Ballymacnab vs Granemore Preview

The rivalry between this two clubs is huge, and one will come away with the bragging rights on Friday night.

Granemore held the upper hand in the most recent league meeting, winning convincingly 2-13 to 0-8.

That result, and the final positions in the league table, will fill Eamon Kavanagh’s side full of confidence.

Ross Finn enters this championship with some momentum, having finally broken into the Armagh team.

The tight marking defender made his debut in the orange and white this year. His first appearance came against Donegal in the league, while he also started in Ulster versus Antrim.

Finn will pick up Jack Grugan in the defence while Kieran Doyle will be handed the task of shadowing Rory Grugan.

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Strong half back line

Doyle is an all-action footballer, who enjoys breaking forward for a score as much as he does defending.

Their attack-minded wing backs, Liam Doyle and Cathal O’Hare are regulars on the scoresheet.

Brendan Boylan and Marty Carr complement each other in the middle. Kieran Toner and Tony McClelland will be in the wings, ready to pounce when needed.

Toner could also spend time at full forward if and when introduced, to assist Jason O’Neill, who is the main scoring threat up top.

Nab’s main men

Armagh’s Ryan Kennedy is likely to begin at full back and pick up the dangerous O’Neill inside.

Kennedy has been one of the standout defenders in the club championship in recent years, but injuries marred his county involvement this year.

The Grugan’s are the star attractions for the Nab, and will cause the Granemore management the most pre game headaches.

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Former county footballer Gavin McParland will line out in attack, as will Kieran Hughes who returns following an ACL tear in 2019.

There’s never much between these two sides, but Ballymacnab’s attacking quality could be enough to see them through.