Category: Seniors 1st Team

Senior Team Announcement

Johnstown F.C. are delighted to announce and congratulate Eoin Sheridan as the new manager of our senior team for 2020.
Eoin was one of the founding members of the club and has been a dedicated player and coach for our club since its inception. Eoin has always shown great dedication to everything he puts himself forward for and always gives 100%. We look forward to watching him bring our seniors forward in 2020 and wish him and everyone involved the best of luck!

It is with this appointment we also must pay a huge debt of gratitude to Christy Kavanagh & Fergal Berine for their guidance in the senior setup for the past number of years. Christy and Fergal have worked tirelessly over the past seasons and we thank them both for their unwavering commitment to Johnstown F.C. They will be a big loss to the senior setup but we know they will continue their involvement in the club and will always be there to support Johnstown F.C.

Seniors under Christy and Fergal 2018-2019
Reserves under Fergal 2017-2018
Reserve Team under Eoin 2019
Fresh Christy
Fergal, student of the game
Eoin and Christy Awards Night 2019

Presentation night and Fundraiser

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.

Adam O’Connor collected 1st Team Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year Presented by Christy and Eoin
Adam O’Connor collected 1st Team Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year
2nd Team Player of the year Darren Finnegan presented by Eoin Sheridan
2nd Team Young player of the year Benji Taylor presented by Eoin Sheridan
Wictor Hugo who was the clubs, top scorer this year presented by Christy and Eoin

Congratulations to all the lads, it’s great to see these lads do so well in their first year of senior football

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

Johnstown FC Senior Presentation

Player of the year ;
Shane Conroy
Topscorer ;
Ryan Farnham,
Young Player of the year ;
James Finnegan,
Thanks to Christy Kavanagh (Manager) for presenting the trophies, also thanks to Christy and Fergal Beirne and Adrian for the time and energy they put into this team, two good runs in the Cups ,and a 3rd place in the league wasn’t a bad return, also thanks to O’Briens for the food provided and Apache Pizza Navan for sponsoring our Man of the match award every week.

Apache Pizza Navan to sponsor senior Man of the match

Johnstown Fc again wishes to thank @Apache Pizza Navan for their generosity in their sponsorship of our senior team tops. They have also agreed to sponsor the man of the match as picked each week by the senior management team.  The first man of the match will be announced after the senior game tomorrow vs Redeemer Celtic at 14:30 Aisling Place, Dundalk.

Thanks, Danny and Apache Pizza Navan for the continuing sponsorship of Johnstown FC.

The picture below of Christy Kavanagh, 1st Team manager, Pat Hegarty Goal Keeping Coach and Danny of Apache Pizza Navan.

The picture below of Christy Kavanagh 1st Team manager, Justin Flynn Senior Player\Commitee Member and Danny of Apache Pizza Navan

Johnstown FC are delighted to announce our new training and coach education partner EI Sports.

Post from EI Sports today:

Having met with the club we could see the passion the committee had to take the club forward from a Player Development & Coach Development perspective.

We will now be launching a New Club Academy program in the coming months to support Player development for ages 7 to 13. Having seen the growth in our own Academy program on Wednesdays in Navan with players from Johnstown FC and having had players on our trips over the past 2 years it is great to be bringing the program now directly into the club.

Further Developing the Club Nursery program to expand from 2011s to 2014s Boys & Girls.

Launch a new Coach Education Mentorship Program starting next week which will see a Coach the Coach program , supporting coaches with Session planning, new session ideas and enhancing the development opportunities for all the players in the club. This will include our very successful Junior Coach Mentorship program which will be launched shortly also.

We wish to Thank the Committee & Chairman Kevin for partnering up with us and we look forward to supporting the club in its Development Goals.

Johnstown Take Spoils In Basement Battle

Thanks to a brace of goals from Arnold Luco and a solitary strike from Adam Ivers, Johnstown saw off the challenge of bottom side Navan Town in their O’Neills Sportswear Division 1 tie at the MDL on a freezing cold Friday night.

The home side’s first came with less than 100 seconds on the clock. Having initially lost the ball, Vinny Murphy regained possession with a determined tackle on half way and fed Lee Fahy. Fahy showed excellent vision and with a precise through ball released Arnold Luco, who streaked away from the defenders and coolly picked his spot across the keeper, opening the scoring.

Murphy almost doubled Johnstown’s lead just 2 minutes later. Great work on the right between Andre Sirb and Luco, saw the latter cross to the back post where the awaiting Murphy volleyed just wide.

It was not all one way traffic, and for the next 15 minutes, Navan Town looked more likely to equalise than Johnstown were to increase their lead. However, they never really troubled the Johnstown net.

With 26 minutes gone, the flash point which effectively decided the game arrived. After a clash on the half way line, Jamie Connolly and his opposite number went toe to toe and exchanged some verbals. All harmless and would have resulted in nothing more than a yellow apiece until have run 30 yards to get involved, a Navan Town front man blindsided Connolly with a shoulder in the back running at pace. The interloper saw red, literally and figuratively.

When the football resumed, Johnstown controlled what remained of the half with both Murphy and Halligan unlucky not to double their lead.

Navan Town did have a chance late on to make their hosts rue those missed opportunities. Having beaten the Johnstown back line, and faced with a 1-on-1 chance the front man pulled his effort wide and Johnstown survived to half time with a 1 goal lead.

10 minutes after the restart, Dan Halligan and Josh Gaffney combined well on the left resulting in a cross into the area where the awaiting Luco could only volley over from close range.

As the game entered its final quarter, Johnstown’s numerical advantage began to show. First a passage of play where numerous Johnstown players were lined up waiting to score, but none could dispatch their shot as Navan Town threw their bodies on the line, until Halligan, free on the left side of the area, hit his shot only to see it career back off the post.

Finally, the visitors’ resistance was broken with 19 minutes to go. Darren McQuillan began the move carrying the ball out from the back. Dan Halligan found Adam Ivers on the right. Facing down the keeper, Ivers’ first effort hit the post but luckily came straight back to him. He made no mistake the second time and put Johnstown 2 to the good.

2 minutes later, Johnstown were 3 up. A Bryan Gibney corner was thumped into the net by the head of Luco, a finish rarer than an honest politician.

On a bitterly cold night, the only one seemingly unaffected by the conditions was the referee who insisted on playing 7 minutes injury time despite the promised warmth of indoors. Eventually he blew the final whistle giving Johnstown their first win since September.

Johnstown FC Team: D. Shields, D. Bollard, J. Gaffney, D. McQuillan (c), J. Forde, J. Connolly, L. Fahy, V. Murphy, A. Sirb, D. Halligan, A. Luco
Subs: B. Gibney for Sirb, A. Ivers for Murphy, J. McDonnell for Gaffney, P. Dempsey for Halligan, W. Cahill for Bollard.

Johnstown Make it 4 from 4 in September

In form Johnstown made it 4 wins on the bounce with a hard fought win over Carrick Rovers by the odd goal in five in their O’Neill’s Sportswear Division 1 encounter at the MDL on Friday night.

The opening quarter was littered missed opportunities from both sides as they each tried to take control of the game.

Just after the half hour mark, Johnstown hit the front. Having been up field for a corner, Darren McQuillan found himself in possession in the Carrick area. His quick feet and nimble turn bamboozled the visiting defender who clumsily brought Johnstown’s captain down, leading the referee to point to the spot.

After a brief conversation between Murphy and Luco, the latter eventually dispatched the spot kick low to the keeper’s right giving his side the lead.

5 minutes later, Johnstown were 2 up. Vinny Murphy was tripped in the area. A second spot kick was awarded and having won the penalty, there was no need for any consultation on the taker. Murphy strode up and converted with ease.

Being 2 down at the interval, Carrick Rovers come out for the second half and increased their work rate. Within 5 minutes, they had pulled one back. A cross from out on their left eluded the Johnstown defence and found their man unmarked at the back post. Although Dan Shields saved marvellously from the first effort, with no one following in, the Monaghan man tapped in the rebound.

Within a minute, Johnstown almost restored their 2 goal cushion. An insightful through ball from Jason Colton freed Pierce Challenger. Under pressure from a couple of defenders, Challenger’s shot was saved by the visiting keeper.

Soon after, Johnstown were left rueing this missed effort as Carrick equalised. Again causing trouble on the Johnstown right, Carrick hit a low driven cross into the 6 yard area to the back post where, in his efforts to clear, Josh Gaffney could only find the back of his own net.

In fact, the score line could have gotten worse had Dan Shields not been on hand to steer a dipping shot from 20 yards, over the bar.

With the game entering its’ final quarter, the home side regained their lead. Making amends for his earlier mishap, Josh Gaffney drove powerfully forward before releasing Murphy on the left. Murphy beat a couple of defenders before pulling the ball back to the awaiting Luco. Without hesitation, Luco threw a long leg out and directed the ball into the net, securing the points for his side.

Johnstown FC Team: D. Shields, J. Colton, D. Grumley, D. McQuillan (c), J. Gaffney, P. Challenger, S. Challenger, B. Gibney, V. Murphy, K. Zeberek, A. Luco
Subs: L. Fahy for Gibney, J. Connolly for Grumley, D. Bollard for P. Challenger, J. Forde for Colton, D. Halligan for Murphy.

Johnstown Too Strong For Fort Rangers

Johnstown welcomed Kilkenny side Fort Rangers to the MDL for their LFA junior Cup 1st Round tie on Sunday afternoon.

Despite creating a number of chances, the home side’s solitary first half strike from Arnold Luco was cancelled out by the visitors leaving the game evenly poised at 1 apiece at the interval.

The second half saw Johnstown’s inability to convert chances continue as first, Sean Challenger, twice denied by the keeper, and then Kacper Zeberek, his headed effort cleared off the line, failed to restore the hosts’ lead.

Midway through the half, Johnstown were almost left to rue their profligacy. A quick break down their left, followed by a cross to the back post produced a shot that needed a fine save from Dan Shields.

Shortly after, the chance of the match fell to Fort Rangers. Another attack on the left finished with the winger pulling the ball back to an unmarked onrushing midfielder. With the goal at his mercy, the Kilkenny man could only steer his effort on to the upright, leaving Johnstown unable to believe their luck.

2 minutes later, substitute Adam Foy, with his first touch restored Johnstown’s lead, tapping in a Luco cross at the back post.

As the game wore on, and with the visiting team beginning to fade, Johnstown could have scored their third as chances went a begging.

With 6 minutes left, their third did arrive putting the game to bed. Zeberek jumped with the keeper in an effort to get something on Sean Challenger’s corner. This left Zeberek on the ground but the ball fell nicely for him to volley over his head into the net.

Johnstown could have added a fourth when Foy’s quick feet released Zeberek. Unfortunately on this occasion the keeper got a strong to his shot, making sure the score line remained 3-1.

Johnstown FC Team: D. Shields, J. Colton, D. Grumley, D. McQuillan (c), J. Gaffney, S. Challenger, B. Gibney, V. Murphy, P. Challenger, K. Zeberek, A. Luco
Subs: D. Halligan for Murphy, A. Foy for Gibney.