Granemore (@2.0) vs Madden (@2.1)
21-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Granemore will win

Granemore – Madden Match Prediction | 21-09-2019 15:00

Solid efforts from Liam, Ryan and Gerard Grimley around the middle strengthened Maddens challenge with Kyle Morgan also nicking another point however Annaghmore forced their way back into contention with 3 points in as many minutes, to lead by a solitary point before Niall Grimley scored another long range point one minute from time to level proceedings. The performances of defenders Kieran Grimley, Peter Lappin and Cillian Mallon all deserve a special mention. Not the overall seasonal objective at the outset however this result now assures Madden safety in the division and guarantees Senior League Football next year with two games to spare. The game concluded with both defenses holding firm, and shared the spoils with a draw on a Madden 0-14, Annaghmore 1-11 scoreline. The goal coming from the towering full forward who utilised his strength advantage to slip the ball past the assured Ronan Gallagher. Six first half converted frees from Niall Grimley, and a point each from Ciaran Rafferty and Kyle Morgan wasnt enough to keep their counterparts under wraps though, as Annaghmore went in at half time 1-06 to 0-08 ahead. Hopefully this will springboard their season ahead of the inaugural Round-Robin Senior Championship which begins in August. On the restart, Madden hit somewhat of a purple patch as they led 0-12 to 1-07 after 38 minutes. Depleted due to recent injuries and without a host of regulars on their holidays, Madden were still able to remain competitive thanks to precision, tenacious tackling and an overzealous will to win. Playing in their first League game in over three weeks, the Madden Senior Squad welcomed Annaghmore Pearses to Raparee Park on Saturday evening. Well done to both the Management team and players. Ciaran Rafferty, Colin Mallon and Caolan Vallely all getting on the scoresheet.

Our Reserves made the long trip deep into South Armagh to take on Dromintee. However, in the second period, Dromintee were ruthless in the scoring zone, accumulating 2-11 to Maddens 2-01, which resulted in a 10 point loss for the Raparees on a final score of Dromintee 2-17, Madden 2-07. Disappointingly fielding with only 14 players, Madden began brightly and gave as good as they got, going into the half time break level on a 0-06 to 0-06 scoreline. Just the one solitary game took place involving a Madden team last week.

Just see any Committee member. Madden Raparees are delighted to announce an upcoming fundraiser for our Club which we hope anyone involved with the club in any capacity, whether it be Manager, Player, Parent, Spectator or you just like to see them doing well will show their support for. On Saturday 22nd September, the Club are running a Night at the races in the Social Club and would love to see you there. One very special prize presented on the night will be a signed and framed Ireland International Rules Jersey from their Australian exploits down under last November. To find out how to win it, just turn up on the night. You can purchase a runner for 10 now, or for any business owners, sponsor a race for 100.

The Madden curse bit Gronk right out of the gate. He missed the season's first two games due to a hamstring injury and simply wasnt himself in the next two weeks, either. Once he finally got healthy and was playing at a high level (averaging 21.6 yards per catch), the injury bug bit again. He suffered a back injury later in the season that required surgery and landed him on injured reserve.

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It wasnt over yet though as another high ball went into Ryan Grimley who palmed the ball to the net on the 61st minute which gave the loud Madden support hope. Madden knew they needed to restore some pride and throw everything at their opponents in the 2nd half, and that they did. Aaron McKenna, Conor Grimley, Paddy Woods and two from Niall Grimley left Madden only two behind and dreaming of the unimaginable with only 8 points left. Ciaran Rafferty and Conor Grimley nicked a couple of points to give some hope, however Cross did get a couple of their own. Cross though scored three of the next four points, and led by 4 as normal time elapsed. Ryan Grimley went to full forward at the restart and caused chaos for the Rangers defence. The first knocked down high ball fell to the clinical Conor Grimley who smashed the ball to the net, right after a Kyle Morgan point. Substitutes Kieran Grimley and Paddy Woods entered the fray at the 35th minute, and from then on it seemed to be all Madden. A few half chances followed, however they never managed to get the desired equalising point, and so fell to a one point loss. The next 9 minutes though seen Madden score 5 in a row.

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

Young graced the cover after a great rookie season, but the sophomore slump and Madden curse were very real in 2007. Not surprisingly, Young played poorly in his lone postseason game, throwing one interception and no touchdown passes. Strangely enough, the Titans still finished above .500 with a 10-6 record and a playoff berth. He played 15 games but struggled mightily with just nine touchdown passes and 17 interceptions.

After beating the likes of Maghery and Tir na nOg, our youngsters should be very proud of their efforts, and will be looking forward to the busy week ahead. At Saturdays St Pauls U10 tournament in Lurgan, Madden U10s put in an impressive display to reach the Semi-Finals, but to narrowly lose out to Wolfe Tones at the end by just one point. On Wednesday, they play Tullysaran, before making the journey to play in the Dromintee Blitz on Saturday.

A father figure to his players. As one of our members said on hearing the news on Sunday Sean loved Madden, and Madden loved Sean. Sean was in great form that night and spoke as well as he had done on many occasions 25 years earlier. He instilled in them an inner belief that they could be as good as any team they faced and every single person bought into the theory. Sadly just 2 months later those players, management and indeed many throughout our club are mourning Seans unexpected death after a short illness. A motivator. In June this year, we had a celebratory night for the victorious Junior and Intermediate teams of 1993 & 1994 that were managed by Clontibrets Sean Woods. He gave us many happy days both on and off the field and those of us that were lucky enough to know him during his time with us will have very fond memories of him, and the odd yarn to tell as well. Sean was a mentor.

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they dont play together, the club wont be worth a dime."

Unfortunately a sucker punch goal at the end levelled things up and resulted in a drawn match with the final scoreline Madden 2-18, St Brigids Belfast 3-15. It was great to see the Madden Management blooding youngsters like Conor Greene and Oisin Hughes, as well as granting a cameo appearance to blast-from-the-past Ronan Gallagher who looked solid in nets. The game was structured to suit forwards as both teams pushed forward relentlessly in the open contest. Despite some holiday goers and recent serious injuries to Ryan Morgan and Neil McGuinness who we console with and wish the best of luck with their recovery, Madden fielded a strong starting team. All-in-all though, an assured performance that leaves a positive mindset going into the make-or-break period of the season. Without a game for a couple of weeks, Madden Seniors needed a challenge and they certainly got it on Friday night against last years Antrim Intermediate Championship winners, St Brigids Belfast. Goals from Gerard Grimley and Conor Greene helped Madden lead 2-08 to 1-07 at the break. The Belfast team put in a very spirited performance and kept the scoreboard ticking, although it was the Raparees forwards who took the overall initiative, and particularly Kyle Morgan (0-04) and the reinvigorated Ciaran Rafferty (0-08) who seized control. Many thanks to the traveling outfit St Brigids who for the second year running, made the long journey to visit Raparee Park.

They begin their campaign against Clann Eireann at home this Saturday, before welcoming the mighty Crossmaglen Rangers to Raparee Park, before traveling to Silverbridge the following week. Four Groups of four teams will compete in a round-robin series, with each group winner going straight through to the quarter final, and the 2nd & 3rd places teams having to play-off to determine who also makes the quarter finals. This weekend sees the start of the newly formatted Armagh Senior Club Championship. Good luck to the players and management in what is sure to be a tough, yet enjoyable experience playing against some of the top teams in the County. Madden have three games, three Saturdays in a row.