Category: Under 13’s

Under 13 and Under 14 boys trials

There will be a trial night on Tuesday 12th August at the Abbey for our Under 13 and Under 14 boys teams ( Born 2001 and 2002). The trial is from 6.30pm to 8pm.

If you require any more info please contact our Youth Academy Manager Conlon Morrison on 07919592943.

Newry City Academy presentation night

By Conlon Morrison, NCAFC Youth Academy Manager

Newry City Academy held our first presentation night on Thursday 26th June. Before the presentations our U12 team played a challenge match against our U13 team. All the parents attended and watched. The match was followed by photos of the players with their parents and coaches. Following this the presentation of the awards took place in the lounge which again was attended by all of the parents.

Under 12 awards
Player of the year: Rio McConnell
Players’ player of the year: Jason Rush
Annalong player of the tournament: Jack Jennings

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U12 award winners, left to right: Jason Rush, Tiernan Reilly, Jack Jennings and Rio McConnell. Photo: Sean McKevitt

Under 13 awards
Player of the year went to 2 players: Tiernan Murphy and Sean McConville
Players’ player of the year: Aiden Ovesen
NI Elite Panel representative trophy: Tiernan Murphy was awarded a special trophy for being selected for the NI Elite Panel
ESF player of the Ayr tournament in Scotland went to Mathew McGinn who was unbeatable at right back throughout the three day tournament.

U13 award winners, left to right: Aiden Ovesen, Tiernan Murphy and Mathew McGinn with their coach Lee Kirrane. Photo: Sean McKevitt

Academy player of the year went to Tiernan Reilly who was brilliant all year and does it all with a smile on his face. The model academy player.

Thanks to John Moffett and Lee Kirrane our managing coaches who presented the trophies and made it all possible.

As Academy Manager i would like to thank Sean Gaffney our kitman, Willie Young for keeping our pitches perfect, Gary Wilson for finding willing sponsors, Michael Keenan our child protection officer and our committee who have fully supported our academy project.

I would also like to thank all of our coaches, volunteers and parents who are all part of this project that provides over 300 children with the opportunity to play soccer on a regular and ongoing basis.

Next season we have teams competing at all age groups and coaching for these teams starts after the July fortnight holidays.

NCAFC Youth presentation night coming up

by Conlon Morrison 

Newry City AFC Youth presentation will be held on Friday 27th June 2014 at 8 pm in the Lounge. Senior players, Management Committee, Parents, family members and friends are all invited.

The schedule for the evening is a follows:
8:00pm – Arrive and refreshments
8:15pm – Under 12 Presentations
8:30pm – Under 13 Presentations
8:45 pm – Under 15 Presentations
9.00 pm – Under 17 Presentations
9:15pm – Coaches Photos
9:30pm – Thank all concerned and clarify next year’s plans
9:45 – Complete

NCAFC U13’s have fun packed weekend in Scotland

By Conlon Morrison, NCAFC Youth Academy Manager

On Friday past 4th April the NCAFC U13 team participated in the ESF Soccer Tournament in Ayr, Scotland. We played 6 matches in total – 4 matches on Saturday and 2 matches on Sunday, which was followed by a presentation where all players were presented with a trophy by former Celtic and Bayern Munich striker Alan McInally.

The U13 team get presented their trophies by Alan McInally
The U13 players and coaches along with Alan McInally

We stayed in Craig Tara Haven in Ayr. Our transport was provided by our U13 Sponsor Matthews Coach Hire who provided an excellent service, our Coach Driver was Colm Murphy who is also our U13 assistant Coach, photography was completed by Adrian Poucher, food & entertainment was managed by Bernard Connolly, the health and safety officer was Conlon Morrison assisted in every way by John Treanor and Cathal McConville. We had an entire family with us – Paul and Josephine Matthews and their daughter Eimear, who was delighted to be presented with a trophy as well.

The U13 players that took part in the tournament were as follows:

Jason Rush
Connor Mathews
Tiernan Murphy
James Poucher
Matthew Treanor
Matthew McGinn
Shea Morgan
Nathan Crudden
Joseph Connolly
Sean McConville
Joseph Connolly
Tiernan O Reilly
Tyler Dodds
Tiernan Russell

We played the following teams in the tournament:

Gleniffer Thistle FC
Blackburn Utd
Portadown Youth
Northside Youths
Giffnock SC
Harmony Row

Some of the games we won, some we drew and some we lost. Everyone really enjoyed the trip and we look forward to next year when we will be inviting everyone involved in the Newry City AFC Soccer Academy to make it the biggest Soccer trip for youth from the Newry area in years.

Some photos from the trip can be viewed below. Click thumbnails to view larger image.

Banbridge FC 0 – 3 Newry City AFC U13

Newry U-13’s got back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of the season to a well drilled Barcroft team on the previous Saturday.

In a match full of excellent play from both teams Newry finally broke through the Banbridge defence after 11 minutes. A free kick won by Shea Morgan in the middle of the field was quickly taken by Tiarnan Murphy who sent Joe Connolly through to slot the ball into the far corner just out of reach of the Banbridge Keeper.(Who had denied Newry with 2 excellent save early on).

Banbridge replied with some neat play and took the best out of the Newry defence. James Poucher and Tiarnan Russell made a number of important challenges to quell the Banbridge attack and bring to end an exciting first half.

From the restart Newry upped their game and started to play some neat flowing football from the back with some excellent passing moves which again only for some excellent keeping by an alert Banbridge keeper would have put Newry further ahead. The second goal finally came after quick thinking by the Newry defence sent Sean Mc Conville through on goal. With the keeper advancing Sean cooly lifted the ball over the keeper and into the back of the Banbridge net.

Newry were now in control of the game and as Banbridge pushed forward in search a goal that would get them back into the game they left holes for the home side to try and exploit. Sean Mc Conville took a quick throw to Tiarnan Murphy who neatly split open the Banbridge defence to allow Nathan Crudden to run through and drill home a low shot past the keeper and seal off an impressive win for the visiting Newry team.

It has to be said that this was an excellent exhibition of open play from both teams and that the league placing of Banbridge doesn’t do this well drilled team justice.  A great team performance from Newry all round which hopefully the boys can bring to their next game against Lisdrum Celtic.

It has to be said it was great to see so many parents travel to Banbridge to support the team and the club thank them for the encouragement and help they are giving the youth academy staff and coaches over the past few months.