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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

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.

Johnstown FC bounce back with a league win.

Johnstown FC Seniors away to Bailebourough. Photo by Adrian Finnegan

After a tough assignment last week in the shield, the senior team have bounced back to winning ways in the league with a 3-0 away win against Bailebourough Celtic on Friday night.

A good first half display had the away team 1-0 ahead at half time. Bailebourough had the better of the opening exchanges at the start of the second half with a staunch Johnstown defence doing well to deal with the pressure. The crucial second goal fell Johnstown’s way and was followed soon after with a 3rd from the edge of the box, rounding off striker Victor Hugo’s hat-rick. Bailebourough didn’t lie down though and threatened with a number of set plays. Johnstown FC’s rearguard remained resolute and Darragh Keegan left with a clean sheet.

Best for the visitors were Johnny Forde, Adam O’Connor and Victor Hugo. Another hard fought away win and the lads now look forward to the mid-week game vs Moneymore away in Drogheda DIFE.

Johnstown FC 2018 Season Survey

Now that the 2018 season has come to a close and we are wintering well,  we would appreciate if you could spare 2 minutes to fill out our survey.

This will provide the club with invaluable information to help us identify where we are going in the right direction. It can also inform which areas we could work to improve on for the 2019 season.

You can complete the survey at the link below, any response is much appreciated.

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Johnstown FC U17 Cup Winner’s, League and Shield Runner Up Presentation

Johnstown Fc U-17s had their Cup Winners and Leauge and Shield Runner Up presentationt tonight in O’Briens, the team were presented with Cup Winners medals and Shield Runner up medals, also individual trophies were presented to

Player of the year;
Adam O Connor,
Top Goalscorer;
Darren Finnegan,
Most Improved player ;
Japhet Ogu ,
Well done to Eoin and Paul for their time in coaching the team which resulted in a very good season, looking forward to u-18s in 2019.

Adam O’Connor receiving his player of the year award from manager Eoin Sheridan

Darren Finnegan receiving his top goalscorer award

Japhet Ogu receiving his most improved player award

Eoin,Paul and the team

 

Thanks to Adrian for the words and pictures.

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.