Finish of away purpose rule provides Dundalk the liberty to assault

Vinny Perth say the abolition of away goals rules means his Dundalk side will take an adventurous approach against Levadia Tallinn on Thursday.

A win over two games against the Estonians would lead to a clash with Vitesse of the Netherlands in the third qualifying round of the Uefa Conference League, a chance to reach the group stage playoffs in the opening season of the competition. Dundalk has reached the group stage of the high-profile Europa League twice in the past five years, earning $ 14 million.

The move from her home in Oriel Park to Dublin is intended to allow 1,000 fans to participate in a restricted and safe environment. Unlike previous seasons where a home game in Europe could be fatal, the new rule offers a different perspective that should delight Dundalk fans on the short trip.

“In the past, 0-0 at home wasn’t the worst result because an away goal really changed it in your favor, but you now have the freedom to be offensive,” said Perth of the dilemma. “It is no longer the end of the world if you give in at home. You need this balance. “

Dundalk knows all about Levadia after brushing her aside in the European fight in 2018. This was Stephen Kenny’s last campaign and Perth’s last as an assistant.

“It’s going to be a completely different game,” said Perth. “Today we’re just as good as the 2018 squad, but if Levadia should show what she can do, they’ll be as good as the squad, if not better than they were then.

We have the right chance in the duel, but I think it will ultimately be decided by the second leg in Tallinn next week.

An ardent Dundalk fan heading to Tallaght is Dermot Ahern, the newly appointed independent chairman of the FAI’s National League Committee.

The former Foreign Minister will be responsible for all divisional leagues, men and women, and his forum replaces the previous Executive Committee of the National League, which consists mainly of high-ranking club representatives. 14 years ago he caused consternation in the FAI by calling for the establishment of an All-Island League. His comments from the lectern at the annual Soccer Writers’ Awards were dismissed as ambitious.

“As a passionate supporter of the League of Ireland, I am excited about the potential of the League and the Women’s National League as our committee continues to support professional and elite football in Ireland,” said Ahern upon his appointment.

Sally Horrox, an advisor to Uefa and other sports organizations, was also welcomed on board yesterday in a new role. She becomes chair of the new women’s strategy committee.

Recently appointed independent board member Packie Bonner will chair the International and High Performance Committee, while John Finnegan (amateur and youth) and Tom Browne (minors) will chair the other football committees.

Bonner’s new board colleague, Gary Twohig, will chair the trade committee, with Liz Joyce (Executive Performance and Remuneration), Catherine Guy (Governance), Gerry McAnaney (nominations) and Robert Watt (Audit, Risk, Compliance and Finance) also being confirmed as chairs of economic committees .

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