Category: Under 17’s

Meet the Coaches: Denis McGuinness

Name: Denis McGuinness

Age: 41

What is your role at Newry? Newry U17s manager

What are your ambitions for the club? Love nothing more than being a part of getting the club back to where it should be.

How did you get into coaching? Was always into football and when my son started playing I was approached to help a local club in management.

Who is the most exciting talent in your team? Not prepared to single anyone in particular at the moment. One of my roles is to get players ready for reserves or first team and I certainly have one or two that I am confident will make the next step in the future.

Who has been the biggest influence on your coaching style? Massive fan of Kenny Dalglish, the way he treated players and other teams was always with the utmost respect.

Who was the best player you ever coached or managed? Too soon to judge as I have always been involved at youth levels and would rather judge a player after his full career in football.

If you could give any young player advice what would it be? Look, listen, learn but most of all enjoy.

If you could organise a friendly for your team against any other team in the world who would it be? Liverpool U17s, just so I could visit Melwood training ground and hopefully meet a few seniors while there #selfishiknow.

Other than Newry what team do you support? Liverpool FC

Do you have any nicknames? No but I’ve been called allot of different names in the past!

Who is your footballing hero? John Barnes

Favourite drink? Tea

Favourite food? Chinese, anything with peking sauce.

Favourite Film: Star Wars, all of them.

Favourite band: Iron Maiden

What are your interests outside football? Just sold my beloved Suzuki sv1000s motorbike, so have to say golf.

If you had a super power what would it be? Teleportation, would love to just get away every now and again to a tropical island and a bit of good weather would be nice.

Lurgan Celtic u19s 5 – 0 Newry City u17s

U19 Mid Ulster Youth cup
It was always going to be a tough challenge for Newry’s under 17s playing against an under 19 team from the National League and playing their first ever 90 minute match.
Lurgan started as you would expect a good quality team to perform giving a lesson on possession and one touch football. Newry certainly give it their all and Shane Magill pulled of some outstanding saves for the first half hour to keep Newry in the game, James Smyth also had to step into centre back role today due to injuries in that position. Finally Lurgan broke the deadlock in the 35th minute with a cracking cross which was excellently headed into the net. Lurgan stepped up the pace again before the break to score their 2nd.
After half time Newry came out fighting and had the best possession for the first 15mins but unfortunately couldn’t split the Lurgan defence. Goal of the game then came when the Lurgan winger dribbled around three players and split the defence for a quick 1-2 which left Magill with no chance of stopping him. Newry did get the ball in the net when pacey Ross McGuinness made a run from the half way line and rounded the keeper to slot home – only to have an offside decision go against him. Lurgan finished off the game with two late goals as Newry tried to get a consolation goal. Newry staff where very proud of the team performance today and delighted with the fitness and commitment from the squad.

Newry City AFC U17s update

by Denis McGuinness

Newry City AFC Under 17s have formed a new squad this year and have entered the Lisburn league for the 2015/16 season. The team to date have progressed well and are loving their football. They are currently training two evenings a week (Mondays & Wednesdays). There is currently three experienced coaches working within the squad – Denis McGuinness (manager), Paul Smyth (assistant manager) and Paul Torley (fitness coach).

Our main aim was to bring enjoyable football within the city while also developing the skills of the players, with a goal of making some future first team stars. Any players interested in coming down and having a go please feel free to contact manager Denis McGuinness on 07801946114. Remember it’s YOUR CITY YOUR CLUB.

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

‘Patton’s poles’ win mini-world cup tournament

Newry’s match with Seagoe may have fallen victim to the bad weather today but the club’s coaching staff didn’t let the inclement conditions deter them from organising a mini-world cup tournament down on the 3G pitches at the Showgrounds. A big turnout of senior and u17 squad members along with the coaching staff played the tournament amongst themselves. The teams were as follows:

1. Joel’s Jamaicans
2. Edgar’s Egyptians
3. Patton’s Poles
4. Crilly’s Colombians
5. McMahon’s Moroccans
6. Stefan’s Spaniards

Mark PattonThe winners were Patton’s Poles who pipped Crilly’s Columbians on goal difference. The tournament was a great success and good craic in terrible conditions. Winning Captain Mark Patton was presented with a bag of mini Twirls with u17 Player of the tournament Stephen King receiving a bag of mini Crunchies.