Match Reports

'Nab rally to reach Semi Final (21/09/19)

posted 22 Sep 2019, 08:56 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 22 Sep 2019, 08:57 ]


Ballymacnab 2-12 Pearse Ogs 0-10


Pearse Ogs would have been delighted with how their game plan was playing out after 30 minutes of action with the sides drawn at half time, while the Nab never got their noses in front during the entire first half. But the second half was a different game and a Jack Grugan inspired Ballymacnab powered home to a comfortable eight point victory.

The Nab struggled with the Ogs tactic of dropping men deep behind the ball, often having two or three men sitting back in front of Jack Grugan to deny the big full forward any space or possession. And it was the city side that opened the scoring with two points in as many minutes through James Freeman and Paul Duffy.

Ballymacnab levelled with two points of their own with a Grugan free before Pauric Gribben hit the equalising point in the 9th minute. Pearse Ogs tagged on the next three points to take the lead with Paul Duffy splitting the posts followed by a Justin Graham free and a James Freeman point, the score now 0-5 to 0-2.

The final 10 minutes of the opening half belonged to Ballymacnab as they outscored their opponents 4-1 and it was important to get on level terms before the short whistle. Gavin McParland saw his effort on goal tipped over the crossbar by the Ogs number one Ryan Kearney before McParland hit his second point.

Justin Graham swung over another free but Ballymacnab got the final two points to see the sides level at the break. Jack Grugan struck a mighty point from beyond the 45 metre line while Ryan Kennedy burst forward from his defensive duties to raise a white flag to see the score Pearse Ogs 0-6 Ballymacnab 0-6 at the interval.

The game was essentially put to bed within the first ten minutes of the second half, with Ballymacnab taking the Ogs defence for 1-2. The Nab may not have led in the opening 30 minutes but it didn’t take long for the Round Towers to edge ahead with Gavin McParland sending the ball over within 60 seconds of the second half.

Jack Grugan then hit the net for the first goal of the contest, meaning the Ogs would have to push up to keep in the game, allowing more gaps to appear in their defence. James Freeman pulled one back for the men in green and gold but his score was soon cancelled out with an Oisin McGivern free.

The Nabs number 14 was split the posts once again for his third point while Gavin McParland showed great composure and power to drive through the Ogs defence and fire the ball across the goal for Jemmy Gray to palm the ball into an empty net and put his side eight points ahead, 2-9 to 0-7.

Paul Duffy knocked over a point from the dead ball while James Freeman tagged on another for the Ogs. Pearse Ogs had to work extremely hard for the scores only to see them matched by two Brian McCone efforts while Grugan was proving impossible to deal with as he was on the end of another Ballymacnab attack.

The Ogs hit the final score of the evening with their captain Paul Duffy striking in the 63rd minute but the game was well away from them by this stage. Pearse Ogs made serious strides this season and are an improving team but Ballymacnab just had too much experience and strength on this occasions to win 2-12 to 0-10.


Team: Conor McGivern, Ciaran Connolly (Capt), Ryan Kennedy (0-1), Chris Loughran, Sean Lynch, Rúairí Gribben, James Gray (1-0), Cormac Gribben, Pauric Gribben (0-1), Paul Meegan, Oisin McGivern (0-1), Ryan Watters, Rory Grugan, Jack Grugan (1-4), Gavin McParland (0-3). Subs: Brian McCone (0-2) for C.Gribben, Michael Beagan for C.Loughran, Dominic McParland for S.Lynch, Niall McKee for R.Watters, Colm McKee for C.Conolly, Cormac McKee for J.Grugan.

Nab advance to Quarter Finals (14/09/19)

posted 18 Sep 2019, 05:01 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 18 Sep 2019, 05:04 ]


Ballymacnab 1-10 Armagh Harps 0-12

Similar to the first game played in Pearse Og Park this tie wouldn’t be decided until the final moments. The weather conditions didn’t allow for much free flowing football to be played but both sides served up a nail biting finale with Ballymacnab just edging the contest by the minimum of margins.

The Nab held the upper hand in the opening few minutes, outscoring Armagh Harps 4-1. Gavin McParland got the first score of the afternoon with a sweetly struck 45 but Joe McElroy’s effort two minutes later levelled the game while Jack Grugan handed his side a slender lead after hard work from Cormac Gribben.

A brilliant turnover along the sideline from Ryan Watters began another attack for the men in maroon, ending with McParland hitting his second while Oisin McGivern got on the score sheet as well. The Harps dragged themselves back into contention with the next two scores from Ryan McShane and a Gareth Swift free to leave one the margin.

A beautiful defence splitting pass from Rory Grugan found his brother on the edge of the square and Jack planted the ball into the corner of the net to give the Nab a four point lead. McShane and Swift (free) raised one white flag each before a Jack Grugan point from a placed ball saw the goal the difference at the break, 1-5 to 0-5.

The Harps were determined to fight for their survival and four points in quick succession gave them control of the contest early on in the second half. Lorcan Oliver was sprung from the bench in the opening period and proved his worth with the first score of the second half with points coming from Rory McGrath, Tom O’Kane and Gareth Swift (free) soon after.

Jack Grugan knocked over a free to get his team back on level terms and the Nab hit a purple patch of their own with points from Paul Meegan (2) and Brian McCone settling them into a three point lead. The Harps refused to give in however and Tom O’Kane’s free followed by two Conor White points saw the game tied heading towards injury time.

With the clock ticking towards the final few moments it looked like extra time would be called upon to decide the result but a super long range Gavin McParland point insured the game could finish just past the hour mark as the whistle was blown before the Harps could have one last say. Ballymacnab will now play Pearse Og in the Quarter Finals.

Team: Conor McGivern, Colm McKee, Ryan Kennedy, Chris Loughran, Sean Lynch, Ciaran Connolly (Capt), Rúairí Gribben, Cormac Gribben, Paul Meegan (0-2), Niall McKee, Oisin McGivern (0-1), Ryan Watters, Rory Grugan, Jack Grugan (1-3), Gavin McParland (0-3). Subs: Pauric Gribben for N.McKee, Brian McCone (0-1) for C.McKee, Brendan Gribben for C.Loughran

Seniors lose away to Crossmaglen (08/09/19)

posted 18 Sep 2019, 04:51 by ballymacnab armagh


Crossmaglen 3-15 Ballymacnab 2-12


Ballymacnab done amazingly well to claw themselves back into contention in the second half after a disastrous opening quarter which saw them trail 1-7 to no score with the result seemingly never in doubt. However the Round Towers cut the deficit to four but two quick fire goals for the Rangers handed the home side the advantage once again.

The game was just 11 seconds old when Crossmaglen rattled the net for their first score with a brilliantly worked move straight from the training ground. Rian O’Neill rose highest to fetch the throw up and found his brother Oisin in acres of space bursting through the forward line to collect possession and bury the ball to the net with the Nab immediately in trouble.

Things only got worse as the O’Neill brothers ran riot along with their younger cousin Cian McConville who kicked the opening point after three minutes. Rian O’Neill (2), Stephen Morris, Colin O’Connor and Oisin O’Neill all added points before Ballymacnab got off the mark in the 15th minute with a Gavin McParland 45.

Ballymacnab outscored the hosts for the rest of the half with Rory Grugan trading scores with Oisin O’Neill while Ryan Kennedy exchanged points with Cian McConville to keep nine the margin. Jack Grugan saw his point followed by a Oisin McGivern free to bring the half to a close with Cross on top 1-9 to 0-5.

A changed Nab side entered the fray for the second half and reeled off four of the first five points to bring them right back into the game. Rory Grugan and Ryan Watters converted scores before Oisin O’Neill struck his third point. Grugan got his second of the half while his brother Jack scored to bring the deficit back to four, with Ballymacnab on top at this stage.

Then disaster struck for the men in maroon and white as all their hard work was undone in a crazy 20 second spell. Mel Boyce rattled the net to give Cross some comfort before Kyle Carragher captured the resulting kick out and blasted the ball past the goal keeper to send his side 10 ahead.

Ballymacnab did continue to fight their corner with Gavin McParland firing the ball to the net while Oisin McGivern and McParland brought the margin back to five. But Cross turned on the style once again and points from Oisin O’Neill, Stephen Morris, Kyle Carragher and Paul Hughes ended any hope of a Nab revival.

Jack Grugan finished off with a pointed free before sticking home a penalty with Ballymacnab’s last score. It was Cross who tagged on the final score of the game through a Rian O’Neill dead ball to leave the home side six points to the good when the final whistle sounded.

Team: Conor McGivern, Ciaran Connolly (Capt), Ryan Kennedy (0-1), James Gray, Sean Lynch, Cormac Gribben, Rúairí Gribben, Jack Grugan (1-3), Paul Meegan, Niall McKee, Oisin McGivern (0-2), Ryan Watters (0-1), Rory Grugan (0-3), Gavin McParland (1-2), Brendan Toner. Subs: Colm McKee for C.Connolly,

Convincing win for Seniors (23/08/19)

posted 27 Aug 2019, 05:21 by ballymacnab armagh


Ballymacnab 5-20 Clann Eireann 0-10


A hugely impressive Ballymacnab side took the field on Friday evening and led the contest from start to finish, causing Clann Eireann all sorts of problems from the opening whistle. The visiting side were no match for the aggression and intensity Ballymacnab played with and the Round Towers now sit top of Group 1 with one round remaining.


Jack Grugan got the ball rolling within the opening minute before Rory Grugan doubled the hosts’ advantage. Barry McCambridge broke forward to land the opening score for the Lurgan side but it was met with a brace of Ballymacnab points with Gavin McParland and Oisin McGivern getting the scores.


Clann Eireann dragged themselves back into contention with John Magee and Conor Turbitt raising a white flag each but Ballymacnab soon pulled away as two goals in as many minutes through Gavin McParland and Brendan Toner left the Nab ahead 2-4 to 0-3 after 10 minutes of play.


The next 10 minutes followed a similar pattern although Clann Eireann failed to hit the target during this period while Ballymacnab went on to kick eight points in a row with Brian McCone, Jack Grugan (4), Cormac Gribben, Rory Grugan and Oisin McGivern all getting in on the action.


 Clann Eireann did hit back with a point from McCambridge but it was cancelled out immediately by Jack Grugan while McGivern and Grugan continued to torture the away sides back six. This saw an end to the first half with the home side well ahead at the interval, 2-15 to 0-4.


Clann Eireann tried to spark a revival at the beginning of the second period with Turbitt and Ethan Kearney pointing inside the opening two minutes. Any hope of a comeback was destroyed a minute later when Gavin McParland found the net for the second time of the night, 3-15 to 0-6.


Turbitt pointed a free but the Ballymacnab steam train kept rolling as they struck their 4th goal in the 41st minute with Niall McKee punching the ball home for the easiest of finishes. Aodhan McConville’s point was met with two from Gavin McParland and Rory Grugan while Ethan Kearney hit a brace for Clann Eireann.


Jack Grugan rounded off a spectacular performance with a well taken goal to bring his personal tally to 1-7 while his brother Rory knocked over his 4th point of the game. Substitute Pearse Hughes got his name on the score sheet after being introduced and Oisin McGivern pointed a free with the final score of the game, Ballymacnab running out easy winners in the end 5-20 to 0-10.


Ballymacnab’s next opponents Crossmaglen continued their winning form with a victory over Sarsfields although the south Armagh men didn’t have it all their own way as they sneaked through with a 2-18 to 3-11 victory. The round three clashes are now a straight shootout with the winners of Nab vs Cross through to the quarter finals while the losers of Sarsfields vs Clann Eireann crash out of the competition.


Team: Conor McGivern, Ciaran Connolly, Ryan Kennedy, Sean Lynch, Michael Beagan (Capt), Cormac Gribben (0-1), James Gray, Rory Grugan (0-4), Paul Meegan, Oisin McGivern (0-4), Brian McCone (0-1), Ryan Watters, Gavin McParland (2-2), Jack Grugan (1-7), Brendan Toner (1-0). Subs: Niall McKee (1-0) for B.McCone, Joe Gribben for G.McParland, Pearse Hughes (0-1) for B.Toner, Cormac McKee for J.Grugan, Colm McKee for J.Gray, Chris Loughran for S.Lynch

'Nab get off to winning start (16/08/19)

posted 21 Aug 2019, 15:21 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 27 Aug 2019, 15:07 ]

Senior Championship

Sarsfields 2-8 Ballymacnab 2-17

The margin separating the side at the final whistle may suggest a one sided contest but this game was anything but and it wasn’t until Gavin McParland’s 55th minute goal that the game was decided. Ballymacnab led from the opening minute to the last but were given a testing time by the home side.

It was McParland who got his sides’ first point with the first shot of the game before he turned provider to set up a Jack Grugan goal, firing Ballymacnab into a four point lead after just two minutes. Eamon McGeown got the hosts up and running but Ballymacnab remained on top with McParland nabbing his second while Cormac Gribben also split the posts.

The High Moss club got themselves back into contention with Paul McGeown (free) and Paul McGaughey reducing the margin to three. McGaughey hit a second, splitting scores from Rory Grugan and Gavin McParland before Sean Skelton cut through the Nab defence and buried the ball to the net, with Sarsfields now within a point of the leaders.

Ballymacnab would dominate on the scoreboard for the final five minutes of the half with Jack Grugan chipping over three points in a row before Sarsfields replied through Eamon McGeown. Gavin McParland closed the scoring for the half with his 4th point to see Ballymacnab ahead at the interval 1-9 to 1-5.

The use of the McGeown brothers Eamon and Paul as a two target men on the edge of the square troubled the Ballymacnab defence and it was Paul McGeown who opened the scoring for the second period. Pauric Gribben and Jack Grugan extended the Nabs advantage to five before Colin Stevenson struck for goal five minutes into the second period.

With Sarsfields continuing to pressure Ballymacnab up stepped Ryan Watters who kicked two massive points to give his side some breathing space. The wing half forward could have added to his personal tally but was denied a three pointer as the crossbar came to the rescue for the hosts.

Paul Meegan tagged on a further score for Ballymacnab while Paul McGeown hit two in a row for his side. James Gray popped up from his defence duties to help ease Ballymacnab further in front before Gavin McParland’s powerful shot was blocked down and ricochet into the Sarsfields net. McParland added a 45 to bring his tally to 1-5 before Brian McCone hit the insurance point one minute from time with Ballymacnab securing a nine point victory.

Ballymacnab: Conor McGivern, Ciaran Connelly, Cormac Gribben (0-1), Chris Loughran, Sean Lynch, Michael Beagan (Capt), James Gray (0-1), Rory Grugan (0-1), Pauric Gribben (0-1), Cormac McKee, Oisin McGivern, Ryan Watters (0-2), Gavin McParland (1-5), Jack Grugan (1-4), Brian McCone (0-1). Subs: Colm McKee for C. Loughran, Paul Meegan (0-1) for Cormac McKee, Ryan Kennedy for Colm McKee, Joe Gribben for J. Grugan.

St.Pat's 'Nab' victory (31/03/19)

posted 1 Apr 2019, 04:59 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 1 Apr 2019, 05:21 ]


St Patrick’s 2-12 Ballymacnab 1-14


St Patrick’s Cullyhanna edged out the reigning Senior League Champions Ballymacnab in a tough, tight affair on Sunday afternoon. The home sides stronger second half performance allowed them to come from 3 points down at the interval to win by the minimum of margins and claim the first 2 points of the season.

The victors raced into an early lead, racking up 1-1 to no reply within the opening 2 minutes of the game. Points from Rory and Jack Grugan were split by a second Cullyhanna point before Ballymacnab grabbed a three-pointer of their own through Brendan Toner, following good work from Jack Grugan and Gavin McParland. The teams traded points to keep the score tied, although Ballymacnab were soon ahead with Ryan Kennedy swinging over a wonderful point. The Nab hit a purple patch to keep them on top with two more points in as many minutes, Toner once again on target while Cormac McKee also split the posts. 2 converted Oisin McGivern frees followed a 4th Cullyhanna point, before McKee got his 2nd of the game. St Pat’s rallied at the end of the first period with 2 points, leaving the Nab in a strong position leading into the second half as they were 1-9 to 1-6 ahead at the half time break.

The lead was short lived however as within 3 minutes of the second half the sides were level, with 3 scores for St Pat’s. Rory Grugan kicked 2 frees to nudge his side ahead before Pauric Gribben kicked another to leave the visitors 3 to the good. Once more Cullyhanna found themselves on level terms, after a superb Simon Hawkins penalty save was rebounded to the net by a Cullyhanna forward. Gavin McParland allowed Ballymacnab to go ahead once again but a late surge from St Pat’s, a period in which they converted 3 points, left the Nab trailing by 2. Rory Grugan did bring his side to within one and the chance for a share of the spoils fell to Jack Grugan in the final minute with his outrageous effort unluckily hitting the woodwork.

A disappointing start to the league campaign for the lads, with an opportunity to bounce back next Sunday, where they will enjoy home advantage against newly promoted Silverbridge.

Team: Simon Hawkins, Ciaran Connelly, Ryan Kennedy (0-1), Chris Loughran, Michael Beagan, Ruairí Gribben, Jemmy Gray, Paul Meegan, Rory Grugan (0-4), Cormac McKee (0-2), Oisin McGivern (0-2), Damian McGeown, Gavin McParland (0-1), Jack Grugan (0-2), Brendan Toner (1-1). Subs: Brian McCone for C. McKee, Pauric Gribben (0-1) for D. McGeown, Cormac Gribben for B. Toner, Finnén Maguire for M.Beagan

Rampant 'Nab see off Whitecross challenge (31/08/18)

posted 7 Sep 2018, 05:21 by ballymacnab armagh




After an impressive victory away to Sarsfields last weekend, our senior side were keen to stay unbeaten in the senior championship after 2 games and remain top of Group A with an away tie against Whitecross on Friday evening. A great performance by the team meant an astonishing 30 point win over a helpless Whitecross, with the score 5-17 to 0-2 at the final whistle.

It was the home side who opened the scoring with an early fisted point before Ballymacnab raced into the lead, a lead they would maintain for the rest of the game. Oisin McGivern’s long range effort struck the upright, with the rebound falling straight into the path of Jack Grugan who swiftly struck the back of the net.

Jack Grugan soon added to his tally with a point followed by scores from Rory Grugan, Kieran Hughes and Damien McGeown, leaving the score 1-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. Jack Grugan got his second before Cormac McKee kicked a point 3 minutes later. Brendan Toner opened his account, followed by a Rory Grugan pointed free. Whitecross got their second and final point of the game just before the interval with the score 1-8 to 0-2.

The second half was all Ballymacnab as they scored 4-9 in the space of 30 minutes with a range of 6 different scorers. Similar to the opening period, it was Jack Grugan who got the Nabs first score of the half, with Rory Grugan playing Jack in for a goal, only for the ball to be blasted over the black spot.

Brendan Toner got his second of the evening after a wonderful catch in the middle of the field by Ryan Watters while Kieran Hughes also split the posts, with Watters involved once again. Rory Grugan extended the margin to 13 points before Kieran Hughes scored 1-1 in quick succession to push the visitors further ahead.

Rory Grugan converted a penalty after Hughes had been dragged to the ground, before Grugan again struck for goal with an audacious chip over the goalkeepers head. Hughes, McGivern, Jack Grugan and Benny Gribben all got on the score sheet before Kieran Hughes tucked away his second goal leaving the full time score 5-17 to 0-2.

A great team display on the night with Ruairi Gribben, Paudi Crilly, Rory Grugan, Jack Grugan and Kieran Hughes the best performers. The Nabs 3rd and final game of the group stages will be a home time on Saturday evening against Dromintee at 4.15, the winners topping Group A and booking their place in this year’s quarter final.

Team: Sean Hughes, Chris Loughran, Ryan Kennedy, Ruairi Gribben, Michael Beagan (Capt), Paudi Crilly, James Gray, Rory Grugan (2-3), Damien McGeown (0-1), Cormac McKee (0-1), Oisin McGivern (0-1), Ryan Watters, Kieran Hughes (2-4), Jack Grugan (1-4), Brendan Toner (0-2).                                                                                                                                             
Subs: Aodhan Toner for B. Toner, Colm McKee for J. Gray, Tony McKee for D. McGeown, Benny Gribben (0-1) for Cormac McKee, Niall McKee for R. Watters, Sean Lynch for M. Beagan.

Seniors get off to winning start in Championship (25/08/18)

posted 28 Aug 2018, 14:38 by ballymacnab armagh


After a hugely positive and successful league, our senior side kept their momentum running as they began their championship campaign with an impressive win on Saturday evening away to Sarsfields with the final score reading 3-14 to 1-11.

It was Sarsfields who started the brighter, converting their first scoring opportunity straight from the throw in. Ballymacnab replied in emphatic fashion however as Gavin McParland rattled the net after good work from Paul Meegan and Jack Grugan. Sarsfields came back with a score of their own, a pointed free to leave the Nab 1-0 to 0-2 in front.

Their lead was soon stretched as Jack Grugan opened his account for the evening with a well taken point before brother Rory set up Brendan Toner for the simplest of goals, with Toner tapping the ball into an empty net to leave his side 2-1 to 0-2 ahead with just 8 minutes played.

The home side soon converted another point from the dead ball before Paul Meegan burst through the Sarsfield defence to fire over his team’s second point. Jack Grugan extended the lead to 6 with a right footed shot before Ryan Watters got his name on the score sheet with a well taken effort.

Sarsfields were then handed a lifeline on the 20th minute when they converted a penalty, before scoring their 4th point of the game, leaving the deficit now at 3, Ballymacnab still in front 2-4 to 1-4. The visitors then went further ahead once more when Brendan Toner added to his early goal with a point this time, before Sarsfields answer back with another point.

Rory Grugan swung over a beautiful score, followed by points from Paul Meegan and Ryan Watters to push their side further ahead. Sarsfields scored the final point of the half, leaving the half time score Ballymacnab 2-8 Sarsfields 1-6.

Unlike the first half, Ballymacnab started the quicker of the two, with Oisin McGivern setting up a Jack Grugan point before a well worked counter attack saw Grugan once again score, this time burying the ball in the back of the net. Ballymacnab now lead by double scores, 3-9 to 1-6. 

The Nab kept on top and kept driving on, with McGivern getting in on the scoring with a converted free before Meegan once again split the posts to get his 3rd of the game. Sarsfields eventually opened their account for the second half with three well taken points, leaving them trailing by 8 points now.

Sarsfields purple patch ended when Ballymacnab registered their 12th point of the game, this time from substitute Kieran Hughes, however Sarsfields did hit back with another two scores to leave the score 3-12 to 1-11 with time almost up. Aodhan Toner knocked over a point before Meegan got the final score of the game, leaving Ballymacnab 9 points victors.

A good win for the lads, who now sit top of Group A, with Sean Hughes, Paul Meegan and Jack Grugan being the stand out performers on the night. They now face Whitecross away on Friday evening, with a throw in time of 6:45pm.

Team: Sean Hughes, Ciaran Connelly, Ryan Kennedy, Ruairi Gribben, Michael Beagan, Paudi Crilly, James Gray, Rory Grugan (0-1), Paul Meegan (0-4), Cormac McKee, Oisin McGivern (0-1), Ryan Watters (0-2), Gavin McParland (1-0), Jack Grugan (1-3), Brendan Toner (1-1).     


Subs: Kieran Hughes (0-1) for G. McParland, Sean Lynch for J. Gray, Damien McGeown for R. Watters, Aodhan Toner (0-1) for B. Toner, Niall McKee for C. Connelly. 

Seniors get off to a good start (08/04/18)

posted 16 Apr 2018, 17:09 by ballymacnab armagh


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The 2018 senior football league began on Sunday, with Ballymacnab hosting St Patrick’s Cullyhanna to kick off their return to Division 1A following promotion last season. The home side edged what proved to be a fiercely competitive and intriguing game played in perfect conditions on the score line of Ballymacnab 4-11 Cullyhanna’s 3-13.

The visitors made the brighter start converting their first 2 efforts on goal within the opening minute before scoring a 3rd point to stretch their lead. Ballymacnab answered back in emphatic fashion with a converted penalty from Gavin McParland after he had been fouled inside the small square before Kieran Hughes doubled his sides lead, firing the ball into the bottom corner after great link up play between Jack Grugan and Gavin McParland.

Cullyhanna converted a free to make the score 2-0 to 0-4 before a Rory Grugan point from the dead ball restored the Nabs 3 point lead. This lead was short lived however as Cullyhanna were soon back on level terms with a goal of their own on the 15th minute. 2 points from St Pat’s edged them back in front but it was Ballymacnab, led by Rory Grugan, who finished the half best kicking 4 points without reply (all from the trusty left boot of Rory Grugan) to go in front at the break 2-5 to 1-6.

The second period began in a similar manner to the first, with Cullyhanna dominating early on, scoring 1-3 in quick succession to put them 4 points ahead. Jack Grugan responded with his first of the day after a great catch in the middle of the field and assist from Gavin McParland set Grugan in for a score. Ballymacnab reduced the deficit to one soon after with points from Rory Grugan (2) leaving Cullyhanna ahead 2-9 to 2-8.

Michael Beagan’s accurate pass found Gavin McParland whose powerful run left him one on one with the keeper, making no mistake as he slide the ball into the Cullyhanna net for a second time. Once more St Pat’s were able to reduce the margin to 1 before an incredible Ryan Watters effort sailed between the posts to put Ballymacnab in front by 3-9 to 2-10 with 15 minutes remaining

As was the story throughout the game, Cullyhanna struck back with a purple patch of their own, scoring 1-3 and firing themselves back into control, leaving the score now reading 3-13 to 3-9 to St Pat’s. However they would not register another score as Ballymacnab’s drive and determination saw them home.

McParland completed his hat trick with another goal and brought his side within a point once again while Rory Grugan converted another free to level the game. It seemed both teams would be happy with a share of the spoils, but a turnover in defence by Finnen Maguire created the counter attack which saw Brian McCone being fouled and allowed Grugan to kick the winner to give Ballymacnab a 4-11 to 3-13 lead as the referee blew the final whistle.

Grugan’s man of the match display was displayed on the scoreboard as he scored 0-9 of Ballymacnab’s overall total while also creating many chances throughout the game. Michael Beagan showed well throughout while Gavin McParland had a say in all 4 of his sides goals, scoring 3 and creating 1.

A great start to the league and for the lads and the new management team of Bernie Murray and Paul O’Conner and they will travel to Dromintee next weekend for their round 2 encounter.

Team: Conor McGivern, Ruairi Gribben, Ryan Kennedy, Ciaran Connelly, Michael Beagan (Capt), Damian McGeown, Chris Loughran, Tony McKee, Rory Grugan (0-9), Paul Meegan, Brian McCone, James Gray, Kieran Hughes (1-0), Jack Grugan (0-1), Gavin McParland (3-0)

Subs: Niall McKee for D. McGeown, Ryan Watters (0-1) for P. Meegan, Finnen Maguire for J. Gray, Sean Lynch for T. McKee, Joe Gribben for B. McCone.

'Nab come out in top in thriller (16/09/17)

posted 29 Sep 2017, 04:39 by ballymacnab armagh




Our Seniors reached the Semi Final of the Championship for the 4th time in 7 years after a six goal thriller against Madden at the Athletic Grounds.

The game was played in horrid conditions after the recent spell of wet weather but both sides put that behind them and it wasn’t long until the first score, a point from Brian McCone. Madden quickly responded with a point before a Paul Kennedy point gave the ‘Nab the lead once more, after some good play from Michael Beagan. The first goal of the game came shortly afterwards when a ‘mark’ from Pauric Gribben set him up on a solo run and whilst his initial attempt for a point was dealt by the ‘keeper, he seemed to fumble the ball. Jack Grugan showed great incint to follow the ball in and find the net. This score was short lived when Madden rose the green flag moments later. Almost immediedatly, our lads dusted themselves down once more and an inch perfect pass from Rory Grugan to his brother Jack with Jack rattling the net for the second time. Just when Ballymacnab seemed to be pulling away, Madden reduced the deficit with another goal, to leave the score at 2-04 to 2-01. During this set play Ballymacnab lost full back Brendan Toner to injury and saw the game stopped for 11 minutes. At the restart the inform Jack Grugan once again split the posts and that score was quickly followed by another Paul Kennedy point. Just before half time, Madden showed their resolve with another free to leave the ‘Nab leading at the break 2-06 to 3-02

In the second half Ballymacnab once again started the brightest with the Grugan brother linking up for Rory’s second point of the game. As before, when the ‘Nab looked to be getting a grasp of the game, the opposition were given a lifeline and awarded a penalty on the 3rd minute of the second half. The shot was converted to the net as Madden retained the lead and added to this lead with a brace of points. However, the ‘Nab soon closed the gap with the Grugan brothers again coming to the fore, scoring a point each. A turnover produced another counter attack for Madden with their attacker splitting the posts. This however would be Madden’s final score until the 29th minute as Ballymacnab began to find their feet. Rory Grugan set up Gavin McParland for a point before another Michael Beagan turnover led to McParland kicking his second in 4 minutes. The ‘Nab were now in a roll and won the resulting restart, providing the chance for Jack Grugan to score again. Brian McCone then nudged his side in front with a point before Madden leveled once again. With the sides level and now entering the injury time, Jack Grugan once more stood up to drive his side to victory, his effort sailing proving to be the winning score.

In an amazing game the swung back and forth our lads showed great composer and experience, particularly in the final quarter of the game. Jack Grugan produced a tremendous performance, closely followed by the hard working Michael Beagan and Pauric Gribben who all contributed so much to guide their side to victory.

TEAM: Conor McGivern, James Gray, Brendan Toner, Chris Loughran, Michael Beagan, Ryan Kennedy, Oisin McGivern, Pauric Gribben, Rory Grugan(0-3), Ruairí Gribben, Jack Grugan (2-4), Paul Kennedy (0-2), Gavin McParland (0-3), Finnén Maguire, Brian McCone (0-2) Subs: Damien McGeown for B. Toner, Ryan Watters for F. Maguire, Ciaran Connelly for C. Loughran, Brendan Gribben for R. Gribben

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