Author: Jonathan Purvis

Johnstown FC Bottles

To help us all in these strange times, we have commissioned these beautiful bottles from Crafty Cuts in Meath.

Each bottle is personalised with the player’s names and initials and our Creston the front. Giving you a labelled bottled as per COVID best practice to bring to training and Matches. Bottles can be ordered on the link below for collection on Mondays between 6-7 in the MDL Grounds.

Visit the Store to order your bottle now

RIP Mikey

It is with great sadness our own Mikey Leddy has passed away this afternoon, the tragic event that has happened in the last 48 hours has shocked us all. 

We would ask that everyone remembers Mikey for the champion he was and his fighting spirit. He will be with us in our minds and spirit forever.


End of Season 17-18 Party

This year our end of Season Party for Seniors will be held in O Briens of Johnstown.  This event is open to all Senior players, All Volunteers with the Club and of course all our Mammies and Daddies.

The event will Kick off at 2000 on the 23rd of June and we would love to see you all there.  Players of the years and golden boots will be awarded to the Seniors.

Christy Kavanagh – First Team Manager

We are delighted to announce that Christy Kavanagh has accepted our offer to be the First Team manager.

Christy is no stranger to the club has been with us for some time now and his no-nonsense approach to the game will be interesting to watch unfold next year.  Christy also brings with him a wealth of experience from his football days in Dublin.

We could not have asked for a better calibre of manager and look forward working wiht Christy in his new role.

Darkness intoo Light

This Saturday many of us will do the Darkness into Light walk in Navan.  This is a cause that needs our support so we would like to help our community get more funds raised for this great charity.

If you are a member of the club and are doing the walk up load a Selfie of you to this post on Saturday and email us yor recipt from your registration  and for every adult that walks from the club we will donate 10 Euro and for every child, we will donate 5Euro.

So what better way to raise extra cash than this.

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Support your Club – Reserve Cup

This Saturday at 3 O Clock our reserve team play in the final of the Reserve Cup.

So Saturday we need you more than ever and we want to turn the MDL red and white in support of our men.  So with the weater set to be a hot and the game set to be a scorcher, let’s all get out and cheer the team to victory!


Over 35s 2018

Over 35s are back, after a long winter of discontent we are back with our Over 35s Team.

We will be training every Thursday at 2000 in the MDL at  The season will start soon so if you want to relive the days when you were the next Maradona nows your chance.  Come join us for some fun, training and lots of Banter.

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Reserve Cup Semi-Final Match Report

Johnstown Vs Ardee Reserve Cup Semi-final report Saturday the 28th April 2018

Johnstown has been struggling with a relegation battle for the last number of weeks so the reserve cup was a very welcome break and to add fuel to the fire the last time both of these teams met Ardee came well out on top 8-1 !

In fairness to Johnstown over the last number of months have stabled the ship with some very positive results and really look like a team that can stay up in the Premier reserve under the guidance from Fergal Bernie.

Johnstown started the game in very positive form with most of the opening possession with Johnstown, it took Ardee about twenty minutes to really get going with the number 10 up front a constant threat. However, Johnstown pressed really well with Richie Nevin out on left making some fantastic runs ripping the Ardee defence apart time and time again.

Johnstown controlled the first half completely with some fantastic performances from Dave Grumbly and Barry Halpin in the back also the three midfielders Shane Kelly, Barry Quinn & Jimmy Caffrey dominated.

Johnstown had most of the chances in the first half the best fell to veteran striker Peter Dempsey, Kelly split the defence with a fantastic pass Dempsey pounced with fantastic pace

And tried to do a Mo Salah and chip the keeper, however, the keeper was quick off his line and made a fantastic save to deny the veteran striker his 19th of the campaign but then up popped Richie Nevin with the follow to hit the bar he should have scored …….

Minutes later a nice lay off by Dempsey set Kelly up with a fantastic strike from 30 yards which came back off the crossbar. Ten minutes later Johnstown had another fantastic attempt by Jimmy Caffrey which struck the crossbar again which was followed up quickly by Dave Grumbly who headed back across the goal to his defensive mate Barry Halpin but he was unable to put it away. The chances kept on coming, Nevin made another fantastic run on the left and squared it to Dempsey but the pass was slightly ahead of him.

The second half started very much like the end of first half with Johnstown pressing very high and the opening goal came from a fantastic pass into Dempsey by Caffrey Dempsey turned his defender inside out looked up and seen Nevin out on the left and with the outside of his boot he split the defence and put in on a plate for Nevin to slot it home Johnstown one nil up.

Ardee pushed really hard after losing the goal and in fairness where the better team for the next twenty minutes with the Ardee number 10 a constant threat, however, Adam Ivers who worked tirelessly on the right-hand side made a great run and slid Dempsey in down the channel Dempsey skipped passed the oncoming defender and picked out a pass across the box to Nevin who held it up well then turned his defender inside out and put it in the top corner for his second on day fantastic.

In fairness to Ardee, they came back really strong and the big number 10 who had been threatening all day went around three Johnstown players and slotted into the back of the net game on 2-1.


Johnstown was dealt a big blow with 20 minutes to go Karl (Johnstown keeper) went over very awkwardly on his ankle after 10 minutes of treatment he had to come off.  Big thanks to Karen Byrne for looking after him, with a lot of discussions between the Johnstown team Dempsey decided to put himself forward to go in goal.

Johnstown played out the reaming 20 minutes really well with fantastic contributions from young Adam Foye , Alan Burke & Andrea Sierb, in the end, Johnstown held out to claim their place in the Reserve cup final next Saturday 3 o clock MDL .

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Match Report U13 Girls Johnstown FC V Torro United FC

Saturday’s match was the 3rd official league match. This match was a great team performance. Johnstown had a 2-0 lead going into the 2nd half

For the match, Johnstown lost the toss and was forced to play up the hill for the first half. Two minutes in, Ava scored a great shot from deep on the right side of the pitch.  Only a minute later Ava was unlucky to see another shot go just wide. Siobhán battled on the right side early on and won a few throws in quick succession, gaining valuable ground.  About six minutes in Caoimhe had the first of what would be many throw-ins today. A huge throw from near halfway started another Johnstown attack, finding Aoibha who in turn made a clever pass to Ava whose shot went just wide.

Torro responded but was repelled just inside the Johnstown half by clearances from Darinn and from Abbie who tracked back well to provide the required cover. Hanna had several dribbling runs and was rewarded with a goal to make it 2-0 at around the 20 minute mark. Soon after this Kelli came on for Jessie. Caoimhe’s throws from deep in the opposition half added another dimension to the Johnstown attack and were landing deep inside the box. At around 25 minutes a loose ball in the middle looked like it needed commitment and power but was instead skilfully pulled back and redirected by Aoibha to a team-mate. Kelli had some good play in the closing minutes of the half, at one point managing to trap the ball shield well from Torro players and then make a good pass. The last attack of the half was a Torro corner. Kelli picked up the loose Torro striker at the top of the box and was first to the crossed ball, seeing off the danger.

Early in second half Méabh was called on to save a shot from the right side of the box. About 3 minutes into the half Torro had a great shot from far out using the full height of the goals to make the score 2-1.  Chloe came on and showed some good footwork on the ball. The teams battled hard throughout the second half. Torro equalised at 23 minutes and Johnstown looked like they could see this one slipping away but they regrouped striving for a higher level and found it. Torro were put under intense pressure and at about 25 minutes Ava’s remarkable long distance goal made the day. Final score Johnstown 3-2 Torro. This is the third league victory in a row well done girls!

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U13 Girls V Carrick Rovers 7th April 2018

This was the first competitive match for the team using the full size FIFA One pitch at the MDL.  Any concerns that this pitch would be too big for the 13s were soon set aside.  From a Johnstown tip off Hanna had an early shot saved by the Carrick keeper.  Soon after Ava sent in a shot that just went wide.  Teagan had a few well directed early throw-ins which lead to a Johnstown attack helping to keep the pressure in the Carrick half.

Vital interception and clearance just inside the Johnstown half by Abbie helped launch one of many early attacks. Aoibha scored a great goal after about 5 minutes to make the score 1-0.

The attack resulting from the Carrick tip off was cleared by Abbie again and soon the ball was back in the Carrick end with Hannah getting a 2nd goal for Johnstown.  Kellie did some great battling in mid-field winning most challenges and an important free which was taken by Caoimhe to keep the pressure on.  A goal kick from Méabh was volleyed forward by Teagan eventually finding it’s way to Hannah who’s shot was denied by the excellent Carrick keeper.

Aoibhha made an excellent run with the ball from midfield beating one defender and was very unlucky not to score. Chloe battled hard on the left side of midfield making an important contribution. Siobhán came on for Chloe a few minutes before half time and got straight into the action.

In the closing minutes of the half, a Carrick corner was solidly defended and was converted into an attacking opportunity. Another strike from Hannah was saved just before half time.

In the second half, Chloe restarted in place of Kellie who had to depart.  The defence continued to keep a good line throughout the half. Caoimhe was very dependable and made several clearances.  From her mid-field position Aoibha also worked hard in defence and at one point made a vital diagonal run back to the box to clear the ball and eliminate the danger that would have been inevitable.

With 5 minutes to go, after several unlucky attempts, Hanna and Jessie’s partnership up front paid off. An excellent cross from left of the goal into Jessie’s path allowed Jessie to slot that ball past the keeper making the final score 3-0.