|Full name||Vincent Faherty|
|Date of birth||13 June 1987|
|Place of birth||Galway, Ireland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2010||St Patrick's Athletic||33||(8)|
|2012||St Patrick's Athletic||11||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:25, 9 October 2016 (UTC).
Vincent "Vinny" Faherty (born 13 June 1987) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Galway United in the League of Ireland Premier Division. He plays in either the forward position or as an attacking midfielder.
Born in Galway, Faherty began his career as a youngster with Salthill Devon F.C.. While playing for the Galway representative team, he broke Kevin Doyle's scoring record in the under-18 FAI Youth Interleague competition with 21 goals. As captain of Salthill Devon's under-21 team, he opened the scoring in the 2006 Dr Tony O'Neill Cup semi-final against Sligo Rovers F.C., and led his side to victory in the final, beating Cork City 2–1 to become the first club without a team in the League of Ireland to succeed at that level. In early 2007, Faherty spent two spells on trial with Ipswich Town of the English Championship. He scored twice against Millwall in a friendly, and played for the reserve team against Luton Town, but no contract ensued.
After three years with Salthill Devon, Faherty chose to defer going to college and, despite interest from clubs including Ipswich Town and Coventry City, joined Galway United, his hometown team, in July 2007. Described by the Galway Advertiser as having "impressed when introduced for his debut" against Cork City, he appeared regularly for the remainder of the season, sometimes in the starting eleven but more often as a substitute. Faherty's first senior goal for the club coincided with Jeff Kenna's first game as manager, as Galway lost 3–2 at home to Bray Wanderers in April 2008. He finished the 2008 season with five goals in the league, and the following year was the club's top scorer with eight in all competitions, two short of the target he had set for himself. He also notched up 17 assists which was the highest total in the league.
St Patrick's Athletic
Faherty and team-mate John Russell were linked with a move to Scottish Premier League club Hibernian in November 2009, and Faherty also had a trial with Crystal Palace of the English Championship. However, Palace's reserve games were postponed because of heavy snow, and when Faherty discovered that players were not being paid because of the club's financial difficulties, he returned to Ireland and signed for St Patrick's Athletic for the 2010 season.
Faherty scored on his St Patrick's Athletic debut against Wexford Youths in a 3–0 victory for the Saints in pre-season. He started the season well, chalking up goals and assists, and was central to a team that found itself top of the table and in the Setanta Sports Cup Final. Faherty finished the 2010 league season as St. Patrick's Athletic's top scorer, with his goals including a diving header against rivals Shamrock Rovers and away to Bohemians.
Faherty signed for Australian club Moreland Zebras of the Victorian State League Division 1 for the 2011 season. His 14 goals from 20 league games made him the club's top scorer, and second only to Caleb Nicholas of Langwarrin in the VSL Division 1 list, as Zebras finished as champions, thus earning promotion to the Victorian Premier League. Zebras confirmed that Faherty had signed on again for the 2012 season.
Return to St Patrick's Athletic
Faherty returned to Ireland and joined up again with close friend John Russell when he re-signed for St Patrick's Athletic on 30 July 2012 on League of Ireland transfer deadline day. His squad number was announced as 26 when he was included in the UEFA squad to face Hannover 96 in the third qualifying round of the Saints' 2012 Europa League campaign. He made his return to the club as a late substitute appearance in a 1–0 over Cork City on 13 August 2012. Faherty scored his first goal since his return when he blasted an effort into the top corner in a friendly against Longford Town on 27 August 2012. He scored his first competitive goal on his home debut in a 3–0 win over Derry City when he smashed a volley over Gerard Doherty in the 92nd minute. This earned him his first start, away to Dublin rivals Bohemians. Faherty scored yet another goal in a Dublin derby for Pats when he scored a header in injury time against Shelbourne at Tolka Park to make it 2–0. Faherty scored away to Drogheda United in the 92nd minute in the FAI Cup Quarter-final Replay to tie the game at 1–1 and bring it into extra time and penalties. He scored his spotkick as the Saints won 3–2 in the penalty shootout to march on to the Semi-finals. He scored his first hat-trick for the club in a 5–0 win over U.C.D at Richmond Park on 1 October 2012, despite playing on the wing for the game.
Faherty was signed by Tommy Dunne for Galway's inaugural season in the League of Ireland. He scored the new club's first ever goal, in a 5–2 friendly win over Sligo Rovers, then scored their first league goal, against Finn Harps at Finn Park on 29 March 2014, and became the first Galway player to score a hat-trick when he claimed the match ball within 19 minutes against Cobh Ramblers on 25 July.
Faherty joined Limerick for the 2015 season, and played in a central or wide midfield role for the majority of the first half of the season. Limerick failed to win a game until the 22nd game of the season, when two goals from Faherty contributed to a 3–2 win against Sligo. This was the start of a run of goals for Faherty, who scored 7 more goals in the following 8 games as Limerick put together a run of results in their attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Faherty won the league's Player of the Month in August and finished the season as Limerick's top scorer and the third-highest scorer in the Premier Division. Following Limerick's eventual relegation after a play-off, Faherty returned to Galway United.
Faherty's performances for Salthill earned him selection for the Republic of Ireland at various levels. He played for the Irish amateur team against Northern Ireland in March 2007, scoring twice and creating a third, in a junior international against Scotland in April, and for the National League representative team in the 2007 Four Nations Tournament. In 2010, Faherty played for the Republic of Ireland under-23s in a training match against the senior national squad.
- Salthill Devon
- League of Ireland U21 Division (1): 2006
- Moreland Zebras
- Victorian State League Division 1 (1): 2011
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