Football: Desertmartin dejected as Brantwood force late equaliser

Cookstown RBL in action. Pic: Daron Patterson
Cookstown RBL in action. Pic: Daron Patterson
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Desertmartin 2

Desertmartin FC

Desertmartin FC

After a disappointing defeat last week at Dunloy, Desertmartin travelled to Belfast on Saturday to take on the current league leaders Brantwood.

Fielding practically the same line up as the previous week, with a tactical change of bringing new signing David Gibson into the central of defence.

Gibson gave the defence that added confidence and were outstanding throughout the 90 minutes.

Desertmartin went ahead in the 5th minute through Robin Patton and were good value for that lead up until nearly half time when Brantwood equalised to send both team in at the interval on equal terms.

In the 60th minute Patton put the Desert ahead again. With Desertmartin looking much the better side and all the players on top of their game it looked liked all points were heading north out of Belfast, but as fate would have it Brantwood equalised in the last kick of the game.

The Desert looked a bit dejected at the end but every player can be proud as they produced a high quality of football and deserved to come away with maximum points.

This Saturday Desertmartin are at home to Dunloy in the McReynolds Cup. Kick off 2pm at Dromore Park.

Desertmartin Swifts 1

Ballyclare Comrades Reserves 4

Ballyclare Comrades Reserves easily the best team in the Junior Division one came to Dromore Park on Saturday full of confidence but found the Swifts stubborn opposition in the first half as they kept the score line blank at the interval.

The Swifts suffered a severe blow at the interval losing defender Kyle McIlhatton who sustained a toe injury.

Ballyclare soon took advantage of the Swift losing their most effective player and scored three goals in quick succession.

Gareth McMenemy brought the Swifts back into the game on the 80th minute when he converted from the spot after Ryan Brown was brought down in the box.

A few minutes later Darren Bartlett saw his effort skim the post. Just on the final whistle Ballyclare go their fourth to leave the Swifts emptied handed.

This Saturday the Swifts are away to Carnmoney in the league 2pm kick off.