Club notes 24th May 2010


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Moneymore 1,2 Desertmartin 3,23

Moneymore found it difficult to match the intensity of Desertmartin who, once they found their range, scored at will. St Martins were 8 points to 1 with a minute to go in the first half when Moneymore were awarded a penalty which they converted to leave the final score 8 to 1,1.

The second half continued much the same as the first with scores coming from all directions including 3 goals to a single point by Moneymore.

Team: D Kidd, D Burns, C Madden, J Breen, P Ryan, J McBride (1pt), C Burns, R Murray, D Bradley (3 goals 2 f) R O’Kane (1pt) M McCann (5 pts), F Higgins (2 pts), E O’Hagan (5 pts), B McEldowney (1pt 1f), A McGuigan (4 pts 1 f). Although they did not make the scoreboard Ryan Murray in midfield and Cahair Madden and James Breen in fullback line deserve a special mention.


Swatragh1,10 Desertmartin 2,9

Desertmartin came into the game expecting nothing and worked for everything. Halfway through the first half Swatragh looked out of their league with a 5 points to 1 lead with Cormac McGuckin scoring the St Martins point, their only conversion from 6 chances. Ryan Kidd added another from play with Jimmy McElhennon picking off a point from a free. Swatragh added one of their own to leave 3 between them. ON the 22nd minute, we had the move of the game with intricate interlinking between Paul McGovern, Enda McGuckin and John Joe Trainor to leave Paul in perfect scoring position to hit the net and level the scores. Jimmy tagged on another free before the end of the first half to leave the scores 6 points to 1,4.

The second half continued much as the first with open competitive football. Jimmy knocked over a free to leave 2 between them before Swatragh rocked St Martins with a goal of their own. Ryan Kidd could only get his fingertips to a long high ball into the 6 yard line with it falling to the Swatragh full forward with only Brian McElhennon to beat and he did. Swatragh were up by 1 and a few of the St Martins heads began to drop but strong running from the half back line of Connor Monaghan and Eoin Hegarty carried the game to Swatragh. JJ Trainor leveled the scores on the 4th minute with Aidy McGuigan replacing Paul McGovern shortly after. Two scoring chances for St Martins were landed in the keepers hands shortly before Cahair Madden replaced Declan Connery. Swatragh scored a free of a Paddy McCann free on the 13th minute to again take the lead. On the 16th minute Cormac passed the ball to Eoin Hegarty who cut inside and slotted the ball in to Aidy who found Enda on the edge of the square. As Enda headed for goal he was brought down and the ref signaled penalty. Enda walked calmly forward and scored to leave Desertmartin two ahead. Aidy failed to convert the next chance and Swatragh bombed down field and with a point left 1 between them. With the next St Martins attack Eoin cut in from the right and with goal on he rifled the ball over the bar. Ruairi Murray hit the next chance wide but made up for it by interlinking with JJ and Aidy for Aidy to score again and leave a goal between them. Swatragh rallied the troops and picked off the next 2 points but their next chance was to drift wide with the clock counting down. Again St Martins attacked with Eoin cutting in from the left to find Aidy in space. Aidy worked the ball through to JJ who duly converted just before the whistle went leaving 2 between them 1,10 to 2,9.

RESERVES Craigbane 1,6 Desertmartin 2,9

With the sun splitting the sky, Desertmartin turned on the style and were easily the better in the first half running ahead 5 points to 2 in the first half. High points were an excellent save by the Craigbane keeper form Ryan O’Kane on the 9th minute and a 60 yard run from Paul McGovern in the final minute before he was fouled. Enda converted the free to add to his earlier point. Paul already had 2 points with Dermot Bradley scoring first.

The second half started with Ruairi Murray stepping into the full-forward berth. Craigbane closed the scores to 2 before Enda O’Hagan added a point from a free on the 7th minute. Ruairi followed up with 2 goals either side of another save off Ryan. Craigbane rallied with a goal chance that Deck Kidd deflected over the bar. He was unable to do anything about the next chance and Craigbane closed the scores to 4 at 1,5 to 2,6. Enda O’Hagan picked off a point only for it to be cancelled out by 1 from the home team. On the 18th minute Ruairi again had goal on his mind but his shot came off the bar. Good reactions up by Ryan O’Kane resulted in a point from the deflection. With the game closing out Enda’s free came off the post out and wide. He made up for it on the final minute with a long range point from play to leave the score 1,6 to 2,9. With Michael McCann’s unselfish running, he was involved in most of the scores and would have had his fair share had ball been returned on a number of occasions.

SENIORS Craigbane 16 Desertmartin 8

With this game 10 minute in, St Martins looked like they were going to continue the way they finished off the Swatragh game. They were 4 to 1 up and looked comfortable. The halfback line were breaking up most of the attacks with Connor Monaghan in particular pulling off 2 top drawer blocks. About half way through, the Craigbane midfield got on top and the game turned. Connor was moved to full back and with the lack of possession, the free running so evident in the Swatragh just wasn’t there. The home team added 2 points to a free from Enda McGuckin. Again, Craigbane added 2 more to a free from Jimmy McElhennon. Ruairi Murray came on for Cormac McGuckin but the pattern of play didn’t change. Craigbane finished off the half with a soft free to level the scores 6 points each.

Craigbane continued to control the midfield and stifled the St Martin forward lines of ball. They picked off the next 4 points before Jimmy scored our first point of the half from a free on the 19th minute to leave the scores 10 to 7. Craigbane then picked off where they started with 3 more points. On the 23rd minute Aidy McGuigan worked a perfect chance of a goal only to see his chance come out off the post. Mark Madden rallied with a point in the 26th minute but Craigbane again rallied with 3 more points to close out the game with double scores.

With 2 games in the incoming week Desertmartin must regroup and work out where went wrong. Playing Moneymore on Thursday in the McGLINCHEY Cup, following their defeat at home they should not require any further stimulus to raise their game. Sean Dolans await them on Sunday for the more important league game, especially with a championship game to follow shortly.

Underage championship games have been publicised with U14 facing Bellaghy 2nds on 22nd June, U16 facing Faughanvale on 8th July and the Minors facing Craigbane on 19th July.

U14s played Glen b on Tuesday running out winners 6,6 to 3,4

Field maintenance: Anyone interested in assisting with field maintenance please contact Michael on 07740411471 or Pat on 07718257555. With the Feile happening the first weekend in July all assistance will be required to prepare the grounds and facilities.

It would be greatly appreciated if reports could be forwarded for the U8/10, U16 and Minor boys and all Ladies football for inclusion in the notes. Forward to