Walkway Lighting Proposal

The club has been in collaborating with Mid Ulster Council regarding lighting the pitch walkway. This will be a great boost to the club and we are looking forward to providing opportuities for the community to use the facilities for healthy activities such as walking in the darker months of the year.

Sketch of the propsed lighting positions around the pitch

We are nearing completion of the planning phase and we will keep you all up to date on how things are going.

Anti Mining Photoshoot

An anti-mining photo shoot will take place with newspaper photographers at Cullion Crossroads at 12:30pm Saturday afternoon.

Desertmartin GAC stands shoulder to shoulder with the local community groups Protect Slieve Gallion, Love Screen Stop Mining and the wider anti mining fraternity in our opposition to the proposed mineral extraction processes and use of harmful chemicals in OUR environment.

Desertmartin GAC stands shoulder to shoulder with the local community groups

Registration 2019

As the new year begins membership is now due. We will be holding registration nights on Friday 21st Jan, 28th Jan, and 4th Feb – from 8pm to 9pm.

Would need all memebrs to update their data protection consent and permissons, so we would ask that you fill out a form for you or your family.

You can pay by cash and the fees are as follows:

  • Adult Membership £40
  • Youth (Under 18) £20 each, and £10 for 3rd child onwards
  • OAP/Student Cocessions £20

Your name and the names of your family members can go on the one membership form, and this also includes consent for data storage and preferences for contact from St. Martin’s GAC, regarding activities at the club. Everyone needs to be covered by one of these forms.

For playing members with pre existing medical conditions, please fill out a Health Declaration for each individual. This allows coaches and trained first aiders to know who in thier teams they need to know about.

We are embarking on development of our facilities this year and the Club can only be strong and successful with the backing of the community and in turn the community benefits from up to date facilities and services.

Christmas Shop Order Time!

Christmas may still be a few months off but it’s time to start to think about placing your orders. Orders must be placed on or before Monday the 1st of October to guarantee Christmas delivery.

We would also like to introduce the latest item to our range, the Rick Half Zip Fleece top from age 5 and up. This half zip is only available for pre order and will not be stocked in the club shop so order to avoid disappointment.

Prices: Adult £36 & Kids £28

Orders can be placed at the club shop each Monday night from 8 to 8.30 or by contacting Ciaran Higgins directly on 07968837094. All items must be paid for in full before orders will be accepted.

Other available items can be seen here.

Senior Men v Faughanvale

Desertmartin’s recent good form in the league continued last Sunday when they overcame Faughanvale at Longfield.  Both teams started the game level on points and a victory was paramount to each in their quest to avoid a place in the bottom six of the league at the end of the season.  From the throw-in both sides fought hard for dominance and nothing separated them as they were locked at 0-4 each after twenty minutes.  But Desermartin finished the half stronger to lead 0-8 to 0-5 at the break.  St Martin’s started the second period in determined fashion hitting three quick points to go six up after five minutes from the restart.  But the mood of the game changed.  Desertmartin relaxed too much,  Faughanvale snatched their chance and fired over four points to cut the Saffrons lead to two on the 44th minute.  From then until the final whistle it was a battle.  Possession was hard won,  difficult to retain and scoring chances were rare.  The odds for a draw were prominent entering the last five minutes as Faughanvale closed to within one point of the lead.  Somehow the Saffrons found a late surge of energy and forcing the play through midfield and working their way into the Vale’s 20m line they slammed over three points to go four up into injury time.  Faughanvale finished the game with a pointed free but Desertmartin emerged three point winners  0-14 to 0-11.

Desertmartin scorers:  G McGreevy (0-5  2f);  A Trainor (0-2);  Donal Murray (0-2);  P McGovern (0-1);  G McGovern (0-1);  Declan Murray (0-1);  O Kelly (0-1) and M Madden (0-1)

Senior Men v Drum

The seniors continued the good form they showed against Ballerin with a comprehensive victory over Drum in the league last Friday evening.  Played at the North Derry venue Desetmartin were in complete control for the first thirty minutes.  They were 1-4 to 0-2 ahead after fifteen minutes and kept accumulating scores to lead at the break 3-8 to 0-4 with the goals coming from Ryan McGuckin;  E McGuckin (pen) and Declan Murray.  The Saffrons went further ahead shortly after the restart when E McGuckin goaled again from a penalty after G McGovern was fouled in the Drum square.  Further points followed from Ronan McGuckin and Declan Murray but Desertmartin took the foot off the pedal and Drum took over for the remainder of the game.  With Nos.  6;  8;  11 and 12 showing great commitment and no less skill St Colm’s shot an impressive 1-7 in the second half.  The Saffrons came to life in the remaining few minutes with a point from Declan Murray and a very well taken goal from G McGovern to run out easy winners 5-11 to 1-11.

Desertmartin scorers:  E McGuckin (2pen-3).  Declan Murray (1-2);  G McGreevy (0-2);  Ryan McGuckin (1-0);  G McGovern (1-0);  Donal Murray (0-1);  E O’Kane (0-1);  Ronan McGuckin (0-1) and A Trainor (0-1)

Ladies vs Ballerin 25/06/2018

The Senior ladies played Ballerin in the first round of the championship at Longfield last Monday evening.  Although Balllerin stared as hot favourites they were just ahead by two points with five minutes to go and had to call upon all their resources in the last few minutes to guarantee their passage to the next round.  Desertmartin gave a whole hearted performance and each girl gave their very best on the night.

The sides were level at two points-a- piece after ten minutes with Thomasina Cassidy scoring for the Saffrons.  Play was then halted for quite some time as a Ballerin player picked an injury to her shoulder and had to leave the field.  The Sarsfields girls added two further points before Desertmartin had a goaling opportunity that resulted in a fisted point from Patricia McFlynn.  The following ten minutes saw Ballerin at their very best as they cut through the home defence scoring 1-4 approaching halftime.  Desertmartin stemmed the onslaught when T Cassidy pointed from a free leaving Ballerin ahead 1-7 to 0-4 at the break.  Desertmartin suffered a blow seconds after the throw-in to the second period when Aideen Fullen who was playing really well at midfield damaged an ankle when she landed heavily and couldn’t continue.  But Desertmartin brought the game to the visitors and won a penalty on the thirty-sixth minute when T Cassidy was fouled as she bore down on goal.  Thomasina struck the penalty firmly but the Ballerin keeper saved and the danger was cleared.  Desertmartin at this stage were very measured in their play with Edel McGuckin pulling off good saves in goals,  Noleen McGuckin very assured at full-back,  Paula McElwee intercepting repeatly at wing back and Louise O’Connell now playing at centre-half they looked very solid in defence.  This along with Suzanne McGuckin working hard at mid-field and Shannon McCrystal making surging runs through the middle they forced Ballerin on to the backfoot.  Although the Sarsfields scored two further points the highlight of the game arrived in the 55th and 56th minutes when Desertmartin’s Cara Donnelly making her senior debut scored two marvellous goals to leave only two points between the teams.  Sensing danger Ballerin went up a gear with Nos. 10,  11 and 14 who were a threat all evening rose to the challenge.  As time was running out,  St Martin’s with tiredness creeping in couldn’t contain a determined Sarfields late rush as they powered forward scoring 1-4 to maintain their quest for championship honours.  Although beaten 2-13 to 2-4 the Desertmartin girls played their part in a thoroughly enjoyable game.

Desertmartin:    Edel McGuckin;  Niambh Fullen,  Noleen McGuckin,  Emma Donnelly;  Paula McElwee,  Suzanne McGuckin,  Erin McKernan;  Aideen Fullen,  Shannon McCrystal;  Cara Donnelly (2-0),  Louise O’Connell,  Ciara Scullion;  Sinead McGuckin,  Patricia McFlynn (0-1),  Thomasina Cassidy (0-3).

Subs used:  Roisin McElhennon,  Megan Grant,  Eileen McIvor and Megan Murray.