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Push on so we can relax for World Cup 'TV-fest'

Rustenburg, Cape Town, Durban. Just some of the cities where the 2010 World Cup will be held. Unfortunately Mr Henry ensured that we won't be there.

The fact that the World Cup starts in June has had a ripple effect throughout the game -- at all levels.

All amateur leagues, for instance, have been asked to ensure that their programmes are completed before the World Cup starts, pointed out LFL president Tony O'Dowd to this column last week.

It all means that any teams looking for a match postponement will need a very, very good reason before it is sanctioned. Short of a nuclear holocaust it is unlikely that teams will be allowed a postponement.

The situation has been exacerbated, added Tony, by the raft of 'match cancelled' signs that went up during this harsh winter.

That has all led to a backlog of fixtures. So teams looking for football in recent weeks will get plenty of if over the coming months -- weather permitting of course!

Eagle-eyed Lynch leaves Hansson out of sight

On the subject of the World Cup Henry's 'hand of God' incident came back into focus last week following a game between Woodbine FC and Islandbridge.

And what transpired showed that LFL referees are usually on the ball and are focussed on what is happening on the field - something that couldn't be said about one Martin Hansson and his officials during last November's infamous play-off in Paris.

The match was locked at 2-2 going into the closing stages when Islandbridge looked to have snatched a later winner. Unfortunately for them one of their players had apparently handled the ball in the move leading up to the 'goal'.

Unlike Hansson the infringement was spotted by the eagle-eyed LFL match official Mr P Lynch who duly pointed for a free out.

Nobody was complaining afterwards. "It was a definite handball and was very similar to the Henry goal only this time it was spotted," said Woodbine FC's Mark Killeen who manages the team along with Fergus Cavanagh.

Sarto find that ring of 'Shining' confidence

Sarto Celtic experienced their fair share of trials and tribulations earlier in the season. Over the last couple of weeks however, they have started to find a rich vein of form.

Last week's 2-0 defeat of International FC was their third win on the trot in the Sheeran Cup.

Manager Tony Shine puts the good form down to the team rediscovering a certain confidence and the fact that the players trained hard during the long spell without competitive action.

Thomas Hayes and Liam O'Shea got the goals against International. The word is that captain Thomas Hayes is having a fine season. The goal capping another fine display.

We await with interest to see how Shine's men progress in the Sheeran.

The Sarto manager for one is delighted to learn the Sheeran Cup final will be played in Tolka Park once again. Roll on the summer.


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