Ballymacnab (@1.4) vs Pearse Og (@3.5)
21-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Ballymacnab will win

Ballymacnab – Pearse Og Match Prediction | 21-09-2019 13:15

Paul Meegan tagged on afurther score for Ballymacnab while Paul McGeown hit two in a row for his side. James Gray popped up from his defence duties to help ease Ballymacnab furtherin front before Gavin McParlands powerful shot was blocked down and ricochet intothe Sarsfields net. McParland added a 45 to bring his tally to 1-5 before BrianMcCone hit the insurance point one minute from time with Ballymacnab securing anine point victory.

The game was soon level with points from Captain Brian McConeand Rory Grugan. OurSeniors have reached the Quarter Final stage of the Championship after asuperior performance against neighbours Granemore at the Athletic Grounds. Onthe night our lads showed great hunger, fitness and accuracy in front of goalsand were deserving of their win. Granemore hit the front once more with a point before pointedfrees from Rory Grugan and Brian McCone restored the lead. The Nab were slow out of the blocks as it was Granemore who got off to thebest start with three early points, in between a point from Ryan Kennedy aftera surging run. It was nearing thebreak that the Nab began to pull away on the scoreboard with 2 FinnnMaguire before a brilliant individual point from Rory Grugan, left the score0-9 to 0-5 at the break.

Sarsfields remain in the top half after beating Tir na nOg 2-19 to 3-6. Ballymacnab remain on course to challenge for the league title in the second half of the season after hammering newcomers Forkhill 6-10 to 0-8. Elsewhere, Pearse Og missed the opportunity to go top after they fell to a 1-6 to 1-14 defeat at home to St Patricks.However,Armagh Harps took advantage of Magherys slip up to go joint top after beating St Pauls 3-16 to 1-11.

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The use of the McGeownbrothers Eamon and Paul as a two target men on the edge of the square troubledthe Ballymacnab defence and it was Paul McGeown who opened the scoring for thesecond period. Pauric Gribben and Jack Grugan extended the Nabs advantage tofive before Colin Stevenson struck for goal five minutes into the second period.

League Champions Maghery will most likely top the group with three wins from three and continue to build on their league form. Cathal McKenna remains sidelined so the likes of Aaron McKay, Darren McKenna and Conor Martin will be the leaders for the south Armagh side. Group 3 is dj vu for Madden as they have faced both Maghery and Dromintee in their last two Championship campaigns beating Dromintee twice while falling at the hands of Maghery on both occasions. Niall Grimley will be the Raparees leader while their attacking division consisting of Conor Grimly, Aron McKenna and Ciaran Rafferty should see them secure a playoff position. The Forker clan will be the ones to watch with the supporting cast of James Lavery, Ciaran Higgins, Ben Crealey and Stephen Cusack making the 2016 winners a formidable opponent. Like Dromintee, Annaghmore retained their Senior status on the final day and will be confident of overcoming anyone who travels to their grounds. Dromintee survived the drop to Senior League B with a win on the final day of the season and should be able to hold on to a playoff position in this group. The Mac Iomhair brother Ciaran and Oisin are the key men while Connor Cullen will bolster their attacking options.

The opening stages of the second half were fairly even with two pointed Pearse Og frees matched by a fine Aidan Nugent score and an excellent point from Gary McCooey. The crucial score of the match arrived 10 minutes into the half when a defensive error from Pearse Ogs allowed Kieran Hoey to bundle the ball over the line for a Cullyhanna goal.

Three minutes later came the second Nab goal when FinnnMaguire proved the provider once more only this time it was Pauric Gribben whoflicked the ball to the net. Ryan Kennedy and Brian McCone added points againsttwo for the opposition and by the final whistle Ballymacnab were glad to getover the first hurdle and advance to Round 2. Asin the first half, Jack Grugan got the first point of the second as the Nabexchanged points with the opposition. Paul Kennedy, Finnn Maguire, Jack Gruganand Ryan Kennedy added points to give a bit of breathing space to lead by 6 bythe 42nd minute.

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Clann Eireann did hit back with a healthy spell just before half time, knocking three between the sticks, but a point from Kyle Morgan meant that Madden went in at the break with a healthy 0-08 to 0-05 lead. Aaron McKenna struck a fine point from play, before Paul OReilly and Niall Grimley doubled their personal tallys which meant Madden were flying high, leading 0-07 to 0-02.

Jack Grugan responded with his first of the day after a great catch in the middle of the field and assist from Gavin McParland set Grugan in for a score. Ballymacnab reduced the deficit to one soon after with points from Rory Grugan (2) leaving Cullyhanna ahead 2-9 to 2-8. The second period began in a similar manner to the first, with Cullyhanna dominating early on, scoring 1-3 in quick succession to put them 4 points ahead.

The visitors then went furtherahead once more when Brendan Toner added to his early goal with a point thistime, before Sarsfields answer back with another point. Sarsfields were thenhanded a lifeline on the 20th minute when they converted a penalty,before scoring their 4th point of the game, leaving the deficit nowat 3, Ballymacnab still in front 2-4 to 1-4.

The round three clashes are now a straightshootout with the winners of Nab vs Cross through to the quarter finals whilethe losers of Sarsfields vs Clann Eireann crash out of the competition. Ballymacnabs next opponentsCrossmaglen continued their winning form with a victory over Sarsfieldsalthough the south Armagh men didnt have it all their own way as they sneakedthrough with a 2-18 to 3-11 victory.

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Ready for the mountain in Camlough on Sunday the Ballymacnab Walk and Talk Group enjoyed the scenery, fresh air and the challenge of walking up Camlough Mountain with our fabulous guide for the day Mickey McCreesh. The views were stunning at the top of the mountain of Carlingford Lough, Dundalk Bay and around the countryside as far as County Wicklow.