Ireland set sights on play-off spot

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Kevin DOYLE and Aiden McGeady helped to fire the Republic of Ireland into a Euro 2012 shoot-out with Armenia last night.

Doyle’s seventh-minute strike and McGeady’s 20th-minute drive, which was deflected home by defender Ildefons Lima, were enough to secure a 2-0 victory in Andorra which was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests. However, Russia’s victory over Slovakia in Zilina means that three points against the Andorrans on Tuesday evening will assure them of top spot in Group B and automatic qualification for next summer’s finals. The likely scenario is that a point will be enough to keep the Armenians at bay and send Giovanni Trapattoni’s men into the play-offs with a trip to the finals in Poland and Ukraine at stake.