting on to a cross ahead of the Shels keeper to guide the ball home. 6-0 was a fair reflection of a game that Newport controlled from start to finish and earned the 3 points to close the gap on Hill Celtic & Kilfrush. With 4 league games remaining, we now lie just 3 points behind Hill Celtic, same games played and are 6 points behind Kilfrush but we have a game in hand. Both these sides have yet to visit Derryleigh Park and play each other, so the promotion race could go all the way to the wire but we are still in control of our own destiny.

Match Squad: Harry Ryan, Mark McGuire, James Lynch, Christy O’Connor, Elliott Slattery, Paul Ryan, Peter O’Sullivan, Darren Collins, Christy Doyle, Jimmy Fyfe, Brian O’Sullivan (C), Kevin Connolly, Sean Ryan, Nathan Hartigan, Jack Noble, Jack O’Carroll, Ben Wixted, Brendan Coffey