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High scoring game sees Seniors to victory (26/06/11)

posted 29 Jun 2011, 05:42 by Unknown user   [ updated 5 Aug 2011, 04:55 ]
ACL DIVISION I
BALLYMACNAB 2-14 CULLOVILLE 2-11

Match ball sponsor – John Grugan

Warm and humid conditions were the setting for the visit of Culloville Blues to Pairc Na Gael for our Senior League tie on Sunday. In what proved to be a highly entertaining encounter of fast flowing football and scores galore, our lads shaded it throughout and deserved their three point victory.

The lads knew going into the game that a victory would give them a little bit of breath space at the foot of the table and carried on from their performance on Wednesday against Clans. However, it was the visitors who started best with two early points. The faithful had to wait until the 7th minute before the home side raised a score but a score which was well worth waiting on. After some lovely inter play from Rory Grugan and Gavin McParland, saw the latter fist the ball to the net. Pauric Gribben won the resulting kick out and set up an attack which finished with James Gray fisting over the bar. Culloville hit back with a point on the 10th minute before Gavin McParland capitalised on a turn over and tapped over a point. With Dwayne McParland making a welcomed return to the side, stabilising the defence, and on the 13th minute it was his interception that set up another attack which was finished with a point from Gary McKee. An excellent point blank save from Sean Hughes on the 17th minute denied Culloville a certain goal. Culloville did respond two minutes later with a free before Brian McCone and Michael Beagan added points to increase the lead. However, Culloville punished the defence for some sloppy play and finished with a flourish, hitting 1-1 before the interval to leave the sides tied at 1-5.

The Nab made an encouraging start to the second half and were back out in front once again with points from Gavin McParland, Rory Grugan and Brian McCone. Culloville responded with a point but a fisted point from James Gray on the 40th minute restored the lead to three. The final quarter proved to be the most exciting of the game when the sides between them converted 12 scores as the score line hung in the balance. Two pointed free for the Blues narrowed the margin but once again our lads responded to the challenge and restored the lead to three, courtesy of pointed frees from Brian McCone and Rory Grugan. Then on the 51st minute, Culloville broke through the Round Towers defence and grabbed their second goal and quickly followed with two points. On the 55th minute Gavin McParland reduced the deficit to one with a pointed free and two minutes later, Rory Grugan levelled the game with a converted free. Just when a draw looked on the cards, the Nab kept the pressure on and an almighty point from Gary McKee from around 55 meters looked to ensure the Nab the two valuable league points but the lads were far from finished and went into attack again and when Gavin McParland found the adventurous James Gray free, he made no mistake and placed the ball to the net. Culloville threw everything at the last but some discipline defending kept them at bay, keeping a third goal out.

This was an important win for the lads who were lead best by Michael Beagan, Dwayne McParland, Gary McKee, Rory Grugan and Brian McCone and encouraging performance to justify their status in the top flight.   

 Team: Sean Hughes (Capt), Chris Loughran, Sean McArdle, Chris Kennedy, Michael Beagan (0-1), Dwayne McParland, Dominic McParland, Gary McKee (0-2), Richard Gribben, James Gray (1-2), Rory Grugan (0-3), Joe Gribben, Gavin McParland (1-3), Brian McCone (0-3), Pauric Gribben. Sub: Barry O’Hare for D.McParland.

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