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…
UP THE JOHNNER!