Category: Under 16

U16 Triumph tops a busy weekend for Johnstown FC

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.

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We hope to see an even bigger number of kids in the park at 12 next Sunday. Until then…


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.

Match Report Under 16s 22nd October 2016

U16s Newtown 1-5 Johnstown

Johnstown were on the road again for a third week running and came away with all 3 points.

The conditions were ideal and the away side made the most of a very good Newtown pitch.

David O’Gorman got the away sides first of the day with 15 mins on the clock. Noel Donnelly collected a long pass from Gaffney and he played in O’Gorman who made no mistake with a shot from just inside the box. Johnstown made it 2-0 when Joshua cut out a Newtown attack and he found O’Gorman who crossed for Donnelly to convert.

Ciaran McCann made it 3-0 shortly with a good finish from inside the the box. The last goal of the half came at the boot of Reaney. The impressive Adam O’Connor found Reaney with a defence splitting pass, the latter made no mistake with a good run into the box and finished past the keeper.

HT 4-0

Johnstown took the foot off the gas in the 2nd half. Although there were chances missed to increase the lead our normal passing game wasn’t there. The home side had a few chances themselves and Paddy Gaffney was called upon and saved well.

The away side made it 5-0 when Conor Davies converted a penalty after O’Connor was tripped in the box. Newtown got a consolation goal late on with a good finish from the Newtown striker.

This was a good performance with some stand out performers. Best for Johnstown O’Connor, O’Gorman, Barry, Gaffney and MOTM Kevin Joshua

Team: Paddy Gaffney, Glenn Sheeran, Darren Finnegan, Kevin Joshua, Josh Flood, Anthony Barry, Adam O’Connor, Ciaran McCann, David O’Gorman, Noel Donnelly, Danny Reaney.

Subs: Charles Okri, Japhet Ogu, Breen McCullagh, Christopher Matthews, Lorcan McKeever & Conor Davies

U16 Match Report 15th October 2016

U16s Borora 2-7 Johnstown

Johnstown made the trip to Borora on a very wet Saturday morning. The conditions weren’t ideal but Johnstown started the game at a fast pace and began to play some slick football. The away side found themselves 2 to the good inside 10 minutes with goals from Ciaran McCann. Johnstown increased their lead with goals from Noel Donnelly and David O’Gorman. Borora to their credit never gave up and scored 2 goals of their own to leave the tie 4-2 at the break.

Johnstown got the next goal of the game 5 minutes after the restart when O’Gorman was put through on goal and he finished from inside the box. The away side continued to dominate and O’Gorman got his 3rd of the day with an unstoppable strike from 12 yards. The scoring wasn’t finished yet and Lorcan McKeever got his first goal of the season   with a neat finish from close range. This was a brilliant performance from the entire squad. Best for Johnstown, Ciaran McCann, Noel Donnelly, Adam O’Connor and David O’Gorman.

Team; Paddy Gaffney, Glenn Sheeran, Darren Finnegan, Kevin Joshua, Josh Flood, Anthony Barry, Adam O’Connor, Ciaran McCann, Japhet Ogu, Noel Donnelly, David O’Gorman.

Subs; Danny Reaney, Conor Davies, Darren Clarke, Lorcan McKeever, Chris Matthews & Breen McCullagh

Under 16 Match Report 1st October 2016

U16s Johnstown V Robinstown

Johnstown made it 3 league wins out of 3 with a comprehensive result against Robinstown.

The home team led at the half way mark. with goals from  Ciaran McCann with 2, Noel Donnelly, Kevin Joshua, Danny Reaney and Athnony Barry.

Johnstown increased their lead to in the second half  with Robinstown getting a goal midway through the half.  Johnstown goals coming from Donnelly with his 2nd of they day, Japhet Ogu, Adam O’Connor and Darren Finnegan. This was a brilliant performance by the home team. Up next in the league is Kingscourt away.

Best for Johnstown; Darren Finnegan, Josh Flood, Ciaran McCann, Kevin Joshua & MOTM Adam O’Connor.

Team; Paddy Gaffney, Glenn Sheeran, Charles Orki, Darren Finnegan, Josh Flood, Anthony Barry, Adam O’Connor, Kevin Joshua, Ciaran McCann, Danny Reaney, Noel Donnelly.

Subs; Conor Davies, Chris Leonard Japhet Ogu, Lorcan McKeever & Mark O’Leary

U16 Match Report 30 September

U16s Johnstown 7-0 Borora

Johnstown returned to league action and welcomed Borora to the MDL on a wet Saturday morning.

Borora started the brighter and seemed to adapt to the conditons well. Johnstown found themselves having to deal with some early pressure. The Johnstown defence was tested with some long balls over the top but Cummins and Joshua dealt with the threat well. The home side found themselves 1-0 to the good after Japhet reacted quickest in the box and slotted home. Darren Finnegan made it 2-0 shortly afterwords. Noel Donnelly scored the home sides 3rd of the half with a fine shot from distance.

HT 3-0

Johnstown increased their lead to 4-0 shortly after the restart. Conor Davies finished from just inside the box after the Borora keeper parried a shot from Finnegan. The home side were in total control now and increased their lead to 5-0 when Adam Cummins finished from close range. Johnstown weren’t done yet, Donnelly got his second of the day with a low drive into the corner. Adam O’Connor added the final goal of the game finishing from a tight angle after a driving run into the box.

Best for Johnstown were; O’Connor, Cummins, Donnelly and MOTM Reaney

Team; Paddy Gaffney, Glenn Sheeran, Adam Cummins, Kevin Joshua, Josh Flood, Conor Davies, Adam O’Connor, Darren Finnegan, Danny Reaney, Noel Donnelly, Japhet Ogu.

Subs; Athnoy Barry, Charles Okri & Darren Clarke

U16 SFAI Skechers Cup Match Report

U16s SFAI Johnstown 2-7 St Kevin’s

Johnstown welcomed Dublin side St Kevin’s to the MDL in the 1st round of the SFAI cup.

The away side started quickly and tested Johnstown with some fast passing and direct running down the wings. The home side found themselves behind after 15 minutes. An inswinging corner wasn’t cleared and a St Kevin’s player pounced and finished past the unsighted Gaffney into the corner of the net. The away side might have been expecting the home side to crumble but it was quite the oppposite.

The home side nearly got on level terms when a set piece from McCann was floated into the box but just out of reach for the advancing Finnegan.

St Kevin’s continued to test the Johnstown regaurd and Gaffney was called upon to make two fine saves mid way through the half. Johnstown got the goal they deserved after good link up play from McCann and Donnelly, the latter sending Finnegan in on goal who finished camly past the keeper. Johntown came close to taking the lead when Donnelly just shot wide of the post and O’Connor was unlucky to see his free-kick curl over the wall and narrowly wide with the keeper beaten.

Ht 1-1

The away side took the lead shortly after the restart with a swift counter attack. The home side struggled for much of the 2nd half as the efforts of the first half seemed to take its toll.

Johnstown continued to press but the away side were much sharper and they added a further 2 goals to increase their lead to 4-1. Danny Reaney made it 4-2 after he ran onto a pass from Joshua,  rounded the keeper and slotted into the empty net.

St Kevin’s added 3 more goals in the last 10 minutes. The home side can take alot of positives from the first half display.
Best for Johnstown were Danny Reaney, Darren Finnegan and MOTM Josh Flood

Team; Paddy Gaffney, Glenn Sheeran,  Kevin Joshua, Adam Cummins, Josh Flood, Adam O’Connor, Anthony Barry, Darren Finnegan, Danny Reaney, Ciaran McCann, Noel Donnelly.

Subs; Japhet Ogu, Conor Davies, Breen McCullagh, Darren Clarke & Charles Okri.