On Saturday the club held its annual senior presentation night in O’Briens Johnstown. We also took the chance to run a fundraiser with the help of Salina’s Musical Bingo. It was an extremely enjoyable night and thanks to all who attended. A big shoutout must go to the seniors and U12’s & U14’s girls parents who stayed and supported the club and everyone else who attended.
Also a huge thanks to all managers and club members who sourced spot prizes for the bingo and raffle on the night. The club really appreciates all the generosity of local businesses in supplying these prizes.
On the night there were a number of awards handed out over the two seniors teams for the season just past.
Congratulations to all the lads, it’s great to see these lads do so well in their first year of senior football
It was a busy weekend for Johnstown FC, starting with both our U16 Boys and U14 girls in cup final action up in the MDL on Saturday. On Sunday it was great to see the Peoples Park buzzing with activity with our Academy again in situ honing their skills in the heart of their community.
On Saturday first up we had our U14 girls coming up against our local rivals Parkvilla in the Colm Duffy Cup Final. This game handed us the template for the day in store for the Johnstown FC teams. It was an extremely tight affair with both Navan teams locked together after full time. Being a lovely day for football spectators were treated to extra time, but yet again both teams were in-separable after additional time with the game finishing 4 – 4. The game would be decided from the spot. Alas, it wasn’t to be for Johnstown FC Girls as it finished 4 – 2 after penalties. The Girls and their coaches can hold their heads high after a valiant effort on the day and great football being played throughout the year.
In our second game of interest, the U16s came through a hard found battle against Kingscourt in the John Harte Cup final. Again the game was tight afair in the regulation 90″, with Kingscourt finishing the game with 10 men and the sides level at 0 – 0. Into extra time we went with Johnstown striking the first blow with a great effort going in off the underside of the crossbar. The Kingscourt team were resilient even with the numbers disadvantage and levelled the game before the first half was up in extra time. After over 100 minutes of football, the sides were inseparable. This group of lads showed their huge fighting spirit and kicked on after the break going 2-1 and then 3-1 up. They are a credit to the club themselves and their families after the turbulent year they’ve had. There were some lovely words shared after the final whistle mentioning their teammate Mikey Leddy. Congrats to the lads and the coaches on this well-deserved win. Some pictures and highlights below…
On Sunday we had a great turn out with nearly 30 kids in attendance for our Academy training at noon. It great to see the little ones enjoying themselves playing football with Johnstown. It is also great to see our coaches giving their time and effort but we are always looking for another pair of hands so if you are interested please get in touch with the page and we will start you off on your coaching journey.
We hope to see an even bigger number of kids in the park at 12 next Sunday. Until then…
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!! 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.
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.
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 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.
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