Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Wednesday 4th July 2018

Competing for the first time in almost three weeks, Madden Seniors welcomed Sarsfields to Raparee Park on Friday evening. Madden began the game in lethargic form and quickly went well behind, with the Away team scoring two goals in succession, to leave the half time score Madden 0-06, Sarsfields 2-08. The second half didn’t turn out much better, as Sarsfields pressurised the Madden defence frequently. In a game that’s best forgotten, the final scoreline read Madden 1-10, Sarsfields 4-13.

In a must win clash with old foes Whitecross on Tuesday, our Seniors knew that they had to perform, or a defeat would leave them in an extremely vulnerable position in the League. Thankfully they started brightly, with early goals denying Whitecross the ability to get into the game properly. By half time, Madden led 3-05 to 0-08 and were in complete control. They strolled comfortably through the second half until the final whistle blew, with the result reading Whitecross 1-15, Madden 3-12. An important win in their quest to stay in the division with better performances on the evening coming from Kyle Morgan, Niall Smith, Mark Quinn and substitute Kieran Grimley.

Madden U16’s made the trip to Abbey Park to take on Armagh Harps in the Championship. Played in very warm conditions, this eagerly anticipated quarter final match lived up to expectations and as like any good game, the result was always in doubt right up to the final whistle. Eoin Grimley opened the scoring with a point from play and a free, before Harps would get on the scoresheet. However it would be a further 15mins before Madden would score again, and at this stage Harps had opened their account, leading 3pts to 2 with almost 20 mins gone. Darragh McMullan who had an excellent game then got on the scoresheet, which was soon followed by an Oisin Tohill fisted point to put Madden on top again, heading into the last 5mins of the half. 2 further scores from play from Darragh put the Madden boys 3 ahead but again Harps responded though with 2 from play and 1 from a free to leave the h/t score Madden 0-6 Harps 0-6. Points were swapped over the first tense and tight 10mins of the second half and it looked like the team that were able to possibly get a goal would likely go on and win it. Harps did get that goal on 11 mins and they were at this stage winning a lot of breaking ball all over the pitch. This Madden team have shown their ability in the league to take crucial scores at key moments in a game, and after winning the ball Oisin Tohill rounded his marker, went on one of his trademark runs and planted the ball in the corner of the Harps net to leave the sides level and all to play for with 15mins left on the clock. All over the pitch Madden upped their game and with Ryan Mone excellent at full back, and Josh King now winning the midfield battle, more ball was going into the forward line and an Eoin Grimley free was quickly followed by points from play from Jack Murphy and Oisin Tohill. We had chances to pull further ahead, but they either went wide or dropped short and Harps got the scoreboard going again to leave 2 between them with 7mins remaining. The game went Maddens way when a ball into the square was broke back out to Oisin O’Hara and a point would have been a good score, but with always an eye for a goal chance Oisin planted the ball low and hard into the Harps net and the win was almost there. A point from play from Eoin Grimley seemed to ensure victory with a minute left but some last ditch defending was required as Harps threw everything forward trying to salvage the game. 2 points from play was all they could muster, and Oisin Tohill who had an excellent second half completed the scoring with 36mins on the clock. Final score Madden 2-12 Harps 1-10. An excellent result and although not our best performance of the year, when it comes to Championship football, it’s all about the result and moving into the Semi-Final. Best on the night were Ryan Mone, Finn Hughes, Shea Vallely, Josh King, Eoin Grimley, Darragh McMullan and Oisin Tohill.

Madden U10’s had a memorable evening in Pearse Og Park, Ballycrummy last Wednesday evening as they ended up beating all the teams put in front of them. They beat four very strong teams which included Crossmaglen, Pearse Ogs, Ballymacnab and Tullysaran. Unusually, played as a Silent Blitz where the kids had the freedom to make their own judgements without verbals from coaches, it was a great success. Efforts from the whole squad deserve massive respect, with a special mention going to Niall Woods, Danny McGurgan, Paddy Comiskey, Caolan Fitzpatrick and Reece Hughes. 

On Sunday morning, our U8s took part in a mid- Armagh blitz hosted by Granemore. Playing in very warm conditions, our youngsters played  against the Armagh Harps, Pearse Ogs, An Port Mor, Granemore,Ballymacnab & Derrynoose. The kids more than held their own in all games, competing very well. A great effort was made by all with Oisin Tighe, Niamh McElvanna and Patrick Morgan doing particularly well. Oisin Coyle, Sean Lappin and Tara Gray showed great improvement also. Well done to all.

Joyous from their unforgettable victory over Clare at the Athletic Grounds last weekend, Armagh were rewarded with a trip to Portlaoise at 3pm this Saturday where they will play the Division 1 bound Roscommon. Sure to be another big occasion, Madden’s Niall Grimley coming of the back of a particularly strong final 10 minutes against Clare, is wished the best of luck from involved with Madden GFC. Hopefully Niall and the Orchard County men can kick-on and reach the inaugural Super 8’s the following weekend. 

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