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 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 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.
SENIOR LEAGUE A
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.
SENIOR LEAGUE A
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.
SENIOR LEAGUE A
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.
SENIOR LEAGUE A
Crossmaglen 2-12 Ballymacnab 0-15
Sunday past saw the commencement of the Senior League and despite a battling performance from our lads, the home side recorded the victory through their ability to convert goal chances. Both sides fielded without regular personnel and with the aid of the breeze Cross' raced into a 5 point lead before a point from Brian McCone on the 19th minute opened the ‘Nab account. Ballymacnab doubled their tally a minute later with a point from Oisin McGivern after some good play from Brendan Gribben. Brian McCone reduced the deficit with two converted frees but a goal against the run of play for the opposition gave them a 1-5 to 0-4 lead at half time.
Ballymacnab made a positive start to the second half with early points from Ryan Kennedy, Oisin McGivern and Brian McCone but Cross hit back with 1-4 without reply. Slowly, Ballymacnab chipped back at the commanding lead through points from Bushy and Joe Gibben and Brian McCone (2). The 'Nab dominated the final ten minutes with the influential Ryan Kennedy now reverting to the midfield berth and points from Brian McCone, Brendan Gribben and Sean McArdle brought proceedings to an end.
Chris Loughran and Sean McArdle had steady performances in defence while in attack their were excellent performances from Ryan Kennedy, Brian McCone and Oisin McGivern while Brendan and Bushy Gribben worked tirelessly over the hour. We wish a speedy recovery to Fearghal Nugent who picked up an injury during the game.
Next game: Sunday 17 April Home to Maghery, throw in 2pm.
Team: Conor McGivern, Chris Loughran, Dominic McParland, Sean Lynch, James Gray, Sean McArdle (0-1), Fearghal Nugent, Damien McGeown, Finnian Maguire, Joe Gribben (0-1), Ryan Kennedy (0-2), Brendan Gribben (0-1), Brian McCone (Capt 0-7), Niall Gribben (0-1), Oisin McGivern (0-2). Subs: Cormac McKee for D.McGeown, Tony McKee for N.Gribben, Colm McKee for F.Nugent.
RESERVE LEAGUE FINAL
Ballymacnab 0-13 Clan na Gael 0-09
Our Reserves capped off an excellent year on Sunday when they collected the League title on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-09 at the Athletic Grounds. The title goes along with the winning of the Championship earlier in the year.
Clans were first off the mark with a point within the first minute but a long range effort from Gary McKee levelled matters before a Rory Gray point gave the ' Nab an early lead. Clans levelled matters on the 5th minute before 3 long accurate frees from Brendan Toner gave a 3 point lead by the 18th minute. Two further points for the opposition were exchanged with points from Rory Gray and Aodhan Toner to leave Ballymacnab leading 7-4 at the break.
For the second half, Ballymacnab management made a number of positional switches which saw Ryan Kennedy join the attack and Dominic McParland introduced to the defence and they immediately made an impact with three points from Ryan. Clans responded with points from their own before Gareth Watters and Brendan Toner (2) kicked further insurance points.
After the game, CCC Secretary Jimmy McKee presented The Cup to Captain Chris Kennedy.
Well done to all the players for their efforts on the day with Richard Gribben, Colm McKee and Ryan Kennedy leading by example. Congratulations to the Management team of Neil McKee, Mickey McGivern and Paddy Murdoch for their efforts in assembling the squad and in completing an historic 'double'.
Team: Sean Hughes, Colm McKee, Darren Lynch, Shaun Casey, Brendan Gribben, Ryan Kennedy (0-3), Chris Kennedy (Capt), Gary McKee (0-1), Richard Gribben, Brendan Toner (0-5), Neil Gribben, Aodhan Toner (0-1), Stephen King, Cormac Gribben, Rory Gray (0-2). Subs: Dominic McParland for S.King, Gareth Watters (0-1) for N.Gribben, Brian McCone for R.Gray, Packie Watters for C.Gribben.
SFC SEMI FINAL
Ballymacnab 2-10 Harps 2-16
Our Seniors participation in this year's Senior Championship ended with defeat to Harps on Sunday evening at the Athletic Grounds. On the night the opposition shaded the game and were worthy winners but credit to our lads who pushed them all the way and produced their best.
A minutes silence was observed prior to the throw in, in memory of our former player Joe O'Hare who died recently. When the game got underway Brian McCone got the first score of the game with a pointed free and quickly followed with a point from play. Harps got their first score on the 3rd minute before a Ryan Kennedy point registered the ‘Nabs third. Harps hit four unanswered points before hitting the first goal of the game on the 16th minute. Harps increased the margin to 8 by the 25th minute as the 'Nab regrouped after the injury to Pauric Gribben who was replaced by Kieran Hughes. Our boys showed some form in the remainder of the half with points from Jack Grugan and Ryan Kennedy, either side of a Gavin McParland goal to leave the sides 1-05 to 1-08 at the interval.
Harps hit some good form once again at the beginning of the second half with two points which was followed by a second goal on the 38th minute. Points from Ryan Kennedy (2) and Gavin McParland were exchanged with as many for the opposition to leave 8 between the sides once more by the 54th minute. However, the lads once again rallied and points from Oisin McGivern and Jack Grugan reduced the deficit before a second Gavin McParland on the 58th minute left just four between the sides. As the 'Nab tried to get a break of the ball to force further pressure, the Harps responded with two points to ensure the victory.
A gallant performance by all, lead admiralty by Captain Michael Beagan and Dominic McParland in defence. Ryan Kennedy put in a tremendous effort throughout, covering many sectors and converting four points whilst Gavin McParland and Jack Grugan converted their opportunities when called upon.
Despite the defeat the squad can look back on 2015 as something to build on after reaching the Semi Final, achieving our highest league position and retaining the Senior Reserve Championship.
Team: Conor McGivern, Chris Loughran, Dominic McParland, Sean Lynch, Michael Beagan (Capt), Damien McGeown, Fearghal Nugent, Brendan Toner, Rory Grugan, Pauric Gribben, Joe Gribben, Ryan Kennedy (0-4), Jack Grugan (0-2), Brian McCone (0-2) Gavin McParland (2-1). Subs: Kieran Hughes for P.Gribben, Finnén Maguire for J.Gribben, Gary McKee for B.Toner, Oisin McGivern (0-1) for F.Nugent.
SFC QUARTER FINAL
Ballymacnab 1-10 Annaghmore 1-09
Our Seniors progressed to the last four of the Championship with a nail biting finish against a gallant Annaghmore side who pushed our lads all the way. With the side gridlocked at 1-9 deep in injury time, Rory Grugan produced a wonderful long range point to take our lads to the Semi Final.
The weather conditions were atrocious to say the least, with the raining falling throughout but credit to both teams as they did not let this distract them in what turned out an epic encounter.
Ballymacnab got the first score of the game when Brian McCone set up Jack Grugan for a point on the 3rd minute. Ryan Kennedy followed with a point a minute later before Annaghmore got off the mark with a point on the 5th minute. Gavin McParland kicked an excellent point under pressure on the 13th minute and followed up with the first goal of the game two minutes later when his shot caught the 'keeper unaware and the ball lobbed to the net. However, Annaghmore responded with their own three pointer four minutes later. Another Annaghmore point reduced the deficit to the minimum on the 29th minute and only a good save from the 'keeper denied the resourceful Jack Grugan from grabbing a second goal. Gavin McParland kicked the resulting 45 meter kick over the bar before a point for the opposition just before the break to make it 1-4 to 1-3 at the interval to the men in maroon.
The introduction of Rory Grugan midway through the first half had given the 'Nab a much needed lift and his work rate carved out the first score of the second half when setting up his brother Jack for another point. Ballymacnab were beginning to get into a good rhythm and points from Jack Grugan and Gavin McParland left 4 between the sides by the 43rd minute. Annaghmore regrouped and dominated most of the remaining 15 minutes and turned a four point deficit into a one point lead by the 56th minute, although another save from the 'keeper denied a Ryan Kennedy goal. Damien McGeown kicked an equalising point on the 58th minute but Annaghmore responded with a pointed free almost immediately. With their backs to the wall our lads showed get resolve and never say die attitude which saw Gavin McParland level matters on the 60th minute. With the sides now level again, full time was fast approaching and a replay looking likely but then came the excellent strike from Rory Grugan to curl over the winning score.
Well done to the players and management as we now look forward to the Semi Final draw on Wednesday evening.
Team: Conor McGivern, Chris Loughran, Dominic McParland, Sean Lynch, James Gray, Damien McGeown (0-1), Michael Beagan (Capt), Pauric Gribben, Richard Gribben, Ryan Kennedy (0-1), Joe Gribben, Kieran Hughes, Jack Grugan (0-3), Brian McCone, Gavin McParland (1-4). Subs: Rory Grugan (0-1) for R.Gribben, Fearghal Nugent for J.Gray, Finnén Maguire for K.Hughes.