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Grange Cross primed for 'second half' charge!

"We ready to rock and roll." The words came from Philip Whelan. Like the rest of his colleagues involved with Grange Cross he was looking forward to getting back into action after the long, long lay-off.

Grange Cross didn't exactly take it easy over the winter break. They continued to train through the ice and snow in an indoor arena in Ballyfermot. They have kept fit and last week they were looking forward to getting back to competitive action.

The word is that Grange Cross are about to sign a few more players before the January window closes. They aim to make a concerted push for honours in the second-half of the season.

Sources highlight the efforts of Joey Nolan who continues to bang in the goals while Greg Devereux and Declan Byrne are others who have been mentioned in despatches for their efforts.

Ross's words of wisdom works a treat for Rialto

Most good managers regard the half-time break as a precious time. It's a time for the players to take stock and for the manager to put a few things right if needed.

It was certainly used to good effect by Rialto boss Ross McNally during the Leinster Junior Cup game with Leixlip Town last week.

His side didn't have the best of games in the opening half and when it came to the break Rialto trailed 0-1. What could be done?

"I told the lads that we needed to keep passing the ball, keep possession and chances would come," he said.

The advice had the desired effect as Rialto came out in the second-half and rattled in three goals to win the tie with plenty to spare.

Not surprisingly McNally was delighted. Not only with the fact that his advice had the desired effect but that his faith in his troops was justified and, of course, that his team won and are in the shake up for the next round.

Woods looking to do themselves justice!

As 2009 drew inexorably to a close the Woods United David King felt his side were just tapping into a nice vein of form.

They had defeated Celtic Bhoys in the opening round of their Sheeran Cup group games.

"The first thing you want to do after winning a game is to go out there as quick as you can again and play again," he said last week.

David feels that if his team can play to their potential they have a real chance of advancing in the LFL's blue ribbon competition -- the Sheeran Cup.

He admits that in the opening half of the season Woods United just didn't hit the targets they had set themselves.

They picked up a few victories, put in a few encouraging performances yet there remained the nagging feeling that they could have done better.

"Maybe we're hard on ourselves but if you don't have ambition you won't win things," added David with the type of conviction that suggests he won't rest until his team has bagged a trophy or two. Watch this space.