Busy weekend for the U16 schoolgirls as they had a league game and they were also invited to take part in the inaugural Regional Utd tournament.
Our U16s travelled away to play Killavilla on Saturday and despite a good performance were unlucky to lose 3-2. Chelsea King scored both Newport goals. We travelled to Roscrea with a depleted squad due to illness and prior commitments but the girls were ready to give it their all. From Aoife Kennedy, who had a magnificent game in goals, to the rest of the girls, they put in some effort. They took the game to Killavilla and after an excellent run by Robyn who then squared it for Chelsea to score. 1-0 at half time.
The girls kept it going in the 2nd half and when Sarah put Chelsea through, Chelsea calmly lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper to give us a 2-0 lead. When Chelsea went off injured early in the 2nd half, we were down to 10 players and the girls valiantly continued to play some good football. Killavilla then scored 3 goals with a decision or 2 not going our way but with time running out, the girls launched a final attack with their keeper pulling off a good save from a Robyn McNamara shot. It just wasn't our day.
Our U16s were also invited to play in the Regional Utd Tournament over the weekend. Club sides from around the country travelled to participate in the tournament. On Saturday, Newport beat Aisling Annacotty on a 6-1 scoreline with Aoife Mellerick the scorer-in-chief with 4 goals. On Sunday, we played Westport Utd in the Shield Final but with a very tired & depleted squad it was the Mayo side who ran out 3-0 winners. Special thanks and congratulations to Regional on an excellent well-run tournament and thanks for the invitation.