Club Notes 21st June 2010


Last weeks numbers 9, 13, 14, 22. No jackpot winner £50 Bernie Higgins Desertmartin.

This week 3, 14, 16, 23. No jackpot winner, £50 winner Ronan Henry Brackaghlislea Rd.

Next week £1950 jackpot. If there is no seller in your area contact Michael 07740411471


All those interested in attending the Gaeltacht please contact Veronica on 07799328966 or Pat on 07718257555.

VHI GAA Cul Camp

Cul Camp is programmed for 10th August. Contact the schools for an application form. First child £32. Second child, £27, third, £20.


The All Ireland Feile will be taking part on the first week of July. Our visitors, the Gloucestershire U14 boys and the Lurgan U14 girls, will be arriving at 11am on Friday 2nd July. At 12, the Lurgan Ladies will play Desertmartin/Ardtrea, with Gloucestershire boys playing Desertmartin at 1pm. At 2.30, the visitors will have dinner at St Columbs Primary School and at 3.30 prompt; all four teams will head for Derry for the Feile parade.

On Saturday, all teams will meet at the Gaelic Centre for transport to Ballymaguigan for the boys and Ballinderry for the girls. The boys will meet Philadelphia and Ballymaguigan U14s, with the girls meeting St Nathys Sligo and Ballinderry. Lurgan Girls and Gloucestershire will meet at 7pm at St Columbs Primary School for dinner.

Mass will be held in the Gaelic Centre at 8pm for all the teams, parents and host families. A table quiz will commence at 9pm with music and dancing from 10.30 to late. Please attend and give our guests a great time.

Sunday schedule will be dictated by results on Saturday.


U14 away to Bellaghy 2nds 15th June at 7.30 in the championship. Having won the Feile, Bellaghy will be difficult to beat so get out there and roar the young lads on.

U16 away to St Patricks 10th June was postponed to 24th due to exams.

Minors have a two-week break as Slaughtmanus were unable to field on Monday and the Foreglen game is postponed, as Claudy School will be receiving their county medals that day. Congratulations to Claudy on their success. The Minors can look forward to Craigbane on 19th July in Championship football.

Seniors face Castledawson on Thursday 24th at Dean McGlinchey Park for the final of the McGlinchey Cup.

Seniors/ reserves will have no match this incoming weekend


SENIORS; Ogra Colmcille 3,9  Desertmartin 2,8

This was a game won and lost in the first twenty minutes. Desertmartin started briskly and were coasting by the fifth minute, ahead 3 points to 1, with Paul McFlynn scoring first then Enda McGuckin converting a free for a foul on Ruairi Murray being cancelled out quickly by an Ogra free. Mark Madden picked off a point with an excellent hand pass coming in from the right hand side. On the 8th minute Desertmartin seemed to have quelled the Ogra attack but when the ball came off the post, the corner forward reacted faster and punched the ball into the net to take the lead 1,1 to 3. Desertmartin attacked again and when Enda was fouled, he leveled the scores. Ogra attacked again and although the defence cleared the ball, indecision led to Ogra overturning possession and scoring a point. With the defence at sixes and sevens, the home side failed with their next two attacks but the writing was on the wall. The next attack resulted in another goal and when the high ball was pumped in again an own goal left the score 3,3 to 4 points. A point each before the end of the first half (Enda free after Mickey McCann fouled) left the score 3,4 to 5 points.

The second half started with what was left of a strong wind behind Desertmartin but Ogra were first with a converted free. Ruairi Murray picked off 2 points, with the second well worked through Cormac McGuckin (on for Mickey McCann) and Enda McGuckin. On the 13th minute Jimmy McElhennon lobbed a high ball onto the edge of the square where Eoin Hegarty rose higher than the rest to claim the ball and blast it past the keeper to bring the score to3,5 to1,7 and everything to play for but Desertmartin could not hold onto possession long enough to build any successful attacks. Brian McElhennon blocked another excellent Ogra goaling chance. Ogra however were to score twice over the post before Desertmartin were to score again, a free converted by Jimmy McElhennon for a foul on Paddy Kidd. Again Ogra put 2 more points together before sub, Enda O’Hagan snatched a goal from a scramble in the square in the last minute to leave the final score 3,9 to 2,8.

Ogra had their fair share of luck in this game but luck is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration and Ogra put the work in. Desertmartin had difficulty holding possession and a concerning statistic was, all the Ogra goals came from them overturning the ball.

Desertmartin face Castledawson on Wednesday at Screen and will need to raise their game.

RESERVES CHAMPIONSHIP Desertmartin 1,14 Ballymaguigan 2,7

This was a very even game with Ballymaguigan giving the home side a difficult time. Desertmartin started convincingly with the first 2 points (Dermot Bradley and Enda O’Hagan) before the Guigan scored their first from a free. The home side rallied with the next 4 points, 3 from Enda and 1 from Fergal Higgins to leave the scores 6points to 1 in the 17th minute but Desertmartin were not to score again in this half. They did however have 3 good goaling chances and although Michael McCann took one, it was ruled out for the ball going out of play minutes earlier. Ballymaguigan, however were to be awarded a penalty that they blasted over the bar in the 21st minute but 5 minutes later a well worked free, passed low into the square was deflected into the net to leave 1 between the sides. Ballymaguigan closed out the half with a point from a free to level the scores 6 points to 1,3.

Shortly after the start of the second half, the visitors took the lead for the first time with a point, Dermot Bradley leveled it a minute later and Enda’s converted free put the home side back in the lead. With the next Ballymaguigan attack a long ball came off the post and with the full forward first to react, he netted for the visitors to again, claim the lead. Both sides swapped points (Enda 40), before Enda hit 3 points in a row to leave the home side ahead by 1. On the 16th minute Ballymaguigan converted a free to tie the scores 12 points to 2,6 and 2 minutes later, they took the lead with a point from play. Desertmartin, with successful substitutions, turned the game. Greg McGovern hit a long pass to Mark Madden who found Enda O’Hagan in space. When his shot came thundering back off the crossbar, Barry McEldowney deflected the ball into the back of the net and leave the home side ahead by 2. Enda finished out the game with 2 more points. With Ballymaguigan having difficulty understanding some decisions, their corner back showed his displeasure, and was harshly sent off, in the last movement of the game. That aside, this game had all that is good in Gaelic football.

Under 14 Football

Desertmartin found it difficult to settle in the first half and all too often stood back and admired the football played by Bellaghy. The visitors, for all their possession could only manage 2 goals, much to the good work by Ronan Devlin in goals. Towards the end of the half, Andy Leyden picked off a point and under immense pressure dragged a good goaling chance wide of the post. The first half ended 1 point to 2 goals.

With the second half started, Desertmartin showed much more positivity and with direct running Hayden Murray blasted the ball home for a goal, to be followed up with a point from a free by Oran Kelly. Bellaghy rallied with 2 points and a goal of their own to leave 3 points between the sides. They followed up with 3 more points before Curtis McLeish and then Daniel O’Hagan scored points for their own. Then Curtis, now on his element scored his goal. Bellaghy added one of their own to leave it 2,4 to 4,5. Oran Kelly, not to be left out, picked off a goal and a point before Daniel added a point of his own with the ball skimming the crossbar. With 2 points between them and what seemed the momentum with the home side, the St Martin defence imploded and let in 3 goals in quick succession to leave the final score 3,6 to 7,5.

A lack of maturity in the closing seconds will stand by this young side and they have all to play for on Tuesday 22nd at Bellaghy then these two sides meet again in the championship.

U 8 Football

U8s took part in a blitz, held at An Lub on Sunday morning past, the team competed against the host club, An Lub, O’Donovan Rossa Magherafelt and Wolfe Tones Bellaghy. Played in excellent conditions, the boys all played really well even though we were missing 2 regulars in Callum Ormsby and Sean Kelly. There were great passages of play, excellent scores taken and some very resolute defending at times. The boys showed great discipline and great character throughout the games. The boys that took part were: Conor Murtagh, Michael McGurk, Ryan Henry, Conor Shields, Oran O’Kane, Fearghal Bradley, Eunan McElhennon, Gavin Donnelly, Michael Bradley, Conor Kelly, Martin Mackle, Lachlan Murray & Gerard Fullen.

U 16 Football

U16s play St Patricks at home on Thursday 24th June at 7.30

Minor Football

With no game next week, the Management request all players to attend training for the buildup to the championship. All players, fit and injured are requested to attend.

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