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Aaron Connolly says Ireland have nothing to fear in Israel for the return of the U21 European Championships play-off.ATN News

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Aaron Connolly said Ireland had nothing to fear in the second leg of the Euro Play-off against Israel. After they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Israel.

A header from Evan Ferguson saw Ireland draw level and finish 1-1 with ten men Israel. A game that Ireland can and should win But Connolly, returning to Under-21s for the first time since 2019, sees his team progressing in the away leg.

“I don’t understand why we didn’t win. We were a much better team in the 90 minutes,” he said.

“They scored from set-pieces just before half-time. which could cause us to derail But we kept going. We dominated 75-80 minutes. Every team has its spell. Unfortunately we lost the door. But we will be full of confidence in entering the second leg. Connolly said.

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September 23, 2022; Republic of Ireland’s Aaron Connolly scores during the UEFA European U21 Championship play-off first leg match between the Republic of Ireland and Israel at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin. Noonan/Sportsfile

Connolly has been ruled out of the first team, playing for the U21s and he says he is now thirsty for the game again after his bad form.

“Something is gone. But playing in front of a crowd in a big game I like every minute of it,” he said.

“I’ve said before that I got my love back in the game. When the love of the game goes on It’s hard to play on the field. I have to try my best every day. I went to Italy and Rediscover love in this game. You can see that it helps me. And I’m more eager than ever to return to the first team against Ireland and Brighton.

“That (missed the opportunity) sums up the last 18 months of my career. once passed I hope they can start playing.”

Jim Crawford’s side draw 1-1 in the second leg of next week in Israel. After the Boys in Green met with a defeat from a goal in the first half.

Ireland goalkeeper Brian Maher’s effort to sweep from a corner fell to Idan Toklomaty, who fired home from close range to give the visitors a less-deserved lead.

Ireland dominated most of the ball in the first half and had plenty of chances to break the stoppage by Aaron. Connolly would approach many times.

However, Brighton’s striker Ferguson. Restored equality in the 65th minute with a good header from a Tyrek Wright corner.

Ireland received additional support in 80 minutes when Israel’s Stav Lemkin was shown a red card.

Ireland, however, failed to gain an edge and will travel back on Tuesday in good spirits.

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