St John Bosco Seniors

The seniors defeated Dundrum on Thursday night by 3 points and also won out against local rivals Glenn on Sunday 12th in a closely fought game. 

That’s 5 for six for the seniors so far this season!

St John Bosco GAC U16’s

U16 Boys Division 2 All County Football League

11th May 2013 Round 6 St. John Bosco v Saval

If I wrote this report and left out the scores, just noting the levels of possession and courage displayed by the Bosco U16’s the reader would say Bosco won handsomely by 4 or 5 goals or at least points.

That’s not the way this encounter panned out though. A strong and determined Saval side were particularly powerful in midfield and this together with the aid of a stiff breeze secured the first two scores indirectly from frees.

The conditions in the first half undoubtedly made life very difficult for Bosco where they struggled against wind and hail to move the ball up-field. It took almost 15 minutes for Bosco to register a score but Saval benefited from confusion in the Bosco backs and bagged a goal before half time.  Bosco responded in kind however notably when they engaged in old fashioned direct football, Jordan Pinnington rattling the Saval net. The score at this stage stood at Saval 1:06 Bosco 1:03.

The weather calmed but the nerves on the SJB sideline did not. To summarise this game, Bosco backs threw everything  into defending and delivering possession, but their shooters simply squandered numerous opportunities, missing at least 5 goal chances and numerous opportunities for points in the second half alone.

On a positive note some performances from Bosco were exceptional.  Aidan MacNamara gave a fine display of defending, putting his body on the line time after time keeping his marker scoreless again. Joshua Munroe in the half forward berth also demonstrated a passion and energy that is a clear indication of his ability and great potential for the future. David Magee, Keeper Seamus Brady (Capt.) and Daire Rooney also deserve special mention for their work-rate and overall performances.

In summary this was a match the Bosco lost through errant shooting, poor decision making and over-elaboration. If it hadn’t been for the defenders the score line last Saturday would have looked much much worse.

Final score: St. John Bosco 1:07 Saval 1:10

Nest game is against Liatroim away on Thursday 16th May.

St John Bosco GAC U14’s

Bosco 12-18 Baileglas 0-03

As the scoreline suggests this was another easy victory for the Bosco lads.  Totally dominant in every sector is the only way to describe this performance.  No doubt tougher challenges lay ahead.  The boys are gelling well as a team and confidence is growing.  Next up, away to Saval on Monday 13th May, throw in 7.30pm.

St John Bosco GAC U10’s

The U10’s were due to travel to Fr Lynch Park in Ballyholland on Sunday 12th but with the recent bad weather the pitch was unplayable. With the 3G pitch at the St Colman’s complex  at their disposal meant that the venue could be rearranged to ensure that the game went ahead. Because of the St John Bosco GAC policy of ensuring that their players have access to the best facilities meant that this was possibly the only U10 game  in the county that were able to go ahead.

Again with great numbers in the U10 squad – despite several players missing because of having made their First Holy Communion on Saturday the mentors Hugh, Kevin and the two Pauls were able to field two teams against the Harps.

Again great displays from all in the royal and amber especially from the younger members on the St John Bosco Ógs team including Aaron Downey, Dessie McAleavy, Calum Quinn and Cormac White ensured that the teams were able to emerge victorious and build upon their growing season of victories and confidence.

Newry Marathon Fun Run

Sunday 26th May all U8, U10 and U12 players are invited to take part in the Newry City Fun Run starting at 9:30 a.m. on Francis Street and ending up outside newry Credit Union where manager and Bosco mentor Brendan Jackson will ensure a warm welcome for all finishers especially those wearing the royal and amber colours of St John Bosco GAC.

Down GAA ASAP Alcohol and Substance Abuse Training Schedule 2013

ASAP training event which takes place on Tuesday 28th May in the Burrendale Hotel @ 7pm. Anyone wishing to register for this course should email stating their Club name and the name(s) of the person(s) wishing to register no later than 21st May. As the event is limited to 30 persons it will be first come first served with regards to attendees.


Camp Jmac will once again run this summer in two locations;

Mayobridge - 1st - 5th June and will include boys football and Camogie

St Johns - 19th - 23rd August and will include boys football and Ladies Football

Bosco – Have you joined yet?

Funding the St John Bosco GAC community initiatives on a sustainable basis.

St John Bosco GAC, Upper Water Street, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 1DJ

Tel - (028) 3025 0201 web -

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