Match Reports

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

posted 7 Sep 2018, 05:21 by ballymacnab armagh

SFC ROUND ROBIN GROUP A

WHITECROSS 0-02 BALLYMACNAB 5-17

 

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

SFC ROUND ROBIN GROUP A
SARSFIELDS 1-11 BALLYMACNAB 3-14

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

ACL SENIOR DIVISION 1A
BALLYMACNAB 4-11 ST.PATRICK'S 3-13

Matchball sponsor - Colin McKee

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

SENIOR QUARTER FINAL

BALLYMACNAB 2-14 MADDEN 4-07

 

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 ]

SFC CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2

BALLYMACNAB 2-18 GRANEMORE 1-06

 

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

SFC CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1

BALLYMACNAB 2-16 CULLAVILLE 1-09

 

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 ]

RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

BALLYMACNAB 0-15 MADDEN 1-04

 

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 ]

SENIOR LEAGUE 1A

PEARSE OG 3-06 BALLYMACNAB 4-10

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

SENIOR LEAGUE 1A

MAGHERY 3-10 BALLYMACNAB 0-13

 

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

SENIOR LEAGUE 1 A

BALLYMACNAB 0-15 HARPS 0-17

 

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.

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