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Seniors bow out of Championship (28/09/14)

posted 29 Sept 2014, 16:14 by ballymacnab armagh



Our seniors bowed out of the Championship at the Quarter Final stage against Maghery on Sunday pass. The game panned out as a 'game of two halves' with Ballymacnab dominating the first half, leading 1-5 to 0-4 at the break. Maghery played their best football in the second and eventually ran out the winners.

Played in ideal conditions in Pearse Og Park, Ballymacnab began the quickest with a pointed free from Gavin McParland after 2 minutes and he followed up with a converted 45 meter kick four minutes later. Maghery opened their account with a point on the 8th minute before the in form Gavin McParland added two further points by the 13th minute. Maghery responded with two points, in between another Gavin McParland point. With Michael Beagan commanding in defence the 'Nab forged another attack with Pauric Gribben bursting through the Maghery defence before off loading to the on rushing Gavin McParland who buried the ball to the net. A Maghery point five minutes from the interval left Ballymacnab leading by double scores at the break.

Maghery started the second half at a frantic pace converting three points in as many minutes but on the 36th minute Ballymacnab went into attack and from their efforts were rewarded a penalty. Gavin McParland stepped up to take the resulting kick and although stuck well it was equally well saved by the Maghery 'keeper. The sides were levelled with a 45 meter kick on the 40th minute and two minutes later Maghery went in front for the first time. Maghery followed this up with two goals in quick succession, one from a penalty to give them a seven point lead. However, Ballymacnab did rally once again and on the 51st minute Rory Grugan and Gavin McParland linked to set up Ryan Kennedy for a second Ballymacnab goal. Maghery responded with a third goal on the 55th minute and effectively ended the game as a contest as another point was added for the opposition and a late consolation point for Rory Grugan.

Although disappointed with the result no one can fault the efforts of the players in this game and throughout the year. 

Team: Sean Hughes, Chris Loughran, Ruairí Gribben, Fearghal Nugent, Michael Beagan, Dominic McParland, Paudi Crilly, Pauric Gribben, Jack Grugan, Rory Grugan (0-1), Damien McGeown, Gavin McParland (1-5), Ryan Kennedy (1-0), Brian McCone (Capt). Subs: Joe Gribben for F.Nugent, Tony McKee for D.McGeown, Brendan Toner for J.Grugan.