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CROWE FLIES TO SPORTING; Glen: We can challenge for honours this year.

Byline: PAUL O'HEHIR

GLEN Crowe insists he is not taking a step backwards by joining Sporting Fingal.

The veteran striker joined the FAI Cup holders last night ahead of Drogheda United, St Pat's and Cork City.

Crowe - capped twice for Ireland - was released from Bohemians at the end of last season having just won back-to-back league titles.

During his time at Bohs, the 32-year-old won four league titles, two FAI Cups and a League Cup. He also won the league with Shelbourne.

"I enjoyed the time I spent with Bohs but things change at every club and I want to look forward to the season with Fingal," said Crowe.

"I was tempted by offers to go to other clubs, but I didn't rush my decision and realised this was the right move.

"European football was a big attraction having experienced some great occasions in the past with Bohs and Shels - as was the opportunity of continuing to train during the day-time.

"The main thing for Sporting Fingal last season was to gain promotion from the First Division and, having also won the FAI Cup, there is a good feeling around the club.

"There's no reason why we can't do well in our first season in the Premier Division."

Sporting Fingal manager Liam Buckley said: "Glen is a proven goalscorer and I believe he'll add quality to our group."

Meanwhile, St Pat's continued their relentless shopping spree last night by snapping up striker Vinny Faherty.

The 22-year-old arrives from Galway United where Iarfhlaith Davoren has also departed to join Sligo Rovers.

Faherty was on trial with Crystal Palace before the Saints called to sound him out on a Dublin move. He had been on holiday in Thailand when he got a call to say the English Championship club was sniffing around.

Faherty, inset, called Palace striker Alan Lee and cut short his trip when he discovered the interest was genuine.

But because of the heavy snow in England, Faherty never got to impress as the reserve games he was due to play in were all cancelled.

"That was frustrating, and they also have financial problems. But John Gill (St Pat's assistant) called me and I was interested by what he had to say.

"The Palace thing was all very uncertain, but St Pat'seemed really keen and it was much more solid."

And Faherty added: "It's a young squad here, but Pete Mahon has always worked with youngsters at UCD, so that's a plus.

"The club didn't do as well as they would have liked last season but I reckon we'll make people sit up and take notice this year."

LIAM Kearney has signed a one-year-deal with First Division Waterford United following the collapse of crisis-club Derry City.

And Robbie Clarke has left Drogheda United for Shelbourne. And the full-back is joined at Tolka Park by 22-year-old midfielder Gareth Whelan who moves from Sporting Fingal.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 15, 2010
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