BALLYMACNAB 3-10 SARSFIELDS 1-18
Sarsfields were the visitors to Pairc na Gael in our seniors last outing of the season on Sunday. A youthful 'Nab line out put in a good first half performance but a strong second half performance aided by the breeze, saw the opposition record the victory.
Sarsfields were first on the scoreboard with a brace of points in as many minutes before a pointed free from captain Brian McCone got Ballymacnab off the mark. The resulting kick out saw Damian McGeown fetch the ball in the middle and a move involving Brendan Toner, Pauric Gribben and Jack Grugan was finished with Gavin McParland palming the ball to the net. Gavin McParland showed great accuracy when pointing from a side line and an excellent catch in front of goals by Jack Grugan saw him finish with a point to give his side a four point lead. Sarsfields added a point before two well taken points from Brian McCone kept the 'Nab in front. With Tony McKee dominating at midfield, Ballymacnab went on the rampage once more and when Dominic McParland set up Jack Grugan, he finished with a rasping shot to the net. Sarsfields responded with a goal from a dubious penalty. This was followed by a point before a third goal for the men in maroon on the 21st minute. This time the goal finished off by Pauric Gribben. Sarsfields finished with a late rally of points and by the interval Ballymacnab lead 3-06 to 1-08.
Sarsfields kick started the second half with three points in quick succession and by the 46th minute the sides were level. The visitors were now beginning to dominate particularly round the middle and added four points before Gavin McParland got the 'Nabs first point of the half. Points from Brian McCone (2) and Gavin McParland were exchanged with that of the visitors but unfortunately time had run out as the High Moss men held on for the victory.
Team: Sean Hughes, Chris Kennedy, Ruairí Gribben, Niall Cosgrove, Brian McClelland, Ryan Kennedy, Dominic McParland, Tony McKee, Brendan Toner, Joe Gribben, Brian McCone (Capt 0-5), Damian McGeown, Gavin McParland (1-4), Pauric Gribben (1-0), Jack Grugan (1-1). Subs: John McManus for C.Kennedy, Cormac Gribben for T.McKee