Recent History – SFC Quarter Finals

There’s very little recent history between any of the sides facing off in this weekends SFC quarter finals.

It’s four years since Ballymacnab and Maghery last crossed swords while Killeavy and Clan na Gael were Intermediate teams when they last met.

Crossmaglen haven’t taken on Dromintee since 2016 while Granemore and Mullaghbawn haven’t faced off in the championship at all in recent years.

2018: Ballymacnab 1-9 Maghery 0-9 (SFC Semi Final)

Ballymacnab qualified for only their second ever SFC final when they edged past Maghery in their most recent championship clash.

The sides were evenly matched throughout and were tied at 0-5 apiece when they half time whistle sounded.

Heading into the final ten minutes the sides were all square 0-8 apiece as substitute Pauric Gribben punched home the all-important goal.

Rory Grugan traded scores with Stefan Forker as Ballymacnab held on to their advantage to see out a three-point win.

Photo Credit: John Merry

2016: Crossmaglen 2-13 Dromintee 1-10 (SFC Round One)

Debutants Sean McConville and Stephen Morris nailed the two majors that saw Crossmaglen past Dromintee.

McConville palmed a goal following a Johnny Hanratty assist to put the Rangers 1-8 to 0-5 ahead at the break.

Barry Toner’s three-pointer just 40 seconds after the turnaround offered Dromintee so hope of causing an upset.

But Cross got another tap in goal, this time through Stephen Morris, to advance to the next round with six to spare.

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2016: Clan na Gael 1-14 Killeavy 0-11 (IFC Quarter Final)

Following their 12-point drumming at the hands of Whitecross, Clan na Gael made the last eight via the backdoor.

They saw off Culloville by four points to set up a quarter final clash with Killeavy, who would win the IFC two years later.

Clans triumphed in 2016 however and it was a Stefan Campbell masterclass and goal that made all the difference.

They faced Whitecross once again in the semi-finals and while they closed the gap, they couldn’t do enough to get over the line.

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2014: Maghery 3-10 Ballymacnab 2-6 (SFC Quarter Final)

Maghery overcame Ballymacnab by seven-points in their first ever meeting at senior level back in 2014.

Gavin McParland hit all of Ballymacnab’s scores as they led at the half time break by four, 1-5 to 0-4.

Maghery rallied after the turnaround and a hat trick of goals from Paul Forker turned the game in their favour.

Ryan Kennedy slotted in a second three-pointer for Ballymacnab, but it was Maghery who advanced to the last four.

Photo Credit: John Merry