Kenny and co. pay penalty in Army tie
There was heartache for Irish Defence Forces soccer team captain Chris Kenny and his Wexford colleagues when they missed out on a place at the European championship finals after a penalty shoot-out setback in Galway on Wednesday.
The Wexford Youths midfielder from Enniscorthy gave his side the ideal start in the third minute when he headed in the lead goal. France equalised early in the second quarter and the sides couldn't be separated after extra-time, with the Irish eventually losing 4-2 on penalties.
Kenny was joined on the starting eleven by Wexford Youths team-mates Craig Wall and Aidan Friel plus fellow Enniscorthy man Ricky Fox of Shamrock Rovers, while Shane Dempsey of North End United came on at the interval. Another Youths stalwart, Lee Grace, was a notable absentee with a knee injury.
The teams had already played a 1-1 draw in Galway two days earlier, but the Wednesday tie had to produce a winner after preparations were disrupted by the withdrawal of Greece and Azerbaijan. As a result, it was all down to a two-leg, winner-takes-all contest between Ireland and France.
Fox, Kenny, Dempsey, Friel and Wall all played the full 90 minutes on Monday.
Staying with international news, Podge Leacy from Ferns was a member of the Irish squad for the CP Football Pre-Paralympic tournament held in Salou, Spain, last week.
And in further good news, Gorey lad Conor Levingston, now with Wolves, is named on the Republic of Ireland Under-18 squad to face Germany in a friendly in Russelsheim am Main on Wednesday, May 11, at 10 a.m.
Another player with strong Gorey connections, goalkeeper Corey Chambers who is now with Waterford United, represented the local Community School on the Republic of Ireland Schools squad for the recent Centenary Shield clash with Wales in Llandudno which the visitors won 3-0.