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Mayo and Duffy prepare for international action
« on: July 13, 2007, 10:46:18 AM »
The Mayo women's senior side and Ballina Town hit-man Mick Duffy are both preparing to represent Ireland in the near future. The Mayo Ladies side were rewarded for their thrilling win over UCD in the WFAI Senior Cup final in a rainy Richmond Park last year with entry in to the top women's competition in Europe, the UEFA Women's Cup.

The Mayo girls went into the hat last week in Nyon, Switzerland and were pulled out in group A3, which has seen them drawn against SV Neulengbach of Austria, Klub Sportowy from Poland and Scottish representatives Brennan LFC.

The qualifying group will take place in Neulengbach, Austria from August 9 to 14 and it promises to be very stiff competiton for the Mayo girls who are stepping into European club competiton for the very first time. Mayo were seeded as fourth seeds in the draw, and will face a very tough challenge if they are to come out of the group and enter the second stage of the competition when the likes of defending champions Arsenal Ladies will enter the fray. To qualify from the group Mayo must either top the table or be the best placed runner-up in their group compared to all the other second placed teams.

In more good news for Mayo soccer Ballina Town’s goal machine Mick Duffy has been rewarded for his goal-scoring feats this year with a call-up to the Republic of Ireland Junior International side. The Ballina man who has bagged 15 goals already this season, has been selected for the squad that will take on a USA amateur side in Tipperary at the end of the month. Duffy’s prolific strike rate over the last few seasons is sure to attract the attention of a number of Eircom League clubs in the near future but for now he will be happy with the chance of winning his first international cap with the junior side. Duffy will be following in the footsteps of the likes of Fergal Forde, Joe Lawless and Stevie Ryan who have all been given call-ups in the recent past.

In other soccer news of Mayo interest former Claremorris man Derek Glynn has just signed a new contract with Galway United. Glynn left to join Tony Cousins’ side at the end of the Mayo season last year and has made substantial progress since being given his chance by the Galway manager. Glynn hit the headlines recently, scoring seven goals in five games, and this showing spurred Galway United to get the striker to sign a new contract extension that will keep him at Terryland Park until the end of the 2008 season.