Saturday, October 7 2017 (Bridgetown)
Scorers: Conor Brett, Alex O’Toole & O.G.
Newport Town travelled to top of the table Bridge Celtic on Saturday morning facing a team with a 100% record in the league to date. Newport produced their best performance of the year to come away with a vital win.
The first 10 minutes were nip and tuck and Newport had to defend a number of early corners as Bridge applied some early pressure. However Newport slowly got a foothold in the game. David Healy was sitting in front of the back four and helped Newport get a foothold in the game. Conor Brett and Aaron Coleman in midfield started to get on the ball with Ryan O’Keefe and Sean Reddington providing width on the flanks and both playing balls in behind the defense for Alex O’Toole to latch on to. There were a couple of half chances but the opening goal came from pressure been applied to the back four by a number of Newport players which led to a corner. Alex O’Toole whipped in the Corner and Newport challenged and the ball hit one of the Bridge defenders and went into the net to put Newport 1 up. Newport then switched off and let Bridge back in the came almost immediately from the kick off. Half time score was 1-1.
The lads felt they had more to give in the second half and there was an opportunity to get the win. In defense Jack Ryan, Daire Cantillon Ciaran Carey, Conor Jones and Joey Lillis were on top on the Bridge Attack which provided a platform for the second half. Mark Forde made a few good saves when Bridge did get in behind. Newport dominated possession in the second half and created a number of chances. Alex O’Toole was unlucky with one error Michael Gibson and Conor Brett also had a few half chances. The breakthrough came when Conor Brett picked the ball up outside the box and finished to the net. Newport survived a few scares but were also creating a few more chances with David Healy going close with a header from a corner and Ryan Madden also had a half chance from inside the box. Newport settled the tie when Aaron Coleman won a free kick 30 yards out. Alex O’Toole took the free and hit a great shot into the corner of the net.
This was a great performance from the squad and sets the platform for the team to kick on after a slow start to the season.
Newport Squad – Mark Forde, Conor Jones, Joey Lillis, Daire Cantillon, Jack Ryan, David Healy, Aaron Coleman (c), Conor Brett, Ryan O’Keefe, Sean Reddington, Alex O’Toole, Michael Gibson, Ryan Madden, Ciaran Carey.