Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 11/06/18

Posted by Patrick Grimley on Sat, 16 Jun 2018

Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 11th June 2018

Our Seniors who’ve had a very rocky start to their season, welcomed neighbours Pearse Ogs to Raparee Park on Friday evening. As it turned out, Madden led just once in the game when Conor Grimley opened the scoring with a fine point from play. The Ogs playing tenaciously, kept the scoreboard ticking over with some excellent scores, and particularly from former County man Paul Duffy. Niall and Conor Grimley scored a brace of points each to keep Madden within one point of their opponents with a couple of minutes until the break, however the Ogs responded with two further points themselves in injury time, leaving the Half Time score Madden 0-5, Pearse Ogs 0-8. 

A free from Niall Grimley to begin the second period gave hope to the men in Red and Black, however a purple patch from the Ogs scoring 1-03 without reply opened up an eight point gap after 43 minutes played which turned out to be an insurmountable lead. Three more Niall Grimley points, and one each from Liam Grimley and Colin Mallon proved only consolations as Madden fell to their 4th defeat in the last five games. Final Scoreline: Madden 0-11, Pearse Ogs 1-13. Although simply not enough scoring chances are being created from Madden who had several key players missing, better efforts on the day came from Mark Quinn, Ryan Morgan and Niall Grimley. Madden are currently 3rd from bottom in the division, with their next opponents Whitecross only 1 point adrift, therefore it looks like this next fixture is the biggest game Madden might have to play this year. They need to lift their spirits very quickly if they wish to avoid the dreaded drop back down to the Intermediate grade. Come on lads, let’s pick it up a gear and fight through this. All traveling support will be needed in Whitecross.

Madden Reserves welcomed a formidable opponent in Armagh Harps to Raparee Park last Wednesday evening. Guided by their vastly experienced Manager Brendan McGuinness, Madden played great football in the first half. Corner forward Ronan Grimley scored the first three points of the game, which was followed by two points from all-rounder and 2016 Madden GFC Club person of the year David Loughran. Gerard Grimley controlled midfield for the best part, and fed the ball expertly to fellow veteran player Ciaran Monaghan who grabbed a goal with quick hands proving pivotal. Madden were ahead 1-06 to 1-04 at half time, however, the second half told a completely contradictory story. The Harps dominated from start to finish, and in particular their forwards who proved just too hot to handle for the Madden full back line. The game ended Madden 1-09, Armagh Harps 4-15. Outside of the scorers, efforts from Enda Mallon, Eugene Grimley, Chrissy Forde and Rory Hughes should be applauded.

In an U18 Division Two encounter played at Raparee Park on Monday, Madden Minors grabbed their first victory of the season in what turned out to be a surprisingly one-sided affair against St Pats Cullyhanna. Played very sportingly, the Madden lads combined brilliantly as a unit. Each player contributing well to the overall result as the match ended Madden 5-20, St Pats Cullyhanna 3-09. To mention but a few, strong showings came from Joe Sheridan, Josh King, Ryan Carmichael, Shea Moore, Conor Gray and Tom Cullen. Hopefully now the team ride the momentum high into the next game. 

Playing for the first time in a few weeks on Sunday morning, a depleted Madden U16’s paid a visit to a very strong Clann Eireann in Lurgan. A lack of recent game time certainly played a factor for the young Raparees as they couldn’t seem to find their earlier season good form. The Lurgan outfit proved much too strong on the day and ended up convincing winners. This will be put down as a bad day at the office for our courageous gaels, and I’m sure they’ll look to make many improvements in the next outing.

Madden U12.5’s played Middletown last Wednesday, winning 3-08 to 2-08 in a closely fought contest. Middletown starting the brighter hitting 3 points on the bounce from their tricky centre forward. A quick positional switch saw Dylan Crilly curb his influence in what turned out to be a Man of the Match display, as he linked defence and attack majestically. The Madden Midfield pairing of Caolan McGoldrick and Dara Hughes impressed as they took the lead before half time. The second half was close but goals from Aaron Grimley and Jack Smith put us in front. Good defensive play from full backs Matthew Hughes and Niall Stevenson kept Middletown at bay. A good win for the young Raparees. Next match at home to Ballymacnab on Thursday at 6.30pm.

Madden U10’s travelled to Clonmore on Wednesday to take on the amalgamated Naomh Eoin Team. As it turned out, our youngsters proved too strong for their opponents. Madden’s tackling, passing and score taking crucial to the cause. A special mention goes to the Management team, and especially Eugene Crilly, Gary Comiskey and Darren Fitzpatrick who generously treated the kids to a much welcome McDonalds afterwards.

The same U10’s team went to one of the most prestigious underage tournaments of the season on Saturday when they made the trip to Crossmaglen to compete in the James Hughes Memorial U10 Blitz. Teams from all corners of Ulster took part. Madden progressed from a very competitive group with Four Masters(Donegal), Whitecross and Dromintee II. They performed very admirably, up until they bowed out in the Last 16 stage after a narrow loss to Dromintee I. The kids can be very proud of their achievements and received medals to show as much.

To celebrate 25 years since Madden Raparees began their journey of winning back-to-back Championships, starting with the Junior in 1993, and ending with that unforgettable day in the Athletic Grounds in ‘94 when our Seniors overcame a strong Middletown outfit to win the Intermediate Championship. On Saturday 16th June at 8.30pm, everyone is invited to Madden Social Club to commemorate that momentous occasion with the players and management of those legendary sides. It’s sure to be a great night. 

The Blessing of the Graves takes place this Friday night at Madden Chapel.

A massive good luck message is sent out to Madden’s Kelly Mallon who is part of the Armagh Ladies football team who take on defending Champions Donegal in the Senior Ulster Final this Sunday in Enniskillen. Hopefully the girls can bring the trophy back to Armagh.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • U14 League Division 3, Madden U14 v Granemore U14 (Home), Tuesday 12th June, 7.15pm
  • U10 Go Games, Madden U10 v Ballyhegan U10 (Home), Wednesday 13th June, 7.15pm
  • Reserve League South, Mullabawn v Madden (Away), Wednesday 13th June, 8pm
  • U12.5 Go Games, Madden U12.5 v Ballymacnab U12.5 (Home), Thursday 14th June, 6.30pm
  • Senior League Division 1B, Whitecross v Madden (Away), Date & Time TBC

Thank you for your continued support of Madden Raparees GFC

Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 04/06/18

Posted by Patrick Grimley on Tue, 5 Jun 2018

Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 4th June 2018

After an impressive win last week over Tir na nOg, Madden Seniors were confident that they could overturn their earlier season loss to Killeavy with a victory yesterday, however the Away team had winning plans of their own. After 3 minutes, Killeavy found themselves two goals to the good, as Madden looked lethargic. They did though begin to settle as the in-form Conor Grimley hit four points in a row to bring them within two. Caolan Vallely and the US-bound Aron McKenna who was carrying an obvious injury scored a point each, however on the 13th minute, Killeavy found the net again after sloppy Madden defending cost them dearly. The rest of the half allowed Madden to creep back into the contest with points coming from five different men, the energetic Niall Smith, Ryan Grimley, Aron McKenna, Conor Grimley and Kyle Morgan although the half time Scoreline read Madden 0-11, Killeavy 3-05.

The Raparees wanted to start the second period well but Killeavy took a firm hold of the game, scoring six of the first eight second half points. Liam and Conor Grimley traded frees in a disappointing spell as the team only scored twice in 27 minutes. The scoring reliability of target man Conor Grimley gave some hope when he hit the net on the 58th minute before a brace of late points from substitute Colin Mallon proved too little too late as Killeavy ran out deserving winners, with the game finishing Madden 1-15, Killeavy 3-13. Despite the defeat, Donal Rafferty, Niall Smith and Conor Grimley gave a good account of themselves. The latest loss leaves our Seniors facing an extremely difficult uphill battle in their bid for promotion, with the likelihood being that they would need to win all their remaining seven fixtures to stand any chance. This Friday they begin that task at home to City neighbours Pearse Ogs in what’s sure to be a tight tussle.

In the Championship, Madden Reserves made the long journey to Lurgan last Wednesday to take on St Peters. A close first half played out with the home team just shading it on a scoreline of St Peters  0-7, Madden 1-03. However the second half told a different story as the men in red and black completely dominated proceedings scoring 3-11 to St Peters solitary goal. Two excellent saves from Paul McElvanna as well as assured fielding from Gerard Grimley helped, however it was the scoring prowess of young guns Neil McGuinness 3-03, Conor Greene 1-01 and the classy Joe Sheridan 0-07 that put the game to bed. Fine performances from the whole defensive unit was on show, and particularly from Shane McIlveen who fought tirelessly. Final Scoreline, St Peters 1-07, Madden 4-14.

Last Tuesday, Madden U10’s made the short trip to Middletown. As usual with two games going on at once, the teams were evenly split. Some excellent passages of play was displayed by both teams with strong performances from Caolan Fitzpatrick, Ciaran Molloy, Niall Woods, Jack Hughes and Manus Meehan catching the eye.

Madden U8’s travelled to Blackwatertown on Saturday morning where An Port Mor hosted a well-run mini Blitz. Played in warm conditions, our youngsters put in a tremendous effort in each of their 8 games whilst winning 5 of them which included playing Middletown, Granemore and Naomh Eoin. Leading the way with the majority of scores for Madden were Sean Woods, Patrick Morgan and Eoghan Mallon. 

Congratulations go to St Joseph’s Primary School Madden whose players won the prestigious Paddy Morgan Shield in Derrynoose last Thursday. They put in a serious effort in the final as they defeated local neighbours Middletown. Bringing silverware back home is always very rewarding. Well done kids.

To celebrate 25 years since Madden Raparees began their journey of winning back-to-back Championships, starting with the Junior in 1993, and ending with that unforgettable day in the Athletic Grounds in ‘94 when our Seniors overcame a strong Middletown outfit to win the Intermediate Championship. On Saturday 16th June at 8.30pm, everyone is invited to Madden Social Club to commemorate that momentous occasion with the players and management of those legendary sides. It’s sure to be a fantastic night.

A speedy recovery is wished for Madden GFC Club President Charlie McGuinness who recently spent some time in hospital. Hopefully Charlie gets well soon.

Finally on behalf of Madden GFC, sympathies are expressed to the McIlveen family for the death of Jimmy McIlveen who passed away recently. Grandfather of reserve player Shane.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • U12.5 Go Games, Middletown U12.5 v Madden U12.5 (Away), Wednesday, 6.30pm
  • U10 Go Games, Naomh Eoin U10 v Madden U10 (Away), Wednesday, 7.30pm in Clonmore
  • Senior League Division 1B, Madden v Pearse Ogs (Home), Friday 8th June, TBC
  • U12.5 Go Games, Madden U12.5 v Ballymacnab U12.5 (Home), Saturday, 4pm
  • U16 League Division 1, Clann Eireann U16 v Madden U16 (Away), Sunday 10th June, 12pm

Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 28/05/18

Posted by Patrick Grimley on Tue, 5 Jun 2018

Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 28th May 2018

Our Seniors who must’ve felt they couldn’t have bought a victory recently, looked forward to their game against Tir na nOg on Sunday. They knew nothing short of a win against the team at the bottom of the division was suffice. Thankfully our boys delivered in style. Frantically, Madden dominated the first half, scoring three goals from Conor Grimley, Ryan Morgan and the age-defying Gerard Grimley who is playing in what’s believed to be his 21st season in the Red and Black jersey at Senior level. Points from Niall Smith, Aron McKenna and Liam Grimley(3) pushed Madden well ahead at half time, with the scoreline reading Madden 3-08, Tir na nOg 0-05.

The second half played out in similar fashion as 3 points from Conor Grimley, one each from Niall Grimley and Jamie Sheridan, and a well struck penalty from Kyle Morgan assured the 2 points for the Raparees. Final score Madden 4-16, Tir na nOg 1-10. A strong showing all round pleased the Management, who understandably will be keen to refocus the lads ahead of next weeks match-up with top of the table Killeavy. Peter Lappin was excellent throughout, and was ably assisted by Caolan Vallely, Ryan, Liam and Conor Grimley who finished with 1-07.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at Madden Raparees for their warm welcome today after running to their ground for today's game. A massive £387 was raised during the half time collection which is the most from any game so far. All your help and generousity is very much appreciated. Thanks again. Sean Murphy” The Portadown man who is running to all Tir na NOgs Away League games this season in honour of his daughter who was successfully treated at a very young age in the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

In the Reserve League South last Wednesday evening, Madden’s Reserves played host to a Granemore team which featured a few of their more recognisable Senior players. However without feeling intimidated, the home side worked hard from defence outwards. Chrissy Forde, young Tony O’Hagan and Madden’s very own newly transferred Munster man Darragh Connolly all showing a great appetite to win the ball ahead of their markers.

County Minor player Joe Sheridan showed glimpses of class scoring 5 points in total. Half forward Conor Greene was another who played well and contributed to the scoresheet. However, a goal from Midfielder Gerard Grimley and several well taken points from Neil McGuinness wasn’t enough to stop Granemore nicking the win. Final Scoreline: Madden 2-14, Granemore 3-15. Aaron Wright, Kevin Forde, Ryan Loughran, Shane McIlveen, Colm Campbell and Eugene Grimley were others who performed admirably.

Madden U14’s travelled to South Armagh to take on Silverbridge in the 1st round of the championship, having already met in the league a few weeks earlier. From the outset Madden knew they were up against a strong, well-drilled and physical team. The game began well for Madden in the opening quarter as they led 7pts to 4. The ‘Bridge then upped the ante and started to take control in most sectors of the pitch and managed to turn a 3 pt deficit into a 12-8 halftime lead. The 2nd half seen Silverbridge kick on to completely dominate the game and run out comfortable winners in the end. Although well beaten in the end by the championship favourites, Madden can be proud of their battling efforts to the final whistle.

Madden U12.5’s entertained Grange on Saturday past in a very competitive game. Grange were previously unbeaten but Madden stepped up to the plate to record their 2nd win. Dara Hughes and Caolan McGoldrick worked hard in midfield creating chances for our forwards. Aaron Grimley, poacher supreme, hit 2 goals and was denied his hat-trick by a great save from the Grange keeper. At the back, Goalkeeper Tony Moore was solid and got great protection from Man of the Match Caolan Quinn who also got a goal from distance. Special mention goes to Shaan Bayrajee on his debut who had a tremendous game with some great interceptions and tough tackling. Final score Madden 5-08 Grange 4-07.

Last Tuesday evening, Madden U10’s paid a visit to Tullysaran. With 2 games played simultaneously, Madden’s older kids put in a steady performance with Danny McGurgan, Nicole O’Reilly, Reece Hughes, Manus Meehan, Ciaran Molloy, Ciara Gray, Sean Greene, Paddy Comiskey and Niall Woods all playing their part.

Not to be overshadowed, the younger crop also proved far too strong for their opponents. It was a great pleasure to watch the kids out enjoying themselves whilst refining their skills. With Alex Mone, Milo Smith, Liam McGarvey, Sean O’Hare, Jamie Crilly, Tadhg Grimley, Harry Smith and Ben Smith all capturing the eye. 

Our U10’s had a busy week as they travelled to a Blitz at St Peters Lurgan on Saturday morning. It was a great wee day, enjoyed by all. To reach the semi-final, our boys and girls came through a very tough group which consisted of Madden, Clan na Gael, Maghery, Aldergrove and St Geraldine’s. Unfortunately though in the Semis’ the Pearse Ogs just squeezed past our team, however everyone involved can be very proud of their efforts. Well done.

Finally, even though he’s taking a bit of a sabbatical right now from our Senior team, congratulations go to Madden player Paul O’Reilly who married his new bride Cara last Saturday. Growing up whilst playing at all levels for the Raparees, Paul was one of the best prospects around the county and played a particularly key part in Madden U21’s excellent run to the U21 County Final way back in 2008, most notably scoring at least 8 points against Dromintee in the semi-final.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • U10 Go Games, Middletown U10 v Madden U10 (Away), Tuesday 29th May, 6.30pm
  • U8 Go Games, Madden are taking part in the An Port Mor Mini-Blitz on Saturday 2nd June, TBC
  • U12.5 Go Games, Middletown U12.5 v Madden U12.5 (Away), Saturday 2nd June, 4pm
  • Senior League Division 1B, Madden v Killeavy (Home), Sunday 3rd June, 3pm

Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 21/05/18

Posted by Patrick Grimley on Sat, 26 May 2018

Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 21st May 2018

Madden U18’s continued their quest for a victory against an extremely well drilled opponent, City neighbors Pearse Ogs last Monday. It was clear early on that any positive result was going to be beyond Madden, yet their were some encouraging signs, and lessons to be learnt as they look towards their next game. 

Madden U16’s hosted Clann Na Gael on Friday evening in a rearranged fixture. Madden raced out of the blocks with Oisin Tohill hitting 2 early goals. Points followed from Eoin Grimley and Darragh McMullen to put Madden in control. The pace and power of Madden was too much for their North Armagh counterparts and only heroic defending kept the score within reason. A now trademark late run from Josh King resulted in Madden's third goal and a commanding lead. The second half saw a raft of substitutions disrupt the flow but the defence held strong marshalled by the excellent Ryan Mone and Joe Hughes. “Clanns” did start to reduce the deficit before Eoin Donnelly carried the ball 30 yards before dispatching a rasper into the corner of the net to keep Madden in front. A further point from the impressive Michael Haughey saw Madden run out comfortable winners 4-11  to 1-12. A good performance all round with the midfield pairing of Josh King and Eoin Donnelly showing great improvement, as well as Jack Murphy proving an effective playmaker.

With little time for rest, Madden U16’s hosted a strongly fancied Killeavy team in a re-arranged Division 1 League match on Sunday afternoon. Playing against the wind, they got off to a great start with a well taken goal from the nippy Darragh McMullan. A free from Killeavy after 2 mins opened their account but the impressive Eoin Grimley would score the first of his 8 points after 6 minutes. Killeavy fought back scoring the next 3 points and also were unfortunate when a soaring shot came back off the crossbar. After this let off, Madden upped their intensity and playing well all over the pitch, as they scored the next 5 points to lead at half time 1-06 to 0-04. Towering midfielder Eoin Donnelly opened the scoring on the re-start with a fine point from play to extend their lead. Back came Killeavey with a goal after 8 minutes of the half and by the 13th minute, had reduced the deficit to a single point. This is were this Madden side showed that they belong in this division with the elite teams in the county as they displayed some excellent defending at times most notably from Gary McGuinness, as well as Goalkeeper Shane Grimley constantly showing stability in pressurised situations. Also it’s worth mentioning the movement of ball at pace into the forward line who took some fine scores. A free by Eoin Grimley was soon followed by a well worked goal from Oisin Tohill and then the ever-improving Josh King had to settle for a point when the goalie pulled off a fine save to tip the ball over the bar. A free from Killeavy with 7 minutes left would turn out to be their last score, with Madden finishing strong with 3 points from  Eoin Grimley, Eoin Donnelly, and Darragh McMullan respectively to eventually run out winners on a score line of Madden 2-12 to 1-08. A great team spirit combined with an obviously well drilled and coached team is why these results are bearing fruit right now. A fantastic team performance like that leaves it difficult to pick out any individuals for special praise so it’s only fair that we say well done to the entire team and management who no doubt realise its only another game won and the next challenge will come again in a few weeks when the league resumes after the exams break. If you haven’t done so already, you need to see this team play. They epitomise everything that is good about our brilliant wee club. 

Madden U14’s travelled to Sarsfields on Tuesday night past, minus a few regulars through injury. They ended up fielding a relatively youthful team. The Derrytrasna Sarsfields outfit got of to the better start and held the upper hand throughout the entire game running out convincing winners in the end. Well beaten on the night, the Madden lads must be commended for their never-say-die attitude as they battled to the bitter end. With James Smith in goals, Pauric Morgan in defence, Jamie Smith in midfield all putting in encouraging performances whilst young Evan Hughes tried tirelessly on his debut.  Tomorrow night (Tuesday) the team travel to Sliverbridge for the first round of the U14 Championship @ 7.15pm. As always, the youngsters could be doing with your support if you’re available to travel.

Madden U10’s made the trip to Granemore last Wednesday, where an excellent all round team performance which included brilliant shot selection and tough tackling started to prove that the recent match practice was paying off. They are out again tomorrow night (Tuesday) in Tullysaran, before making the long journey to St Peters Lurgan this Saturday morning for their first Blitz of the season.

Under the guidance of former Madden GFC greats Phillip Mallon and Kevin McElvanna, as well as Ciara Mallon offering great assistance, Madden U8’s took part in a mini blitz against the Pearse Ogs and the Harps on Sunday morning. Fielding two teams, the children in Red and Black acquitted themselves very well against strong opposition and indeed finished on a high by improving with each game. On Team 1, Pauric Fegan, Eoghan Mallon & Jack O’Reilly showed great promise and for Team 2 Annie Smith, Oisin Tighe and the Woods brothers, Sean & Ciaran led the way. A great effort all round, with plenty of proud parents looking on, well done. 

With all proceeds going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, a very generous Tir na nOg Portadown supporter Mr. Sean Murphy has made a commitment to run direct from Portadown to all Tir na Nog’s opponents fields in time for each Senior League match this season. Therefore, this Sunday, Sean will be in attendance at Raparee Park and collecting any donations, so please if you can when approached, support Sean’s achievements and give generously to a tremendous cause. Thank you.

All at Madden GFC would like to wish our club steward Kieran McCusker a speedy recovery after suffering a broken ankle in a recent accident at home. Rarely seen without a beeming smile, here’s hoping Kieran will be back to full health very soon, in good time ahead of one of his favourite annual events, the Tractor run which isn’t too far away.

Madden Social Club will be open this Saturday evening from 7pm for live coverage of Down v Antrim on the BBC iPlayer, as well as the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool. 

Upcoming Fixtures

  • U14 Division 3 Championship, Silverbridge U14 v Madden U14 (Away), Tuesday 22nd May, 7.15pm
  • U10 Go Games, Tullysaran U10 v Madden U10 (Away), Tuesday 22nd May, 6.45pm
  • U10 Blitz, In St Peters Lurgan, Saturday 26th May, 10am
  • U8 Go Games, Madden U8 v Grange U8 (Home), Saturday 26th May, TBC
  • U12.5 Go Games, Madden U12.5 v Grange U12.5 (Home), Saturday 26th May, 4pm
  • Senior League Division 1B, Madden v Tir na nOg (Home), Sunday 27th May, 2pm

Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 14/05/18

Posted by Patrick Grimley on Sat, 19 May 2018

Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 14th May 2018

Madden Seniors welcomed Silverbridge to Raparee Park on Saturday for a game which was played in perfect conditions. Nursing recent injuries to a few including defenders Cillian Mallon, Conor Mone and Kieran Grimley, as well as the absences of key men Kyle Morgan and Niall Grimley, Madden knew they’d be up against it considering the ‘Bridge won their previous game by 17 points. From the throw-in, the visitors commanded proceedings going 3-0 up before Ciaran Rafferty scored for Madden to get off the mark. It took two well-fielded catches from the ever-improving Pearse O’Hagan for the home side to get going properly though, as forwards Conor Grimley and Aron McKenna scored points either side of a Liam Grimley goal on the 27th minute. The momentum didn’t last though as Silverbridge finished the stronger going into the break, as at Half time, the score line read Madden 1-03, Silverbridge 0-06.

Maddens best spell then came in the ten minutes succeeding the break, with the attacking duo of Conor Grimley and Aron McKenna grabbing a brace of points each. Strong hands from Goalkeeper Paul McElvanna on the 40 minute mark helped keep the ‘Bridge at bay. Ryan Grimley had a couple of crisp clean catches around the middle, but was very much up against it as his marker Silverbridges’ former County man Peter Carragher put in a monster performance to keep his team in it, as he constantly pushed forward, spraying the ball around effortlessly.

Madden kept at it though with Conor Grimley posting two points, and scoring a cracking solo goal on the 58th minute after good work from Peter Lappin in defence. As unfortunately like the previous week though against Annaghmore, the Raparees struggled to kill the game off, conceding a sloppy goal in the 2nd minute of injury time to gift the visitors the 2 points. Final score line; Madden 2-09, Silverbridge 1-14. Madden’s best performances on the day came from Caolan Vallely, Pearse O’Hagan, Conor Grimley and Aron McKenna. The team now have a week off, so hopefully a short break might do them no harm to let the wounds heal, so they can compose themselves and get lifted up again for the very important must-win game the following week against old nemesis’ Tir na nOg.

A strong Ballymacnab played host to Madden Reserves last Wednesday evening. Played in the usual blustery conditions on a pitch well-renowned for it, an overwhelmed Madden were outclassed by a fitter, more energetic and dynamic ‘Nab resulting in the final scoreline: Ballymacnab 2-21, Madden 0-08. Fair performances came from Chrissy Forde, Gerard Grimley, Conor Morgan, Neil McGuinness, Shane Morgan and Tony O’Hagan.

 Madden U12.5’s got their belated season off to a good start by winning away to St Michael’s, Newtown on Wednesday evening last. Madden had a great first half playing some tasty football with Dara Hughes and Caolan McGoldrick catching the eye. Madden had plenty of ball possession and some great fielding from Caolan Quinn and Cathal Donnelly kept the young Raparees well in control, with the team contributing 4-07 in the first half.  As it transpired the big lead was required, as a quick 2-01 from Newtown on the restart put us under pressure. Jack Smith was a rock at the back helping to restrict the opposition to a single point thereafter but our forwards just couldn't find their range despite the most notable best efforts of Matthew Hughes and Cormac McKenna. Madden managed to hold on for the win but just about! Final Score: Newtown U12.5 4-03, Madden U12.5 4-07. A good solid start which left plenty of room for improvement.

Three days later however, Madden U12.5’s travelled to Keady on Saturday minus a number of regulars missing due to injury but nonetheless put up a really good performance. Keady started well with the breeze at their backs and were good value for their halftime lead. Stout defending from the full back line of Vincent McAnerney, Dylan Crilly and Oisin Donnelly ably assisted by goalkeeper Tony Moore kept Madden in the game. In the second half, Madden upped their game with Dara Hughes and Caolan McGoldrick running continuously at the Keady defence which helped create chances for our 2 inside forwards Aaron Grimley and Evan Hughes, which equated to Keadys’ lead reducing. It was all Madden at this point however a couple of goals on the counter-attack rejuvenated Keady who in the end, ran out worthy winners. Final Score: Keady U12.5 6-07, Madden 3-06. Not the result the lads wished for but a good performance from the entire squad left the management very pleased and looking forward to the next match!

Madden U10’s played host to a very organised Keady outfit on Wednesday. Two games played simultaneously featured 20 Madden children who looked delighted to get out on the field. Those who contributed a great willingness to fight for every ball included Caolan Fitzpatrick, Sean Greene, Ciara Gray, Nicole O’Reilly, Paddy Comiskey and Ben Smith.

For those supporters who can’t travel to Enniskillen on Saturday for the eagerly awaited Ulster Championship clash of Fermanagh & Armagh, the game will be shown live in Madden Social Club via the BBC iPlayer. Open from 6pm.

On the same note and on behalf of Madden GFC, best wishes go out to two Madden members on Saturday, Armagh player Niall Grimley and Fermanagh coach Ronan Gallagher. May the best team win, and hopefully that’s Armagh

Quite recently, with sterling work contributed by Helen Morgan, Madden Social Club received a welcome gift in the form of a Defibrillator. You’d never know when it might come into action. Hopefully it’s never required, however if any club member would be interested in learning how to use the equipment, there is a Free Defibrillator Course coming up in the Orchard Leisure Centre on Friday 1st June at 6pm. To book your place, please contact Club Chairman Tom Morgan 07739085324

Finally, with little detail outside of the date and venue to share at this stage, there is a Reunion night upcoming for the 25 years since Madden won the Junior Championship in 1993, then followed it up with the Intermediate success the following year. The event is in Madden Social Club on Saturday 16th June. More details to be shared in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • U14 League Division 3, Sarsfields v Madden (Away), Tuesday 15th May, 7pm
  • Reserve League South, Madden v Eire Og (Home), Wednesday 16th May, 7.30pm
  • U10 Go Games, Granemore U10 v Madden U10 (Away), Wednesday 16th May, 6.30pm
  • U16 League Division 1, Madden v Clan na Gael (Home), Thursday 17th May, 7.15pm


Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 7/5/18

Posted by Patrick Grimley on Fri, 11 May 2018

Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 7th May 2018

Madden Seniors made the journey to Annaghmore last Saturday evening where playing conditions were next to perfect. Madden started slowly however, and found themselves under serious pressure from a fired up Annaghmore team, whose hard tackling and work ethic must be applauded. Although the Raparees were ably assisted by the Referee after only 7 minutes when an Annaghmore midfielder was shown a straight red for an off-the-ball incident. Unfortunately though, they didn’t make their numerical advantage count on the scoreboard as at half time, Annaghmore led 0-8 to 0-5. Aron McKenna scoring their only point from play before Conor Grimley tapped over 4 frees.

With the pace of the game very fast, the 2nd half promised much and didn’t let us down. Annaghmore kept taking their chances particularly from their very accurate free taker, although Barry Mallon scored a great point after 34 minutes, then Ryan Grimley broke through the defense to finish neatly to the corner of the net to lift the traveling supporters spirits. An excellent Paul McElvanna save kept County man Oisin Mac Iomhair at bay, right before Madden hit a purple patch which included the very impressive Conor Grimley scoring two goals within 3 minutes to push Madden 4 points ahead with 7 minutes remaining. However, it concluded in the worst possible fashion, with Annaghmore scoring the last 5 points of the game including 2 deep into injury time to snatch victory from Madden. Final Score: Annaghmore 0-17, Madden 3-07. All-in-all a decent Madden performance against a tough team where surely some lessons for the future will be learned. For Madden, Conor Grimley was without question the standout performer finishing with 2-05, however solid efforts from the tenacious Conor Mone, speedster Niall Smith and tough tackler Pearse O’Hagan kept us in the game. This week, the team play at home to high flying Silverbridge on Saturday evening.

 On Friday, our U18s travelled to Lurgan for the re-fixtured matchup with St Paul’s. As it turned out though, the performance the lads put in did not get the reward they deserved. They worked tirelessly from defense to attack, however unfortunately on this occasion, the narrowest of margins split the teams, in favour of the home team. Special praise goes to the very athletic Josh King who made his Minor debut, as well as Daire Tohill who featured prominently whilst making a comeback after over a year out. Its great to see you back in the red and black Daire. Final Score: St Paul’s U18 1-16, Madden U18 1-15. 

In their 4th league game of the year, our U14’s took on a well drilled Forkhill side on Tuesday past, played at Raparee Park. In terrible rainy conditions, the boys put in their best performance of the season to secure their 1st league points of the campaign. Going in 3pts to the good at half time, Madden really kicked on in the 2nd half to run out 7 point winners. The defense of Jamie Smith, Vincent McAnerney, Pauric Morgan, Caolan Quinn, Dominic Meehan and Cathal Maguire played brilliantly as a unit. Forwards Daire and Matthew Hughes, along with Dylan Crilly worked very hard. Special mention must go to sharpshooters Cathal Donnelly and Caolan McGoldrick’s whose free-taking was simply outstanding. Well done lads on getting your first win of the year. Don’t stop there, keep working hard and put your best foot forward in the games ahead. 

Madden U10’s made the short trip to Ballymacnab on Wednesday. Two very competitive games were on display, with all the kids showing great improvement as their ball skills and movement continue to develop. Amongst all the kids efforts, Danny McGurgan, Manus Meehan, Niall Woods, Reece Hughes and Sean Green tried especially hard. This Wednesday, the youngsters welcome local neighbours Keady to Raparee Park for what’s sure to be another spectacle of future stars entertaining the crowds.

This Saturday 12th May at 11am, the St Joseph’s Madden Primary School children from P4 make their first Holy Communion in Madden Chapel. Hopefully they get good weather on the day, and I’m sure like us all before them, they’re already counting the money in their heads they’re expecting to receive. Have a good day kids.

And last but by no means least, a huge congratulations must go to the very kind representatives from Madden who took part in today’s Belfast City Marathon. Not many details have filtered back except all the Madden runners involved finished the race safe and sound. Apparently all hands are back to the club tonight to re-hydrate after the exhausting heat today. 

This weeks fixtures

  • U14 League Division 3, Madden U14, BYE
  • Reserve League South, Ballymacnab v Madden (Away), Wednesday 9th May, 7.30pm
  • U10 Go Games, Madden U10 v Keady U10 (Home), Wednesday 9th May, 6pm
  • U16 League Division 1, Clann Eireann U16 v Madden U16 (Away), Thursday 10th May, 7.15pm
  • U8 Go Games, Keady U8 v Madden U8 (Away), TBC
  • U12.5 Go Games, Keady U12.5 v Madden U12.5 (Away), Saturday 12th May, 4pm
  • Senior League Division 1B, Madden v Silverbridge (Home), Saturday 12th May, 7pm

Thank you for your continued support of Madden Raparees

Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 30/4/18

Posted by Patrick Grimley on Tue, 1 May 2018

Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 30th April 2018

For a multitude reasons, last week left us with just a few games taking place involving Madden teams. Including the postponements of Madden Seniors two games, versus Sarsfields originally, and then the scheduled challenge game with Clann Eireann.

On Tuesday, Madden U14’s travelled to South Armagh to take on Silverbridge. The home side got off to a very strong start and totally dominated the whole of the 1st half going in at half time 16 points to 1. A solitary Tiarnan McGoldrick point saving the blushes for Madden, and it could have been much worse but for a series of one-on-one saves from James Smith in the Madden goals. If the 1st half was one of the poorest performances of the season to date, then the second half was one of the finest with every lad upping their game 100%. Straight from the throw in, Madden attacked the ‘Bridge defence and started to find their scoring boots hitting 2-07 without reply, goals coming from Darragh Hughes and Pauric Morgan. With 10 minutes left, both sides exchanged scores equally, however the full time score read 2-16 to 2-10 in favour of Silverbridge.  A great second half performance from the young Madden team whose efforts are not getting the deserved reward just yet, but keep at it lads. It will come.

On Wednesday at Raparee Park, our Reserves who narrowly survived a Keady comeback the previous week were well beaten by a very organised Pearse Ogs team. The Madden team just couldn’t get going in either half and trailed heavily at the final whistle. They have a BYE week coming up, so hopefully they can rejuvenate and get their season back going again.

Amidst a very busy Raparee Park on Friday evening, our U10’s played the Grange in the Go Games opener in two separate matches. One game involving the P5’s which was played alongside a game for the P6’s. The pre-season training sessions at Madden Primary School paying dividends as the improvements in the kids from last year were very much on show. Ciaran Molloy, Cadhla Tohill and Tiernan Haughey with strong showings in the P6 game. For the P5’s, a mighty team effort from all children was displayed, with an extra mention deserved for Jamie Crilly, Ben Smith, Milo Smith, Tadhg Grimley and Sean O’Hare.

The time has almost arrived for surely the most talked about run in Madden history. This Monday 7th May, in aid of Action MS, 2 teams from Madden will take part in the relay event of the Belfast City Marathon. Rumour has it there’ll be a couple of well-earned Guinness’ had afterwards. Best of luck to all involved and especially “The Bun” who has been training 3 times a week for this event for the last 26 years.

Marathon Teams;

 Glenvale Wasters

  • Paddy Hughes
  • Conall Rafferty
  • Paddy Mone
  • Mickey Smith
  • Brendan Vallely

Slow Joes

  • Joe Smith
  • Kerri Smith
  • BJ Sheridan
  • Paddy Woods
  • Sarah Shimmons

Armagh GAA are holding their annual Open day at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday 5th May from 12pm-1pm. Bring your kids along to share the field with the best our wee County has to offer in the form of the Armagh Senior Team. Meet the likes of Kieran McGeeney, Aidan Forker, Rory Grugan, Charlie Vernon, Ethan Rafferty, Andy Murnin and our very own Niall Grimley.

Armagh GAA presents Gala Bingo in the Armagh City Hotel on Sunday 6th May @ 4pm. If you fancy a wee flutter, your support will be appreciated as it’s all in aid of the development of the new County training facility.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • U14 League Division 3, Madden U14 v Forkhill U14 (Home), Tuesday 1st May, 7pm. Also, the U14 Championship draw will take place this Thursday night
  • Reserve League South. Madden BYE
  • U10 Go Games, Ballymacnab U10 v Madden U10 (Away), Wednesday 2nd May, 6.30pm
  • U16 League Division 1, Madden BYE
  • U6 and U8 Training resumes as normal on Friday. Time to be confirmed.
  • U12.5 Go Games, Madden v Naomh Eoin (Home), Saturday, TBC
  • Senior League Division 1B, Annaghmore v Madden (Away), Saturday, 7pm
  • U18 League Division 2, St Pauls U18 v Madden U18 (Away), Friday 4th May, 7.30pm. Madden U18 v Carrickcruppen U18 (Home), Monday 7th May, TBC

Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 23/04/18

Posted by Patrick Grimley on Wed, 25 Apr 2018

Madden Seniors welcomed old foes Whitecross to Raparee Park on Sunday afternoon. With a strong breeze on their backs blowing towards the Armagh side, it was the Whitecross men who started best, hitting two nice scores from play, before Madden leveled it up with the returning Conor Grimley and Kyle Morgan nicking a score each. Both teams then traded free kicks, until the Away team moved it up a gear to score 4 points from play in a row, after showing dominance around the breaking ball area. However, Madden didn’t panic and found scores from Niall Grimley and Kyle Morgan in the final few minutes to go in at half time, Madden 0-6, Whitecross 0-7, and reassured by the fact that they would have the wind advantage in the 2nd period.

The first 12 minutes after the return from the dressing room is where Madden displayed their class, scoring 6 points to Whitecross’ solo effort. Three Niall Grimley points, a 3rd from Kyle Morgan, one from Aron McKenna and a free from the fit again substitute Liam Grimley pushing the Raparees ahead by 4. Then after a strong mark from towering Midfielder Ryan Grimley, who drove the ball in high to the classy Aron McKenna who in turn flicked the ball over the keepers head and into the net on the 46th minute, which completely destroyed the oppositions mentality. A reckless period of indiscipline from the Whitecross owing to two red cards and two black cards all but sealing the win for Madden. The two Ryan’s, Morgan and Grimley finished the game off in style with great scores, and concluded the objective on the day, which was 2 points in the bag. Cillian Mallon (MOTM), Ryan Grimley, Niall Grimley, Ryan Morgan, the elusive Mark Quinn and Kyle Morgan led the way for the victory. Final Score: Madden 1-14, Whitecross 0-9.

Due to both teams County player commitments, this weeks scheduled game Away to Sarsfields has been postponed and will be played at a later date.

Last Wednesday, Madden Reserves made the short trip to Keady for their season opener. With a strong wind assistance in the first half, Madden led by 7 points going into the break. However, Keady came back at them and it was a tense final few minutes, until the men from Madden just held on, with the final score Madden 2-6, Keady 1-8. Young guns Tony & Pearse O’Hagan, Conor Mone, Conor Greene, Neil McGuinness and Shane Morgan all had good outings, but it was the elder statesmen Gerard Grimley and Ciaran Monaghan who swayed the balance in Madden’s favour.

Last Monday, Madden U18’s travelled to Lurgan to take on a more than decent St Peters team who proved too strong on home turf. A 7 point defeat however does not tell the full story as after a gallant 2nd half push, our boys just couldn’t close the gap in time. Best efforts on the evening were from Charlie Rolston who scored a great goal, the tenacious Harry Molloy and Armagh U17 squad member Joe Sheridan who top scored with 0-7. Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish young Joe the best of luck this Saturday when the Orchard County U17’s travel to Pairc Esler, Newry to take on Down in the Ulster U17 First Round at 6pm.

Madden U16’s travelled to Armagh Harps Thursday last for a division 1 league game. An underwhelming 1st half from the lads proved costly at the final whistle as they trailed by 12 points at one stage. A massive shift in the second half arrived with the introduction of Oisin Tohill providing a cutting edge at full forward as they began to claw back the deficit. Madden hit 2-8 in this period with Oisin's goal catching the eye sandwiched between 2 fine points from Messrs Eoin Grimley and Eoin Donnelly  but a goal on the counterattack eased Harps nerves as they ran out winners 4-12 to 2-11. Eoin Grimley top scored with 6 points. Good defensive work was illustrated by Shea Vallely and Gary McGuinness. Next weeks match at home to Killeavy has been postponed.

Madden U14’s played their 1st home league game of the season on Tuesday past against a strong Ballyhegan team, who played with the wind in the 1st half. Ballyhegan got of to a fast start going 3-0 up after 10 minutes before Cathal Donnelly hit 3 long range frees to draw the sides level with 10 minutes of the half remaining. At this stage the opposition started to use the strong wind to great effect hitting 1-2 before Darragh Hughes pointed the last score of the half to leave the H/T score Madden 0-04, Ballyhegan 1-05

The second half started well for Madden when Pauric Morgan put the lively Dylan Crilly through for Madden's only goal of the game but Ballyhegan's physical strength started to show as they registered 2-03 without reply, but to Madden's credit they never gave up. The hard graft didn’t pay off though as all they could register was a Caolan McGoldrick point to leave the final score Madden 1-07, Ballyhegan 3-08 

A good run out for the lads who never gave up with Pearse Grimley and Cathal Donnelly putting in sound performances. We would like to wish our hard working corner forward Tiarnan Tohill a speedy recovery. Next game Tuesday 24th away to Silverbridge.

Under the watchful eye of a very formidable Management team of Eugene Crilly, Gary Comiskey, Gary Hughes, Ryan Morgan, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Adrian McGurgan, Helen O’Reilly and Johnny Smith our U10’s began their season with a challenge game away to close neighbours Middletown. Joyful scenes were aplenty as always for the youngsters who play so carefree, honestly and innocently. Conditions weren’t great but strong performances came from Caolan Fitzpatrick and Tara Gray. Others efforts who deserve a mention were Danny McGurgan, Nicole O’Reilly, Paddy Comiskey and Ciaran Molloy. The team play at home to the Grange this Friday. 

Also, there was a great turnout in Madden club on Saturday night for the Action MS Fundraiser and in support for the 10 runners taking part in the Belfast City Marathon on Saturday 7th May. Good luck to all involved including the new anchor man on the Slow Joes team, Mr BJ Sheridan

Armagh GAA are holding their annual Open day at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday 5th May from 12pm-1pm. If you can, I suggest you bring your kids along to share the field with the best our wee County has to offer in the form of the Armagh Senior Team. Meet the likes of Aidan Forker, Rory Grugan, Charlie Vernon, Ethan Rafferty, Andy Murnin and our very own Niall Grimley.

Armagh GAA presents Gala Bingo in the Armagh City Hotel on Sunday 6th May @ 4pm. If you fancy a wee flutter, your support will be appreciated as it’s all in aid of the development of the new County training facility.

Finally, a worthy mention must go to the Madden Darts Team who last Friday, in their first year back on the circuit in 5 years overcame red hot favourites and previously unbeaten in 18 matches Toby Jug in the Knockout Final of the Armagh/Keady Darts League. Captain supremo and Club vice Chairman Paul Vallely led the way, but it was the self proclaimed LEGEND himself Gerard Grimley who stole the show by hitting Double 10 in the final leg to seal the win and take the Cup back to Madden for only the second time in history. Well done to Paul, Gerard, John Grimley, Patrick Grimley, Shane Kieran, Stevie Gray and Maddens favourite umpire Damien Morgan.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • U14 League Division 3, Silverbridge U14 v Madden U14 (Away) Tuesday, 7pm
  • Reserve League South, Madden v Pearse Ogs (Home), Wednesday, TBC
  • U16 League Division 1, Madden U16 v Killeavy U16, POSTPONED
  • U10 Go Games, Madden U10 v Grange U10 (Home), Friday, TBC
  • U6 and U8 Training resumes as normal on Friday. Time to be confirmed.
  • Senior League Division 1B, Sarsfields v Madden, POSTPONED


Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 16/4/18

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 17 Apr 2018

Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 16th April


Fresh from their victory over the Pearse Ogs in the previous round of games, Madden Seniors nursing some injuries to key players, still felt confident as they travelled to newly promoted Killeavy on Sunday afternoon. Played in extreme windy conditions in the hollows of Slieve Gullion, Killeavy made the most of their first half breeze advantage, going in at the break 4 points up, with the score reading Killeavy 2-2, Madden 0-4. In summary, after conceding a second sloppy goal and going 7 points down, the Raparees finally decided to join the party, and rattled off the last three points of the opening half. Peter Lappin and Aron McKenna with the pick of the scores.

The traveling Madden supporters were expecting a high possession percentage, and countless attacks in the second half, considering the would-be almost gale force wind on the Madden players backs. However, and this is where it begins to get quite painful, even though Madden started full of energy after the restart with consecutive points from Caolan Vallely and Niall Grimley, their waves of attacks afterwards brought about minimal scoreboard return. Multiple missed chances just led to more and more frustration, which equated to panic shooting and a lack of composure on the ball. The highlight of the period, a solid 1 v 1 save from Goalkeeper Paul McElvanna sparing blushes for Madden. Killeavy spoiled the ball around the middle of the field to great effect, and were very efficient with their few second half attempts. A last gasp Aron McKenna effort to try to level the game in the 60th minute hit the post, and as it turned out, just summed up Maddens frustrating day. Final score line, Killeavy 2-5, Madden 0-7. Efforts in the Red and Black Jersey were best portrayed by Peter Lappin, Kieran Grimley, Paul McElvanna and Ciaran Rafferty. 

Next week, they play host to Whitecross in a sure-to-be tense Divisional encounter. Fingers crossed, they get back on track.


A highly anticipated match-up between Madden U-16 and Crossmaglen Rangers U-16 was played at Raparee Park on Thursday evening. Showing no signs of being intimidated, Madden started strong. By the 10th minute, they led 2-2 to 0-3 with the goals coming from Josh King and Tiranan McGoldrick. Three points from play cut the deficit for Cross but Madden replied with points from McGoldrick again and the mightily impressive Shea Vallely. As half time loomed, great passages of free flowing football was played by both sides with some fine scores delivered, leaving the scores at the break, Madden ahead by two with a 2-7 to 0-11 scoreboard. Within five minutes of the restart, Cross had scored 1-2 without reply and Madden felt the full force of the infamous Crossmaglen attack. However they sustained it and with the defense well marshalled by the excellent Ryan Mone, they began to push the South Armagh team back, before an expertly taken penalty by the rejuvenated Jack Murphy nudged Madden back in front again. A superb save by Shane Grimley with 15 minutes to go gave his team some serious inspiration. Crossmaglen came back hard though and rallied to score the 2 final points from play to tie the game up  and call halt to a very tight contest, ending Madden 3-9 to Crossmaglen 1-15. On a very proud night for our youngsters, every single player on the Madden panel deserves the utmost praise however the leadership qualities of Ryan Mone, Shea Vallely, Joe Hughes, Gary McGuinness, Tiarnan McGoldrick and Eoin Grimley came to the fore most. Well done lads, keep up the good work. 


On Tuesday past, Madden U14’s travelled to the Grange for their first game of the Division 3 League to play Callan Gaels, an amalgamation of no less than 5 clubs; 

Grange, An Port Mor, Collegeland, Clonmore and Annaghmore.

Under the watchful eye of seasoned Managerial campaigners Ricky Greene and Matthew Grimley, the game started with only 13 players on each side. Madden battled hard against the wind to go in at half time 11 points down but came out rejuvenated in the second half. Eventually however, losing out on a respectable score line of Madden 3-12, Callan Gaels 5-13. All the youngsters showed great heart, however Conor McMahon, Caolan McGoldrick, Dara Hughes and Tiarnan Tohill expressed their talents more than others.

Supporting Action MS

On Saturday 7th May, 2 teams from Madden will take part in the relay event of the Belfast City Marathon. To show support for Jim And Mairead Moore, and family, those taking on the challenge will do so for the first time, but also to help raise much needed funds and awareness for Action MS. A fundraising night for the charity is in Madden Social club on Saturday 21st April, and we would be delighted if you could come along and show your support for both the charity and the relay teams. 

Confirmed Marathon Teams;

Glenvale Wasters

  • Paddy Hughes
  • Conall Rafferty
  • Paddy Mone
  • Mickey Smith
  • Brendan Vallely

Slow Joes

  • Joe Smith
  • Kerri Smith
  • Kieran Grimley
  • Paddy Woods
  • Sarah Shimmons


Other News

In other news, for only the second time ever, Madden Darts Team have made it through to the Knockout Cup Final, to be played this Friday in Newtownhamilton against Toby Jug, Armagh. Good luck to Captain Paul Vallely and his team of merry men, Damian Morgan, John Grimley, Gerard Grimley, Patrick Grimley, Stevie Gray and Shane Kiernan. 

Club Membership

Please be reminded that annual Club  Membership is still available. To avail, just contact any of the Madden GFC committee members.

Weekly Lotto

To continue to keep our club thriving, we rely on your support with the Weekly Madden GFC Lotto. You can get tickets from the usual Committee members and ticket sellers, or alternatively, you can visit the Madden GFC website and follow the link to purchase your Weekly Lotto tickets online. 


Plan your week around the Raparees


  • Tuesday 17th April, 6.45pm, Home, U14 Div 3, Madden v Ballyhegan
  • Wednesday 18th April, 6.30pm, Away, U10 Challenge, Derrynoose v Madden
  • Wednesday 18th April, 7pm, Away, Reserve League South, Keady v Madden
  • Thursday 19th April, 6.45pm, Away, U16 Div 1, Armagh Harps v Madden
  • Friday 20th April, 6.30pm, Raparee Park,
  • U6 & U8 Boys and Girls Training
  • Sunday 22nd April, 2pm, Home, Senior League 1B, Madden v Whitecross
  • Monday 23rd April, TBC, Home, U18 Div 2, Madden v Mullaghbawn


Madden GFC Weekly Notes - 9/4/18

Posted by David Loughran on Thu, 12 Apr 2018

Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 9th April

Last week saw the new football season commencing for Madden Raparees.


On Thursday, the U-16’s playing in the top tier Division 1 for the first time in recent memory opened their campaign against a strong Brian Boru outfit. Under the leadership of local club stalwarts Mickey Grimley, Tony McElvanna and Barry “Bazza” Mallon, the young Raparees raced out of the traps in quick fire fashion, registering a solid 2-6 to 0-2 lead by half time. 1-3 coming from midfielder Eoin Grimley, a goal from big target man Josh King and a couple of points from the impressive Oisin O’Hara ensuring Madden were in control.

The 2nd half though told a different story with Madden having to battle a strong wind, and relying on three frees from Eoin Grimley once more. The Brian Boru team consisting of 3 clubs, Clady, Newtown and Ballymacnab players came right back at the home team scoring 3 goals in succession, only to narrowly lose out by a single point. The match ending with a nail-biting but solid start for Madden U-16’s in Division 1, Madden 2-9, Brian Boru 3-5.

Next week, they welcome the mighty Crossmaglen Rangers U-16’s to Raparee Park, but as we all know, this Madden team is full of talent and have nothing to fear.


The eagerly anticipated Senior League Division 1B match-up of Madden and Pearse Ogs was changed to Ballycrummy on a mild Sunday afternoon. The Madden management team of Brendan Hughes, Conor Mallon, the legendary Mickey Reynolds and Stephen McCann knew that in order to have any aspirations of outdoing the previous two years third place finishes in the same division, they needed to lay down a marker against their fancied City neighbours. The first half was hard-hitting, it was played at a frantic pace. Both sides looked edgy and nervous, and equally relied on free takers to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Half-Time Pearse Ogs 0-7, Madden 0-7. Conor Grimley and Aron McKenna converting the two Raparees points from play, both in-turn ably assisted by Jamie Sheridan, who was making only his second competitive League start ever. And thankfully, Armagh County player Niall Grimley fresh from his Croke Park exploits and released by Geezer for April, brought his shooting boots for the free-kicks.

The second half brought much better scoring from play for both teams. Madden in control for periods, thanks to excellent shooting from Captain Liam Grimley, Aron McKenna, and super-sub on the day, Kyle Morgan who weighed in with an impressive 0-3.

Madden could be forgiven for thinking they’d nicked the win by going 4 clear when a well worked ball from Liam Grimley and Ryan Morgan ended with a fisted ball to the net for the very hard-working Barry Mallon.

However, the Ogs came back, scoring a goal and a couple of points either side of Madden free kicks, and had two chances at the end to draw level, but for some wayward shooting letting them down.

The referees final whistle was a relief for the Madden supporters who travelled in large numbers, with the final score; Pearse Ogs 1-13, Madden 1-14.

Strong performances all over the park, but special mention must go to Donal Rafferty(MOTM), Peter Lappin, Niall Smith, Liam Grimley and Kyle Morgan.

Next up, our Seniors are away to newly promoted Killeavy on Sunday 15th April.


On Monday evening, our Minors welcomed Brian Boru U-18 to Raparee Park for an early throw-in 6.45pm start. Unfortunately, regardless of the valiant efforts of our youngsters, the result just didn’t go our way, falling to the narrowest of margins. Final Score; Madden 0-9, Brian Boru 1-7. Standout performers on the evening for Madden were Ryan Carmichael, Tony O’Hagan and Ryan Mone. I’m sure that under the guidance of the experienced pairing of Brendan McGuinness and Johnny Woods, that this team will find the winning mentality very soon. Keep at it lads.

Other News

In other news, on Sunday morning, a very large turnout in the Community Centre showed great respect to two great charities, Action MS and Lourdes committee. Former Madden Senior great who represented our club at every level, and most notably in Championship winning teams of the 90’s, the very popular Jim Moore, his wife Mairead and their family would like to thank all who turned out, and supported these great causes. An amazing £3250 was raised in just a few hours. Your generosity is very much appreciated. 

Furthermore, huge praise must go to the various Madden folk who will be running the Belfast Marathon for Action MS next month. Your volunteering and respect knows no boundaries. Well done.

The results of the Allianz National League Last Man Standing competition were made aware. The 4 tipsters who knew their stuff more than all others, and had the correct tie break team are; Niall Lappin, John Murhan, Niall Grimley and Reece Hughes. Well done and your prize will be with you soon.


Tuesday 10th April, 6.45pm, Away, U14 Div 3 in Grange, Callan Gaels v Madden

Thursday 12th April, 6.45pm, Home, U16 Div 1, Madden v Crossmaglen

Sunday 15th April, 2pm, Away, Senior League 1B, Killeavy v Madden

As ever, your unconditional support is always appreciated and welcome for the Raparees

Please be reminded that annual Club Membership is still available. To avail, just contact any of the Madden GFC committee members.