Mar 312015

Make sure pupils are revising for the final exam on the May 1st.  Some useful revision text books are National 5 History Success Guide Baxby/Dunlop/McLennan/Sherington. (Leckie and Leckie) and National 5 History J Kerr/J Teale (Hodder Gibson).

Do not forget to access N5 History past papers from the SQA website.

Mar 192015

Hard on the heels of the fantastic victory against Gryffe came another home tie for Johnstone against an equally impressive St Ninians B team.  Coming the day after the Gryffe match, there were fears that tiredness would become an issue.

In the event another fine team display saw Johnstone win the match 1 – 0 despite a last minute penalty miss from the usually so reliable Lewis Banaghan.  The awarding of the penalty saw a second yellow produced to a St Ninians player followed by another St Ninians player receiving a second yellow for dissent.  In all 3 St Ninian’s players were dismissed in a match which had very few hard tackles and no niggles between the 2 teams, so it was disappointing for the match to end up this way.

In the event, even at 11 vs 11, the Johnstone boys had another fine match forcing a series of excellent stops from the very impressive St Ninians goal keeper.  Lewis Harding, filling in for the injured Irwin Gray, was much quieter and only really called into action on one occasion when he made an excellent save down low to his right with the score at 0 – 0.

When the goal came it was delivered by Dylan Miller with a super cool finish under the outcoming keeper.

Great goal Dylan and another great performance from the team.  No goals this time, but a man of the match winning performance from the skipper Lewis Banaghan.

Mar 192015

The Under 15s played Gryffe at home on Monday 16th March.  After a crushing 4 – 0 defeat the previous week to the same team the boys were keen to make amends.

In the event, the whole team was magnificent in a match where a 3 – 1 victory was secured against a Gryffe team who had a man sent off.  Regardless of this, Johnstone grew in confidence as the game wore on after conceding an early goal and it was no surprise to see them run out victors in the best team performance witnessed so far this season.

A great performance from Adrian Babczynski covering at full back and on this performance he’ll be very hard to dislodge.

A hat trick from none other than Lewis Banaghan was the icing on the cake, but special mention goes to the man of the match, Greg Steven who ran his socks off and provided a constant threat coming in from the right side of midfield.

A great performance against a previously unbeaten Gryffe team  that leaves the possibility of winning the combined Under 15 A/B section.

Mar 182015

Well done to all pupils who took part in the recent championships. All participants were a credit to the school and we had some noticeable achievements from the event.

Marc Graham in S2 won the boys event with Josh Gray and Alexander Wright reaching the semi and quarter finals respectively.

Julie Keith reached the semi final where she was narrowly beaten by the eventual winner with Alexa Burton reaching the quarter finals.

All of these pupils have been selected for the end of year Secondary Games to represent the school in this multi sport competition. Well Done!

Mar 112015

Tuesday the 10th of March  2015 saw the team make the short trip to Houston to play an undefeated in the league Gryffe team with the boys keen to make amends for their first league defeat the previous week at St Luke’s following on from 4 impressive victories.

A closely fought first half saw the team unlucky to go in at the break a goal down after a bit of a defensive mix up.

The second half saw a spirited start from Johnstone and a great run by Greg Steven saw him ghost past 3 players and hit a fine shot which unfortunately struck the post before rebounding to safety.  A gaol at this stage would have been more than deserved.

Unfortunately, the Gryffe number 10 then scored with a fine header to put them 2 – 0 up which cause Johnstone heads to drop a little.

A late mini-collapse resulted in a final score of 4 – 0 to Gryffe who on the day deserved the victory but the margin of victory was certainly harsh.

Ultimate disappointment but special mention must be made to Harvey Brown who had an outstanding match and was a clear man of the match.  harvey covered every inch of the pitch in a high energy performance including crunching tackles, precision passes and intelligent runs with the ball at his feet.  On no account did Harvey deserve to finish on the losing side in a match where he, as ever, took the knocks that came his way with customary good grace.  Nobody epitomises the spirit of “it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts” more than Harvey.  Well done that man.

Next up on Monday 16th March is a chance of revenge with Gryffe heading to Johnstone for the return tie.

No team has come to the Johnstone Astro Dome and come away with the points.  Let’s maintain that proud record next week.

Mar 092015

Under 15 Football Team

The under 15 team will be looking to get back to winning ways next time out after a first league defeat last week at St Luke’s to the tune of 5 – 1.

Following hot on the heels of a 10 – 0 home victory against Trinity this was not what the boys had planned.

St Luke’s scored early and it was the first time the boys had found themselves behind in any game this season.

Consequently, the heads dropped a little and the performance was nowhere near the impressive performances that have been in evidence throughout the rest of this campaign.

Greg Steven scored a consolation goal in a game where Johnstone were second best on the day.  So well done to St Luke’s for a thoroughly deserved victory.

Next up on Tuesday 10th of March is another tricky away tie to a very good Gryffe team.

Hopefully, the likes of Lewis Banaghan will bring the shooting boots that scored 6 impressive goals against Trinity in th eprevious game.

The team were below par but the man of the match award goes to the captain Kris Alexander who put in a great shift at the back and did all he could to motivate those around about him.

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