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Â£50 winner John Ryan Tirgan Road.
Next week Â£1500.
The club offer their condolences to the Loane family on their recent bereavement.
Final call! The Club wish to arrange a date to give blood locally. We require 100 volunteers and are presently over halfÂ way there. If you or anyone you know are interested please contact Seamus 07895627522; Danny 07709611910 or PatÂ 07718257555.
The club wish to thank everyone for their generous contributions to the Irish collection. Please forward names ofÂ Gaeltacht attendees to Veronica (07799328966) or Pat (07718257555)
Seniors Desertmartin 1,6 Drumsurn 1,9
Desertmartin at home for the second time looked to have this in the bag with a six point lead ten minutes into theÂ second half but for the next twenty minutes they went to sleep and allowed Drumsurn back into the game. With sevenÂ minutes to go Drumsurn scrambled the ball over the line to lead by one, adding two more points from frees to win byÂ three.
St Martins started the game strongly with frees from Enda McGuckin and J P Higgins either side of a point by ConnorÂ Monaghan. Drumsurn hit their stride and in two minutes marked up two frees. Enda replied with a home free,Â followed up by a point from Paul McFlynn. Drumsurn tagged on another point in the last minute to leave the half timeÂ score 5 points to 3.
The second half kicked off with an early point from Drumsurn. St Martins then hit a purple patch cutting through theÂ Drumsurn defence with ease but had trouble converting their possession to scores. This was not helped when EndaÂ was carried off with hamstring trouble but his replacement Jimmy McElhennon showed his class picking off anÂ excellent point. This was followed up with a top drawer move with sharp passing and off the ball running resulting inÂ big Gerard Murray getting the first goal of the game to leave the scores 1,6 to 4 and the game looked sown up. ThenÂ the home team imploded. Thinking the result was theirs they slowed the game down holding onto the ball too longÂ and drawing Drumsurn onto them. They were not to score again. Drumsurn brought on smaller speedy forwards. TheyÂ picked off three points in a row (and in truth could have had six more) before they scrambled the ball over the line toÂ lead by one. They completed the rout with two more points from frees. Desertmartin could have levelled the game inÂ the last minute but Drumsurn keeper stood firm to clear the danger and hold on to the two points.
After the Foreglen game it was surprising that Desertmartin failed to play to the final whistle but lessons have to beÂ learned and this was one that St Martins were about to prove they had learned.
Seniors Ballerin 1,9 Desertmartin 2,9
Desertmartin would have bear in mind all that happened on Wednesday past to turn a six point deficit into a threeÂ point win away from home. The result was all the more astonishing looking at the team of players on the injury list,Â any one of which could have started if available.
Drumsurn were first out of the blocks with three speed merchants in the forward line and quickly had a goal and twoÂ to no score before Aidy McGuigan hit a maximum for the Men in yellow to leave it 1,2 to 1,0. Ballerin tormented the StÂ Martin defence and recorded two points from frees before Gregory McGovern limped off to join the ever increasingÂ injury list. He was replace in full back by Eoin Hegarty but still the scores continued with two more points from play.Â Paul McGovern fought hard to reply with a point to leave the half time score 1,7 to 1,1.
Eugene Murray was replaced by Mark McCrystal, another member of last yearâ€™s valiant U21 team and the second halfÂ kicked off. Aidy McGuigan, returning the favour from the first half, finding Ruairi in front of goals and he just doesnâ€™tÂ miss from there. The goal sparked the St Martins to life and although Ballerin picked off two quick points from frees,Â they were not to score again. Johnny McGovern also joined Greg on the line, to be replaced by big Gerard Murray. TheÂ extra strength in midfield along with a tighter defence closed the door on the Ballerin forward supply while theÂ Desertmartin attack finally got the better of the home defence. Eoin Hegarty carried the ball strongly out of defenceÂ with Patrick Kidd covering behind. Ruairi at full forward began to make his mark and along with Jimmy scored twoÂ points each, split by one for John Paul Higgins. With Ruairiâ€™s point levelling the game, the Men in yellow started toÂ show nerves and first Mark, then Jimmy missed scorable chances before Mark made sure with a point from play. HeÂ was followed by Ruairi who finished top marksman with 1,3 before mark scored again to close out the game. WatchingÂ Desertmartin is not good for the heart but it has been a few years since we have had such a good start and I willÂ continue punishing this old heart on Sunday when we take on Moneymore. Our neighbours are undefeated, racking upÂ some impressive scores so defence will have to be on top of their game. Assumptions can be made that the tallÂ Chrissie Young will be a handful but this Desertmartin team are learning from their mistakes and any future points thatÂ leave Longfield will be hard earned.
Reserves Ballerin 2,6 Desertmartin 2,6
Desertmartin looked dead and buried looking at an eight point deficit but they refused to let this one go and managedÂ to score the final point to level the game.
Minors Doire Trasna 0,2 Desertmartin 3,17
Game played on 12th against Castledawson at Longfield. No report available. Result was a draw. I believe this is one StÂ Martins let slip out of their grasp.
Next game away to Doire Trasna 19th they did not let go so easily and Doire Trasna suffered the wrath of a team thatÂ knew they should not have dropped a point the previous week. 26th April sees Doire Colmcille travel to Longfield toÂ challenge the mighty yellows.
U 16 Desertmartin v Craigbane
Under 16,s begin Campaign with a win Desertmartin 2-14 Craigbane 3-5
After the postponement of their 1st game with Greenlough Desertmartin Under 16’s got their league campaign off to aÂ winning start when they had 6 points to spare over Craigbane on Thursday night. The foundations for this victory wereÂ firmly laid in the first half where at the end of which they led 2-8 to 0-2. Dermot Breen got the side of to great start firingÂ over in the first few minutes, despite dominating possession during the early stages Desertmartin struggled to add to thisÂ score and it was a further 5 minutes before Dermot added his and Desertmartins second point. The home sideÂ continued to dominate possession and Ronan McGuckin added a further point to increase the advantage. The pressureÂ continued to mount for Craigbane and Dermot McGuigan eventually got reward for his efforts when he finished a greatÂ move to the net. From the kickout Desertmartin attacked again and this time another great move saw Ronan McGuckinÂ finish to the net. Craigbane eventually got on the scoreboard with a pointed free but Desertmartin continued to pressÂ and further scores followed from Ronan McGuckin, Dermot McGuigan 2 and a great individual effort from Mark Kidd.
Craigbane added a further point from a free But Dermot Breen had the final score of the half with a superb long rangeÂ free from out on the left near the touchline.
Turning round to face the breeze in the second half the team knew that Craigbane would come out strong for the secondÂ half and they hit back with a goal in their first attack they addedÂ a point with their next attack and Desertmartin wereÂ under pressure for the first time in the game. They responded well to this setback and points from Ronan McGuckin andÂ Dermot McGuigan settled the nerves. Craigbane however got a further boost when they hit their second goal in theirÂ next attack. Far from panicking however Desertmartin started to gain a foothold in the game points form RonanÂ McGuckin and Dermot McGuigan followed. Desertmartin were beginning to dominate possession at this stage but aÂ mixture of poor passing and some good defending by Craigbane meant they could only add one further DermotÂ McGuigan point during this period. Craigbane then added their 3rd goal before the end and added a further point to theirÂ tally to reduce the deficit. Dermot Breen then completed the scoring with the final point of the game to LeaveÂ Desertmartin 6 point winners at the end.
In a mixed performance from the team with some very good passages of football played there were good performancesÂ in defence from Michael Shaw, Luke McBride and Connor Murray the midfield of Martin McBride and Mark KiddÂ dominated early on but faded somewhat in the second half. Up front Dermot Breen and Dermot McGuigan causedÂ Craigbane untold problems. Ronan McGuckin at corner forward linked well with the two Dermots, and took some goodÂ scores. Hayden Murray also showed well in an unaccustomed position. Overall this should give the team confidenceÂ going forward. The next game is away to Limavady on Thursday 22nd April.
Team and scorers
Ciaran Martin, Michael Shaw, Danny Doyle, Luke McBride, Darren Madden, Connor Murray, H Mulholland, Mark KiddÂ (0-1), Martin McBride, Ciaran O’Neill,Â Dermot Breen (0-4), Hayden Murray, Jack Grant, Dermot McGuigan (1-5), Ronan McGuckin (1-4) subs Gary McGuiganÂ for Ciaran O’Neill, Daniel O’Hagan for Hayden Murray
U 14 Ballymaguigan 2,6 Desertmartin 0,7
Perhaps we took the result for granted but Ballymaguigan didnâ€™t. With this the first game Desertmartin played atÂ eleven aside, they found it easy to hold possession in non scorable positions but difficult to break through for theÂ incisive scores to turn the game. With Desertmartin leading in the second half by two points Ballymaguigan hit longÂ balls into the goal area and picked two goals to close out the game. Desertmartin look forward to their next gameÂ home to Ogramor on 20th at 7.00, followed up away to Bellaghy on 27th April.
We will be fielding an under 16 and senior Ladies team, with the under 14s amalgamating with a local team to play inÂ the Feile.Â Any further interest, please contact Anne Matterson 07732351672.
Hall/ field agenda.
U8 s and 10s Fundamentals Saturday 10/11 P1 to P4. Contact Liam Bradley 028 79301644 07831739474.
Ladies training on Monday 6.15/7.30 Thursday 6.15/7.30.
Junior Ladies training Wednesday 6.15/7.30, Saturday 11.00/1.00 Contact Anne Matterson to confirm.
Keep fit on Tuesday night 7.00 Beginners welcome. Contact Chris Trainor on 07818252174 or 02879 44278
Keep fit Thursday 4th at 7.00. Â£2.50/ session or Â£20.00/ 12 sessions. Slievegallion Womenâ€™s Group
Irish Dancing Friday 5.00 beginners, 6.00 advanced.
Senior training Wednesday 7.30/ Friday 7.30.
U12/ U14 training Friday 630 at Longfield.
U16 training Tuesday 6.30 Hollow Park.
Minor training Friday 7.30.
All hall bookings or cancellations please contact Brian Smith on 07918703912 or Pat Kidd on 07718257555
First prize:Â Â Â Â Â Two rounds of 4 ball plus overnight stay in City West.
Second prize:Â Â Â Â Â Â One round of 4 ball and overnight stay in Slieve Russel
Third prize: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â One round of 4 ball at Ballyliffen
Numerous extra prizes. Contact Gerard 07710802359; Chris 07821832400; Adrian 07793626750. Tee-off times onÂ â€œfirst come first servedâ€ Card filling up fast.
Important dates to keep free:
** ** Golf Classic 4th June at Killymoon .Four balls still available. **
** Desertmartin will be host to Gloucestershire on 2nd July**
Field maintenance has commenced. If you are interested in assisting please contact Michael on 07740411471.
Would you or your company be interested in sponsorship? Field banner/ Score board/ Jerseys, contact Pat or Brian.
GAA does not just promote football. All aspects of Gaelic culture should be encouraged and nurtured. To assist theÂ committee, the Club require a Cultural Officer. If you are Interested in Irish history/ music/ dancing etc, please apply.Â This position is open to job share due to the variety of role.
Due to deadlines the notices for the paper must be forwarded latest Sunday night to be included. Forward toÂ firstname.lastname@example.org. Or phone 07740411471.