Author: Justin Flynn

Football is coming Home

Johnstown Fc is delighted to announce that we will be returning to the people’s park to train some of the underage teams.

It has been a long time coming and we would like to thank Alan Lawes and JPP for all their hard work in getting this lined up.

This coming Sunday we will have our Academy training in the park from 12PM. It will be great to see the kids of Johnstown playing in their own community. If you are passing by come and show your support.

Thank You!!

Thank You!!
To all our JFC members and families that joined us on our Family Fun day, we are delighted that you braved the elements to join us and made the best of the day. The arrival of the FAI and special guests made the day memorable for all the right reasons. We hope you met some of your footballing idols.

The day would not have ran without the continued support of the club Volunteers that dedicate their time, energy and commitment to provide our community this superb sporting opportunity, for this a big thanks goes out to all our coaches and mangers. Also special word of thanks goes out to Morris for putting in a huge effort in planning the running order on the day.
It is great to have community members that would drop their Sunday morning activities at short notice to come help us out and a special word of thanks to Steve Wallace for sorting out our electrical problem. We also want to thank Simon McMahon for coming out to referee the senior charity match.

Finally, a big thank you to businesses that supported the day: Navan Hire, Hardware & Plumb Centre for opening on a Sunday for parts when we were badly stuck, MG Audio in Navan, our Bouncing Castles from All Seasons Party Hire (John Power) and especially the continued support we get from the MDL and grounds staff.
We look forward to seeing you all soon at our next club event. In the meantime, continue to enjoy your soccer with Johnstown FC.

Tough weekend for Johnstown seniors

This weekend both seniors teams travelled away to Newtown, Friday night for the first and Saturday for the reserves. Newtown got the better of both depleted Johnstown squads. Newtown where good value for their win on Friday with a comprehensive 3-0 win for the home side. It was a tough 1st half for the visitors going in 3-0 down. Johnstown battled hard in the second half but couldn’t make any inroads on the home sides advantage.

Things started much better for Johnstown on Saturday going 2-0 up, Danny Fon with both goals. The tides turned in the second half with Newtown scoring three on the bounce and running out winners.

The seniors will regroup at training on Tuesday and hope to bounce back against BJD at home Thursday and Friday away to Donnacarny FC.

Johnstown U16’s win close shave with Trim

First of all, what a game of football today. Both teams were going hard at it and playing football in the right manner so hats off to both sides. Trim came to the MDL undefeated in the league for the last 4 years, that is some achievement in itsself so fair play. Today was the day that it all changed. Right from the whistle, the JFC lads were up for it, they were on the front foot playing nice football and winning every 2nd ball. It was a sign how this group is growing and starting to believe. The first half was tight and cagey with both teams trying to suss each other out. After the first 25 minutes there wasn’t much between both sides. But, in the last 15 minutes of the half we went up a gear and started getting behind their defence and creating chances. Mikey was taken down in the box but no penalty 🙄 0-0 at halftime with JFC on the front foot.

The 2nd half kicked off and straight away we were buoyed by our strong finish to the first half, and it wasn’t long before we opened up their defence with a great passage of play that ended with Lee firing over. The next 40 minutes of football was a credit to these bunch of lads. We were relentless going forward creating chance after chance, and with the defence dealing with everything with aplomb and the mighty Quinny stepping into goal for the day, (by the way quinny was outstanding),we went forward at will creating but still no finish. Was it going to be one of those days? The answer is no. Evan started the move from left back and knocked a great ball to Ronan out wide left, then Ronan done what Ronan can do, he mesmerised 3 of their players and got to the byline and cut a perfect ball back for Sean McNamee to finish superbly to put us 1,0 up. Well and truly deserved, but did we sit back then? No chance. We opened them up again, and again, on another day we could’ve scored 4, but I will take that result any day.

Brilliant performance by all, man of match Jack O’Brien, followed closely by Evan, Ronan,Quinny,Liam, Mikey, Lee, Kian, Sean, Aaron, Vaughany, Riley, Evan and Nathan. Onwards and upwards c’mon JFC 16s!

Johnstown drop points to league leaders

Johnstown travelled across to Drogheda to play league leaders Chord Celtic in DIFE astro. Johnstown started slowly and Kacper made a couple of excellent saves early in the game. The lads settled into the game and had a couple of chances to go ahead. Johnstown battled hard with a depleted squad and went in at half time level.

The second half started as the first ended with both sides even. On the hour mark the home team got a penalty which was cleverly dispatched by Chord. Johnstown with only veteran keeper Fergal Beirne on the bench began to tire. Chord picked up a second with a header finished from a deflected cross. The game was wrapped up with 10 minutes when a great through ball allowed the home sides striker to finish behind the Johnstown defence.

Best for the visitors were Jimmy Caffrey, Kacper Zebrek, Jay Connelly, Adam O’Connor and Danny Fon. All the players who togged out today battled hard and put in a good shift. The lads will regroup during the week and look to bounce back away to Newtown on Friday night.

What a difference a week makes for U16s

U16 in Trim yesterday

Well what difference a week makes 🤜,today we travelled to trim after a poor result the previous week, how would the lads respond? Brilliantly is the answer today we played football moving into space, letting the ball do the work and winning the 2nd ball,great attitude by the whole squad and I could tell they were up for it right from the first whistle.

We instantly played the ball around from defence into midfield, patiently waiting for the right ball, we where causing them problems down both flanks and winning everything in the middle of the park with mikey running them ragged from the word go and fitza throwing himself around it was a matter of time before we scored,then on the 25th minute mark good passage of play mikey found himself in the box surrounded by 3 defenders to burst through and smash home the first goal.

Then 10 mins later trim had a corner with a stroke of luck the lad scored directly from the it into the far top corner,that summed up our luck this year but the lads lifted themselves to play out the half well 1.1 at the break.

2nd half kicked off 2 substitution came on to freshen things up and it paid off instantly with us having trim pinned in there own half,the next 40 mins was a onslaught Ronan was causing all sorts of problems down the left as was Quinny down the right,Jack in goal and Aaron Shaun herdy had everything under control in defence,riley and walshy winning the ball and releasing it putting us on the front foot, liam getting into space playing smart one 2s and pressing to give our 2 strikers in mikey and Lee to cause havoc that they did very impressively,the 2nd goal came from a set piece the ball bounced and mikey was there to volley it home 2,1 up,the lads confidence grew by the minute then 5 mins later mikey ran onto a superb ball from Ronan to get his hatrick and put the game to bed 3,1 up,we created loads more chances then finally Lee got his goal he deserved on his debut by smashing one in from 25 yards out, game well and truly over it finished 4.1 to the johnstown.

As I said at the start it was a complete effort by the whole squad great attitude and willingness to fight for each other, brilliant work to all of the lads,man of the match today Mickey leddy fantastic display followed by all onwards and upwards JFC

Words by u16s manager Ross Symonds

Harry provides Johnstown FC with the magic touch.

Thanks to Apache Pizza Navan for sponsoring the man of the match award.

Johnstown continued to gather some momentum in the league with a hard-fought win at home against Donacarney Celtic this evening. It was tit for tat in the first half, the game being played with the sun low on the horizon of this lovely May evening. Johnstown took the lead after a free kick from deep ricocheted in the box and fell to the man of the match Harry Shivmangal, who duly slotted home. Donacarney managed to grab a goal back not long after, a nice through ball split the home sides defense with the Donacarney player finishing well. Johnstown managed to grab an important goal before the break after some lovely interplay from Adam Foy and a mazy run and finish from Adam O’Connor.

After the break Donacarney started stronger, piling on the pressure. They were rewarded after some nice play in the middle, leading to a square ball which left the Donacarney striker with an easy enough finish. The game was tightly balanced at this stage but the home side began to rally. The all-important breakthrough came in the 80th minute with a lovely weighted cross from Eoin Kelly out on the left meeting the hard running Harry Shivmangal, he finished with a well-placed header. Donacarney pushed on for the last ten minutes, piling players forward, but the home side held firm.

Best for the victors were Harry Shivmangal, Jay Connolly, Darragh Keegan, and Adam O’Connor. Johnstown FC now looks forward to the visit of Athboy Celtic FC next Thursday in the MDL.

Pat Hegarty congratulates Harry as he receives his man of the match award thanks to Apache Pizza Navan

Tooth be told, a great weekend for U8s

Our U8’s played Robinstown and Slane over the weekend and had a fantastic time. It was a great performance by all the boys and all the fun and hard work in training is paying off. They gave everything and Caleb even gave his front tooth to the Johnstown cause!! He swallowed his tooth during the match!! The tooth fairy might not be able to collect that one but hopefully still paid it’s worth! Well done to Gary, Ger and Caroline for all their time and effort, the boys look to be really enjoying their football with Johnstown FC.

Caleb gave it his all!! Even his front tooth!
A number of the U8 team