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Hungary snub Irish friendly

IRELAND'S proposed friendly at home to Hungary next month is off the agenda as the Hungarian FA have confirmed that they will not play any more games this year.

The FAI have agreed a friendly away to Poland, in Poznan on Tuesday, November 19, but the association were considering the option of a home game four days earlier, if a permanent manager of the senior team was in place by then.

But as the Hungarians, still smarting from their collapse in the race for a place in the World Cup play-offs, have stated that they will not play any friendly games, so it's now likely that the Poznan match will be Ireland's only remaining date in 2013.

As both nations are suffering from low morale and are without a permanent manager – the Poles sacked coach Waldemar Fornalik after their World Cup campaign ended, like Ireland, with a disappointing fourth-place finish – interest in the game is not high and the Poles have set their ticket prices accordingly.

Tickets are on sale, via the FAI's ticket office, to Irish fans for just €14.50 with general admission for Polish supporters for between €8 and €15, though some tickets are on offer to their season ticket holders for just €4.70.

Madden still in Town plan

YEOVIL TOWN have insisted Ireland striker Paddy Madden is still part of their plans, even though the Dubliner was dropped from their match-day squad.

Madden, last season's top scorer in League One as Yeovil won promotion to the Championship, has struggled this season as he was substituted at half-time in his last appearance and didn't even make the bench for last week's clash with Brighton, but boss Gary Johnson says he still rates Madden.

"He's very much part of our plans and he's learning the game as much as everyone else at this level," said Johnson.

Doherty can make it: Mick

MICK McCARTHY hopes Clonmel youngster Jack Doherty can start making progress at Ipswich Town.

McCarthy signed Doherty from Waterford United in January, but injuries and homesickness have hindered the teenager's progress.

"I think he's just felt it being away from home," said McCarthy. "He's not really progressed at all, but hopefully we'll see more of him once the injuries are out the way."


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