Desertmartin U14s travelled to Loup for their first league game of the season on Tuesday 19th . Played in excellent conditions the Desertmartin boys dominated the early exchanges. They got their just rewards when Martin Mackle scored two points from frees. He then followed this with a point from play and another from Lachlan Murray gave St Martin’s 0-4 to 0-0 lead. Despite trailing by four points Loup came into the game and only for good goalkeeping by Michael McGurk they could have reduced the deficit by three. St Martin’s finished the first half strongly when Ryan McElhennon netted for the Saffrons to give them a 1-4 to 0-0 half-time lead.
Loup started the second half sharply when they opened their account with a goal. Desertmartin responded quickly with a point from Martin Mackle and two more from Lachlan Murray giving them a 0-7 to 1-0 lead. Loup rocked St Martin’s in the closing minutes when they hit the net twice cutting the visitors lead to one point. But Desertmartin were resolute to the end. With some excellent defending and two pointed frees, one from Laclan Murray and the other from Martin Mackle, Desertmartin finished as three point winners on a scoreline of 1 -9 to 3-0.
Desertmartin team: M McGurk, N Donnelly, M Bradley, S Kelly, C Shields, R McElhennon, S Matterson, M Mackle, O O’Kane, G Fullen, L Murray, R Henry, R McEldowney, C Murtagh, F Bradley: Subs used C McCool for N Donnelly, D McElhennon for M McGurk; D Ormsby, K McMichael, R Mitchell