Armagh GAA Club Match Reports – Round Four

Division 1A

Ballymacnab 3-14 Granemore 1-8

Ballymacnab gained the bragging rights between these two rivals with a convincing twelve-point win over Granemore on Sunday.

Two first half goals saw Ballymacnab pull out of reach and the men in marron led from start to finish,

Rory Grugan opened the scoring in the first minute as Ballymacnab sailed into an early four-point lead.

Pauric Gribben, Oisin McGivern and Gavin McParland all landed scores before Granemore got off the mark with a Jason O’Neill free.

McParland made the game his own as he rattled the net twice within ten minutes before adding a further point to bring his personal tally to 2-2.

Jason O’Neill hit two from play while Brendan Boylan also raised a green flag for the visitors as they tried to close the gap.

However, the Grugan brothers, Rory and Jack, would have the final saw of the half, with one point each to leave their side ahead 2-7 to 0-4 at the break.

The Nab continued their scoring spree in the second period with Oisin McGivern and McParland both hitting the target.

Granemore were handed a lifeline when Ryan Rafferty raised a green flag, but their only goal of the game was soon cancelled out.

Rory Grugan chipped over a free before Ciaran Connolly raced through and goal and buried the ball low and hard past the helpless net-minder.

Liam Doyle traded scores with Pauric Gribben and the Grugan brothers before Rafferty hit his first point of the afternoon.

Rory Grugan swung over a free at the last when the result was beyond doubt to put Ballymacnab twelve ahead at the final whistle.

Elsewhere, Dromintee continued their unbeaten run as they finished all square with Maghery on Sunday.

A first half goal handed Maghery the initiative as they led at the half time break by two points, 1-5 to 0-6.

Dromintee found back to earn a share of the spoils in the second period and it was Darren McKenna’s goal that saw the sides level 1-10 apiece at the final whistle.

Crossmaglen and Killeavy met in a dress rehearsal for next weekend’s Senior Championship semi-final clash.

First half goals from Mel Boyce and Paul Hughes gave Cross a slender 2-3 to 1-5 lead at the half time break.

Boyce fired his side ahead early in the second period as he raised another green flag and Killeavy struggled to close the gap for the remainder of the game.

The three goals were the telling difference between the sides at the final whistle, Crossmaglen 3-13 Killeavy 1-9.

Armagh Harps remain at the foot of the division as they fell at the hands of their near neighbours in round four.

Pearse Ogs lead by the minimum of margins at the break before driving on in the second period to secure a 1-17 to 1-15 win.

Division 1B

Grange suffered their first defeat of the 2020 league campaign when they hosted Ronan Clarke’s Silverbridge on Sunday.

The goal was the main difference between the sides as Silverbridge just edged ahead 0-13 to 1-12 at the final whistle.

St Patrick’s Cullyhanna extended their unbeaten league form to four games as they convincingly saw off Mullaghbawn.

Stephen Reel’s men had eight points to spare by the time the referee called for the ball, winning 1-16 to 0-11.

Madden secured a victory at home on Sunday when they overcame travelling Lurgan side St Peter’s by four points.

Two goals were evenly split by the two teams as Madden held on two pick up maximum points, winning 1-15 to 1-11.

Clann Eireann handed out a huge defeat away from home to Annaghmore, with eighteen points the difference in the end.

They raced into a 2-9 to 0-3 lead by the halfway point, before driving home for a big 3-17 to 0-8 finish.