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Every team has got a bogey side; opponents they find difficult to subdue and overcome.

Hogvanville have found AIB to be awkward opponents in the past anytime they paid a visit to the DCU ground and they did so again this time.

The difference in this Saturday, Division 1 game was that they came away with a win and all three points on offer.

And it was a victory dug out with the type of determination and the true grit that is often needed to sidestep the more difficult challenges.

The win was also achieved in the most dramatic of circumstances with Paul Shannon latching on to a pass from Ian Crutthers to slot to the net just on full-time.

The fifth and decisive goal of the match came with time almost up and AIB simply didn't have an opportunity to formulate a response and salvage something.

"It was a great win for us because AIB have proved to be a bogey team for us in the past," said delighted Hoganville manager Karl Nolan after all the action was over and he had time to assess the situation.

He was especially pleased with the way his charges came back from a goal down, not once but twice, to seal the issue.

Anthony Swaine netted the first equaliser just before the break while Martin Coulihan grabbed the second to keep their team in the hunt.

"We could have lost the game, but we kept battling. Any day you go two goals down and come back to win you would have to be happy," he added.

Among those who were singled out for their big contributions to the win was Eamonn Augusta with his contribution from midfield while Alex Eger, Glenn Nolan and Alex Ryan were others who stood out.

Then there was goalkeeper Christopher Brady who was praised for the way he executed a couple of first-rate saves at a time when AIB were already in front.

AIB manager Andrew Murphy was left to ponder a match that for long spells his side looked like winning.

A deflected free kick from Sean O'Carroll put the home side ahead. Eoin Dunning made it 2-1 and it was all going to plan until Hoganville found an extra gear. Then the hammer blow was delivered by Shannon.

Dunning, Steve Bradley and Mark Hazard made big contributions to AIB's performance.

However, this has to be considered one that ran away from AIB at a time when it looked they had the points secure. Manager Murphy was disappointed with lapses in concentration at crucial times that proved costly.

AIB: Ger Gartland; Eddie Mackey, Conor Fleming, Steve Bradley, Mark Hazard, Jonathan Duggan, Ross Metcalfe, Sean O'Connor, Keith Rattigan, Eoin Dunning, Gavin Cole. Subs: Barry Nelson for Duggan, Michael Murphy for Cole, Mark Flynn for Fleming.

Hoganville: Christopher Brady; Martin Coulihan, Anthony Swaine, Alex Ryan, Glenn Nolan, Michael Gray, Alex Eger, Emonn Augusta, Thomas O'Dwyer, Ian Crutthers, John Paul Whelan. Subs: Paul Shannon , Alan Lynch for O'Dwyer, Ray Jones.


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