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St.Pat's 'Nab' victory (31/03/19)

posted 1 Apr 2019, 04:59 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 1 Apr 2019, 05:21 ]


St Patrick’s 2-12 Ballymacnab 1-14


St Patrick’s Cullyhanna edged out the reigning Senior League Champions Ballymacnab in a tough, tight affair on Sunday afternoon. The home sides stronger second half performance allowed them to come from 3 points down at the interval to win by the minimum of margins and claim the first 2 points of the season.

The victors raced into an early lead, racking up 1-1 to no reply within the opening 2 minutes of the game. Points from Rory and Jack Grugan were split by a second Cullyhanna point before Ballymacnab grabbed a three-pointer of their own through Brendan Toner, following good work from Jack Grugan and Gavin McParland. The teams traded points to keep the score tied, although Ballymacnab were soon ahead with Ryan Kennedy swinging over a wonderful point. The Nab hit a purple patch to keep them on top with two more points in as many minutes, Toner once again on target while Cormac McKee also split the posts. 2 converted Oisin McGivern frees followed a 4th Cullyhanna point, before McKee got his 2nd of the game. St Pat’s rallied at the end of the first period with 2 points, leaving the Nab in a strong position leading into the second half as they were 1-9 to 1-6 ahead at the half time break.

The lead was short lived however as within 3 minutes of the second half the sides were level, with 3 scores for St Pat’s. Rory Grugan kicked 2 frees to nudge his side ahead before Pauric Gribben kicked another to leave the visitors 3 to the good. Once more Cullyhanna found themselves on level terms, after a superb Simon Hawkins penalty save was rebounded to the net by a Cullyhanna forward. Gavin McParland allowed Ballymacnab to go ahead once again but a late surge from St Pat’s, a period in which they converted 3 points, left the Nab trailing by 2. Rory Grugan did bring his side to within one and the chance for a share of the spoils fell to Jack Grugan in the final minute with his outrageous effort unluckily hitting the woodwork.

A disappointing start to the league campaign for the lads, with an opportunity to bounce back next Sunday, where they will enjoy home advantage against newly promoted Silverbridge.

Team: Simon Hawkins, Ciaran Connelly, Ryan Kennedy (0-1), Chris Loughran, Michael Beagan, Ruairí Gribben, Jemmy Gray, Paul Meegan, Rory Grugan (0-4), Cormac McKee (0-2), Oisin McGivern (0-2), Damian McGeown, Gavin McParland (0-1), Jack Grugan (0-2), Brendan Toner (1-1). Subs: Brian McCone for C. McKee, Pauric Gribben (0-1) for D. McGeown, Cormac Gribben for B. Toner, Finnén Maguire for M.Beagan