Category: Under 14’s

U14s Reach Lisburn Shield Final

Newry City AFC U14s have qualified for the final of Lisburn Shield which will be played on 29 December after beating East Coast FC whom Newry manager Jim Murphy described as a very strong well drilled team.

It was an exciting match from start to finish although goals were minimal. East Coast opened the scoring before Newrys Caolan McParland equalised in the second half to leave the score 1-1 which carried into extra time. The game was then to be decided on penalties where Newry ran out 4-3 winners.



This is a fantastic achievement for a team only formed in August. The team are open to new players attending training (2005s only). Please contact Jim Murphy 14s Manager 07927674391

Recent Newry U14 Match Reports

by Colm Murphy, Newry City U14 Manager

Newry City 3 – 3 Tullvallan, 22nd April 2015 (League)

After a break in fixtures, Newry got back to league action against Tullyvallen. It was a quiet first half but with some entertaining football from both teams. Newry took lead just before half time with a well worked goal slotted home by Sean Mc Conville.

The second half was a totally different game with Tullyvallen creating many changes and they leveled shortly after the restart with a fine worked goal to make it 1-1. Newry fell asleep and Tullyvallen added a second, but worse was to come when the away side went 3 – 1 up against a very flat footed Newry defence.

Newry realised they were in a game and started to produce some excellent football. They grabbed a goal back after a fine shot from Nathan Crudden. The home team kept pressing but Tullyvallan were not going to give up easily and with almost the last attack of the match Newry equalised from a corner with a top class finish to the net by Joseph Connolly. A point gained is better than three lost!! Credit due to Tullyvallan for a great performance but also to Newry for fighting back and earning a draw.

Newry City 4 – 2 Ballybot Celtic, May 6th 2015 (U14 Divisional Cup)

Newry had home advantage against close rivals Ballybot in this quarter final cup match. The two top teams coming up against each other was always going to be a close match and so it was, with some fine attacking football right from the outset. Ballybot made the first breakthrough with a rasping shot that gave the Newry ‘keeper no chance. To their credit Newry never give up and just before half-time they levelled after Sean McConville hit a low shot past the Ballybot ‘keeper.

The second half started much the same as the first with both teams attacking and again Ballybot took the lead. This sprung Newry into second gear and the team played some of their best football this year with some fine passing and interplay eventually ending up with an equalising goal from Tiernan Reilly. They didn’t stop there and again after some fine play, they took the lead when Shea Morgan got on the end of great pass from Tiarnan Murphy to put Newry in the lead for the first time. Ballybot, to their credit, never give up and it was end to end play from both teams but Newry finally killed the game off when Shea Morgan got free from his marker to get on the end of a loose pass and shot to the roof of the net to make it 4-2 to Newry. Game over.

It has to be said that this was a fine display from both teams and a great advert for underage football in the Carnbane League. Someone has to lose in a cup match and this time it was Ballybot but credit due to both teams for an excellent game of football. Newry now play Camlough Rovers in a local derby for a place in the cup final. Thanks to all parents for your support and I urge all Newry supporters to come out and give this young team your support at Jennings Park on Saturday morning, May 23rd. Kick off is at 10 am.

Newry City 4 – 1 Barcroft, May 13th 2015 (League)

Last Wednesday night saw Newry play their last away game when Barcroft were hosts at the Carnbane Complex. Newry fielded an under-strength team but kept themselves in the match until near half time. Barcroft took the lead after fine play on the right wing saw the ball end at the foot of their striker who made no mistake.

Newry regrouped at half-time and after a few positional changes started to play better football but were reduced to 10 men after a mistimed tackle by one of their defenders. This didn’t deter this young team and they played some fine attacking football and equalised through a penalty from Sean Mc Conville. Right from the restart Newry went on the attack again and after some fine play, Tiarnan Murphy weaved his way around a few defenders and scored Newry’s second. This stunned Barcroft and soon afterwards Joe Connolly scored a third which was quickly added to from a free kick by Tiarnan Murphy – to get his second of the game. This was an excellent second half performance by the team as a whole and while goal scorers gather most of the credit, it has to go down as a fine team effort, especially after going down to 10 men.

Again thanks to all the parents for your support. Our next match is at home game against Killowen Celtic on Wednesday May 20th followed by our Cup Semi-final against Camlough Rovers on Saturday, May 23rd, 10am at Jennings park.

Newry City U14 4 – 1 Annalong U14

by Colm Murphy, Newry City U14 Manager

Newry kept their winning ways going with a very entertaining game against Annalong at the Showgrounds last Saturday morning.

Newry started well in this match and were 1-0 up after just 10 minutes. Sean McConville slotted home after some great work by Tiernan O’Reilly and Joe Connolly. This sprung Annalong into life and they played some fine football and were unlucky not to draw level but the Newry ‘keeper was at his best. Newry scored their second goal after some more fine play and Sean McConville was the scorer again after a great pass from Shea Morgan. Back came Annalong and they responded with a blistering shot from their number 8 who give the Newry ‘keeper no chance to make it 2-1 going into half time.

Newry really upped their game in the second half, in particular wingers Caolon Reavey and Tiernan O Reilly were having a great game. Up front Sean Mc Conville and Tiarnan Murphy were testing the Annalong ‘keeper at every opportunity and goal number three came after great work from Aidan Ovesen, who was having his best game in a Newry jersey, set McConville in for his third goal. Shortly after McConville was involved again when he was fouled and Newry were awarded a penalty. Tiarnan Murphy scored to make it 4 -1 to Newry and finish the match off.

Again this was a great team performance and credit must go to Annalong for a very sporting match and we look forward to taking part in their annual tournament later in the year.

A special mention goes to our forwards McConville and Murphy who between them have scored 8 goals in two games. Also the back line of Mc Ginn, Poucher , Ovesen and Murphy have really connected over the past number of weeks and will be a problem for any team. The midfield of Morgan, Connolly, Reavey and O’Reilly along with Mackrel have played some great football to aid the forward line.

With main striker Matthew Treanor out injured, the team have shown great character and Treanor will be a great addition to the team when fully fit. Also, our Keeper Keenan has shown great composure and gets stronger with every match.

Newry City U14 6 – 4 Camlough Rovers U14

by Colm Murphy, Newry City U14 Manager

Newry played their return fixture with Camlough on Saturday last in what turned out to be a very entertaining game with some great football played by both teams.

Newry started the brightest and attacked the Camlough defence with some great passing football. Within 10 minutes they were rewarded when a penalty was awarded for a foul on Sean Mc Conville. Tiarnan Murphy, who was playing up front instead of the injured Matthew Treanor, hit the penalty kick against the underside of the crossbar but was first to the rebound and slotted past the ‘keeper to make it 1-0 to Newry. Right from the kick off Newry attacked again and Sean Mc Conville was quick off the mark after a clinical through ball from Shea Morgan to chip the keeper and make it 2-0. This was a good half for Newry which was rewarded with another goal when Tiarnan Murphy played in Tiernan O’Reilly to make it 3-0. Camlough pulled a goal back just before half time when a rasping shot caught Newry out and ended up in the net to make it 3-1 at the interval.

Camlough started the more confident team in the second half and soon had another goal back after another long range shot ended up in the back of the net. Newry began to panic a little and sure enough Camlough got another goal to make it 3-3. Game on! After some tactical changes Newry found their feet again and started to play some great passing football and reaped the rewards when Sean Mc Conville placed a beautiful shot over the Camlough keeper to make it 4-3. Soon after Tiernan O Reilly made it 5-3 before Camlough again replied with a 4th goal. After this it was end to end play from both teams but Newry finally sealed the victory when Tiarnan Murphy made it 6-4 and notched up his second hat-trick of the season with a well-placed free kick to calm the Newry nerves.

Credit most go to both teams for a highly entertaining match which was played in a great sporting manner. It was great for the Newry lads to get back to winning ways. This keeps them in contention for a high league placing at end of season. This was a great team effort and well done to all.