U17, Div 2, Newport Town AFC 4 – 3 Kilfrush

Wednesday, August 16 2017 (Derryleigh Park)

Scorers: Devon Ryan (3) & Ciaran Flynn

Newport U17’s got their league campaign off to a good start with a 4-3 win at home to Kilfrush. However it was a real get out of jail game as despite leading 4-0 at half-time, the concession of 3 second half goals led to a very nervy & exciting finish and it needed a penalty save late-on from the Newport keeper, Josh White, to ensure that the home side collected all 3 points on offer.

This is a brand new side with a lot of new players making their competitive debut for the club. However it took just 50 seconds of the new season for them to combine well to open the scoring. Devon Ryan timed his run perfectly to latch on to a super diagonal ball from Jack Noble and coolly lobbed the keeper to make it 1-0. Devon then scored his second in the 26th minute and at this stage Newport had settled well into the game and all the debutants were playing their part. In the 32nd minute, another new signing, Ciaran Flynn, let fly from 30 yards out and his shot was rifled to the top tight corner, giving the keeper no chance. Devon Ryan then was on hand to round off his first half hat-trick and a very good debut, when he got on the end of a low drilled cross from the left by the impressive Jack Foley. 4-0 at half time.

Changes were made to the side at half-time, with the management conscious of the number of fixtures some of the players will face in the next fortnight. Newport were probably a little guilty of stepping off the gas and invited Kilfrush into the game. In the 50th minute the visitors scored a long range free kick, which gave them encouragement but still looked like they had a mountain to climb. However the wheels came off the Newport wagon in the 80th and 84th minute to make the score 4-3. Then with 2 minutes remaining, it looked they were going to snatch an incredible draw, when they were awarded a penalty for what looked like a very harsh handball. However Josh White guessed the right way and stretched to push the shot away. There were still some nervy moments before the ref finally blew the full-time whistle. Bad for the heart but a win is a win. Next up is a tricky fixture away to Charleville on Sunday afternoon.

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