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Reserves through to Semi Final (04/06/14)

posted 9 Jun 2014, 17:46 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 9 Jun 2014, 17:46 ]



The Reserves qualified for the Semi Final of the Championship on Wednesday night after a hard fought victory over a gallant Madden side.

Played before a large crowd in Pairc na Gael, it was the visitors who were most vocal in the early stage as they began the game with three unanswered points. Conor Murdoch got Ballymacnab on the scoreboard with a point on the 12th minute. Madden responded with a point but pointed frees from Finnén Maguire and Kieran Hughes left just one between the sides by 22nd minute. Once again the sides went point-to-point with one another with Richard Gribben and Kieran Hughes getting on the score sheet and by half time Madden lead 6 points to 5.

Ballymacnab got a much needed lift 4 minutes in the second half when Conor Murdoch finished to the net for the only goal of the game. Madden responded with a point but Conor Murdoch grabbed two excellent points to give a three point lead by the 43rd minute. The final ten minutes proved to be a tight affair as pointed frees from Kieran Hughes were exchanged with his opposite number but by full time the 'Nab had done enough to record the victory. Colm McKee was the pick of the 'Nab defence with some good defending while in attack Conor Murdoch was the major threat and dully delivered when called upon. Ballymacnab shall now face Carrickcruppin in the Semi-Final on 25 June.