Wednesday, 9 September 2015

St. John’s to take U-16 title

St. John’s to take U-16 title

Club PRO Michael McGee Previews the U-16 Shield final 

St. John’s play Ennicrone on Tuesday evening (15th September) next in the U-16 Div 3 Shield final in Markievicz Park at 6.15 p.m. The team have reached the final following wins over St. Patricks, Geevagh (2) and their only loss was against Ennisrone/Killglass their final opponents two weeks ago. In their four games to date Stephen Cronin & Ger Egan charges have racked up an incredible total of 16-39 and averaging almost 4-10 per game. The team are backboned by the double strike threat of Ronan McGoldrick & Dillon Lynch McMorrow who can be match winners on any day with the right ball fed into them. With defenders such as Adam Grace, Mark McGowan, Jack Sayers, Darragh Fleming Shane Egan all playing solidly throughout the campaign along with Senan Kelly & Joe Spratt there is every confidence the team can over turn the result over final opponents in Tuesday’s shield final.

Enniscrone were rather fortunate to win the last meeting between the sides on August 24th last with two late late goals just doing enough to get over the line by 5-8 to 3-6. Tuesday evening’s looks set to be equally close but I expect St. John’s to have learned more in that defeat two weeks ago. 

And with the prospect of an long overdue Juvenile title coming to Carraroe it should be enough for the more hungry and focussed St. John’s to carry the day and emerge victorious. A large travelling support is expected from the Carraroe Parish to spur the sky blues to an historic underage success.

Path to the final:

U-16 Div 3 Championship: St. John’s 4-11 St. Patrick’s 2-3

U-16 Championship Div 3 Rd 3: St. John’s 4-12 Geevagh 2-3

U-16 Championship Div 3 Rd 4: St. John's 3-6 Enniscrone 5-8

U-16 Championship semi-final: St. John’s 5-10 Geevagh 6-5

Tuesday 15th Sept in Markievicz Park at 6.15 p.m. 

U-16 F Championship Div 3 Shield Final: St. John’s v Enniscone

U-16 Championship Div 3: St. John’s 4-11 St. Patrick’s 2-3

(played in Stenson Park Monday 10th August)

Impressive win for St. John’s U-16's:

All the hard work on the training ground is now paying off for the St. John’s U-16 side following an impressive display to defeat St. Patrick’s in Stenson Park.

After a shaky start it was Jake McMahon in the half back line who ventured up the field taking a quick 45’ pass from Shane Egan before slotting over. St. Patrick’s equalized soon after but further scores from Ronan McGoldrick & Jack Walsh put the sky blues in front. It was to get ever better for the sky blues when Cathal Byrne playing at midfield rose highest to collect a high dropping ball and fed the inrushing Joe Spratt and he made no mistake from close range with an expertly taken goal. St. John’s pulled well clear and at half time lead by 1-8 to 0-2 with further points coming from Joe Spratt (2) Ronan McCormack & Dillon Lynch McMorrow

St. John’s added to their tally with the inspiring Joe Spratt again on target with a free off the ground and this was followed shortly afterwards with the games second goal coming from Dylan Lynch McMorrow. Not to be outdone the attacking minded Darragh Flemming in the full back line raced up the field before popping over another inspirational score.

St. Pat’s did stage a mini revival and converted a penalty and added a second goal but it was to be their last score as St. John's took over. At this stage St. John’s still had a comfortable 2-10 to 2-3 lead. Two further goals from Ronan McGoldrick and another point from Dillon Lynch McMorrow put the issue well beyond doubt in an overall magnificent team display.

Best for St. John’s on the evening were Darragh Fleming, Jack Sayers, Shane Egan & Jake McMahon who nullified the St. Patricks attack for long periods while Ronan McGoldrick & Cathal Byrne both excelled at midfield with great drive and energy. Jack Walsh & Dillon Lynch McMorrow gave masterful displays in the high scoring St. John’s forward line.


U-16 Championship Div 3 Rd 3:

St. John’s 4-12 Geevagh 2-3 (played Monday evening August 17th in Stenson Park)

Second half blitz sees off Geevagh.

A number of enforced changes to the St. John’s starting line up with key players Cathal Byrne & Darragh Fleming out through injury. Manager Stephen Cronin re gigged the team with Shane Egan moving to midfield and the flying full forward Joe Spratt in an unfamiliar role in the half back line.

Dilllon Lynch McMorrrow opened the St. John’s account on 4 minutes and this was quickly added to with a goal of individual quality coming from Ronan McGoldrick who ghosted pasted the Geevagh defence but rifling an unstoppable shot into the Geevagh net. Shane Egan pointed for St. John’s shortly after. Geevagh replied with two quick fire goals of their own to stay in contention. Towards the end of the half McGoldrick with a great point from a difficult angle and two points from Adam Grace and a free from Jack Walsh tied the contest at half time by 1-6 2-3.

It was a classic case of a game of two halves. In the second period St. John’s went on the offensive and attacked at will. An early expertly McGoldrick point was the sign of things to come with the tide now turning totally in St. John’s favour. That man McGoldrick gave a nice accurate kick pass into the welcome arms of Adam Grace and he made no mistake with a well taken goal.

Geevagh were shell shocked and didn’t know what hit them as the St. John’s forwards took over and ran riot. Another McGoldrick point was quickly added to by half time substitute Ryan Gorman. Senan Kelly made his presence felt when he came on with 12 minutes remaining and immediately went into the full forward line. Within two minutes he scored 1-1 to his credit. Dillon Lynch McMorrow & Adam Grace increased the lead with further points while Senan Kelly added another goal after a rebound shot from McGoldrick.

The entire St. John’s defence were on top in the second half keeping Geevagh scoreless with tireless defending coming in particular from Mark McGowan & Jack Sayers. It was another solid showing from Stephen Cronin’s charges adding 3-6 in the second half without reply.


U-16 Championship Div 3 Rd 4: St. John's 3-6 Enniscrone 5-8

Two late goals from Enniscrone dents St. John’s but still reach semi-finals

(played Monday 24th August in Enniscrone)

Playing with the aid of the wind in the first half St. John’s took an early lead through Shane Egan. Enniscrone hit back with a goal of their own with eight minutes gone. Points from Ronan McGoldrick & Dillon Lynch McMorrow brought the sides level but four points from Enniscrone without reply seen the seasiders out in front. The St. John’s Management made an astute substitution bringing on Senan Kelly for Jordan Gorman. Kelly wasn’t on the field long when he rattled the back of the Enniscrone goal with a rasping shot. And with half time fast approaching Jack Walsh scored St. John’s second goal with the sky blues ahead at half time by 2-4 to 1-5.

St. John’s further extended their lead early in the second half with the Carraroe’s side third goal coming from Adam Grace’s penalty strike. Rather than pressing home their advantage it was Enniscrone who battled back into contention. A quick fire salvo from the seasiders seen them regain the lead. St. John’s looked to have weathered the Enniscrone storm with further points from Adam Grace & Dillon Lynch McMorrow. However in the last ten minutes St. John’s lost their shape and Enniscrone got in for two late goals to win the contest.


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