Ruairí Keating played his part in helping Finn Harps to an important win on Friday night - and declared that he’s delighted to be back at his former club.
The Westport man came on as a second half substitute as Harps beat his old club Galway United 1-0 in Ballybofey.
The result was another timely boost for Harps who continue their push towards Premier Division safety.
Sean Houston got the only goal of the game on 70 minutes, just after Keating came on for his first appearance since resigning for Harps earlier in the week.
“It was a great result and it’s great to be back,” Keating said.
“I’m happy to be here. I just want to put my head down and work hard and play as much as I can. Hopefully Harps can push up the table. After that win tonight, we’re right up there in the mix, so it’s great.”
Keating had been on Ollie Horgan’s radar for some time and he was happy to finally get the move sorted.
“It’s all I wanted really,” he said.
“I didn’t look at anywhere else but here. Once I spoke to Ollie, we were trying to get it sorted as quickly as possible. Thankfully it went through and I was able to play tonight so it’s full steam ahead from here.”
He added,: “It was nice to be on the pitch when we scored. It’s great to be winning games and scoring goals and I’d like to play my part in that.
“But this is a superb team, the squad is unbelievable, so just to be here and play a part, I’m happy.”
The win means Harps are now 15 points ahead of bottom of the table Longford Town. Bray Wanderers drew at Bohs on Friday night while Wexford, second from bottom, lost at home to Cork City on Sunday. They are now 11 points adrift of Harps.
“We don’t want to be in that dogfight,” Keating said.
“Finn Harps are too big of a club to be in that dogfight. So we’ll just go about our business and do what we can.”
Harps travel to play Bray Wanderers this Saturday night.