Cup Camp 2017

Folks, Cup Camp 2017 will be from 7th-11th August. You can book online or come along to the registration night on Thursday 13th July. 

This week there will be sponsored walk on Thursday 6th July, which will leave Keenaught Chapel car park at 6pm.

For sponsor forms you can contact Pamela on 07776 083693.

Desertmartin lads in hurling Feile

As many of you may know, 3 of our footballers, Ryan Henry, Connor Shield, Conor Murtagh are also going to the hurling Feile with Ballinascreen. As part of their fund raising activities the Screen are carrying out a sack collection for old clothes, shoes and beddings. See more on Ballinascreen’s Facebook page.

If you fancy a spring clean of the wardrobe, throw you stuff in a black bin bag and contact John Murtagh on 07876548648 and he will happily collect.

Let’s get behind our lads and give some support to our neighbouring club.


The club offer sincere condolences to the family of Mary McGuckin (nee Donnelly) of Moorside Villas, who sadly passed away on May 28th. 

Mary was involved with the club in the past and her work for the club and community was always much appreciated. May she rest in peace. 

Seniors v Moneymore

The seniors played host to local rivals Moneymore in the league last Saturday evening. Desertmartin started sharply scoring 1-1 to no reply in the first nine minutes with the goal coming from Eamon Burns and a pointed free from Enda McGuckin. But the following nine minutes belonged to the McCracken’s. Opening their account with a penalty goal they added four further points to lead by three at the eighteenth minute. But the Saffrons leveled the game when Eamon Burns under great pressure hit his second three pointer. Moneymore edged ahead on the twenty-fourth minute with an Emmet Crozier point but Enda McGuckin leveled with a free a minute later. In a period of rapid play Callum Bloomer restored the visitors lead with a point three minutes before the break only to be matched by Paul McGovern’s thirty-third minute equaliser to leave the sides level at halftime 2-3 to 1-9.Three minutes into the second period Moneymore got their second goal when they flighted a high ball into the Desertmartin square which was finished to the net from close range. Ronan McGuckin replied with a point for the Martin’s but Christy Young kept the visitors ahead by three with a point on the thirty-seventh minute. Declan Murray kept the Saffrons in touch with a point but Moneymore went further ahead with their third goal. Dermot Breen and Christy Young exchanged points to leave Moneymore leading by five entering the last quarter of the game. The remaining fifteen minutes saw Desertmartin at their best. Pressing forward constantly they hit 1-3 to no reply to lead by one with seven minutes to go. Moneymore leveled on the fiftieth minute but Cormac McGuckin restored the Martin’s one point lead with four minutes to play. Entering extra time and trailing by the slenderest of margins Moneymore broke downfield and within seconds had the ball in the Desertmartin net. Within a minute they added a further point to win a tight encounter 4-10 to 3-10.

Desertmartin scorers: E McGuckin (1-4 1pen, 4f); E Burns (2-0); Declan Murray (0-2 1f); D Breen (0-1); R McGuckin (0-1); C McGuckin (0-1); P McGovern (0-1)   F

U14s v Magherafelt 

The U14s travelled to Magherafelt for their second league game of the season. The Rossas dominated the first half leading at the break 4-9 to 1-3. Desertmartin picked up their form in the second period and at one stage cut the deficit to two points. But the home side pulled away late in the game to run out winners 4-13 to 3-11.Desertmartin scorers: L Murray (1-4); R McElhennon (0-3); C Murtagh (0-2); F Bradley (0-2); R Henry (1-0); O O’Kane (1-0)

U12s defeat Ballymaguigan

The U12s had an impressive 5-12 to 5-5 league victory over Ballymaguigan. It was a fast open match with both sides encouraged to play a passing game whereby each player must pass the after two touches in possession.Desertmartin: C O’Hagan; J Scullion; R Mitchel; C Martin; L Bradley (0-1); C McGuigan, B O’Connor (1-1); P Higgins (0-1); J O’Neill (0-1); D O’Neill (0-1); M Murray (1-0); J Kelly, S O’Connor (2-6); J Ferris (0-1) M Trainor

Big breakfast

A Big Breakfast is being held in the Gaelic Centre on Sunday 11th June 9:00am – 1:00pm. This is a fundraiser in aid of our U14 players who are taking part in the All Ireland Feile Peile na nOg competition being held in Clones 23rd – 25th June.

Feile Meeting

There will be a meeting tonight at 7:30 to discuss the organisation if the upcoming Feile preparations.

All parents are invited and we would encourage you to come along.