Commiserations to our U-16 team who were beaten in South Armagh on Thursday night past on a score line of 3-12 to 0-05. To their credit the lads fought for the entire game and unfortunately were beaten by a much stronger Dromintee team. The will put their heads down in training during the week as they prepare for their U-16 Championship match against some more South Armagh opposition in the form of St Patrick’s Cullyhanna in Madden next Thursday.

Madden welcomed neighbours Middletown to Raparee Park for this Minor League fixture between the two sides on Monday night. The opening minutes saw both sides using the pitch well to create point scoring opportunities and this continued for the first quarter of the game with the scores still tied at five points apiece after the first fifteen minutes. Madden had a goal opportunity denied and Middletown raced up the field and scored a goal of their own to give Middletown a three point lead. Further points followed by the visitors, before a Madden goal on the stroke of half time left just four points between the sides at the break. Half Time Score; Madden Raparees 1-06 to Middletown 1-10.
Madden came out for the second half and scored two quick points to reduce the difference to two between the sides. Middletown stepped up again and kicked five unanswered points to stretch their lead to seven points once more. Madden replied with a second goal to bring them right back into the game however it was to be short lived as Middletown replied with a goal of their own to cancel Maddens previous effort. Two further goals from the visitors all but killed of a hugely entertaining tie. Madden did get a few consolation points however that was to be all they were as there were no late dramatics. Full Time Score; Madden Raparees 2-12 to Middletown 4-15. The lads now travel to Annaghmore on Monday night to face Naomh Eoin looking for a win to put their season back on track.

Madden travelled to Grange during the week looking to put their previous two defeats behind them and get some much needed points on the board at the third time of asking. Madden were consistent throughout the game putting on an exhibition of scoring with an array of different scorers as well. There are still things to work on before the next outing away to Collegeland having missed a lot of chances too. Nevertheless it was a great performance and best on the night for Madden were Jamie Sheridan, Neil McGuinness, Pearse O'Hagan, Aaron Wright and Shane McIlveen. Full Time Score; Madden Raparees 1-21 to Naomh Colmcille An Grainseach 1-06.

Madden travelled to Whitecross on Sunday afternoon for their second league game of the season aiming to make it two wins from two following last week’s victory over Ballymacnab. With the glorious spell of weather we are currently experiencing this game was going to be made even more difficult for the lads. It was the home team who got the scoreboard ticking with a point from a free kick before a Conor Grimley free kick quickly evened up the encounter. Both sides then traded three points a piece with Maddens coming from Colin Mallon, Niall Grimley and a second Conor Grimley free of the day. This saw the side level with 0-04 each coming into the final ten minutes of the first half. Such were the conditions the lads were treated to two water breaks during the half. It was a very evenly matched first twenty minutes with both teams equally having squandered a number of chances along the way. Madden finished the half the brighter scoring 1-01 with Niall Grimley finishing the ball to the back of the net with the aid of a strong bounce off the surface to take it over the top of the oncoming goalkeeper. Conor Grimley was the point scorer with a final free kick of the first half on the stroke of half time. Madden had kicked seven wides to their opponents five but more importantly lead by four at the interval. Half Time Score; Madden Raparees 1-05 to St Cillian’s Whitecross 0-04
Madden came out for the second half like a team possessed and had scored their second goal of the afternoon within thirty seconds of the play resuming. The man on the end of it was once again Niall Grimley. His namesake Niall Smith popped up soon after with an impressing point from a tight angle to double Maddens half time advantage. The hosts did not take long to cut into that lead scoring 1-01 in quick succession to bring it back to just four points between the sides with the first ten minutes of the second half now behind us. Madden were given an opportunity to kick on in the game once more when they were awarded a penalty however the in-form Conor Grimley sent the ball just wide of the left hand post much to the delight of the home crowd. The teams traded points once more before substitute Kyle Morgan restored maddens five point lead. Ciaran Rafferty added another soon after before a final Whitecross point brought the curtain down on the second half as Madden achieved their goal and extended their winning run in the league to two from two. Whitecross had their chances particularly in the second half when they opted for a lot of ‘route one’ balls to the edge of the area. Luckily our full back is a master under the high ball and was more than able to deal with the efforts of the men from Whitecross. Kieran Grimley was a colossus in the second half and had a telling impact on the Madden victory as without him the result may have went the other way. Full Time Score; Madden Raparees 2-09 to St Cillian’s Whitecross 1-07
The lads now have a week off before travelling to Culloville on Sunday 21st May where they will look to improve their record once more. Well done to Brendan, Conor Michael and the lads on another victory.

Brian Óg Maguire Sevens Tournament
Our Senior Team will be returning to Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh on the 13th May to participate in the now annual Brian Óg Maguire 7’s Football Festival. This will be the third consecutive year the lads have been invited and they will be hoping to go one better than last year having been beaten in the final. It was not all bad though as Conor Grimley picked up the Player of the Tournament for his performances both en-route to and in the final against St Galls. The draw took place tonight for the group stages and Madden have been paired alongside Maguiresbridge St Mary's, Newtownbutler First Fermanagh's and Ederney St Joseph's in Group B. This weekend is one the lads look forward to eagerly from the start of the season and it is a credit to the Lisnaskea Emmetts club how efficiently it is run. A great tournament and a fitting tribute to their All-Ireland Winning Captain from 2011.

Weekly Fixtures
Monday: Minors v Naomh Eoin (A - Annaghmore), 7.30pm
Tuesday: U-8’S v Derrynoose (A), 6.45pm
Tuesday: U-14’s BYE
Wednesday: Reserves v Collegeland (H), 7.30pm
Thursday: U-16’s CHAMPIONSHIP v St Patrick’s Cullyhanna (H), 7.15pm
Friday: U-8’S v Granemore (A), 6.45pm
Saturday: Seniors @ Brian Óg Maguire 7’s, Lisnaskea, 12.00pm

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 13, 15, 23 and 24. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however two winners of £10 in the form of David Loughran and Cathal ‘Toby’ Maguire. Next week’s jackpot is £7,350.00.