Desertmartin 4 Shorts 2
Midday last Saturday Dromore Park looked very picturesque as the wheels of a big white coach rolled into the car park carrying the committee, players and supporters of Shorts Football Club, Belfast for the first round of the Intermediate Cup.
The pitch in the bright sunshine looked like Wembley and both did not disappoint their fans as they produced goals galore in a classic which Desertmartin emerged victors by 4-2 and go into the hat for the next round.
The Desert’ went ahead in the early stages Mark Shiels exchanged passes with Dean Mulholland before letting loose from the edge of the box giving the Shorts keeper no chance. Shorts got back on equal terms, soon after Lee Smyth lobbed the advancing keeper to give Desertmartin a slender one goal advantage at the interval.
This was football at it’s best,both teams playing positive attacking football and it was not surprising that Shorts got back on level terms again just after the break.
Desertmartin got their noses back in front again when Chris Kerr was brought down in the box and Dean Mulholland converted from the spot kick.
After that the Desert’ had to do some staunch defending and with Richard Ferson playing out of position at centre back having an outstanding game. However, Colgie didn’t want to be ignored hit a spectacular volley from some 30 yards out to wind up a good day at the office for Desertmartin.
All credit to Shorts they were gracious in defeat and praised Desertmartin Football Club for the hospitality shown towards them.
They said, “Desertmartin was a small village with a good football team, great facilities and a credit to the community they serve.”
This Saturday Desertmartin are away to Clough Rangers, the reserves are at home kick off 1 30pm [Cup]
Congratulations to Magherafelt Sky Blues for getting through to round 2. Maybe a second round derby is on the cards?!