Category: Under 13’s

Newry City AFC youth coaching and trials

In preparation for next year, Newry City AFC Youth Academy are now selecting players from U8 to U12 (Born  calendar years 2002 to 2006) to participate in the small sided games, commencing in February 2014.

Conlon Morrison
Conlon Morrison

The coaching is currently on Friday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Showgrounds on the 3G Pitches. To become a youth member from U8 to U12 or book onto the trial nights contact Conlon Morrison on Mobile:  07919592943 or email:

Also, there will be six trial nights held at the Showgrounds for U13 to U16 players for the 2014/2015 season, for players born during calendar years 1999 to 2002. Further information will be provided for this in the near future.

Newry City AFC U13 2-0 Killowen Celtic U13

Newry City AFC U13 2-0 Killowen Celtic U13

(Joseph Connolly 26, Tiarnan Murphy 35)

On what was a soggy but playable back pitch at the Showgrounds Saturday morning, Newry won a deserved victory to stay unbeaten in the league. Newry again started slowly struggling to get to grips with the heavy surface. Their usual passing game left them as they attempted long balls from the back that were gratefully cleaned up by the Killowen keeper and defence.

Killowen, playing a passing game themselves, had the first great chance in the 12th minute to take the lead when their player dribbled into the box and was taken down by Tiarnan Russell for which a penalty was rightly awarded. Unfortunately for them the strike was wide of the target.

With 20 minutes gone, Newry started to get into the game realizing that they would create more chances keeping the ball on the ground. They were rewarded on 26 minutes when on a dribbling run; Sean McConville was fouled outside just outside the box. Tiarnan Murphy stepped up and delivered a cross right under the cross bar which the Killowen keeper got a hand to but only succeeded in palming into the path of Joseph Connolly who headed into the back of the net.

Half time came and went and Newry continued with their good style of football. It was an even enough game but Newry pulled further clear on 35 minute when Killowen played a ball down their right wing that was intercepted by Matthew McGinn. Matthew took the ball on a run, beating one player before feeding the ball to Tiarnan Murphy. Tairnan then beat two men and from a tight angle passed the ball around the Killowen keeper and into the side of the net.

Newry were now in control of the game and as Killowen 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. Unfortunately they didn’t and the closest they came was a shot off the post by Caolan Murray.

The game ended 2-0 to the home side. Overall, after a slow start the management were pleased with the way the team finished the last 40 minutes, moving the ball efficiently and quickly.  Next up, Moneyslane away.

Newry City AFC U13 4-3 Valley Rangers U13

Newry City AFC U13 4-3 Valley Rangers U13

Nathan Crudden 10, 21, 26

 Ethan Patterson 31    

If Under 13 matches lasted 40 minutes then Newry would have cruised to a comprehensive victory over Valley Rangers in The Showgrounds today. Instead Newry took their foot off the pedal and were nearly made to pay against a Valley team that never gave up.

Newry started extremely well playing the ball around under control and they were rewarded for their good style on 10 minutes when a shot from the Newry midfield was fumbled by the Valley keeper and Nathan Crudden was first to react to put the ball in the net.

The goal of the game came in the 21st minute when Newry doubled their lead with a great team goal. Sean McConville picked the ball up in the midfield and ran at the Valley defence. He played a pass into Tiarnan Murphy who expertly back heeled the ball into the path of the oncoming Matthew Treanor. “Mattie” let fly with a shot that was deflected into the path of the oncoming Nathan Crudden who bagged his brace with a nice finish.

The third goal, and Nathan’s hat-trick came on the 26th minute when a Tairnan Murphy free kick was too hot to handle for the Valley keeper and Nathan Crudden was there AGAIN to slot home. A lesson for anyone reading this report, follow up on every shot!

Half time came with Newry leading 3 – 0 and looking like cruising to victory. The game restarted and Newry immediately went on the attack. Miceal Murray played an intricate ball through to the newly introduced Ethan Patterson who one minute into his appearance expertly finished when facing a one-on-one against the Valley keeper.

Despite the fact that there was still nearly all the second half remaining the Newry players must have thought the game was over because their game deserted them. Valley started to play neat through balls to their centre forward that Newry couldn’t work out how to defend. These through balls resulted in goals for Valley’s number 5 on the 38th, 40th and 50th minutes.

With Newry now clinging to a one-goal advantage Tiarnan Murphy was moved into a holding midfield role and Newry managed to hold off Valley for the remaining 10 minutes.

Newry will be glad to come away with another three points, which leaves them still unbeaten and top of the table.

Man of the Match has to go to Nathan Crudden for his hat-trick but also a special mention for Miceal Murray who impressed in midfield on his debut.

Youth Development Officer offically announced

Newry City AFC is delighted to announce the appointment of Conlon Morrison as its new Youth Development Officer.

Conlon Morrison
Conlon Morrison

Conlon is a former youth international and played for Bessbrook, Dungannon Swifts and Windmill Stars during his career. He was part of the Windmill Stars panel that won the Junior Cup along with Senior Team manager Darren Mullen.

Conlon is currently involved with the U13 team and has recently set up the new skills school which runs on Friday night. As part of his role he will be responsible for the formation of new teams at each age group ensuring the proper coaching staff are in place.

“I am delighted to have someone of Conlons knowledge and capabilities on board at the club”, said Senior Team manager Darren Mullen.

“I’ve known Conlon for the past 25 years and was lucky enough to play in the same team as him. His enthusiasm and passion for the role have already shone through and he has made some very good progress in the short time he has been in the role.

“As with the Senior team things will be done in the right manner with the correct people on board and hopefully with Conlons assistance we will have a regular feed from youth level right through to the senior squad.”

Ballyvea FC U13 0-3 Newry City AFC U13

Ballyvea FC U13 0-3 Newry City AFC U13

Sean McConville 40mins, Joseph Connolly (pen) 42mins & Tiarnan Murphy 53mins

Newry, after an excellent start to the season had to fight hard but claimed all three points against a battling Ballyvea side in Kilkeel Friday evening.

In what can only be described as a scrappy first half Newry struggled to control the game like they had in their previous two matches. Goal chances were few and far between with Newry coming out on top in the first half on count back of attempts. Half time came with the teams tied at 0-0.

Newry’s second half performance was an improvement on the first and they were rewarded on the 40th minute with a goal scored by Sean McConville.  From the kickoff Newry regained possession and attacked the opposition area where a goal bound shot was handled by a Ballyvea defender. A penalty was awarded and expertly dispatched into the top corner by Joseph Connolly making the score line 2-0.

To Ballyvea’s credit they continued to battle and but for some resolute defending by an excellent back four, might have had a goal that could’ve instigated a comeback.

It wasn’t to be for Ballyvea and the result was confirmed for Newry in the 53rd minute when Tiarnan Murphy cut in from the left wing and slotted into the far corner for his fifth goal in three games.

Newry will gladly take the three points from this tough encounter and move on. In their next league game they face a strong Windmill Stars side and Newry will have to bring their “A” game if they are to continue their brilliant start to the season.