Sunday, 26 April 2015

St.John’s back to winning ways

Furey Coaches sponsored SFL Div 1 Round 5: St.John’s 0-10 Bunninadden 0-9

St.John’s back to winning ways

St John’s senior team got their first win of the season when they overcame the challenge of a gallant Bunninadden side by the narrowest of margins in Sundays Division 1 league encounter played on the splendid Bunninadden pitch. This was a ding-dong battle from the first whistle as both sides fought for the vital league points which were at stake. Showing great heart and determination the visitors came out on top with a point from an Ian Rossiter 45 in the dying moments proving to be the decisive score.

The home side were first on the scoreboard with points from Kieran Gilligan and Shane Kerins  before Brian Harris opened the Saints account with a point. Vincent Frizzel had the home side two up again within a minute before St John’s seized the initiative with points from Rossiter , James Murphy and Harris put the visitors ahead. St Johns goalkeeper Noel O’Donnell brilliantly saved a Frizzel penalty before Fiachra Grennan, on his comeback game from injury, pointed to extend the Saints lead. A pointed 45 from Frizzel left the half time score 0- 4 to  0-5 in favour of St Johns.

The teams swopped points with Frizzel and Kerins for the home side and Rossiter and  Mark Rooney replying for St Johns. With the scores at 0-6 to 0-7 Bunninadden suffered a major blow when they had a player sent off but they rallied to level and then regained the lead with two pointed frees from Joseph Rogers before Grennan and Brian Mc Gowan pointed for the visitors to put them back in front briefly before Niall O Donnell levelled matters again. As the play ebbed and flowed and with the referee playing injury time Rossiter took the responsibility to slot over a 45 and give St Johns the win which gets them off the bottom rung of the league table. 

This was a great all round team performance from the Carraroe boys in which they showed a much improved work rate and determination which bodes well for the future if it is maintained. Every line on the team did well and fought for every ball.  A special word of thanks to the loyal band of supporters who travelled out to the game and hopefully went home happy.  Next up is a home fixture against Coolaney/Mullinabreena on Sunday in Stenson Park at 3 p.m.

St Johns: Noel O’Donnell,  Brian Mc Gowan, Jamie Grehan, Conor Greene, Eoin Flanagan, Neil Hayes, Conor Kerins, Shane Stenson, Paul Mc Namara, Mark Rooney, Brian Harris, Tommy Kelly, Fiachra Grennan, James Murphy, Ian Rossiter  Sub: Geoff Corcoran.

(report with thanks to Tommy McManus)

Upcoming Fixtures involving St.John’s
Tuesday 28th April in Cleveragh Pitch at 7.00 p.m. (new date)
U-12 FL Division 1 Round 2: St. John’s v Eastern Harps
U-12 FL Division 4 Round 2: St. John's v Eastern Harps

Wednesday 29th April in Corran Park Ballymote at 7.00 p.m.
U-14 Fl Div 2 Group 2 Round 4: St. John's v Ballymote Round Towers

Thursday 30th April in Stenson Park at 7.00 p.m.
U18 Fl Div 3 Round 5: St.John’s v Bunninadden

Sunday 3rd May in Stenson Park at 3.00 p.m.
SFL Div 1 Rd 6: St. John’s v Coolaney/Mullinabreene

Monday 4th May in Bunninadden Community Park at 6.30 p.m.
U-18 Fl Div 3 Rd 2:  St. John’s v Bunninadden

Tuesday 5th May in Cleveragh at 7 p.m.
U-12 Fl Div 2 Rd 3:  St. John’s v Tubbercurry/Cloonacool
U-12 Fl Div 4 Rd 3:  St. John’s v Tubbercurry/Cloonacool

Upcoming fixtures in the Go Go Games
Wednesday 29th April v Tubbercurry - AWAY
Wednesday May 13th v Drumcliffe/Rosses Point - Cleveragh
Wednesday May 27th v St. Malaise Gaels - Cleveragh
Wednesday June 10th v Tourlestrane - AWAY
Wednesday June 17th v Shamrock Gaels - Cleveragh

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