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Harvey strike has Smithfield scaling heights in LFA Shield

It's never over until it's over. How often have managers related that little nugget of advice to their charges. Keep playing until the final whistle.

That advice proved valuable once again in Smithfield's recent eye-catching victory over Chord Celtic in the Leinster Junior Shield.

James Milligan's men have made great strides in this competition. They conjured up that old magic again travelling to Drogheda to pick up a rousing victory.

It didn't look good for the visitors at the break when they trailed 0-1 at the break. Liam Harding pulled a goal back for Smithfield with a superb effort. Both sides attacked, the game flowed from one end to the other. Each team had efforts rebound off the woodwork. Smithfield had a player sent off.

With time almost up Harding took a free kick, John Harvey latched onto the ball and fired to the net from close range for a dramatic winner.

Smithfield goalkeeper James McCann made his contribution with a couple of excellent saves, Sean Sweeney and Thomas Byrne were others who stood out in a big collective effort.

"It was a really good all round team display," said manager Milligan. "They were the best team we've played in the competition."

Now it's upwards and onwards for Smithfield who can hardly wait for the next round.

Sheeran Cup run to help re-ignite AIB's season

That great guru of the game, Evening Herald columnist Johnny Giles, pointed out recently that the hardest job in the game is scoring goals.

That was why he never envied the task of the striker. Goals are a striker's currency, yet they're not easy to come by.

According to well-placed sources, one of the players who has been doing well for AIB this season is their marksman Eoin Dunning.

He got a hat-trick in his team's last outing of 2009 and he'll be looking to maintain that form. Others who have impressed so far this season include centre-half Mark Hazard and another defender Eddie Mackie.

AIB have an important Sheeran Cup tie with Smithfield coming up and manager Andrew Murphy is hoping that a win there will help re-ignite AIB's league challenge.

His team, he says, tend to keep their best form for the knock-out competitions. If they can reproduce the good stuff in the league they can revive their flagging title ambitions.

Most of all manager Murphy wants football. His team had a long, long spell without a game. The players trained, kept in trim. Now they want action.

Clubs needs early arrival as Park gates to be closed

Due to a Race taking place in Phoenix Park on Sunday next, the Park gates will close at 10.30am sharp.

Clubs and referees are asked to be at the dressing rooms grounds before 10.30am as there will be strictly no admittance to cars after this time.

Any queries please contact John Gilligan.


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