Category: Under 13

Johnstown FC’s big day out for FAI Cup Finals day

Johnstown FC had a great day today for FAI Cup finals day at the Aviva Stadium.

Johnstown FC was well represented on the day with a great contingent traveling up by bus to the games. We were also represented in an official capacity with players from the girl’s u13 team selected as ball girls for the Women’s final and players from the boy’s u13s and u11s team as ball boys for the Men’s final.

Up first was the women’s final contested by Wexford Youths vs Peamount Utd. Wexford Youths were 1 – 0 victors on the day completing the double.

Johnstown FC Girls with their coach Ger Horan.

Next up was the men’s final where Dundalk FC took on Cork City FC.  Dundalk were victorious at the final whistle and completed the league cup double with a 2-1 win over Cork City.

The U11 boys with John O’Brien and Jonathan Quirke

Former Johnstown FC player Dylan Connolly was part of the Dundalk FC winning team. Congratulations Dylan.

The boys and there coach John O Brien celebrating with Dylan after the final whistle.

We had a helping hand from the wider Johnstown community providing some sustenance for the group, thanks to Smiths Supervalu and for providing snacks for the group and Dublin bus for the transport.

Days out like this are of huge benefit to the football club and help grow the sense of pride and community within the club. A huge thanks must go out to all parents and coaches that helped out on the day and made it so enjoyable. In particular, a huge debt of gratitude must be paid to John O’Brien who organised the day out from its inception.

Everyone had a very enjoyable day out and here’s to more in the future.

Selection of pictures and videos below:

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.

Under 13 Prem Match Report 31st March 18

Johnstown 1-1 Trim Celtic

This was a game of two evenly matched teams which, in the first half, led to few chances for either side. Johnstown, to their credit, defended very well in the first half with Trim only having a few long-range shots. Neil Mcginley, Adam Anderson, and Scott Taylor worked hard to drive Johnstown forward. The first half ended 0-0.

The second half started off well for both sides with Trim creating a couple of good chances. On the 15th minute of the second half Trim scored a well-placed goal. This spurred Johnstown into life and they were unlucky not to equalise, with both Neil Mcginley and Sean Christy coming close.

Johnstown finally got a lucky break 7 minutes from the end when Neil Mcginley scored from close range. The game ended 1-1 which was probably a fair result overall considering the chances both sides had.

Best for Johnstown were;
Luke Doyle, Scott Taylor, Neil Mcginley
& Aaron Clarke. Man of the match for Scott Taylor.

Team; Caoilinn Campbell-O’Brien, Sean Christy, Luke Doyle, Aaron Clarke, Scott Taylor, Kyle Murray, Neil Mcginley, Adam Anderson, Jack Allen, Charlie Reynolds, Jan Robert Panthers, Oliver Maloney &
Scott Byrne

Under 13 Prem Match Report 24th March 2018

Johnstown 3 – 3 Parkvilla

This was Johnstown’s premier 1st game of the season.  Johnstown’s team was both a mixture of u12 and u13 players.  Parkvilla scored first midways through the first half. Johnstown equalised with a well-taken goal by Neil McGinley.   With Johnstown playing some very good football they scored again just before half time with a very well taken goal by Sean Christy.

The second half started at a very fast pace with Parkvilla trying to get back into the game.  Parkvilla scored 15 minutes into the second half to put the game level.  Johnstown were playing some great football but against the run of play, Parkvilla scored to go 3-2 in front.  Johnstown never give up attitude paid off when Neil McGinleys brilliant shot hit the back of the net to leave the game 3-3.

This was a very good team performance with some very good play from all. And a man of the match performance by Neil McGinley ley.

Under 13 Match Report 12th November 2016

U13 Premier Johnstown 1 – 2 Kells Blackwater

Top of the table clash last Saturday morning in the MDL attracted a decent size crowd to see the leagues two form teams battle it out. Adam Murphy continued his impressive scoring run with a strong run and powerful finish to put JFC 1 up , the game was contested mostly in midfield with very little to choose between the two sides.  JFC looked to be going in at half time with the lead when a Kells free kick took an unlucky deflection off a JFC player past the excellent Oisin in goal, 1-1 at half time.


The second half continued in the same vein a close tense game and looked to be heading for what possibly would of been a fair drawn result. Five minutes to play and Kells took the lead somewhat against the run of play as JFC pushed forward to get the winner that would of taken them top of the table.   A great effort on Saturday and every member of the squad can be proud of their efforts in the game.  Some nice words of encouragement from opposition manager to our lads at the end. The lads left the pitch disappointed  but certainly going in the right direction in terms of their football week in week out now.

13s SFAI Cup Match Report 29th October 2016

SFAI CUP U13 Laytown Utd 3 – 4 Johnstown Fc

the Old adage a game of TWO halves was alive and well out at the coast on Sunday Morning, in possibly Phil & Joe’s team best first half ever, ‘’ footballing wise’’ JFC stormed to a 4 – 0 lead by half time.


Recent weeks sluggish starts were put to bed right from the start with some slick passing and quick forward movement.  Ironic so that JFC took the lead when Cormac Walsh lobbed the keeper Beckham Style from the halfway line, a stunning goal.  But we didn’t have to wait long for possibly that goal to be topped by Abraham who took on the full back and cut in to the edge of the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner , so hard it bounced back out of the net !

Soon after Abraham added a 3rd and Adam Murphy continued his scoring streak to make it 4 – 0.  Finn Malone skilfully controlling some neat midfield play and Kian Merrigan’s engine had us well in control at half time.

All the right talk was made at halftime to keep the lads focused , but a change in in style of play in the second half with some long balls over the top to there Tall physical centre forward soon reaped rewards.  To their credit the same play had Laytown not once , twice but three times back in the game 4- 3 in what seemed a blink of an eye.  Pressure on and momentum with the home side  it was time for some players to step up to the plate and they didn’t fail to deliver.  Lee Fitzgerald and Jamie Byrne having been caught out with the change of attack against them , gained their composure and adapted their play to combat the attacks.

Patrick Warren and Jo Jo Hanningan also adding to the back four trying to regain a foothold in the game.  Despite the switch of dominance in the early part of the second half we still had chances to put the game to bed and as the last 10 Minutue’s of the game ebbed and flowed back and forth in a game worthy of knock out cup football.  The JFC Goal Keeper Oisin coming to the rescue with a stunning save at the feet of the on rushing Laytown centre forwards feet in virtually the last kick of the game.  Never has a touch line been so relieved to hear the full time whistle , great game , credit to both side’s efforts and now on to the regional Semi Finals for Johnstown after a thoroughly entertaining morning out near the sea.

Under 13 Match Report 16th October 16

Trim 1 – 3 Johnstown

A bright lunch time kick off on Saturday did not produce a bright start once again for JFC.  A spirited Trim side were content in avenging a defeat earlier in Season and went into the break 1 – 0 up.

The ball was coming back far to quick to the JFC back four in the first half and a bit of half time disciplined team talk and couple changes by Phil Warren had JFC up their game right from start of second half.  Adam Murphy show continued in rich vein with another hat-trick in 15 minutes though one may go to the dubious goal panel as the Trim goal keeper was unlucky to hold and then let go of Adam’s shot.  Patrick Warren and Jamie Byrne stood out in the back four for JFC today both getting stuck in with important challenges.  Cormac Walsh was unlucky to be sent of ten minutes from time for a second bookable offence

. Another 3 points , second in the table keeping the pressure up on Kells .A good days “second half” work. On to next week.

U13 SFAI Sketchers Cup Match Report

We got back to winning ways on Saturday but didn’t have it all their our own way, A slow start to the game partly due to a much changed line up as the managers tried a few different things.  Baldoyle were unlucky not to be 1 – 0 up at half time as they missed a 25 minute penalty.  
JFC themselves a few moments earlier having been denied a penalty shout with a push on Keane McMullen, it was a game that JFC always looked like they could win if they upped their game.
0-0 At half time allowed Phil & Joe get some composure back into the team and gradually they introduced some changes to the team . It paid dividends Adam Murphy came on at half time and already has his name in with a shout for end of season awards bagging an impressive hat trick in 15 minutes.  JFC largely bossed the second half and the introduction of Finn Malone and Cormac Walsh settled the midfield.  Abraham also on as second half Sub made it 4 – 0 with a trademark jinky run and cut in from the left flank .
Game over and into R4 in a cup Phil Warrens lads enjoyed a good run in last season. 

Under 13s Match Report 1st October 2016

Kells Fc 3 – 1 Johnstown FC

JFC’s winning start came to an end today in a top of the table clash away to a seasoned tough Kells side.  In a very competitive game JFC can feel slightly more than aggrieved not to get something from the game.  Johnstown leading 1-0 at half time once again thanks to the ever improving goal a game Adam Murphy with a Sublime lob from 25 yards over the on rushing Kells Goal keeper. 6 or 7 goals for the season now for Adam, we’ll Have to check!

Although under pressure for large periods Of the game only to be expected away to Kells.  The balance of the game swung on a goal for Kells when it appeared the excellent JFC Keeper Oisin Perry had the ball safely held in his hands but the goal was awarded to Kells.

Kells got the break they needed and gained confidence from being allowed back in the game.  Patrick Warren showed again plenty of heart in his new right fulll position and showed some of his larger in size colleagues and oppenents how to get stuck in.  Kells gained momentum and converted two late chances as JFC ventured forward desperate for an equalizing score.  A positive for Phil Warren was once again all the Squad got valuable game time which in itself was no mean feat without upsetting the balance and rhythm of the side in a game of this competitive nature .

A mention for the Kells Midfielder No.8 Conor Kirwan who was a tower for his side today and possibly the difference between
these two excellent footballing sides . Johnstown were not too despondent as the final whistle went and left Kells feeling slightly hard done by but already relishing the prospect of Kells having to travel to the MDL in the second half of the season.