Johnstown FC 2 Parkvilla 3.
A third week in a row the U14s had to ply their trade in rain and sapping conditions but this didn’t stop them from offering up an epic performance against the Parkvilla A team.
Nip and tuck in the early exchanges
Parkvilla had good chances early on but couldn’t finish. With on O/G to their name and a good goal on the break villa were good going in for the tea.
With no changes made Johnstown came back on determined not to let the visitors have their own way. Mikey Leddy combined well with Adam Quinn and put the villa defence on their toes. We started to make some powerful drives into the villa box slowly Johnstown began to carve out chances.
A careless trip on Herdy who was always a threat on the left led to a Johnstown free kick in which Ronan Maxwell dispatched a rasping shot to the keeper’s right and sneaked in..1-2.
The goal buoyed the candy stripes on and gave us the extra impetus we needed to push for the equaliser. Villa were still causing some anxious moments at the back but Jacko, Evan and Adam Boylan made sure that’s all they were. Our goalkeeper Troy O’Brien player of the year two seasons ago reminded people just why he won that trophy!!.
The Johnstown midfield probably with the hardest job of all were sublime in their balance of offensive work and support to our defence. then a high ball just inside the villa box looked tame enough until Adam Quinn first on the scene flicked a perfectly weighted ball high and well out of the keeper’s reach into the top corner 2-2.
The lads gathered in mass celebration understandably for their just reward. With 9 mins left the coaching staff were getting the message across to the team to keep the pressure on and keep it tight and compact.
Fresh legs in Rhys Connolly and Clarkey came on to replace the exhausted warriors in midfield Riley and Ciaran Vaughan. With 5 min left there was a scramble of players on the Johnstown goalline in which the ref blow a half hearted whistle to indicate the ball crossed the line and so the score stayed 2-3
No question of the commitment of the Johnstown lads who had a precious point within their grab but was so cruelly pinched carelessly from their back pocket.
Well done lads on 100% Commitment and determination, roll on next week.