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'Ville's ideal start

As starts to a new season go this was textbook stuff from Hoganville as they launched their Saturday Division 1 Division campaign with a win over spirited opponents.

Last season Hoganville finished third in the division and they would love to push on from that and take the league title.

There's a long, long, way to go before they can even contemplate that yet this was as good a first step as they could have hoped for against a capable and newly promoted Islandbridge

Four goals, three points and a performance that the Hoganville manager Karl Nolan described as "very good" made it a day to remember.

It particualry proved memorable for two of the teams sharpshooters, Paul Uzell and Anthony O'Connor who each bagged themselves two goals apiece.

The wind was also a factor in this contest at Ringsend Park and it blew in Hoganville's favour in the opening half -- and they took full advantage.

With what was a neat piece of symmetry for them Paul Uzell grabbed both his goals in that lop-sided opening half to leave it 2-0 at the interval.

Yet Hoganville could easily have had a few more with Anto Andrews, John Paul Whelan, Anthony O'Connor and Uzell all going close as their opponents took some time to settle into the game.

O'Connor took a couple of chances that came his way to close out the game in the second-half and quench a spirited revival from Islandbridge who got two excellent goals from Paul Smith and Dan Bradley.

"It was a good start for us, we ended up getting two goals in that opening half yet it could have been a lot more, we dominated from the start. They came more into it in the second-half yet we still did enough to win," said Hoganville manager Karl Nolan.

Among the Hoganville players picked out for their efforts were David Hogan, Kevin Sheedy and Darren Wright.

For Islandbridge there were positives to take from the game including a five star outing from Stephen Gleeson. Manager Derek Murphy was not a happy man with Hoganville's fourth goal but he was pleased with the way his team displayed a great fighting spirit.

"Once we got the cobwebs and the nerves out of the way we started to play some really good football," he added. John Ward and Christy Greene went close to adding to the visitors' account.

Islandbridge won Division 3 Saturday last season. This was a difficult introduction to the new league. For Hoganville it was three points in the bag.

Hoganville: David Hogan; Kevin Sheedy, Darren Wright, Christopher Brady, Martin Culligan, Eamonn Augusta, David Hogan, Alex Ryan, Anthony Andrews, John Paul Whelan, Kevin Sheedy, Darren Wright, Paul Uzell, Anthony O'Connor. Subs: Shane Nolan, Stephen Kavanagh, Craig Flood.

Islandbridge: Mark Kavanagh; Michael Cowley, Mark Doyle, Wayne Doyle, Gerard Thomas, Stephen Malone, Christy Greene, John Wynne, Stephen Gleeson, John Ward, Dan Bradley. Subs: James Keogh, Paul Smith, Jimmy McHugh, Stewart Mitchell, Darren Brady.

Referee: Christy Lawrence