Football: Promising start to the season for Desertmartin

The Desertmartin defence remained disciplined against Ballymena

The Desertmartin defence remained disciplined against Ballymena

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Desertmartin 1 Ballymena United 2-

Ballymena United got a warm welcome at Dromore Park as the first off the preseason friendlies got under way.

On a lovely evening it was great to see the pitch lined with supporters for both teams.

Desertmartin’s manager Gareth Pitts had a great squad of players lined up some of his trusted players and a few new faces on the pitch this would be a good test to see how they could handle the pressure.

The game got under way with the Desertmartin defence and back four in fine form Ballymena weren’t going to get a easy time of it.

Ballymena keeper Dwayne Nelson returning after an injury lay-off was a busy man at the other end and it was Desertmartin’s new lad Drew Kelly who put the Desert into the lead.

Ballymena fought back however and despite the early scare emerged victors winning the game on 2-1.

Ballymena were very impressed by Desertmartin player Philip Caulfield and gave him man of the match.

Sadly for Desertmartin that was Philip’s last match for the club as he is of to England to work for a year but has promised he will be back the club wish him all the best for the future.

Refreshments were served up to both teams and chairman Jim Campbell thanked Ballymena management and players for giving up their time for what was a great night for Dromore Park.

The club would like to thank Wes Cabs from Magherafelt for sponsoring the match.

Next match Thursday 17th July Desertmartin v Ballymoney 7.30pm and then Saturday 19th July Desertmartin v Dungannon Swifts 2.30pm.