St John's GAA Notes For 3 May 2015


This Friday the seniors are at home to Tullylish and then travel to face Drumgath on Sunday in their rescheduled fixture writes Eugene O’Boyle. 

St John’s Reserves travelled to Ardtole to take on Ardglass on Sunday and started with great intent. The team knew they needed to improve on their first game and from the throw in there was only going to be one winner. The defence put great pressure on the Ardglass forwards turning them over and giving their own forwards the supply to get the scores.

dn_screenAodhan Morgan and Joe Milligan dominated the middle and the teams went in at half time with St John’s leading 3-8 to 0-2. The second half started slowly but when St John’s got going the goals came. The Johnnies ran out comfortable winners by 7-14 to 0-5.

It was great to see nine different scorers and some old faces return. Hopefully we will have a sub next time.

St John’s Team and scorers: Darren Morgan, Jerome Gordon, Ryan Gordon, Paddy Keenan 0-1, Conor Branniff 2-1, Conor Burns 0-1, Mickey Keenan 0-1, Joe Milligan 0-2, Aodhan Morgan 2-3, Declan Gilmore, Aidan Kelly 1-3, Sam Walsh, Alan Henderson 1-1, Damien Murray 1-1 and Colm Kelly. Next Sunday they are at home to Bryansford followed by a trip to Liatroim.

St Johns Ladies had a bye this week and travel to face neighbours Aughlisnafin next Saturday evening.

The Minors had a superb 4-17 to 2-12 win against Dundrum last Tuesday evening to make it 2 wins from 3 games this season after last weeks win over Dromara. There was a great team effort across the pitch from the outset with the Johnnies getting the better of the early exchanges but then Dundrum stepped up a gear.

Once St John’s composed themselves they took control of the game. The St Johns defence worked tirelessly and forced the visitors to shoot from distance. Rory Arkins and Oisin McPolin put in strong performances in defence. Tiernan Noade and Aodhan Morgan scored some great points for the Johnnies. Eoin Moag was yet again the best player on the pitch with a super performance. Pearce McCann also had a good performance in goals. On Tuesday they were away to Ardglass and are at home to Kilclief on Tuesday 12 May.

The Under-16’s had a good win on Thursday night against Dundrum on a scoreline of 9-8 to 7-3. We had a great first half in which we dominated all sectors of the field and were comfortable at half time. Dundrum came out fighting in the second half and they took some great scores and were pulling themselves back into the match. The strong performances were from all our players in the first half. Pierce was our best player in the second half. All players to be at training next week. This Thursday the Under 16s travel to face Carryduff.

The Under-14’s had no fixture last week. On Monday they were away to Teconnaught and are at home to St Pauls on Monday 11 May.

St John’s Under-12’s travelled to Cherryvale on Sunday to face Bredagh in the third round of fixtures. St Johns started bright from the first whistle scoring three unanswered points with great play from the midfield and forwards. St Johns defence was outstanding with all putting in a strong performance. Midfield showed a masterclass of great skill throughout the game. Our forwards showed great character and put away vital scores when needed most.

But today was a game for all 17 players, vital play from our subs who showed great character to help the team get over the line. St Johns came out winners with a hard fought battle 2-11 to 3-6. Scorers: Ryan Morgan 1-2, Oran Connor, 0-4, Chris cope 0-3, Aaron Kelly 0-1, Peter Walsh 0-1, Niall McGrattan 1-0. Next Sunday they are at home to Teconnaught.

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The annual Gerry Burns Tournament will be held on Saturday 23 May at 10.30am.

The 2015 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp will be hosted at St Johns on the week commencing 17 August 2015.

The current monthly cleaning rota for the clubrooms has been replaced by a weekly cleaning rota which takes immediate effect. A copy of this cleaning rota can be downloaded from the club website at and will also be printed and left in the club. The rota for 3 May is Maureen O’Connor’s group, 10 May is Mary Boyle’s group and for 17 May is Una Savage’s group.

On Saturday 9 May there will be a Johnny Cash Tribute Act as part of a fundraiser for Kids Kabin Pre School and St Francis’ Primary School Drumaroad. Doors open at 8.30pm with the show starting at 10.00pm. Admission is £10.

The John McMullan Memorial 7s which was due to be played at St Johns on Saturday 2 May has been rescheduled to Saturday 6 June at 3.00pm.

If anyone in the club has not yet registered for 2015 can they contact Stephen Magorrian for registration on  07966 428452.

St Francis’ Primary School Drumaroad are collecting the Irish News tokens for “Trip to Croke Park”.

Congratulations to John and Orlaith Clarke on the birth of their baby son Luke.

Lotto numbers were 2, 9, 15 and 16. Sean Carville, Seamus Savage, Caitlin Burns and Kieran Kelly were £10 winners. The jackpot is now £5,550.

Lotto Lifers – supporting the club lotto. You can download a Lotto Lifers form from the Downloads section of the club website at and play the Lotto for 5, 10 or 15 weeks at a time. Alternatively give your 4 selected numbers and your payment to any committee member and they will register your numbers for you.

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