Irish side set for second UEFA Regions Cup encounter

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Irish side set for second UEFA Regions Cup encounter

IRELAND'S UEFA Regions Cup representatives Munster Connacht will look to maintain control of their qualifying group when they face North-East Macedonia in the Italian town of Inveruno tomorrow afternoon (2.30pm).
29th Sep 2016

Gerry Davis's side sit top of the group after a 1-0 win over the host side Lombardia Regional FA thanks to an Eoin Hayes penalty on Wednesday while the Macedonians were held to a 0-0 draw by Slovenia representatives Maribor.

The Irish are in pole position after game one but Davis insists they will not be getting carried away and will maintain their focus.

“We’re in the driving seat but all four teams still have the chance to pick up six points. We may not be in the driving seat tomorrow if results don't work out for us so we have to make sure we prepare the team properly and give ourselves the best chance of winning the game," said Davis.

"David Hoban has had stitches in his lip but outside of a few aching limbs and tiredness everybody is o. We’ve rested today and have analysed our own game and the Macedonians’ game.

"Looking at it, they probably should have won it, they created the possession and the best opportunities. It was a hot day so conditions tough for all the squads but overall they look technical, move the ball well, looked dangerous from set-pieces. So it'll be a challenge.

“There are definitely areas we can improve upon, decision making in certain areas could be improved, we made some loose passes that can be a bit better."

RESULTS & FIXTURES

UEFA Regions Cup Intermediary Round Group 7

September 28, 2016

MNZ Maribor 0-0  North-East Macedonia, CS Comunale Ferruccio, Seregno (ITA)

Lombardia Regional FA 0-1 Munster Connacht, Stadio Comunale, Gorgonzola (ITA)

September 30, 2016

Lombardia Regional FA v MNZ Maribor, Stadio Ernesto Breda, San Giovanni (ITA) (2.30pm)

North-East Macedonia v Munster Connacht, Centro Sportivo Comunale, Inveruno (ITA) (2.30pm)

October 2, 2016

North-East Macedonia v Lombardia Regional FA, Stadio Chinetti, Solbiate Arno (ITA) (2.30pm)

Munster Connacht v MNZ Maribor, Stadio Comunale 1, Carvaggio (ITA) (2.30pm)