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.

Shop Order

The deadline for the next club shop order is Monday night, the 26th of March.

Anyone wishing to order up any items please contact Ciaran Higgins asap on 07968837094

Available items can be seen here.

Slieve Gallion Challenge 2018 Results

The results from both today’s 10K and 5K races are here. Thanks to everyone for attending and we hope you all had a great day.

10K results can be seen here:


5K results can be seen here:


Category Winners:

Male Open: Eoin Hughes – Acorns Ac
Female Open: Siobhan Brown – Tafelta AC
Male 50+: Eugene McAuley – Acorns AC
Female 50+: Bridie Young Acorns Ac
5K Male: Jariath Hughes
5K Female: Paula McErlaine

Congratulations and thanks again to all our runners.

Thnaks also to all out helpers on the day as well as all the local companies for their continued support of this event.

Thanks to the Mid Ulster Council for their funding support.



A few reminders for upcoming events over the next couple of weeks.

– Tuesday 20th 7pm Ulster Coucil Officer coming to the club to talk about bullying and prevention.

-Thursday 22nd 8pm in Main Hall – County Board running mindfit mental health talk in the hall, for 14-18 year olds.

-Thursday 22nd 8pm in Portacabin – Pre-registration night for Slieve Gallion Challenge.

-Sunday 25th 10am – Slieve Gallion Challenge 10k & 5k.

-Thursday 1st March – Free Health Check at the Hall.

Dog Mess

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.

Farm Families Health Checks

We would like to thank everyone for the great response to the Community Services Survey so far.

One of the stand out potential services the community selected were health checks. Taking this on board we have organised for the Farm Families Health Checks team to visit on the 1st of March.

The service is run by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in conjunction with the Public Health Agency.

There are slots available for consultation on physical screening, including blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol; and lifestyle checks including diet and exercise advice.

The service is not exclusively for farmers but is targeted towards this group. Check out the leaflet below.

Farm Families Leaflet.pdf

To register you interest or if you have any queries call Paddy Kidd on 07792127940 or email the club email address,