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Second cup? Oh yes they Khan!

PUBLISHED: 13:50 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:34 24 August 2010

Joe Khan nets the winning goal

Joe Khan nets the winning goal

JOE Khan bagged the only goal of the game as the Irish ended their debut season by overcoming Highgate to claim the Reg Ellis Cup. Irish had already lifted the President s Cup a fortnight earlier, but had to work hard to double their trophy tally in a clo

JOE Khan bagged the only goal of the game as the Irish ended their debut season by overcoming Highgate to claim the Reg Ellis Cup.

Irish had already lifted the President's Cup a fortnight earlier, but had to work hard to double their trophy tally in a closely contested final at Townsend Lane, Kingsbury.

Aidan Lynam hit the side netting with an early snap shot and another effort swerved just wide of the top corner after good work from Khan and Stefan Rees.

Albion forced only one save from Irish keeper Declan McCarthy in the first half, but at the other end Gavin McLoughlin should have put Shane Gavin's side in front, firing straight at the keeper in a one-on-one.

Playing into the wind in the second half, Irish found themselves under pressure, but the back three of Darren Coyne, captain Darren Morley and assistant boss Mark Kirby held firm.

Trevor McCarthy sent another chance whizzing over, but the deadlock was finally broken soon afterwards when Kirby and Morley combined to set up winger Matt O'Connell and he sent Lynam away, who crossed for Khan to steer a first-time finish into the back of the net.

A full-length sliding challenge from Kirby preserved the Irish's lead - and Khan might have doubled it after a carbon-copy of the first move, but this time he smashed the ball skywards.

"Joe Khan was superb and it was a great goal to finish off a great season," said Kirby. "I don't think there was one player who had a bad game. Me and Shane are so proud of this group of players.


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