Division 1B Match Reports – Week 18

Ballymacnab 0-9 Mullaghbawn 0-10

Mullaghbawn earned promotion to Division 1A on the final day of the league campaign with a one-point win over Ballymacnab.

Eddie English was the main man up front while the introduction of Eoghan McDonnell helped guide Mullaghbawn over the line.

English traded scores with Gavin McParland, Kieran Hughes and Rory Grugan as the sides tied after 22 minutes.

McParland and Fergal O’Brien cancelled each other out while Grugan put the hosts ahead at half time. 0-5 to 0-4.

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Niall Strain levelled the game shortly after the restart as O’Brien and Niall McKee exchanged efforts.

Shea Loye nudged Mullaghbawn ahead before McDonnell doubled their lead midway through the half.

Jack Grugan halved the deficit, but his score was matched with a fourth from English. McDonnell grabbed another to widen the gap to three.

Rory Grugan and McKee tagged on scores, but the visitors hung on for victory and the pair will both compete in Division 1A next season.

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Grange 1-14 Silverbridge 1-13

Silverbridge were pushing for promotion to Division 1A on Friday evening but given the Mullaghbawn result, even a win wasn’t enough to see them go up.

They lead for the majority of their clash with Grange, but a Miceal McKenna goal helped the hosts over the line.

Ben Toal and Paddy Reel opened the scoring for both sides before Grange opened up a 3-1 lead.

Bridge nudged ahead with the games opening goal before Jamie Martin and Jarly Og Burns widened the gap.

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Ethan Rafferty traded scores with Reel and Aaron Duffy while Daire Mallon did likewise with Burns.

Sean Rock and Ben Toal closed the scoring for the half with the visitors three ahead at the break. 1-7 to 0-7.

Justin Kieran and Toal made one the difference before Duffy and Burns restored Silverbridge’s three-point advantage.

Miceal McKenna, Ethan Rafferty and Cathal McKenna tied the score, but Silverbridge edged ahead again. Rock and Reel making three the difference once again.

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Miceal McKenna bagged a three-pointer to level the score before raising a white flag to put Grange ahead.

Both sides tagged on a point apiece, but Grange held on to win by one. Silverbridge were also in action last Wednesday when they defeated Clan na Gael 2-14 to 1-14.

Clans overcame Carrickcruppen on Friday, who they’ll also face in the first round of the championship, as a Malachy Ward goal helped them to a 1-13 to 0-6 victory.

Cullyhanna and Pearse Ogs, who were already relegated, ended all square on Friday with the game finishing 1-13 to 0-16.