Match Reports

'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

Seniors ease pass Granemore in Championship (28/08/17)

posted 22 Sep 2017, 04:56 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 22 Sep 2017, 04:57 ]




Our Seniors have reached the Quarter Final stage of the Championship after a superior performance against neighbours Granemore at the Athletic Grounds. On the night our lads showed great hunger, fitness and accuracy in front of goals and were deserving of their win.

The ‘Nab were slow out of the blocks as it was Granemore who got off to the best start with three early points, in between a point from Ryan Kennedy after a surging run. The game was soon level with points from Captain Brian McCone and Rory Grugan. Granemore hit the front once more with a point before pointed frees from Rory Grugan and Brian McCone restored the lead. It was nearing the break that the ‘Nab began to ‘pull away’ on the scoreboard with 2 Finnén Maguire before a brilliant individual point from Rory Grugan, left the score 0-9 to 0-5 at the break.

Ballymacnab stepped up their performance in the second half. Early points from the Grugan brothers was followed up with a goal from Rory after some good work from Ryan Kennedy who won the break ball in the middle of the field. Ballymacnab were not beginning to get into rhythm and added points from Paul Kennedy, Rory and Jack Grugan. Ballymacnab stretched their lead to 15 points when Ryan Kennedy struck the ball to the back of Granemore’s net from the penalty spot after Gavin McParland was fouled in the ‘large square’. Damien McGeown, Pauric Gribben, Michael Beagan and Gavin McParland all got on the score sheet before the final whistle to record a famous win.


TEAM: Conor McGivern, Ciaran Connelly, Brendan Toner, Chris Loughran, Michael Beagan (0-1), Ryan Kennedy (1-1), Oisin McGivern, Pauric Gribben (0-1), Rory Grugan(1-5), Ruairí Gribben, Finnén Maguire (0-2), Paul Kennedy (0-1), Gavin McParland (0-1), Jack Grugan (0-3), Brian McCone (0-2) Subs: James Gray for R.Gribben, Ryan Watters for B.McCone, Damien McGeown (0-1) for J.Grugan, Sean Lynch for C.Loughran, Richard Gribben for F.Maguire, Niall McKee for C.Connolly

Seniors march on to Round 2 (11/08/17)

posted 16 Aug 2017, 05:41 by ballymacnab armagh




Our Seniors progressed to Round 2 of the Championship after accounting of Cullaville in Silverbridge in Round 1. Although the ’Nab ran out comfortable winners in the end, they were made to work hard throughout, particularly in the first half.


Ballymacnab got off the mark straight from the throw in which ended in a point for Jack Grugan. Cullaville responded with an equalising score on the 2nd minute. The first goal of the game came 10 minutes into the half when Conor McGiverns attempt to save a point rebounded off the crossbar to a Cullaville forward, who reacted the quickest, and converted the three pointer. This lead was short lived as the ‘Nab went into the attack straight from the kick out. Finnén Maguire’s excellent cross field pass ended with Jack Grugan fisting the ball over the advancing ‘keeper to raise the green flag. Finnén Maguire added a point before the sides were once more level again on the 17th mark. Ballymacnab then hit a purple patch in the game with 4 unanswered points from Cormac Gribben, Oisín McGivern, Pauric Gribben and Brian McCone. Cullaville responded with a brace of points before points from Paul Kennedy and Finnén Maguire left 4 between the sides by the 29th minute mark. There would remain 4 between the sides at the half time break but a dramatic end of the half saw Cullaville awarded a penalty and although the resulting kick was well struck it was equally matched with a fine save from ‘keeper Conor McGivern.


As in the first half, Jack Grugan got the first point of the second as the ‘Nab exchanged points with the opposition. Paul Kennedy, Finnén Maguire, Jack Grugan and Ryan Kennedy added points to give a bit of breathing space to lead by 6 by the 42nd minute. Three minutes later came the second ‘Nab goal when Finnén Maguire proved the provider once more only this time it was Pauric Gribben who flicked the ball to the net. Ryan Kennedy and Brian McCone added points against two for the opposition and by the final whistle Ballymacnab were glad to get over the first hurdle and advance to Round 2.


Overall a much pleasing win with everyone playing their part with special mention to Conor and Oisin McGivern, Ryan Kennedy, Finnén Maguire and Jack Grugan.


Team: Conor McGivern, Ciaran Connolly, Brendan Toner, Chris Loughran, Michael Beagan, Ryan Kennedy (0-2), Oisin McGivern (0-1), Pauric Gribben (1-1), Richard Gribben, Ruairí Gribben, Finnén Maguire (0-3), Paul Kennedy (0-2), Brendan Gribben, Jack Grugan (1-4), Brian McCone (Capt 0-2). Subs: Cormac Gribben (0-1) for Ri.Gribben, James Gray for M.Beagan, Sean Lynch for C.Connolly, Damien McGeown for B.Gribben, Niall McKee for C.Loughran, Fearghal Nugent for J.Grugan

Reserves win County Championship (02/08/17)

posted 16 Aug 2017, 05:38 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 16 Aug 2017, 05:48 ]




Our Reserve team made the short trip to the Athletic Grounds on Wednesday the 2nd of August to contest their 3rd Championship final in 4 years, led by joint captains Cormac and Neil Gribben, they were determined to bring home the trophy against a tough Madden side. A great start along with a lot of hard work throughout the match, ensured victory for the ‘Nab. Ballymacnab opened a 4 point lead with points from Gareth Watters (2) and Paul Kennedy (2) before Madden got off the mark in the 6th minute. A Stephen King point followed before Madden responded to leave the score 0-5 to 0-2 with 12 minutes played in the opening half. Points from Niall Gribben, Aodhan Toner and another from Gareth Watters stretched their advantage to 6 before Watters once again swapped points with the Madden attack. The ‘Nab squeezed in two more points prior to the end of the half with Paul Kennedy kicking his third and Niall Gribben splitting the posts yet again. This left the score 0-11 to 0-3 with it all to play for in the second half.

It took 14 minutes for the opening score of the half, with both nerves and weather conditions playing there part. Brendan Toner registered his first before Niall Gribben scored his third of the evening. Madden responded with a single point before two Brendan Toner points left his side in front by 9 with 5 minutes remaining. The Madden team then headed for goals to try and save the match, but found the Nab’s defence too hard to break down, scoring only one goal from numerous chances they created. Ballymacnab’s hunger and commitment shown, meant they came away with the victory on a score line of 0-15 to 1-4.

After the game, County Secretary Paul Duggan presented the Cup to joint Captains Cormac & Neil Gribben. Well done to all the players, managers Mickey McGivern, Gary McKee and backroom team. Special word of thanks to McKee Masonry for sponsoring the team T-shirts and to the Staff of O’Tooles Bar who provided the after match refreshments.

The Reserves now aim to achieve ‘the double’ as they once again head to the Athletic Grounds for the league final on Friday the 18th of August.

Team: Mickey O’Hare, Shaun Casey, Colm McKee, Sean Lynch, Ciaran Connolly, Cormac Gribben, Ryan Harvey, Niall Gribben (0-3), Cormac McKee, Gareth Watters (0-4), Nicolas Harvey, Paul Kennedy (0-3), Stephen King (0-1), Aodhan Toner (0-1), Neil Gribben. Subs: Joe Gribben for Neil Gribben, Brendan Tonner (0-3) for A. Toner, Kevin Beagan for S. King, Tomas Gribben for G. Watters, Barry Livingstone for C. Connelly, Ryan Beagan for Niall Gribben. Tomas Gribben, Shane McClelland, Packie Watters, Rory Gray, Simon Hawkins, Fintan Connolly

Goals 'reign' at Pearse Og (31/07/16)

posted 1 Aug 2016, 04:12 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 1 Aug 2016, 04:17 ]



A blistering first half performance saw our lads record a first away league victory over Pearse Og on Sunday past. The game was filled with drama and goals and at the end of the 60 minutes the Round Towers were deserving of their victory.

Gavin McParland got scoring proceedings off to a start on the 2nd minute with a converted free. Pearse Og got their first score of the game when they found the net on the 6th minute. Ballymacnab’s response was immediate with points from Ryan Kennedy and Brian McCone. There was a short delay in the game when Ballymacnab lost their influential midfielder Pauric Gribben to an injury and we wish him a speedy recovery. When the game restarted, Pearse Og hit the front with a converted free. Once again Ballymacnabs response was immediate and when Rory Grugan found the inrushing James Gray (Pauric Gribbens replacement) he side stepped the ‘keeper to convert the first ‘Nab goal. A heavy rain shower saw supporters run for cover but the game continued with Gavin McParland and Finnén Maguire adding points and when Rory Grugan rounded the ‘keeper and his marker, the ‘Nab collected another three pointer. The goals continued in the rain when Gavin McParland was fouled in the square and he slotted home a third goal from the resulting penalty kick. Ballymacnab kept the pressure on and after some good linkage play from Michael Beagan and Damien McGeown, James Gray fisted home his second goal. A converted free by Gavin McParland on the stroke of half time gave the ‘Nab a 4-08 to 1-04 lead at the interval.

In the second half, with the weather improved, Pearse Og got a second goal on the 33rd minute. Ballymacnab defended well, keeping the opposition at bay as they launched numerous attacks. Rory Grugan edged the ‘Nab further in front on the 41st minute before the home side hit 1-2 without reply to leave just 6 between the sides by the 47th minute. Four minutes from time the home side were awarded a penalty but the kick was well saved from ‘keeper Sean Hughes and when Brian McCone converted a long range point on the 58th minute thus securing the moral boosting 2 points.

Team: Sean Hughes, Chris Loughran, Dominic McParland, Sean Lynch, Michael Beagan, Ruairí Gribben, Oisin McGivern, Pauric Gribben, Richard Gribben, Ryan Kennedy (0-1), Damien McGeown, Finnén Maguire (0-1), Brian McCone (0-2), Rory Grugan (1-01), Gavin McParland (1-5). Subs: James Gray (2-0) for P.Gribben, Niall McKee for S.Lynch, Brendan Gribben for M.Beagan, Tony McKee for Ri.Gribben  

Senior League: 24/07/16

posted 26 Jul 2016, 04:43 by ballymacnab armagh




Our Seniors travelled to Maghery on Sunday in the resumption of the league. Three goals for the home side proved to be the difference in the sides as they collected the 2 points.


Ballymacnab were quick off the mark with a Jack Grugan point from the first attack. Maghery quickly levelled matters before a Brian McCone free edged the ‘Nab back in front. On the 5th minute came the first goal when Maghery cut through the ‘Nab rear guard. Maghery followed up with 2 points and a goal from a converted penalty on the 19th minute. Brian McCone exchanged pointed frees with that of the opposition before hard earned points from Ryan Kennedy and Jack Grugan  reduced the deficit to 5 by the break. An excellent save from ‘keeper Conor McGivern on the stroke of half time preventing a third goal at that stage.


In the second half Maghery did find the net for a third time on the 32nd minute when their attacker found the ball drop at his feet after an initial strike had it the upright. Two further points for the home side gave them a commanding lead but through the aid of Jack Grugan (3) and Oisín McGivern the ‘Nab rallied to leave 6 between the sides by the 47th minute. Maghery responded with a point before three converted frees from Jack Grugan left 4 between the sides by the 54th minute. However, two late points for Maghery ensured they collected the points.


Team: Conor McGivern, Chris Loughran, Dominic McParland, Sean Lynch, Brendan Gribben, Ruairí Gribben, Gareth Watters, Pauric Gribben, Richard Gribben, Ryan Kennedy (0-1), Damien McGeown, Finnén Maguire, Brian McCone (Capt 0-3), Jack Grugan (0-8), Gavin McParland. Subs: Oisin McGivern (0-1) for G.Watters, James Gray for B.Gribben, Tony McKee for D.McGeown, Cormac McKee for Ri.Gribben.

Senior League: 03/06/16

posted 7 Jun 2016, 04:54 by ballymacnab armagh




Matchball Sponsor – Brendy Maguire


Blistering heat was met with a game played at blistering pace when Harps were the visitors to Pairc na Gael for Round 8 of the Senior League on Friday past. After an excellent 60 minutes of open ended football and some quality point scoring it was the visitors who narrowly recorded a 2 point victory.


The game began at a frantic pace with Gavin McParland (2) and Jack Grugan collecting points against as many for the opposition, all within the first 5 minutes. For the next 10 minutes Ballymacnab dominated on the scoreboard and points from Oisin McGivern, Jack Grugan, Ryan Kennedy, Rory Grugan and Jack Grugan left the Round Towers leading by 7 on the 19th minute mark. Harps then hit their purple patch and 5 unanswered point left just 2 between the sides at the interval.


Jack Grugan got the ‘Nab off the mark with an early point from the restart before Harps responded with a point of their own. A brace of points by Gavin McParland left the ‘Nab leading by 4 on the 37th minute. Harps began to grind into the ‘Nab lead and by the 48th minute were level after a converted free. Harps took the lead with a brace of points but a converted free from Jack Grugan on the 54th minute mark reduced the deficit to the minimum. Harps added a point on the 60th minute and as the ‘Nab launched one last attack they were awarded a penalty. Jack Grugan confidently struck the kick but the shot was saved by the ‘keeper with the final whistle soon following.


The lads were extremely unlucky on this occasion after tremendous effort by all. Keeper Conor McGivern’s excellent kick outs lead to a lot of attacks and pulled off one great save. Defensively Sean Lynch, Michael Beagan and Ryan Kennedy had solid performance while in attack there were notably performances from Gavin McParland, Jack Grugan and Oisin McGivern.


Team: C.McGivern, F.Nugent, D.McParland, S.Lynch, M.Beagan (Capt), R.Kennedy, K.Hughes, Ri.Gribben, R.Grugan (0-1), B.Gribben, D.McGeown, J.Gribben (0-2), G.McParland (0-04), J.Grugan (0-6), O.McGivern (0-1). Subs: N.McKee for K.Hughes, F.Maguire for R.Gribben, R.Watters for O.McGivern, C.McMcKee for J.Gribben, T.McKee for D.McGeown.

St.Pat's claim 2 points (06/05/16)

posted 10 May 2016, 04:46 by ballymacnab armagh


Ballymacnab 0-09 St.Patrick’s 1-08


Matchball sponsor – Barry Crilly


Cullyhanna were the visitors to Pairc na Gael on Friday evening for a Senior league tie. In a low scoring first half St.Patrick's went in at the break 4-2 ahead. Brian McCone and Jack Grugan getting the scores for Ballymacnab from frees. 


Ballymacnab made a bright start to the second half with points from Brian McCone (F) and Jack Grugan (2) and by the 35th minute had a one point advantage. However, this was short lived as two minutes later came the definitive score of the game with a goal for the visitors. Ballymacnab rallied again and two magnificent long range pointed frees from Jack Grugan levelled maters by the 45th minute. Cullyhanna grabbed the initiative with 4 unanswered points. Our lads once again tried to salvage something from the game as points from Jack Grugan (2) reduced the deficit just before the final whistle. 


There were good performance from Ruairí Gribben and Ryan Kennedy in defence whilst Richard Gribben had a commanding role at midfield in his first start after injury. In attack Jack Grugan and Brian McCone were most dangerous scoring threat. 


Team: Conor McGivern, Fearghal Nugent, Dominic McParland, Michael Beagan, Ruairí Gribben, Ryan Kennedy, James Gray, Richard Gribben, Tony McKee, Brendan Gribben, Gary McKee, Oisin McGivern, Jack Grugan (0-7), Finnén Maguire, Brian McCone. Subs: Joe Gribben for G.McKee, Damien McGeown for T.McKee, Sean Lynch for F.Nugent, Kieran Hughes for B.McCone.

Seniors lose away to Tones (01/05/16)

posted 3 May 2016, 04:41 by ballymacnab armagh


Wolfe Tones 3-12 Ballymacnab 2-13

Our Seniors traveled to Wolfe Tones on Sunday in search of our first win. Not much could separate the sides throughout but by the final whistle it was the home side who crossed the line with the 2 points.

Wolfe Tones were quick off the mark with a point within the 1st minute but a Jack Grugan point quickly cancelled that score after being set up by Brendan Gribben. A brace of points for Wolfe Tones followed before a Brian McCone point on the 9th minute levelled maters. The home side hit the first goal of the game on the 12th minute and followed up with a point 3 minutes later. On the 16th minute came the 'Nabs first goal when Brian McCone fired a shot to target man Jack Grugan and he punched the ball to the net to level maters once more. Wolfe Tones responded with a brace of points once more but Ballymacnab hit 3 unanswered points through Brian McCone, Jack Grugan (F) and Finnén Maguire. Wolfe Tones doubled their lead with a point on the 27th minute before Jack Grugan collected another point after the 'keeper had pulled off a good save from a shot by Ryan Kennedy to leave the home side leading 1-7 to 1-6 at the break. 


Our lads dominated the early moments of the second half with Jack Grugan hitting another goal and points from Brian McCone and substitute Rory Grugan gave the 'Nab a 4 point lead by the 36th minute. Wolfe Tones response was 3 unanswered. Ballymacnab kept the pressure on with points from Brian McCone (F) and Ryan Kennedy. However, a further twist in the game occurred on the 47th minute with a second Tones goal. On the 50th minute Ballymacnab were awarded a penalty and although Jack Grugans strike was 'well hit' the 'keeper made an excellent save. Gavin McParland converted the resulting 45 meter kick and a fisted point by Oisin McGivern on the 52nd minute gave the 'Nab a 2 point cushion. Wolfe Tones hit back with a point but the tireless Brian McCone hit a 5th point after a good catch from Richard Gribben in the midfield berth. Heading into the final whistle Wolfe Tones hit 1-1 and try as they might our lads could not get another score. 


Despite defeat this was a much improved performance from a 'Nab slowly beginning to get all players available again. Fearghal Nugent, Ruairi Gribben and Ryan Kennedy had good games in defence while Brian McCone and Jack Grugan were a constant thorn in the opponents side.


Team: Conor McGivern, Fearghal Nugent, Sean Lynch, Michael Beagan, Ryan Kennedy (0-1), Brendan Gribben, Damien McGeown, Tony McKee, James Gray, Gary McKee, Finnén Maguire (0-1), Brian McCone (Capt 0-5), Jack Grugan (2-3), Oisin McGivern (0-1). Subs: Rory Grugan (0-1) for T.McKee, Joe Gribben for G.McKee, Gavin McParland (0-1) for J.Gray, Cormac McKee for F.Maguire. 

Late rally not enough as Ogs claim points (24/04/16)

posted 28 Apr 2016, 16:10 by ballymacnab armagh


Ballymacnab 1-12 Pearse Og 1-14


Matchball sponsor - Liam McCone

 A second home tie saw our seniors lose narrowly to Pearse Og on Sunday past in the league. With Ballymacnab still missing some regulars, this gave the opportunity for others to shine.

One of those was Kieran Hughes who got the first score of the game with a point on the 6th minute. The visitors hit two unanswered points before a Brian McCone free on the 20th minute levelled matters. Two further points for the Ogs followed before another Brian McCone pointed free on the 23rd minute. On the 25th minute Ballymacnab got the first goal of the game. After some initial good play from Ryan Kennedy and Brian McCone, James Gray cut through the defence and set Finnén Maguire up to score the goal. Pearse Og responded with a point before the break with Ballymacnab 1 point to spare.

Pearse Og came out for the second half in a more determine form and kicked 5 unanswered points. Ryan Kennedy increased his side tally with a point after an inspiring run through the defence but the visitors hit back with a goal on the 42nd minute. Pointed frees from Brian McCone were exchanged with his opposite number. The introduction of Jack Grugan on the 48th minute gave Ballymacnab a much needed lift as Jack grabbed the Nab back into the game with 5 inspirational points. However, the Ogs hung on to record the victory and the 2 points.

Dominic McParland, Michael Beagan and Ryan Kennedy had encouraging performances in defence as did Kieran Hughes, Brian McCone and Oisin McGivern in attack along with the commanding presence of substitute Jack Grugan. With long term injuries beginning to clear up performances are also improving.

Team: Sean Hughes, Chris Loughran, Dominic McParland, Sean Lynch, Michael Beagan, Ryan Kennedy  (0-1), Fearghal Nugent, Tony McKee, Damien McGeown, James Gray, Finnén Maguire (1-0), Kieran Hughes  (0-2), Brian McCone (Capt 0-4), Gary McKee, Oisin McGivern. Subs: Sean McArdle for T.McKee, Jack Grugan (0-5) for G.McKee, Ruairi Gribben for F.Maguire, Joe Gribben for O.McGivern.

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