Johnstown 1 Cloghertown 1
This weekend sees all our Juvenile teams in action for the SFAI Skechers Cup. All of our Competative NECSL teams will be playin on Saturday and sunday in the cuo.
So Best of Luck to our 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s and 16s in the Cup
Trim Celtic 3 Johnstown 6
Our Club works for our community with the help of a team of volunteers. Without volunteers to help we would have no club and the kids would have no local football.
So now we are in need of more help. We need someone who could manage a team and help bring them on a journey of learning, fun and lifelong friendship. Sport is a fantastic way for children to learn and communicate.
Currently we are looking for managers for a second U15 team, U8 and U7. You will need to give up a few hours a week, become Garda Vetted and complete a course in Child Welfare in Sport.
If you would like to become involved please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
U15s Newtown 1 – 6 Johnstown
Johnstown travelled to Newtown on Wednesday night and knew they needed to make amends for the last time these two met.
The home side found themselves 1 up inside the first few minutes after a mix up in the Johnstown defence. The Newtown striker ran onto a long ball over the top and lobbed the ball over the helpless Murphy into the net. It took a while for the away team to settle and they should have levelled when Chinchilla raced through on goal but couldn’t keep his effort down. Their next chance fell to captain Adam O’Connor who saw his shot from outside the box cannon off the bar.
Chinchilla levelled the match 5 minutes before half time with a cool finish into the bottom corner after some good work from Finnegan and O’Connor. This was the break the away side needed and quickly made it 2-1 when Paddy Gaffney went on a mazy run and finished from distance into the bottom corner. Both Dowdall and Davies had efforts to increase the lead, the latter volleyed straight at the keeper and Dowdall hit the post.
The second half saw a more composed Johnstown outfit and they quickly began to impose themselves on the game. The home team found themselves under alot of pressure and Johnstown got their third of the game 10 minutes after the restart. Centre half Cummins won the ball on the half way line, he then drove forward skipped by two players and powered in an unstoppable shot past the keeper from distance. The away side began to show their class and played some lovely football. They got their rewards with three more goals, Mark Dowdall got his first of the game with a shot from outside the box. He quickly got his second with a header from a Chinchilla corner.
The last goal of the game was scored by Cummins and it was a carbon copy of his first. Once again he won the ball high up the pitch, he then went on run which saw him beat two and he then riffled the ball into the top corner. This was a very good display from the entire team and there were a number of stand out performances by Gaffney, Junior, O’Connor, Dowdall and MOTM Cummins.
Team: D. Murphy, G. Sheeran, A. Barrett, A. Cummins, P. Gaffney, D. Finnegan, A. O’Connor, A. Barry, C. Davies, A. Chinchilla, M. Dowdall.
Subs: B. McCullagh, A. McGovern, D. Clarke, L. McKeever, M. O’Leary
U15s Div 1 Kingscourt 0-4 Johnstown
Johnstown travelled to Kingscourt on Saturday and came out of top largely down the brilliance of hatrick hero Darren Finnegan.
The home team started the game at a good tempo and put the Johnstown rearguard under some early pressure with a number of corners. Johnstown responded well and started to play some good football and had some good opportunities to open the scoring. The lively Ciaran McCann shot into the side netting and he made the keeper work on a few occasions. The best chance of the half fell to Mark O’Leary who was put through on goal but his finish was well saved by the home keeper. Johnstown kept up this pressure and were nearly rewarded but for a goal line clearance from the Kingscourt defender. The away side were always a threat from set pieces and should have opened the scoring after an in swinging corner was met with the head of the Kingscourt centre half but he headed just over.
On resumption of the game Johnstown quickly began to dominate proceedings and within 5 minutes Johnstown got that all important opening goal. Adam Cummins intercepted the Kingscourt striker and played the ball forward to O’Connor who turned and found Darren Finnegan on the edge of the box. The latter showed some good footwork and turned and shot into the top corner. It wasn’t long before Johnstown were two up when Finnegan was played in on goal by Chinchilla and he calmly finished into the corner. Johnstown were on top for the remainder of the half and added two more goals. Chinchilla got the third of the game when he finished off a good move with a shot from just outside the box. Darren Finnegan got the final goal of the game and his hatrick with a neat finish from inside the box.
Best for the winners were: A. Cummins, A. O’Connor, C. McCann, Junior and MOTM D. Finnegan.
Team: D. Murphy, A. Barry, A. Cummins, G. Sheeran, P. Gaffney, A. O’ Connor, D. Finnegan, C. Davies, M. O’Leary, C. McCann, A. Chinchilla. Subs: A. McGovern, C. Leonard & R. Kelly
U15s Div 1 Johnstown 0-1 Slane
Johnstown returned to league action after their successful trip to Manchester with a home clash against league leaders Slane.
The home team knew that 3 points were a must and they started the game with real purpose. This early pressure pushed Slane back and they struggled to get a foothold in the game. Johnstown came close on a number of occasions. Firstly Mark Dowdall was unlucky not to score when he rounded the keeper but his effort was blocked by the Slane defender, Ciaran McCann followed up but he failed to keep his effort down and the ball clearer the crossbar.Kennedy and Dowdall had efforts both from corners. McCann was the provider for both, Dowdall headed into the side netting at the back post and Kennedy failed to trouble the keeper who saved comfortably. Johnstown had the best chance of the half after a mix up in the Slane defence Dowdall reacted quickest and with the keeper out of position he lifted the ball over his head but the ball bounced just wide of the post.
Just before the break Chinchilla had an effort but he blazed over. Slane never really threatened and they were reduced to an effort from distance and a free kick which was comfortably saved by Murphy.
The second half resumed in the same fashion with the home team taking the game to Slane. 10 mins into the second disaster struck for the home team. With their first real attack of the game, the Slane striker was put through down the channel after some poor defending from Gaffney, the Slane striker finished calmly past the advancing Murphy who tried to close the angle.This gave the away team something to hold onto and they showed some good defensive qualities. Johnstown never troubled the Slane keeper but never gave up and kept searching for an equaliser. Football is a funny old game and Johnstown really should have been out of sight such was their dominance in the first half. Slane however showed why they are top of the league and with this result they are one step closer to the title.
Best for Johnstown were, Chinchilla, Junior, Cummins and Dowdall
Team: D. Murphy, A. Barry, A. Cummins, A. Barrett, P. Gaffney, A. Chinchilla, A. O’Connor, D. Finnegan, C. McCann, M. Dowdall, K. Odin
Subs; D. Clarke, C. Davies, L. McKeveer, A. McGovern, B. McCullagh, C. Leonard, G. Sheeran
U15s Q/F Cup Trim Town 0-1 Johnstown
Johnstown made the short trip to Trim on Saturday to take on the current premier div leaders Trim Town.
The early exchanges were dominated by the home team and Johnstown found themselves under pressure right from the start. Trim had a few good opportunities to open the scoring but some good defending and a save from Daniel Murphy kept them at bay.
Although Johnstown struggled to match Trim for the entire half Mark Dowdall had the best chance to open the scoring. A rare attack from the away team led to them winning a corner. The resulting corner was met by the head of Dowdall whose effort was straight at the keeper.
With a change in formation and the introduction of Kennedy, Johnstown started the half with a bit more belief. The home team continued to press but they were always open to the counter attack. The away team nearly opened the scoring 10 mins into the half, Dowdall was put through on goal but his effort was parried by the keeper and back into Mark’s path. Unfortunately he couldn’t adjust his feet and finished just over the bar.
This spurred Johnstown on and they were rewarded mid way through the half. Ciaran McCann swung in a corner and the ball was met by the foot of Cummins which flew low into the net.
Trim increased the pressure and were unlucky not to equalise. The defensive effort of the away team really was top class but it was nearly undone when Trim were awarded a penalty. Murphy became the hero of the day when he saved well low to his left.
Team; D. Murphy, P. Gaffney, A. Cummins, D. Finnegan, D. Clarke, C. Davies, A. O’ Connor, A. Chinchilla, C. McCann, M. Dowdall, B. McCullagh Subs M. O’Leary, A. McGovern, C. Leonard, J. Barry, L. McKeever, K. Odin
This weekend our 15s and 17s are off to Manchester to compete in the Manchester Cup. We hope the lads have a great time and enjoy the games.