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Tuesday 18 December 2018

Armenia out of tickets for Macedonia

ARMENIA, the dark horses in the race for qualification in Ireland's Euro 2012 group, have announced that their game at home to Macedonia next month is a sell-out.

The Armenians take on Macedonia in Yerevan on the same day that Ireland play away to Andorra, and presuming that Armenia beat a struggling Macedonia side and Ireland win in Andorra, Armenia will be just a point behind Ireland when they come to Dublin.

Match tickets for the Macedonia game, priced between €5 and €15, are now sold out for the 30,000 capacity stadium in Yerevan as Armenian fans respond to the team's superb displays to support their chances of winning a play-off spot.



Foley will miss both qualifiers

KEVIN FOLEY will miss Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Andorra and Armenia next month as the Wolves full back needs an operation on an ankle injury.

Foley, 26, has made four appearances for Wolves this season but he hasn't featured for the side since August.

Last week he was named by Giovanni Trapattoni in the 27-man squad for the final group games, and Foley could have come into the reckoning for the Andorra game as Richard Dunne is suspended while there's an injury concern over Kevin Kilbane.

But it appears that Foley's ankle problem is worse than feared and he will undergo surgery later this week, a blow for the player as he attempted to play his way back into the Wolves side.



Cook eyes Cup win at Bohs

SLIGO Rovers are hoping history repeats itself as they've been drawn away to Bohemians in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup.

Rovers beat Bohs at Dalymount at the semi-final stage last season and Paul Cook's side went on to win the trophy at Lansdowne Road as the Dalymount Park pitch suits Sligo.

"We won up there last year in a great cup tie and I think our team enjoys playing at Dalymount," said Sligo manager Paul Cook.

"This should be another great tie and the incentive for both teams is to reach the final at the Aviva Stadium."

In the other semi-final, St Patrick's Athletic will be away to the winners of the Shelbourne-Limerick FC tie.

- AIDAN FITZMAURICE

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