Author: Justin Flynn

Johnstown U16’s win close shave with Trim

JFC 1 TRIM CELTIC 0
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

Victor Hugo leaves Oldcastle misérables

Johnstown bounced back to winning ways in their first home league game of the season. A strong first half showing had the home team 4-1 up at the break. Victor Hugo with two, Harry finishing with a deft touch from a well worked corner and Adam Foy with a well deserved goal showing his class with a silky finish.

Johnstown started the second half with the all important goal, Victor rounding off his hatrick just after the break. Oldcastle then piled on the pressure as they scored two of their own in reply as Johnstown retreated. A couple of forced substitutions gave Oldcastle the impetuous to keep the pressure on, Darragh Keegan made some important saves and wayward shooting from the visitors gave Johnstown a 5-3 victory.

Christy Kavanagh manger in absentia was not happy to concede 3 but now looks forward to building momentum again. Johnstown are scheduled to play Donacarney at home on May 2nd.

Congratulations Dylan from all at Johnstown FC

Everyone at Johnstown FC would like to congratulate former player Dylan Connolly on his move to  AFC Wimbledon.

We wish him all the success in the future and that he achieves everything we know he is capable of.

Dylan Connolly, FAI Cup Final 2018

Dylan is capped at Ireland Under-21 level and was a part of the Dundalk squad that won the SSE Airtricity League title and the FAI Cup last year.

Christy Kavanagh 1st Team Manager and Dylan Connolly

Dylan Ireland

Dylan playing with Ireland

Christy and Dylan Presenting awards

See the official piece on Dylans signing at the AFC Wimbledon site and their Twitter page below:

https://www.afcwimbledon.co.uk/news/2019/january/wally-makes-his-first-signing-as-wimbledon-manager/

https://twitter.com/AFCWimbledon/status/1080803958476730368