O’Gor­man and King wait for Ire­land’s call

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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.

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