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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

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.

Under 16s Match Report

U16s Omp 0-4 Johnstown FC

Johnstown got their league campaign of to a winning start with a win away to local side OMP.

Johnstown opened the scoring mid way through the half when Danny Reaney reacted quickest and finished well from inside the box. Adam Cummins was unlucky not to increase the lead when he headed onto the bar.

HT 0-1

The away side started the 2nd half brightly and we’re unlucky not to increase their lead. Noel Donnelly had a shot well saved by the keeper and Reaney headed just wide of the post.

Donnelly made it 2-0 with a unstoppable strike from 20 yards after some good work from Barry and O’Connor. With the game still in the balance Omp pushed forward and had two efforts well saved by Gaffney. Johnstown made sure of all 3 points with goals from O’Leary and Ogu adding the final goal on his debut.

Best for the winners; Okri, Reaney, Gaffney and O’Connor.

Team; Henry Gaffney, Glenn Sheeran, Adam Cummins, Charles Okri, Chris Leonard, Anthony Barry, Adam O’Connor, Ciaran McCann, Breen McCullagh, Noel Donnelly, Danny Reaney.

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