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Hoganville bounce back with the right attitude

"We're charging on all cylinders again," said Hoganville FC's Stephen Jones when contacted by this column last week.

He was putting forward his view that his club was once more back on the straight and narrow after a number of disappointing setbacks.

Stephen has watched and supported football teams long enough to know that the line between success and failure is wafer-thin.

He pointed to how Hoganville had been knocked out of the Dalton on penalties and just failed by just a point to advance as group winners in the Sheeran.

With a better bounce of a ball it could all have been all so different.

Stephen added that his team has plenty of spirit and a good manager in Karl Nolan. For those reasons alone he feels Hoganville can bag a trophy this season.

Kavanagh impresses in goal for Islandbridge

Brian Clough used to say that there were four vital positions he always sought to fill with skilful, capable players when building a team. They were centre-half, central midfield and centre-forward.

There was the goalkeeper. Without an eagle-eyed, sharp netminder much of a team's good work was wasted, he felt. The problem was finding the right candidate.

One of the goalkeepers to make an impression in the LFL this season is Mark Kavanagh.

The Islandbridge FC custodian has, according to reports, produced a string of excellent saves in various games.

His efforts have helped Islandbridge maintain their push for league and cup honours.

Even opposition managers have lavished praise. When that happens you know you have done something special.

World Cup set to herald 'midweek madness'

With the clocks due to spring forward soon, clubs should be getting themselves organised for the start of evening games.

This could mean a dash across town for some clubs and some nifty footwork might be needed to sidestep the evening rush hour.

A few weeks ago LFL President Tony O'Dowd said that there will be a big push made to get the backlog of games played.

He has warned that with the World Cup looming all competitions will have to be completed before kick-off in South Africa in June. That's the target.

That means that there will be no, repeat NO, requests for games accepted, unless it's for some cataclysmic event.

So the game will be coming thick and fast and teams need to be ready. Which brings to mind a phrase often heard in football circles in the past: 'Be prepared or prepare to fail.'

The race for the LFL Saturday Division 1 is bubbling up nicely with Cashel Celtic, Islandbridge and Galty Celtic among those harbouring hopes of taking the crown.

Galty Celtic brought themselves back into the frame with a win over Islandbridge last week. However, Cashel await up ahead and the contest between those two sides should attract plenty of interest. Watch this space.

jimmy geoghegan