U17, Div 2, Charleville 4-2 Newport Town AFC

Sunday, August 20 2017 (Charleville)

Scorers: Jack Noble & Devon Ryan

Minus a couple of players, Newport travelled to Charleville for their secondleague fixture of the season, in what was always going to be a tough game as the home team had won the County League last season. Despite the heavy rain overnight and the morning, the pitchwas in absolutely immaculate condition, which invoted both teams to play the ball on the deck.

The first 15 minutes was an even contest with both sides probing. However it was Charleville who broke the deadlock in the 18th minute and they then doubled their lead in the 30th minute. This Newport team is a brand new side and the players are only getting used to playing with one another but they worked a lovely free kick in the 37th minute when Colin Coleman took a quick free kick in the middle of the park and passed to left full-back, Brendan McMahon who had overlapped on the wing and his pin-point cross was bravely headed to the net by Jack Noble under fierce pressure from the big keeper. 2-1 at half-time and Newport were right back in the game.
Unfortunately in the 52nd minute, some sloppy defending when we had the chance to clear our lines allowed the Cork side to extend their lead, which they then built on in the 70th minute to make it 4-1, which wasn’t a true reflection on the game. Once again Newport dup deep and with 13 minutes remaining Devon Ryan scored to give us hope. Try as they might, the lads couldn’t get another, which would have made for an exciting finish to the game.

Next up for the lads is another tough game at home to Corbally on Thursday. However hopefully with a full panel to choose from the lads will be anxious to get another three points on the board.

Match squad: Josh White, Sean Freeney, Brendan McMahon, Robert Duggan, Colin Coleman, Jack Noble, Devon Ryan, John Ryan Rose, Ciaran Flynn, Cian O’Connell, Colm Carey, Sean O’Brien & Chris Carmody.