Our Seniors returned to winning ways Saturday evening with a decisive 1-20 to 1-06 victory over Enniscrone in Cuilbeg.
Following defeat to rivals Drumcliffe last week it was imperative for St.Johns to get off to a fast start back on home soil and with the wind at their backs, the forwards duly obliged.
The full forward line in particular, with Shane Stenson added for a more varied attacking strategy, stepped up to the mark, kicking 1-08 between them in a game which saw 10 different names on the St.Johns score-sheet.
An initial onslaught, which saw the home side knock over 5 points without reply in the opening 10 minutes nullified any kind of Enniscrone game plan and left them chasing scores from very early on in the contest. This allowed a tenacious and hardworking defense led by full back Feidhlim Murphy to effectively handle much of what the West Sligo side had to offer in attack.
A well worked goal for Ian Rossiter midway through the half put St.Johns firmly in control and despite a brief lapse in concentration in the final 5 minutes, they led comfortably 1-10 to 1-02 at the half.
The second half saw a different kind of performance from St.Johns but one that will be equally as pleasing for management as they continued to dominate against the breeze. Another fast opening salvo of points put them game to bed and it turned into a case of game management thereafter, with the team showing great poise and character to kill the game off with a minimal of fuss.
The continued ability to generate scores against the wind and the way in which the team dealt with the different strategy from the visitors will be particularly pleasing.
Attention now turns to a difficult assignment away to Geevagh next Saturday evening in a tie that could have a big say on who secures promotion at the end of the league campaign.
St.Johns: Noel Hynes, Enda Roche, Feidhlim Murphy, Paul McLean, Eoin Flanagan, Niall Walsh, Robbie Galvin (0-1), Barry Dwyer, David Rooney (0-3), Cathal Jordan, Brian McGowan (0-2) Fiachra Grennan (0-3), Alan Keane (0-3), Shane Stenson (0-3), Ian Rossiter (1-2). SUBS USED: Robbie Fahy (0-1) , David Burke (0-1) , Daniel Smith (0-1) , Chris Murphy.