Big victory for Desertmartin

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Desertmartin Swifts 6 Carnmoney 1

Desertmartin Swifts produced a five star performance to defeat Carnmoney in Junior League Division 1 at Dromore Park on Saturday.

Star of the show with four goals was Daniel McIlhatton while Darren Bartlett and Clarke Lennox each scored to send the Swifts to top of the Division.

Trevor Junkin was very delighted with his players and put his good start to the season down to hard work on the training ground, and a good spirit within the club. This Saturday the Swifts are at home to Chimney Corner Reserves at 2pm. The firsts are away to Strabane in round 2 of the Craig memorial cup. Kick off 3pm.

Oxford United All Stars 2

Desertmartin 2

Desertmartin arrived in the Maiden City at 12-30pm for a 2pm kick off not realising the kick off was actually at 3pm. After a long journey hanging about for over an hour without refreshments was not the best preparation for the 1st round tie of the Craig Memorial Cup.

From the start Desertmartin took the game to their hosts. Robin Patton put the Desert ahead in the 20th minute , Oxford equalised just before the interval. The second half saw both teams going close. Mark Shiels restored Desertmartin’s lead in the 70th minute. Oxford drew level with some 10 minutes to go. Extra time was played without breaking the deadlock, so it took the dreaded penalty shoot out to decide who would progress into round 2. Desertmartin emerged eventual winners 6 5 on penalties.

Conor Stewart and Jason Martin were singled out for praise as it was their first competitive game for the Desert at Intermediate level.

Desertmartin Swifts 4

Cookstown Olympic 2

The Swifts maintained their unbroken record with an outstanding performance against local neighbours Cookstown.

First half goals by John Smyth and Darren Bartlett saw the Swifts take a slender lead at the interval. However two second half goals from Kyle Wilson and Liam Stewart secured all points for Desertmartin.