O’Gorman and King wait for Ireland’s call
WICKLOW’S Aine O’Gorman and Katie Taylor could both be part of Noel King’s Republic of Ireland senior women’s side who will face Iceland in the UEFA European Women’s Championship play-offs after the draw was made in UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Monday.
Iceland, ranked 18th in the FIFA women’s ranking’s are now the final hurdle for the Irish as they bid to qualify for their first UEFA women’s championship finals in the associations history.
Iceland emerged as runners up in group 3 which included, France, Greece, Serbia and Slovenia.
The Irish will host Iceland in the first leg, play off on Sunday 26th October at Tolka Park, before travelling to Iceland for the return leg on Thursday 30th October.
Irish manager, Noel King expressed his excitement at the play-off fixture against Iceland, ‘First of all, to be in this morning’s draw at the last stage of qualification is a fantastic achievement. It didn’t matter who we got in the draw, it was always going to be difficult but I am pleased that we got Iceland from a logistical point of view in comparison to tricky ties we could have got in Russia or Ukraine. We have played Iceland three times before, losing twice and drawing once.’
Noel King’s side finished in third position in group 2 of the 2009 UEFA Championship, behind Italy and favourites Sweden and scored four impressive victories over Hungary and Romania to earn a place in the play-offs.