Oct 292015

Johnstone High School Sports Leaders travelled to the ON-X where they helped to coordinate and officiate at the Boccia Games. The pupils had received specialist training during their Sports Leaders periods in PE to prepare for this event learning about the rules and procedures of the game whilst also developing their abilities to lead and deliver to groups of children with Additional Support Needs.

All the Leaders excelled in their duties and provided the young participants with a thoroughly enjoyable experience. They were highly commended for their work by both Active Schools and Disability Scotland.

Well Done to all our Sports Leaders!!!


Oct 232015

Another road trip for the Under 16 team, this time to Glennifer, and what a game it turned out to be.

A series of missed opportunities early in the first half where the boys could easily have scored 3 or 4 (also notable that Glennifer missed a real glaring opportunity early on).

However, a real cool finish from the very impressive Greg Steven saw Johnstone take the lead 1 – 0.

This was not to last as the very impressive Glennifer number 10 was given space 25 yards out and scored a real screamer to tie the match at 1-1.  It was not the last time that he would get his name on the scoresheet.

Later in the half another wonderful finish from Dylan Miller saw thew score 2-1, and kept up Dylan’s goal a game ratio 4 games into the season.

Sadly, it didn’t last long as Glennifer capitalised on some weak defending to take it into the break at 2-2.

The half time call for composure was heeded by Greg Steven who slotted his 2nd goal for 3-2.  Back cam Glennifer and it was soon 3-3.

The heads didn’t go down at all this being pegged back and Lewis Banaghan made it 4-3 before Greg Steven added his hat-trick and at last there was some breathing room as the game moved into the last quarter with Johnstone ahead 5 -3.

The Glennifer number 10 was not to be denied and he added his own 3rd and 4th goals to leave it at 5-5 into the last 10 minutes.

Still Johnstone would not crack and a real composed finish from Lewis Banaghan made it 6-5.  Surely the end of the scoring?

Not so, and sadly from a Johnstone perspective it was Glennifer’s number 10 who levelled at 6-6.

He also had time to hit the bar in the last minute and what a travesty it would have been if the team took nothing from such a thrilling and evenly matched contest.

So the match ended 6-6 and a deserved point for both teams who offered up a great show of attacking football with a little to be looked at in the defensive department for both teams.

League table here


Oct 192015

Another road trip on Thursday 10th October as the Under 16 team made the journey to face Barrhead.

Not an easy one for team selection with a number of players unavailable for a variety of reasons, but a 13 man squad was cobbled together to make the trip.

The 1st half was a very even affair with neither team making clear inroads on goal.  It was looking like the first goal would be critical in separating the teams, but half time came with neither team on the scoreboard, and with both goalkeepers having little to do.

From a Johnstone perspective, this was partially due to the excellent central defensive partnership of the usually free-scoring Lewis Banaghan and Chris Kerr, making a first start for the school team in an unfamiliar position.  A brilliant understanding from the boys and a really solid defensive performance all round.

The 2nd half and Johnstone struck first blood with a soft goal converted (he claims) by Daniel Smith.

From this point onwards the whole shape of the match changed, and there was only one team in it.

Further goals followed from Dylan Miller, Ben Lauchlan and Cameron Coughtrie and a very convincing 4 – 0 victory which had seemed unlikely after the closeness of the match in the first half.

Some fine performances all round with Cameron Coughtrie especially impressive and a good showing from Lewis McIlroy on the right side of midfield as the boys went to the top of their league section.

View table


Oct 092015

A huge congratulations to all pupils who took part in the recent Rugby Tournament at Paisley Rugby Club. Johnstone fielded teams in all four tournaments- S1/2 boys, S1/2 girls (two teams), S3/4 boys (two teams) and S3/4 girls.

J High completely dominated the event with 4 of our 6 teams going undefeated on the day and the other two teams only tasting defeat on two occasions between them- and even at that it was Johnstone A v Johnstone B.

Our boys and girls teams won all tournaments on the day and lifted every trophy and medal on offer. A fantastic achievement by all the players in our school and a sign of things to come in future tournaments.

Any pupil who does not currently play in the teams and wants to get involved are more than welcome- girls training is on a Monday after school and boys on a Wednesday after school.

Well Done!!!

Mr Connelly (PE)

Oct 012015

A 2nd outing for the Under 16s brought a ‘road trip’ all the way to Renfrew.

The boys were a little miffed to arrive at the bumpy grass pitch and find that there were no nets in the goals – no matter, let’s play football!

The usual fluid passing, moving and general upbeat temp were missing to a large degree for much of the first half and it was no real surprise that Renfrew scored 2 goals.

A rally towards the end of the first half and a mazy run culminated in a fine solo goal for Lewis Banaghan.  This seemed to help to raise the boys energy levels and a little more composure in from of goal could have seen them go into the break level.

The 2nd half started much as the first had begun – which spelt trouble for Johnstone.  Again, the energy levels that are usually apparent were missing and Renfrew High were soon 4 – 1 with the job looking done.

However, once more the boys rallied with Harvey Brown commanding in the middle of the park as usual and goals from Dylan Miller and a fine long range strike from Cameron Coughtrie brought the score to 4 -3 and left the match on a knife edge.

Harvey Brown brought a fine save from the Renfrew keeper as the seconds ticked away and unfortunately the final whistle sounded soon after.

On the balance of play, a deserved win for Renfrew but Johnstone will know that they can do better and will look to show this in the next game.

A debut substitute performance for Matthew Stewart brought an eager performance with the energy that hopefully the whole team will be able to show in the next match.

2 games down and 1 win and 1 defeat, but as the league table shows it’s all to play for with Renfrew and Glennifer playing out a draw in their last match.

League Table


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