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.
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