The A team closed the gap on league leaders, Moyross, following a great 3-2 comeback win against Cappamore in Derryleigh Park on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Davy Ryan, Brian O’Sullivan & Seán Ryan secured the vital 3 points to keep Newport firmly in the promotion hunt.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute, when their striker received a through ball and calmly rifled his low shot to the far post giving Harry Ryan no chance. Newport had a great chance to level the game just 4 minutes later when Davy Ryan was one-on-one with the keeper but his shot was well saved. Cappamore doubled their lead in the 26th minute with a shot from inside the box. Newport were creating chances but the Cappamore keeper was in inspired form and it looked like it was just going to be one of those days. However, Newport pulled a goal back in the 36th minute, when after a bit of pinball in the box, Davy Ryan latched onto a half-clearance and drilled the ball home from 12 yards out to give the home side hope. The first half ended with Cappamore leading 2-1.
Newport continued to create chances in the second half and deservedly got the equaliser when Brian O’Sullivan picked up a loose ball in the box and slotted home. 12 minutes later, Seán Ryan, who had pushed up from centre-half to midfield, got his head to a pinpoint free-kick from Peter O’Sullivan from the left wing, to give Newport a 3-2 lead. Cappamore had a few half-chances to make it a nervy end to the game but in truth, if Newport had been a bit more clinical in front of goal and the Cappamore net minder hadn’t pulled off some great saves, the score line would have been far more convincing.
Newport, who are on a fine run of form, will now be looking to carry this momentum into next Sunday’s round 5 (last 64) game in the FAI Junior Cup, when they make the journey out to West Limerick to take on Carrig Celtic of the Limerick Desmond League. Carrig are currently in the bottom half of the Desmond League’s Premier Division but they have beaten Rineanna (6-0), Kilcornan (4-3) & Killarney Celtic (3-2) to make it to this stage of the competition, so they are going to be very tough opposition and will probably be the bookies’ favourites to advance to the next round. So far, all Carrig’s games have been at home and with them once again having the comfort of a home draw, Newport can expect to face a real battle if they want to make it to the last 32 for the second season running. Kick-off is at 2pm and with Carrig only being an hour’s drive away, we hope to see a large Newport crowd make the journey to support the lads.
The C team’s recent good run of form continued on Sunday morning when they recorded their fourth successive victory with a 5-2 win at home to Shelbourne in Div 3A. Dave Kennedy with a hat-trick and Wayne Cullen with a brace were the Newport scorers.
Next Sunday’s fixtures. Junior A, FAI Junior Cup (last 64) v Carrig Celtic (Limerick Desmond League, 2pm (Carrigkerry). Junior C, Open Cup v Wembley Rvs, 11am (Rathuard).
No games last weekend as most sides have completed their seasons. Next Saturday, our U15s complete their league fixtures with a trip away to play Aisling Annacotty with a 4pm kick-off.
All scheduled games were called off last weekend due to the poor weather conditions.
Next weekend’s fixtures are U14 Girls v Ballymackey, 11.30am (Ballinree). U16 Girls v Killavilla, 1pm (Villa Park).
New Club App
We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new dedicated ClubZap phone App from Clubify which greatly improves how we can communicate with our players, managers & supporters. Our club app will provide followers with a means of staying up to date on club News/Fixtures/Results with updates delivered directly to our supporters’ phones via real time notifications. We understand that people nowadays expect club news to be delivered to them rather than having to go and find it, so this is why we have decided to introduce the NTAFC club app. The app will also be fully integrated with our social media channels and new look website (coming soon). ClubZap is very easy to install on your Apple (iOS) or Android device (phone/tablet) and the app can be downloaded from Clubifyapp.com/downloadMore details on our Facebook page.
The club’s popular Christmas Raffle will take place in O'Sullivan's Bar and Lounge on Saturday, December 21. This promises to be a great night out with music & spot prizes. You can buy a line for the draw for €2 on the night or from players, managers and committee members. They are also available in the Derryleigh Dugout on Saturdays and pubs, shops & local businesses in the town. Great prizes to be won including 3 large Christmas hampers, 1 fuel hamper and lots of other prizes. Thanks in advance for your support.
The club have launched a newly designed and improved website. It's the one-stop-shop for all the up to date club news, fixtures, results etc. and now also allows members download the new club app, register online for club membership, enter the club lotto etc. If you or someone you know would like to advertise your business to our supporters on our website, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dave Noble on 086 6002534.
Our Social Soccer group on Monday & Wednesday nights are looking for some new recruits. They play under lights on the astro on both nights from 9-10pm. If you’re looking to play ball and enjoy a bit of craic & banter, then this group is for you. It’s a good mix of ages, footballing ability & fitness levels. Just pop along with your €5 and you’re good to go.
O’Neills online Club Shop
Our new dedicated O'Neills Sportswear online club shop is up & running and you can now order official club merchandise from the comfort of your own home. O'Neills Soccer Sportswear is the club’s official and exclusive gear & sportswear partner. The range of top-quality and competitively priced merchandise includes tracksuits, half-zip tops, t-shirts, sweat-shirts, hoodies, polo-shirts, jackets, replica jerseys, windcheaters, shorts, socks, hats and bags for children, youths & adults. All gear displays the official club crest and comes in sizes from children 5/6 years to adults XXL and everything in between. Go to oneills.com and select Newport Town AFC from the club section.
There was no winner of this week’s club’s lotto and the jackpot is now €900 with the next draw taking place on Saturday, November 30 in Gleeson’s. The numbers drawn were 1, 20, 23 & 30. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member, in the local pubs, Nicky English Butchers, the Derryleigh Dugout and at our lotto stand at Ryan’s Centra on Sunday mornings. You can also enter the draw online in advance for 6 or 12 months Thanks, as always, to everyone who supports the club’s main fund raiser.
Our ‘Clothes Collection’ continues, so drop your bags of clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets & bed linen to the clubhouse anytime. Just leave them under the canopy and we will recycle them for you. This fundraiser is in partnership with the NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss. If you need bags collected or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 087 2826155.