Ireland suffer fourth defeat i...


Ireland suffer fourth defeat in five games

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07:01 11 Sep 2023

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The Republic of Ireland's hopes of qualifying for the European Championships are hanging by a thread after last night's defeat to Netherlands.

The Boys in Green went down 2-1 at the Aviva Stadium, despite taking the lead through an early penalty from Cork's Adam Idah.

The result leaves Ireland second from bottom in Group B, with just one win from five games.

Under pressure boss Stephen Kenny says it was a game of two halves.

"I thought we were  absolutely excellent for the first half overall, absolutely excellent.

"Second half, they had a dominant period for sure. Obviously Cody Gakpo pushed right on and pinned Matt Doherty back, and they got a stranglehold on it and we didn't didn't seem to be able to replicate the level of energy we had in the first half, we didn't seem to be able to replicate that in our press.

"But we we should have been good enough."

The result has put more pressure on the Republic of Ireland boss, with suggestions that the former Dundalk and Derry City manager could be removed from his position before the next window.

Next up for the Boys in Green is a home clash with Greece on October 13th, followed by a trip to Gibraltar three days later.

Kenny was asked if he expects to be in charge for any potential play off at the end of the campaign.

"I'm contracted to the end of the campaign, that's my contract. So, absolutely.

"But we don't know if it's a playoff. So, we don't we don't know if that is the case. I can't really make statements about the playoff because we don't, we don't know where if we're in that now."

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