“We need balance. Its absence can have serious consequences”

In a recent speech Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the challenge now facing the Bank is turning the UK economic recovery into a “durable expansion”. He emphasised: “To do so, we need balance. Its absence can have serious consequences”. Balance is just as crucial in football as Louis Van Gaal found out over the weekend with his ‘new galacticos’. The overpaid ‘superstars’ at Liverpool were no better though. If the legendary Bill Shankly was alive he would have them “put in jail”. Still it was all about the grassroots football yesterday, with my own Straffan AFC in the Kildare Division 1 cup final against Newbridge Hotspurs. After going behind early on, and with a two man disadvantage for the last half hour following two red cards, we defied the odds with a heroic victory. At 1-1 and six minutes left, I got on to a sublime defence splitting through ball. One chance……goal! Champions!

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