KEITH Andrews took another step towards full fitness when he lined out for Blackburn's reserves against Manchester United last night.
The Ireland midfielder has played just once, as a sub, for the Rovers first team this season due to a groin injury but he is now on the road to recovery, a boost for Giovanni Trapattoni ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier against Russia on Friday week.
Andrews played 70 minutes for Blackburn's second string in a 2-2 draw with United last night, Dubliner Robbie Brady on target for United.
Meanwhile, former Sligo Rovers man Pádraig Amond clocked up his second appearance for Portuguese side Pacos Ferreira last night but could not prevent them from losing 1-0 against Vitoria Setubal.
Keogh vows to cool 'crazy' goal antics
ANDY Keogh says he'll try to calm down his goal celebration after picking up a yellow card in the aftermath of his dramatic first goal for Cardiff City.
Keogh, on loan from Wolves, became a hero to the Cardiff fans when he scored in the last minute to give City a 2-1 win against Millwall but earned a booking for his efforts.
"It was just the sheer enjoyment of it. It came into my head, I did it and went into the fans," said Keogh. "At a new club it's a good buzz. He booked me. I won't do it again unless it's another last-minute winner.
"I'm very happy because it wasn't the best performance but you always like to get off the mark," he added.
Foran back for Caley
FORMER Shelbourne man Richie Foran is delighted to be back in action with SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
The Dubliner was a key figure for Caley as they won promotion to the Premier League lasts season but he had been unable to play this term after a knee injury.
"It was my first start in five months against St Mirren after a minor operation to clean out my knee in the summer," said Foran.
"I am delighted to get through the whole game and get the three points. It was my first game as captain. I am buzzing about that."
- AIDAN FITZMAURICE