The Senior Ladies played host to league leaders Magherafelt yesterday evening, 20th May 2019. It was always going to be a challenge to topple the league pace-setters but the Desertmartin girls made them sit up and take notice, particularly in the second half. As expected the Rossas started at blistering speed building up a comfortable lead half way through the first period. But with Aideen Fullen beginning to win useful possession at mid-field, Carmel Shaw advancing constantly from half back and Louise O’Connell providing support the Saffrons began to work their way into the game. Following a couple of wides St Martin’s opened their account with a well taken goal from full-forward Patricia McFlynn. Magherafelt realising the Desertmartin threat replied with 1 – 2 approaching half-time. Desertmartin finished the half strongly pushing Magherafelt onto the back-foot and were unlucky not to score from two good shooting opportunities. The second period saw a very different game and a rejuvenated St Martin’s team. Suzanne McFlynn who was playing well in the first half gave a dazzling performance at half-back in the second. The introduction of Noleen McGuckin into the defence along with the assured play of Paula McElwee gave Desertmartin greater security. But the jewel in Desertmartin’s rousing second performance was Ciara Scullion who repeatedly picked up possession around her own 45m line and set the home side attacking time and time again. During the first twenty minutes of the second half Desertmartin outscored the visitors 3 – 2 to 1 – 5 with goals coming from P McFlynn, Erin McKernan and Emer Kelly along with two well taken points from C Scullion and S McGuckin. But the huge effort put in by the St Martin’s girls left them visibly tired entering the remaining few minutes of play. Sensing their opportunity the Rossas cashed with three late goals to re-establish their comfortable lead. But Desertmartin should take heart from their performance and build on it for the remainder of the league. Final score Desertmartin 4 – 2 – 6 – 13 Magherafelt.
Desertmartin: Noleen McGuckin; Sinead McGuckin; Suzanne McGuckin (0 -1); Edel McGuckin; Carmel Shaw; Paula McElwee; Louise O’Connell; Aideen Fullen; Ciara Scullion (0 -1); Erin McKernan (1 – 0); Niamh Mullan; Patricia McFlynn (2 – 0); Shannon Campbell; Emer Kelly (1 – 0); Catherine Walls and Orla Kelly
With a challenging 10k route, and and an easier 5k walk or run, everyone can take part in the Slieve Gallion Challenge. The route is fully on road and though it is challenging it is not advanced. At the Club we are committed to health promotion, and this event, now in it’s 4th year continues to generate momentum.
In beutiful surroundings on the slopes of Slieve Gallion Mountain at the edge of the Sperrins, you can take in the views as you push for your best 10k yet. Chip timing included so you can get your officially recorded times, and we are registered with Athletics NI. You must be over 15 to enter the 10k.
10k run entry £15
5k run entry £10
5k Walk £5
Refreshments will be served afterwards and there are shower and changing facilities available also.
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.
We are nearing completion of the planning phase and we will keep you all up to date on how things are going.
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
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.
Please take your time to read over the new code of behaviour docmument from the GAA.
It is a Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport and addresses the appropriate levels of behaviour, practice and conduct required from our young players, officials, coaches, trainers, mentors, supporters, parents/guardians and clubs.
Folks, we are glad that the facilities at St Martin’s GAC are used by the Community for physical activity and are more than happy with this. However recently there has been alot of dog fouling around both the main pitch and the training pitch down below.
We’d like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to carry a scoop or bag with them and please use the bins provided.
The facilities are for everyone, and remember….. together we can do so much.