Maghery v Ballymacnab Match Preview

Come Saturday evening, one of the top contenders for the championship in Maghery or Ballymacnab will be gone.

That’s the joys and excitement that comes with knockout football. Maghery have already come through one heavyweight clash as they saw off Armagh Harps in the first round.

While the scoreline shows that three-points separated the teams, in truth the gap was much bigger.

The Loughshore men were in complete control for the majority of the game and Kevin Robinson’s goal was enough to confirm their spot in the last eight.

Forker influence

The three-pointer came when Aidan Forker, who started at centre half back, moved into the full forward line.

His positioning this weekend is going to be crucial and could go on to decide who makes it through to the semis.

As shown at county level these past few years, Forker is an outstanding defender and Armagh’s go-to man-marker.

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Will he be handed the job of curtailing Rory Grugan? Or will the man of the match from the 2020 county final play further up the field?

It’s more likely that Ciaran Higgins will go to Grugan with Oisin Lappin picking up the younger brother Jack.

For Ballymacnab, they must stop Forker’s influence, no matter where he goes, and be mindful of the threat Brian McIlmurray poses at full forward.

Cullyhanna’s Pearse Casey had great joy on the edge of Ballymacnab’s square. Maghery have surely taken note of that.

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There’s always a goal in Brian Fox and Ryan Kennedy may pick him up and hold his centre half back position.

In the Grugan’s, Gavin McParland and Kieran Hughes, Ballymacnab have the more potent attacking unit, but Maghery pride themselves on keeping the score down.

A goal could be a big score here and whoever does get over the line and through to the last four will certainly have earned it.