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Posted: Thu 16 Mar 2017
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Ruairi Keating on making an impact at TUFC

Striker Ruairi Keating has certainly made an impression over the last couple of matches.

The man from County Mayo joined the club in early February, and he has set his sights on succeeding with United and climbing the ladder into the Football League.

Keating scored a vital winner on Saturday against Southport, earning the Gulls a precious three points and taking us out of the bottom four. He then followed that up with another promising thirty minutes against Tranmere in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at Plainmoor.

Below is an excerpt from our interview with Ruairi that will feature in Tuesday night’s programme when we welcome Eastleigh to Plainmoor.  In the full interview we cover Ruairi’s time in Ireland and his Europa League adventure with Sligo Rovers.

The win against Southport was a big result for the club and it was your first goal in English football, it must have been a great moment for you?

“The Gaffer just said to go and make an impact. The game was there to be won and it was, it was 1-1 at the time and ten minutes to go. We wanted to win the game, and we knew it was a massive. That’s what I’m all about.

“I was given my opportunity and I wanted to make sure I took it. Thankfully, we got over the line and for the team I’m glad we got the win. Maybe that will be a turning point for us in the league now.

“It was a special moment for me but I hope we can push on as a team from here.”

You raced to celebrate with the bench and the coaching team, everyone enjoyed that one!

“That just shows what sort of group we are. To a man, we all want the same thing which is for the club to do well. We’re all in it together and we don’t want anyone left behind. “

Tranmere was another stern test that the lads came through on Tuesday night. You came off the bench, how did it go?

“I thought they were a good team but I thought we were excellent with the way we defended and counter-attacked.

“The way we pressed and got about the pitch showed we were very well organized. We dug in at times but we got on top at times too.

“Even though we could have won it, we got something out of the game and that’s what we deserved.”