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Hertha Berlin, Yerevan and the best moments from Keith Fahey's career

The former Ireland midfielder announced his retirement from the game this afternoon.

Keith Fahey at the end of the game Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Updated at 18.55

AT THE AGE of 32, Shamrock Rovers midfielder Keith Fahey today announced his retirement from football due to persistent injuries.

We take a look back at some of the highlights from the former Ireland, St Patrick’s Athletic, Birmingham City and Drogheda United man’s career.

Winning the Setanta Cup in 2006

He may have been a substitute for Drogheda United’s Setanta Cup final meeting with Cork City at Tolka Park, but Fahey, an 83rd-minute substitute, played an important part in the winning goal — intercepting Danny Murphy’s pass and playing square to Stephen Bradley, who found goalscorer Mark Leech.

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That goal at Dalymount in 2008

Fahey has scored some incredible goals over the years, but this 35-yard piledriver stands out. A wondrous strike past Gypsies goalkeeper Brian Murphy, it earned St Patrick’s Athletic a 1-0 win over Bohemians.

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His performance against Hertha Berlin in the Uefa Cup

2-0 down from the first leg in the German capital, Pat’s welcomed a Hertha Berlin team featuring the likes of Josip Simunic, Lukasz Piszczek and Andriy Voronin to the RDS in 2008. Fahey ran the show throughout and crashed a shot off the post on the hour mark as the Saints gave a fine account of themselves, drawing 0-0.

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Scoring the winner against Armenia in 2010

Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland faced a tricky trip to Yerevan during the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Named on the bench, Fahey was introduced midway through the second half to make his competitive international debut, and struck the winner on 76 minutes with his first of three senior goals for Ireland.

Fahey Armenia

Winning the Carling Cup 2011

Birmingham City were given little chance of winning the Carling Cup when they came up against Arsenal at Wembley in 2011. Fahey started for Alex McLeish’s side and was denied by the post in a 2-1 win for the Blues.

Soccer - Carling Cup - Final - Arsenal v Birmingham City - Wembley Stadium Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

His strike against Crystal Palace in 2012

Fahey scored 9 times in 121 appearances for Birmingham, but his this effort, during a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, earned him the club’s Goal of the Season award.

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The handlebar moustache he sported for Movember

Fantastic… and for a great cause.

Fahey Mo

Ending Pats’ 53-year wait for FAI Cup success

Fahey had been sent off during the 2003 FAI Cup final defeat to Longford Town but, on his third spell with the Saints, he helped end the ‘hoodoo’ to bring the cup back to Inchicore for the first time since 1961 — setting up Christy Fagan for his first goal in a 2-0 victory over Derry City.

Keith Fahey celebrates with The FAI Ford Cup Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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