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posted 4 Sep 2017, 07:19 by St Johns GAC

St. John's GAC notes - W/C 4/9/17


Our senior ladies will play Loughinisland in the Final of the Championship this Saturday in Downpatrick at 2.30pm.


Ladies JFC SF​

St John’s 4.07 v 0-08 Loughinisland​​

2/9/17 @ Kilcoo 

St John’s advanced to the final of the Junior Championship for the second time in three years on Saturday evening in a windy Kilcoo at the expense of Loughinisland. Tullylish await in the final – a team not to be underestimated. We may have beat them in the league but they still finished third in the standings. The occupied the same position in 2015 but played off against Saval for the league title in 2016, finishing ahead of the Johnnies. Mind you, it is not as if their second half performance would give St John’s any grounds for complacency.

In fact the game was won in the first half as St John’s opened a 2-06 to 0-04 lead. It might have been different as Loughinisland got the ball into the St John’s net in the early exchanges but their effort was denied by a square ball infringement. St John’s then opened the scoring with a goal from Cushla Savage. She added another couple of point before Loughinisland got off the mark.

The blues had a few chances to add further scores but were unable to make their chances count – due in no small part by tenacious St John’s defending. Good build up play gave Cushla Savage the opportunity to score form play before she added another from a free outside the “D”. Brea McKee then got her name on the scoresheet and we were only half way through the opening period.

A spell of St John’s pressure led to the next score as Loughinisland were unable to clear their lines. The pressure led to Loughinisland conceding a penalty which Keevy Burns stroked home.

Loughinisland replied with a point but that was cancelled by one from Cushla Savage. Loughinisland applied a bit of pressure as the half drew to its close and asked question of the St John’s defence. For the most part these were answered well, especially with Grainne McCann’s experience telling. However the last two scores of the half were pointed frees for the blues to leave the score at the break 2-06 to 0-04 in favour of the eventual winners.

Loughinisland dominated possession and territory in the opening ten minutes of the second half.

They created a number of chances, including two goal chances but only reduced the arears by two points. And even that good work was undone in the tenth minutes when Cushla Savage struck for her second goal.

St John’s started to use their bench from this stage but still Loughinisland looked the more likely to score. Again they couldn’t transfer their advantage to the scoreboard. They scored one free but send a series of efforts wide; they didn’t register again until they got the last score of the game with a free. Between times St John’s added a point and Cushla Savage completed her hat-trick.


St John’s: Elaine Madine; Roisin McMullan, Grainne McCann, Martine McGarry; Aoife King, Aoife McClean, Paula McKay; Aisleen Morgan, Carissa McLister; Emma McNeill, Brea McKee, Louise Morgan; Orla Morgan, Cushla Savage, Keevy Burns. Subs used: Amy McCourt, Alannah Megoran, Rachel Savage, Catherine Keenan, Caitlin Savage.


Tickets are now available for the Gala Ball on the 4th November. 


Walking Group: Loughshannagh

Our walking group went to Loughshannagh (the lake of the fox) in the Mournes on Saturday (2nd September) on a wonderful bright sunny morning. We followed the Banns Road to the Mourne Wall and beyond to cross the Miner’s Hole River. From there it was just over a few rises to the lake, the largest natural lake in the Mournes. Obviously we were the early birds on Saturday – we didn’t meet a soul on the way out but came across many walkers on our return trip.

Our next walk will be the last of the midweek walks as the evenings draw in. On Wednesday 13th we will be going along the lanes around Drumee (between Castlewellan and Newcastle), leaving St John’s at 7.00pm.

We will head north on Saturday 16th, with our exact destination dependant on the weather. If it is a clear day we will visit Divis and Black Mountains but if visibility is poor we will go along the Lagan Canal. On Saturday 30th September we will be going to the seaside with a walk to St John’s Point. The Autumn schedule is currently in preparation – if there is anywhere you would particularly like to explore please let Kevin know.

Wed 13th Sept     Drumee Lanes

Sat 16th Sept       Lagan Towpath

Sat 30th Sept      St John’s Point

Walks may change at short notice depending on weather etc.

Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 for further details.


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Dates for you diary:

Ladies championship final - 9th September

St Johns Gala Ball - 4th November