Derry Senior League Division 2
Desertmartin 2-15 Craigbane 1-10
With league leaders Doire Trasna and second placed Slaughtmanus not in action, Desertmartin had a chance to close the gap and they moved into third spot following Wednesday night's win at home to Craigbane.
The St Martin’s led at half-time by 2-8 to 1-6 and they held their lead until the end, with Craigbane losing two players to cards in the closing stages.
An Adie Trainor goal gave the home team a good early lead but Jude McLaughlin's eighth goal of the season closed the gap, with Johnny Niblock's side still 1-5 to 1-4 ahead.
A penalty converted by the ever reliable Adie Trainor to put them into a five point interval lead.
The deadly accuracy from frees by Declan Murray, he hit eight in all, ensured that his team were always on the front foot.
Craigbane, with just four second-half points, were always chasing the game.
They travel to Drum on Sunday. Desertmartin are also on their travels and will take on Ballerin.
Slaughtmanus are at home to Glack, Lissan entertain Doire Colmcille while Sean Dolan's make the journey in the opposite direction to take on Moneymore.
Desertmartin: Ryan O’Kane, Ryan Murray, Martin Breen, Ryan McGuckin (1-0), Eunan McElhennon (0-1), Paul McGovern (0-2), Eamon Burns, Fergal Higgins, Adie Trainor (1-4, 1 pen), Conor Kelly, Dermot Breen, Cormac McGuckin, Declan Murray (0-8f), Gregory McGovern, Ronan McGuckin.
Sub: Enda McGuckin.
Craigbane: Conor McGuinness, Eoin Coll, Aaron McLaughlin, Sean Mortimer, Conor McLaughlin, Ruairi Gormley, Niall Cartin, TP McLaughlin, Brian Rainey, Fintan Lynch, Fergal Mortimer (0-4), Oisin O’Donnell, Jude McLaughlin (1-2), Lee Moore (0-4), Ryan Mortimer.
Subs: Naoise Ó Mianáin, Cathal McLaughlin, John McKeever.
Drum 2-17 Ardmore 1-7
Drum recorded what was only their second victory in two seasons with a comfortable away win over bottom of the table Ardmore.
Twelve Drum players contributed to their haul and the game was effectively over at half time.
Goals by Marc McLaughlin and Michael Farren helped them to a 2-11 to 0-4 lead.
Ardmore did improve on the resumption but even a goal from Cahir O’Kane never looked like pushing them into a challenging position.
Ryan O’Kane returned from injury to notch three points, with his brother Seamus also kicking three in an all-round comprehensive Drum victory.
Drum: Eunan O’Hara, Rory Carlin, Damian Brolly (0-1), Seamus O’Kane (0-3), Liam Millar, Alex Moore (0-1), Niall Burke (0-1), Gabriel Farren (0-2), Marc McLaughlin (1-0), Shane Millar (0-1), Conor O’Kane, Kevin O’Reilly (0-1), Michael Farren (1-1), Ryan O’Kane (0-3), CJ McCloskey (0-2).
Subs: Anton O’Hara (0-1), James McCartney, James Millar, Jordan McLaughlin, Paddy Moore, Caolan McLaughlin.
Ardmore: Tommy Logan, Jonny Quinn, Leonard Quinn, Trafford Walker, Keelan Coyle (0-1), Kyle McColgan, Gerry King (0-1), Chris Gormley (0-2), Gerry Storey,
Barry Elliot, Cahir O’Kane (1-1), Ryan Storey, Anthony Hargan (0-1), Al McLaughlin (0-1) Ryan Stewart.
Subs: Brendan Harkin, James Cruikshank.
Glack pushed into fourth in the table following their 0-17 to 2-8 win over neighbours Magillgan, report to follow.
Pic: Mary K Burke.
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