Category: Under 15’s

Newry U15 Colm Murphy talks to the players

Newry aiming to make their mark

Newry City AFC is currently participating in the McDonalds/IFA Foundation Club Mark programme. The aim of this programme is to support the development of clubs and to implement good practice policies and procedures within them. The scheme prepares clubs to successfully work towards the Excellence Mark.

seamus heath
Seamus Heath

Former Newry City coach Seamus Heath, who is now the Newry & Mourne District Grassroots Development officer for the IFA, said of the scheme:

“The McDonald’s foundation club-mark programme provides a clear and structured approach to improving and developing local clubs.

“The value based coaching section demonstrates to the clubs partners, parents and young people that your club is child friendly, safe and will develop all players as footballers and citizens.

“Mentoring of the coaches is providing both confidence and positive coaching to them as they progress on their coaching pathway while developing both themselves and the players.”

And speaking of the progress that Newry City AFC are making as a club, Seamus said:

“Newry have been through a difficult period over the last few years, having gone from an Irish premier league side to closure of their ground and collapse of all their teams. But things are really looking up for them now.

“It’s great to see top local coach and Newry City AFC manager Darren Mullen taking a keen interest in all the club’s programmes with his help, advise and words of wisdom to the clubs future players.

“Newry U15 Coach Colm Murphy, who is on the programme, is your typical volunteer who is the lifeblood of our sport and provides so much to his club. Colm is both a parent, coach and manager to one of the teams. Whilst working all day, miles from home, Colm plans his session, rushes home, collects his son and heads straight to training. Real football people!”

Newry first team manager Darren Mullen told he is delighted with the work Seamus has been doing with the club:

“Seamus has been doing terrific work with our U15s for the past five weeks and they have certainly benefited from his quality coaching sessions. Not only are the lads improving but they are enjoying working with someone of Seamus’ experience. As a former coach at the club, he appreciates what we are trying to do and his help in this initiative is greatly appreciated,” Darren said.

He added, “The other teams within the club will also be taking part in some of his sessions and that can only improve their chances of progressing at the club. It also gives the existing youth coaches the chance to see different types of drills which can only be good for their development.”


Photos of Colm, Darren & Seamus with the Newry City U15 players during the Foundation Club Mark Programme

Newry City U15’s update

by Colm Murphy

Newry U15’s have now played a number of games in their first season in the Mid Ulster U15 league. It has been a learning experience for this young team and has taken a few weeks for them to settle in.

They already have played some strong sides to date, losing 3-0 to Rathfriland, one of the league favourites in their second match. Next up was a game away to Lurgan Town which was a real learning experience for the team. Having gone 3-0 up they lost 4-3 and a few lessons were learned in keeping discipline and composure. The following week with a depleted squad they were very unlucky to lose away to Valley Rangers in Kilkeel 3-2. Last Saturday saw a different team different performance and they got back to winning ways in their first home match of the season with an 8-0 defeat against Moria. This Saturday they are at home to Coalisland at 10.30am and hope to continue with another home win.

Newry City U15 6 – 1 Tandragee Rovers U15

Newry U15’s played their first league game against Tandragee on Saturday last in Rathfriland. With a depleted squad due to a number of reasons Newry were to field with 10 players on this their first game in the Mid Ulster league. With the odds stacked against them Newry started strong and found themselves one goal up within 10 minutes. After some strong defensive play Newry again surprised their opponents by going 2 goals up with a fantastic long range effort. Tandragee pulled a goal back but Newry answered straight away going up field to add their third goal.

The second half started with Newry attacking from the kick off and it wasn’t long until they scored a fourth with some fine passing football. This really spurred the lads on and they added two more before the end to achieve a flattering 6-1 win in this their first venture in the Mid Ulster U-15 league.

With a mixture of new signings and established players the team really settled quick and it has showed that there will be great competition for places when those that missed Saturdays game return. Credit due to all who played their hearts out to achieve a remarkable result and showed great team spirit and effort. It must be said also that Tandragee showed great sportsmanship and we must thank them for a very sporting match and the best wishes from their Management and supporters to all the Newry lads at the end of the match.

NCAFC Awards Night Winners

A fantastic evening was enjoyed by all that attended the Canal Court Hotel last Saturday night for the second annual Newry City AFC Awards Night.

The evening was hosted by Q Radio’s Kevin McAllister, with awards given to the Newry City AFC U15s, U19s, Reserve and First Team.

The full list of winners were as follows:

Under 15s

Players’ Player of the Year: Matthew Taylor

Leading goalscorer: Tiernan Hughes

Manager’s Player of the Year Award: Adam Watson

Under 19s 

Players’ Player of the Year: Stephen King

Leading goalscorer: Josh Cargin

Manager’s Player of the Year Award: Lee Courtney


Players’ Player of the Year: Stefan Martin

Leading goalscorer: Neil Barr

Manager’s Player of the Year Award: Rian Hand

Sam McCullough Memorial Young Player of the Year Award at the club

Josh Durnin

First Team

Leading goalscorer: Sean McMullan

Travel Club Player of the Year: Mark Patton

Website Player of the Year: Mark Lowry (with 40.1% of the vote)

Players’ Player of the Year: Sean McMullan

Manager’s Player of the Year Award: Niall Crilly

Tommy O’Hanlon Memorial Club Player of the Year: Mark Lowry

Local derby this Friday night at the Showgrounds

This Friday night Newry City U15’s host Windmill Stars U15’s in the quarter final of the Lisburn Youth Cup.

City hope to continue their good form of late. Last Saturday they battled back from 2-0 down to earn a very credible draw against Ballyclare Colts and before this they had an impressive 4-0 win over Greenisland. Newry will also hope to avenge the 2-0 defeat Windmill inflicted on them earlier in the year.

Kick off is at 7.30pm at the Showgrounds. Come on down and show the lads your support!