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.
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.