Ballymacnab (@1.33) vs Granemore (@4.0)

Our Prediction:

Ballymacnab will win

Ballymacnab – Granemore Match Prediction | 05-10-2019 12:00

Subs:Colm McKee for C. Grugan. Loughran, Paul Meegan (0-1) for Cormac McKee, Ryan Kennedyfor Colm McKee, Joe Gribben for J. Ballymacnab:Conor McGivern, Ciaran Connelly, Cormac Gribben (0-1), Chris Loughran, SeanLynch, Michael Beagan (Capt), James Gray (0-1), Rory Grugan (0-1), Pauric Gribben(0-1), Cormac McKee, Oisin McGivern, Ryan Watters (0-2), Gavin McParland (1-5),Jack Grugan (1-4), Brian McCone (0-1).

After an impressivevictory away to Sarsfields last weekend, our senior side were keen to stayunbeaten in the senior championship after 2 games and remain top of Group A withan away tie against Whitecross on Friday evening. A great performance by theteam meant an astonishing 30 point win over a helpless Whitecross, with thescore 5-17 to 0-2 at the final whistle.

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 Nab soon rallied forward and reduced the deficit to just one point going into half time. Granemore made a bright start to the game and grabbed some early scores to give them a four point advantage eight minutes into the game. It turned out to be a point for point second half, but a goal from Jason ONeill proved to be the pivotal strike as Granemore came out on top by one. The impressive Jason ONeill scored a great opening point with his left foot, as he quickly turned his marker before lashing over from 30 yards.


Rian ONeill rose highest to fetch the throw up and found his brotherOisin in acres of space bursting through the forward line to collect possessionand bury the ball to the net with the Nab immediately in trouble. The game was just 11 seconds old when Crossmaglen rattled the net fortheir first score with a brilliantly worked move straight from the trainingground.

Butthe second half was a different game and a Jack Grugan inspired Ballymacnabpowered home to a comfortable eight point victory. Pearse Ogs would have been delighted with how their game planwas playing out after 30 minutes of action with the sides drawn at half time,while the Nab never got their noses in front during the entire first half.

Jack Grugan rounded off aspectacular performance with a well taken goal to bring his personal tally to1-7 while his brother Rory knocked over his 4th point of the game. SubstitutePearse Hughes got his name on the score sheet after being introduced and OisinMcGivern pointed a free with the final score of the game, Ballymacnab runningout easy winners in the end 5-20 to 0-10.

Thegame was played in horrid conditions after the recent spell of wet weather butboth sides put that behind them and it wasnt long until the first score, apoint from Brian McCone. This score was short lived when Madden rose the green flag moments later. Jack Grugan showed great incint to follow the ball in and find the net. Madden quickly responded with a pointbefore a Paul Kennedy point gave the Nab the lead once more, after some goodplay from Michael Beagan. Almost immediedatly, our lads dusted themselves down once more and an inchperfect pass from Rory Grugan to his brother Jack with Jack rattling the netfor the second time. Just when Ballymacnab seemed to be pulling away, Maddenreduced the deficit with another goal, to leave the score at 2-04 to 2-01. During this set play Ballymacnab lost full back Brendan Toner to injury and sawthe game stopped for 11 minutes. The first goal of the game came shortly afterwardswhen a mark from Pauric Gribben set him up on a solo run and whilst hisinitial attempt for a point was dealt by the keeper, he seemed to fumble theball. At the restart the inform Jack Grugan onceagain split the posts and that score was quickly followed by another PaulKennedy point.

There were a number of hard hits and off the ball clashes but this didnt get out of hand and was probably to be expected, with both teams showing real determination to come out on top. The game began to get quite physical at this stage as both teams had brushed off all nerves and were well tuned into the game.