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Kenny optimistic ahead of Europe draw

Ireland’s Michael Obafemi congratulated Troy Parrott for his second goal against Armenia last week.Infor/James Crombie

Republic of Ireland coach Stephen Kenny says he is not worried about participating in next Sunday’s group stage draw for the Euro 2024 Championship. You can’t go wrong with pairing the two.

Kenny tends to speak good game. Before the Nations League campaign started he said we could top the group and in the end Scotland won. Ultimately he finished third, but looked like he could really struggle in his VAR call against his world-ranked 92nd-ranked side Armenia in Aviva last week. I was. After goals from captain John Egan and Michael Obafemi, the Republic appeared to be coasting towards a 2-0 win, but after sloppy defense and “minutes of madness” Armenia scored his two goals to equalize. Last week in Hampden against Scotland at his park the VAR decision was wrong, but this time his VAR saw an Armenian player handle the ball inside his area for a penalty and Robbie said Brady was nervous. I decided that I scored from the penalty. spot. The Armenian players weren’t happy with his VAR decision and protested vehemently, leading to him being sent off by two.

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Kenny’s side could face a qualifying nightmare as Euro 2020 runners-up England and World Cup holders France drop out of the top 10 based on their Nations League results.

“England and France are the second seeds, but they are better than some of the first seeded countries. Some of the first seed teams are not as strong. We’ll see what the draws bring.Finishing in the top two is an absolute goal.We’ll see what the draws bring and we’ll win from there.”

Under Kenny, the Irish team is playing attractive football but failing to win matches. The Euro 2024 campaign will start next March.

NI still

3rd layer

Northern Ireland, on the other hand, lost 3-1 to Greece but managed to retain their third place in the Nations League. Cyprus’ defeat in Kosovo saved Northern Ireland from having to face a Group C relegation play-off. A goalkeeper error by Bailey Peacock Farrell gave Dimitris Perkas an early goal for Greece, but Shane Lavery equalized three minutes later. Masouras regained the Greek advantage at home and Mantalos exploded in his third. Jonny Evans won his 100th cap for Northern Ireland and wore the captain’s armband that night. went into Athens on Tuesday and knew that a result equal to or better than Cyprus’ result would keep them out of the relegation play-offs. But this loss means Northern Ireland could fall into pot 5 for his Euro 2024 qualifiers on Sunday.

tapped macarese

Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has agreed to serve as independent chairman of the integration process for the GAA, the Camogie Association and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. A recent statement from All three Gaelic Games Associations this year separately discussed consolidation towards one association model. Mark Dorman was approved as project manager for the integration process. A timeline for discussions between Chairman McAleese and his three associations is expected to be agreed upon in the coming weeks to move the project forward. The Gaelic Players Association’s motion to prioritize consolidation passed overwhelmingly at his GAA annual meeting earlier this year.

Former President Mary McAleese poses for a picture with husband Martin McAleese in 2019. [Photo by Rolling Boal]

Keenan IS for the Reds

out for months

Leanne Kiernan has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup playoffs next week. Liverpool have confirmed the 23-year-old striker will be sidelined for several months after injuring his ankle in a recent league match against Chelsea. Scotland will face Austria tomorrow, with the winner home to Vera Poe’s team next Tuesday.

Leinster lineup

against Chile in November.

Leinster hope to play a friendly at home to Chile in November. No fixtures have been confirmed yet, but plans to play the game at Donnybrook are reportedly in advanced stages. Chile recently made history by qualifying for the World Cup for the first time . Los Condors have qualified for France 2023 after a 52-51 aggregate win over USA in the Americas 2 play-off. Chile will face England, Japan, Argentina and Samoa in Pool D next year. Preparing for their World Cup debut, Chile are eager to line up a match at his November international window and Leinster are open to the idea of ​​battling an international opposition. Rugby in Chile is booming, and Los Condres has been lauded for his broad approach that has upset Canada and the United States en route to qualifying for the World Cup. Leinster last faced international opposition three years ago when he beat Canada 38-35 in Hamilton, but the last time he represented Dublin was against Argentina in 1999. did.

corey gets

3 year contract

With Vinnie Corey appointed as Monaghan’s senior football manager, Donegal are now the only county to have yet to appoint a senior manager for 2023. Former Monaghan captain Cory will replace Seamus McEnany, who resigned earlier in the summer. Many names like Jason Sherlock, Mark Counihan and Gar Brennan have been linked to the position since “Bunty” stepped down after losing the preliminaries to Mayo in June, but no one has been ratified. is a Crontibre man.Corey was appointed for a three-year term and his backroom team includes his brother Martin, Dermot McArdle and Gabriel Bannigan.

Mayo’s Boil

GETS Minor Jobs

Former Mayo football player Colm Boyle will serve as the Mayo minor football team’s selector and coach in 2023. Six Connacht he won the title and the National League and was part of a team that reached six All-Ireland finals. In 2020 and in Mayo’s final losses to Dublin and Tyrone in 2021, he sat out due to a torn ACL, but the 36-year-old has spent little time getting back into the county setup, and Sean He becomes part of Dean’s backroom and his team. Minors next year.

How the BBC delivers

Bad news for Lawro

Former Liverpool and Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson said in a recent Irish edition of an interview with The Sunday Times that the reason he left the BBC was being a 65-year-old white man. worked for the BBC and was a guest on the Saturday morning show Football Focus for over 25 years. He revealed that he had been fired from his role in de facto fashion in March. It was just, ‘I’m going to tour with Focus next season.’ We don’t think it’s really for you.”