Nenagh AFC Club Notes 21/May/2014

Managerial Vacancies

Nenagh AFC wishes to announce we are now accepting applications for all Juvenile & Junior Managerial and Coaching positions. Deadline for entries is Friday, June 6th and please send your applications please to Dearan O Gorman, 105 Springfort Meadows, Nenagh or email Dearan at

FAI Summer Soccer Camps

The FAI Summer Soccer Schools return to Nenagh AFC this summer and we will be holding two seperate camps and a goalkeeping camp also. Brickfields will hold it’s first camp from June 30th to July 4th and the second camp will be on August 11th to August 15th. There will also be a Goalkeepers camp on August 9th and 10th. Book online at or call 1890653653 Camps cost €65 and €50 for the Goalkeeping camps. You get a football, kit and backpack. Spaces fill up quick so book soon so not to be disappointed

Football For All

The FAI are running a Football For All  only camp in Nenagh Brickfields this year from 18th August to 22nd August, Bookings on www.fai.ieNenagh AFC Football For Allcontinuesevery Tuesday at 7pm in Brickfields. It’s great to see the new members joining; anyone else interested please contact Aidan 0878224140, Sharon 0876529830 and Kevin 0866075954

Junior “A” Team

Mark McKenna congratulates his goalscoring teammate Alan “Mini” Sheahan as he kisses the club crest after scoring for Nenagh AFC in their 5-2 victory over local rivals Nenagh Celtic in Brickfields last Sunday in the Ricky Fogarty Cup Final
Mark McKenna congratulates teammate Alan “Mini” Sheahan

Nenagh AFC played local rivals Nenagh Celtic last Sunday in a pulsating Ricky Fogarty Cup Final and after Extra time we emerged champions courtesy of a 5-2 scoreline.The game was tit for tat in the first half but we deservedly took the lead on the half hour when Nathan Kelly danced around a few Celtic defenders and fired a left footed shot into the bottom corner for 1-0.We had chances to double our lead before halftime and Bryan McGee was unlucky with a glancing header that just went over. Into the second half and Celtic were starting to come into the game and were posing real threats from set pieces and after a couple of warnings for us Celtic got their equaliser in the seventieth minute when Michael Hynes headed home from close range to leave the game in the balance.Both sides had chances to win the game in normal time with Celtic especially coming very close when their players header was acrobatically cleared off the line by Bryan McGee with time almost up and so the game went to extra time. Before the game went to extra time the Nenagh AFC management team made three changes and were hopeful that these changes would make a real difference if extra time was to happen and this proved the case. With only three minutes gone in the first half of extra time we restored our lead when Ryan Gilmartin’s cross shot looped over Aidan Herlihy and into the Celtic net for a 2-1 lead.At this stage we were well on top but couldn’t add to our lead and were dealt a sucker punch when Mark Walsh scored a

Thomas “Ponky” Sheppard holds off Nenagh Celtic players as he looks to gain possession for his Nenagh AFC side in their 5-2 victory over local rivals Nenagh Celtic in Brickfields last Sunday in the Ricky Fogarty Cup Final
Thomas “Ponky” Sheppard holds off Nenagh Celtic players

good goal to bring the 10 man Celtic side level at 2-2 in the first minute of the second half of extra time.Our response was excellent and swift and two minutes latera brilliant Ben Banaghan set piece delivery found the head of the outstanding Mark Cahill who scored to put us 3-2 in front. We now knew the game was there for the taking and with three minutes to go we made it 4-2 with a goal of real quality,defending a set piece in our own box we got the ball and broke away,Dylan Walsh got the ball on edge of our area,ran at pace the whole length of the pitch before playing a great through ball to the excellent Alan Sheahan who finished in some style past the advancing Celtic keeper to send the Brickfields side supporters wild.We added gloss to our victory in the last minute when another excellent Ben Banaghan delivery was diverted into his own net by Enrico Casey and the fulltime whistle went shortly afterwards and yet again we were Ricky Fogarty Premier Cup Champions,our fourth triumph in this competition in five years and yet again another double secured,magnificent achievement by Management team of Martin,Dearan,Dave and all the panel also who worked very hard. This team are now setting their sights on a

Bryan McGee jumps highest to win back possession for Nenagh AFC in their 5-2 victory over local rivals Nenagh Celtic in Brickfields last Sunday in the Ricky Fogarty Cup Final
Bryan McGee jumps highest

treble and after a very tough clash against Celtic we must do it all again next Sunday when we clash in the Tipperary cup semi final and another immense battle lies in wait for both teams.Winning the Ricky Fogarty Cup will give us great lift going into that game and on the day we had some great performers with Mark Cahill,Alan Sheahan,Mark McKenna and Thomas Sheppard outstanding,a key factor in this game also was the introductions of Dylan Walsh,Ryan Gilmartin and Ben Banaghan,all three were instrumental in our goals and in extra time especially Celtic found it very hard to deal with their pace and movement.Overall a great team performance by Nenagh AFC and another cup in the cabinet in what is turning out to be another very successful year for our club at all levels. After the game our captain Thomas Sheppard received the cup from N.T.D.L. Board member Michael Leo and the team headed to main A team sponsor Tom Kenneally Philly’s Bar for a night of celebration, thanks to Tom and staff for their kind hospitality afterwards

Under 14s

Nenagh AFC under 14s with the NTSFL Cup after they defeated BT Harps last week 2-0 in the Cup Final to secure their 4th League and cup double in a row
Nenagh AFC under 14s with the NTSFL Cup after they defeated BT Harps last week 2-0 in the Cup Final to secure their 4th League and cup double in a row

Nenagh AFC under 14 “A” team wrapped up another North Tipp League and Cup double with a hard fought victory over a determined BT Harps in the cup final played in Villa Park on Wednesday night last.Whilst Nenagh entered the game as favourites it was obvious from the outset that BT Harps had no wish to lose another final.In conditions well suited to quality soccer, both sides moved the ball at speed keeping the large attendance on tender hooks.Nenagh dominated the early exchanges but were repeatedly frustrated by the outstanding Kuba Behan in the Templemore goals.Time and again Kuba performed heroics making extraordinary saves from Diarmuid Fitzpatrick , Daniel Burke and Neil Conneally,BT Harps were dangerous on the break but could find no way past the rock that was Darragh Cleere at the heart of Nenagh’s rearguard.Despite dominating for long periods,Nenagh struggled to make the breakthrough until Barry Coffey produced a quality run and finish just before the break.The second half brought few clear cut chances. McBride and Roche impressed for the opposition without ever looking like breaching a Nenagh defence where Ronan Costello and Josh Keller were unruffled throughout. Nenagh’s introduction of Stephen Kirwan and Adam Ryan added new firepower and both players combined well to breach the BT Harps defence for the decisive second goal near the end.In a year of extraordinary achievement for Nenagh AFC, our North Tipp League and Cup double combined with last 32 of National Cup will scarcely make the headlines yet this side are developing nicely and certainly have the potential to push on to National recognition in the years ahead

Under 8s

Stephen Gylnn of NTSFL presents the NTSFL Cup to Nenagh AFC under 14 Captain Patrick Murtagh after his Nenagh AFC side were victorious over BT Harps on a 2-0 scoreline last Wednesday
Stephen Gylnn of NTSFL presents the NTSFL Cup to Nenagh AFC under 14 Captain Patrick Murtagh after his Nenagh AFC side were victorious over BT Harps on a 2-0 scoreline last Wednesday

The under 6s to under 8s held their end of season blitz last Sunday and there was a great turnout of eager soccer players in search of silverware, despite the inclement weather (wind and rain). After a routine warm up the U6 and U7s were split into a number of teams.  Two under 6 teams battled hard with the Sam Gallahue the captain of the victorious U6 team in the end. Sam and his team were awarded the under 6 shield; all the under 6s received medals for taking part in the blitz, with their proud parents cheering on. Four under 7 teams battled it out to clinch the under 7 shield, with Daniel Connolly the victorious captain, again all the under 7s received medal for their efforts on the day cheered on by their parent and coaches. Up next came the under 8s with a long season of futsal experience behind them eager to demonstrate their soccer skills on the astro turf pitch. Three teams of under 8s battled hard in the rain demonstrating all the futsal skills they had picked up over the past year. It was a tense morning as a drawn match forced a final deciding game between the greens and the blacks.  It was Harry O’Brien who captained the winning team and he was presented with the Frank Maher under 8 cup. All the under 8s were presented with medals and certificates for completing the N.A.F.C. under 8 academy program.  The pictures show our eager footballers with their medals. The under 8 coaches Mark, Keith, Aindreas and Tom wish the current under 8s well next year as under 9s and look forward to training the next seasons under 6 to under 8 teams. Training will resume in September for the under 8s

Success continues for Nenagh AFC

Nenagh AFC has had enormous success on the playing field this season, particularly at underage levels. Our under 15,16 and 18 squads have all reached the semi-finals of the National Cups, an achievement that is unprecedented and testimony to the dedication of the coaches and trainers that work with them.The Football Association of Ireland rules dictate that from this stage of each competition, all playing pitches must be railed off for both security and safety reasons. If a club is unable to do so, it forfeits home advantage. To this end, we are endeavouring to rail off our main pitch and other associated works at a cost of €10,000. This includes the cost of 2” rounded piping and supports for 350metres of fencing, along with other materials, netting and labour. Since the late 1990’s, we have invested almost €2million at the Brickfields complex and have 75% of this sum cleared through various fundraising projects and grants. In the present financial climate, it is often difficult to finance an unexpected but very welcome expense, as this is. There are several other advantages to this work:Our club will be able to host many other prestigious soccer games including underage international matches when this work is completed.This has a knock-on effect in the local economy.Our grounds are used constantly as a venue for all of North Tipperary and Munster Soccer.There is continuous use of our facilities by many otherorganisations, including the local boxing and gymnastics clubs and by many other members of the local community for various purposes including education. We are asking for local companies to sponsor the fencing project.

Sponsorship for new Fencing in Brickfields

Nenagh AFC is currently fencing its main pitch and as stated above it will draw even more big games to Brickfields. We ask that you or your company take up rental of some advertising space positioned on the new fencing being erected around our “Stadium” pitch. The initial rental fee covers the cost of the sign and rental for two full playing seasons starting July 2014. Take up the option now and your sign will be erected and in place for the upcoming National cup semis in April 2014. Nenagh AFC are also in the bidding for this years’ Munster Junior Cup Final. Although no decision has been made these are the sort of games we expect to be hosting in future years.Each sign will be 10 feet x 2 feet Diabond (aluminium composite) and can be positioned at any available space of your choosing. All signs and artworks are durable, fit for purpose and expected to last for years.Prime locations will be allocated on a first com first serve basis. The cost of Rental is €300 for initial two years rental. Should you wish to avail and take the advertising space please contact one the following immediately and we will arrange for artwork to be collected and sign to be manufactured: David Rooney0876998343, Greg Browne 0851708133 and Robert Tappenden 0868500230

Become a shareholder at Nenagh AFC

Nenagh Credit Union is delighted to be associated with Nenagh AFC Brickfields Ltd in facilitating loan finance towards the ongoing development of the Brickfields Complex. Loan facilities, under the normal terms and conditions, will be made available to existing members of the Credit Union and to anyone who wishes to become a member and who lodges a nominal amount to open their bank account. Details can be discussed in the strictest confidence by calling in to the office and discussing the same with any of our friendly staff. The repayment schedules in respect of a typical loan of €650/cost of share is as follows: one year with weekly repayments of €13.15 and monthly repayments €57.50 For a two year loan the weekly repayments are €6.90 and the monthly repayments are €30 For a three year loan the weekly repayments are €4.82 and the monthly repayments are €21. For new and existing customers the requirements are six months bank statements, and for the self employed we require pay slips or recent accounts. We really hope everyone with an interest in the club takes up this great offer from the Credit Union and become a share holder in Nenagh AFC Brickfields