Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 9th July 2018

After coasting to victory against Whitecross last Tuesday, Madden Seniors had only a couple of days recovery before they travelled to North Armagh to take on bottom of the table team Tir na nOg. The fact that Madden have consistently struggled on the Portadown pitch for years led them to think this encounter would be difficult, and as it turned out unfortunately as like previous years, the Raparees failed to impress in a lacklustre display. The first half was very cagey and ended with only one score between the teams as Madden led 9 points to 8 at the break. Supporters pleas for a better performance in the second period fell on deaf ears as they never really got going properly. Tir na nOg finished the better team on the night with a late goal, which left the final scoreline as a disappointing Tir na nOg 2-11, Madden 0-14. Positive efforts from Neil McGuinness, Peter Lappin and Ryan Morgan deserve special recognition. 

As it stands, Madden have 3 League games left but are only 3 points clear of the second from bottom team Whitecross, so to guarantee safety, at least one or maybe two wins are likely required when the season continues after the holiday break in two weeks time.

In a very high scoring and entertaining contest played at Raparee Park on Monday evening, under the watchful eye of Club legends Brendan McGuinness and Johnny Woods, Madden U18’s took on an energetic Carrickcruppen. Despite clinical efforts from forwards Joe Sheridan and Ronan Grimley, Madden came up just short on an exasperating final scoreline of Madden U18 4-15, Carrickcruppen U18 5-19. Midfielder Rory Hughes as per usual put in a serious shift as did the hardworking Chris McParland. 

Madden U10’s made the journey to Grange last Wednesday for a game played in humid conditions. As they are now accustomed to, all the kids showed tremendous effort and should be applauded for their desire to get the ball. Special mention for their constant hard work goes to Jamie Crilly, Brendan Comiskey, Tadhg Grimley, Ryan Mallon and Caolan Fitzpatrick.

Most of our teams are now on the mid-July break but play will resume in a couple of weeks time. As the summer continues, some big Championship games are coming up, with the Senior Championship in particular where the League conclusion will determine who draws who in the newly formed Round Robin series. Details of the new structure can be found here

Also certainly worth a mention is the eagerly anticipated U16 Division 1 Championship Semi-Final between Madden and Killeavy which is scheduled for Thursday 16th August in Silverbridge.

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