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Football: DOHERTY READY TO STAR IN CAMEO ROLE FOR REDS.

Byline: GARRY DOYLE

IN every great story there is always a fall-guy and this year's model has been Kevin Doherty.

Available after three months out with two separate calf injuries, Doherty is hoping for a cameo role in Shelbourne's European tale.

It may not happen, despite the fact that Doherty was a regular until his injuries and Shels have a minimum of three more European games this season.

Much depends on whether luck - or more precisely ill-luck - goes his way. For unless there is an injury to one of Pat Fenlon's defenders, Doherty's chapter in this European campaign will continue to be told from the sideline.

Yet, while upset to have missed the glory, he is not bitter. On the night Shels beat Hajduk Split 2-0 at Tolka Park to creep into the third round of the Champions League, Doherty's celebration of Alan Moore's goal took him to the half-way line.

The problem was that the game was still going on. What the former Liverpool centre-half hopes now is that that celebration is not the only pitch-time he gets in this campaign.

"I'd love to get a chance," he said. "I have missed it. Hated the fact that I wasn't playing.

"But at the same time, you remember that you are a team player and not an individual and to see the boys achieve so much compensated for the fact that I was out.

"You don't be selfish in these situations. You don't think of yourself. You think of everyone. Those guys are your friends and your colleagues. When they won, I won.

"But I'll not lie. I'd love to play some part if the chance came."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2004
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