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Departing Keogh signs off with a goal, but it's Craven who calls the shots

Raheny United continued on their winning ways on Saturday last at St.Anne's. They did however almost shoot themselves in the foot having built up a comfortable lead at the break.

Two goals in just under a minute in the final ten brought Sacred Heart right back into it but Kevin Craven made the points secure as the game entered injury time.

Craven was involved in almost everything positive and after setting Alan Leonard free on a couple of occasions early on the speedy right flanker paid compliment in minute 11.

The ex-Malahide man's inch-perfect ball left Leonard with little to do but keep his head and beat the 'keeper and he did so. Two minutes later Raheny doubled the lead.

Pat Keogh got his head to a Frank Darby corner and Leonard pounced to score again. The visitors struck back on 24 when Brian Fitzpatrick sprung the offside trap to score from an Wayne Daly feed.

Ten later United restored the two goal cushion when Paul Elebert fed Ian Tyrell who fired to the roof of the net from the edge of the eighteen. Viv Powney put Leonard through again on 38 and he unselfishly passed to Darby to score.

Four to one then at the break and, with the points seemingly in the bag Raheny took the foot off the pedal somewhat. And, to be fair the issue never looked to be in doubt until minue 82.

Stephen Kelly's persistence set up Dave Baxter to score and forty seconds later Wayne Daly knocked home an Alan Greene pass to make it 4-3.

Raheny saved the best wine and the move of the game brought about the clincher. Keogh won the ball in midfield and found Craven. Craven went right to Mick Counsel who found Robbie Flanagan on the r wing and Craven arrived in time to head home Flanagan's cross.

So another three points for Raheny in Pat Keogh's final game, he will be missed, but they will be okay. I'll tell you about Pat next week.


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