Last Saturday in Eire Og, Greystones our Under 14’s defeated Bray Emmets to advance to the final of the Feile. As the teams took to the field it was obvious for all to see that we were giving height and strength away in every position.
What we lacked in height we more than made up for in heart because from the start we took the game to our opponents and while not playing our best football we were well in control of the game. We led by a couple of points at half time and even though Bray staged a bit of a comeback in the second period we were always in control.
Eventually the final whistle came and we won on a score line of 1-10 to 1-2 and despite not playing well we were through to the final, which is to be played this Friday 25th against Blessington in Avondale with a 7 o’clock throw in. So please come and support this fantastic young team.
All teams are now back training in preparation for the coming season and if you need any information please contact our chairman Papa at 0861764707 or our secretary Anto at 087 9501369. We are currently providing football for boys and girls from 6 years of age upwards and need players, so if you or your child wants to get involved please give one of the lads a text or a call.
Last week we marched in the St Patricks Day Parade and had a very good turnout. Thanks to all the boys and girls mams and dads and all who helped in any way on the day.
The Parent & Toddler group has started again in Newtownmountkennedy, meeting every Thursday Morning in the Parents’ Room in St. Joseph’s Centre. All parents, grandparents, childminders, are invited to attend with the little ones from 9.30am.
We would like to thank everyone who supported tidy towns by buying sunflower seed pots at the St Patrick’s Day Parade. The very best of luck to all the green fingered people taking part in the sunflower competition.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS F.C.
Another good week for the club on the field last weekend as from 6 games played we recorded 4 wins, 1 draw and just the one defeat.
Top of the class this week are the under 10’s who advance to the semis of the Premier cup after a titanic tussle with near neighbours St.Anthonys. The game finished 0-0 after extra time in a game were the visitors probably had the best of the exchanges throughout the game. Newtown’s best chances fell to Tadgh O’Connor & Melanie Clarke who both forced the Antos keeper into fine saves.
In the penalty shoot out Newtown won 3-2 with the spot kicks been dispatched by Ryan Murphy, Melanie Clarke and Darren Magee.
Newtown keeper also pulled off a fine save from Anto’s fourth spot kick. Best players on the day for Newtown were Melanie Clarke, Liam Odlum and Sean Byrne. Our under 8’s suffered our only defeat of the week losing 4-1 at home to St. Anthonys. Dylan Fitzsimons scored the Newtown goal and he along with Ryan Smillie and Jamie Dodd were the best players.
The under 9’s put themselves back in contention for Shield honours after an 8-1 success at home to Wicklow Rovers. Ciara Dease & Ciaran Keogh scored two each while there were singles for Mark McHugh, Alannah Melia and first ever goals for both Luke Dease and Dean Murray.
The under 12’s got their Shield campaign off to a winning start with a 4-1 home win over Roundwood. Ross Shine, Keegan Heffernan, Michael Coghlan and Uriah Loveridge scored the Newtown goals in a good team display.
The under 13’s moved within one victory of the 13’s Premier title after a 6-nil away win over Enniskerry. Ross Davis and Kenneth Turner scored twice while Keith Dalton and Dylan Ford also found the net. Best on the day were Vova Ribakov, Brandon Feely and Keane Murphy.
Of our girls team’s only the 15’s were in action as they travelled to Finglas to take on league leaders WFTA and they came away with a share of the spoils in a 2-all draw. Amy Murphy scored the two Newtown goals her first was a tremendous individual effort. Best on the day were Rose & Jane Fagan, Becky Cassin, Laura O’Neill and Georgina Canavan.
Due to the Ireland vs. Macedonia game next Saturday and the John Giles walk next Sunday there will be no WDSL fixtures for the week-ending Saturday 26th/ Sunday 27th March, with the following the fixtures for this coming weekend: Girl’s under 13’s away to St Josephs ko to be confirmed; Girl’s under 15’s at home to Peamount United ko to be confirmed(Fixtures & Ko Times Are Subject To Change).
In our Golden Goals the winner from the Man.City vs. Reading match were as follows; €60 - 74th minute - Kathleen Connors c/o K.Connors; €20 - 75th minute - Yvonne Snell c/o S. Nolan; €20 - 76th minute - To be confirmed. This week’s game is the match between Chelsea & Manchester City.
The club have some of our teams taking part in the John Giles Foundation ‘Walk of Dreams’ which takes place on Sunday 27th March from Merrion Square to the Aviva Stadium. 50% of all monies raised go to the club and the other 50% goes to the Foundation.
Two players from the club celebrate their birthdays in the coming week and they are Kenneth Turner from the under 12/13’s and Vova Ribakov from the under 13’s. Happy birthday Kenneth & Vova from all at Newtown Juniors F.C.
Good luck to the Newtown GAA under 14’s in their Feile final against Blessington next Friday night in Avondale.
The club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of John Doyle who tragically passed away early this week. May he rest in peace.
NEWTOWN UNITED F.C.
The second team went out of the Wicklow cup after a spirited display away to Premier team Richmond Rovers on a 2-nil scoreline last Friday night.
The 1st team defeated Enniskerry 5-1 at home to continue their quest for back to back league titles. Ross Odlum scored twice and Cathal McNicholas, Billy Clarkson and John Heffernan also found the net.
Young Newtown GAA members marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Newtownmountkennedy.