The semi-finals of the 2018 EA Sports Cup took place this Bank Holiday Monday afternoon with First Division Cobh Ramblers creating a huge shock with their one nil victory over Dundalk in St Colman’s Park while Sligo Rovers went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Derry City in the Showgrounds.
There were four Airtricity League Premier Division contests played on Friday evening with the Munster clash of third place Waterford and second place Cork City at the Regional Sports Centre catching the eye as the visitors returned to the summit of the table with a two one success.
Unpredictable Derry City went down to a two one defeat by Sligo Rovers at the Brandywell in a prelude to their EA Sports Cup semi-final meeting in the Showgrounds on Monday afternoon. Bohemian trounced Limerick by five goals to nil in Dalymount Park while Richmond Park was the setting for St Patrick’s Athletic’s three nil deferat of visitors Bray Wanderers.
Following their scoreless draw in the home first leg, Dundalk suffered a crushing four nil defeat by AEK Larnaca of Cyprus in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League second round tie to exit the competition on Thursday afternoon in Larnaca. Also in second round action were Burnley who go through to the third round following victory over Aberdeen. The contest ended level in regular time at one goal each with the hosts scoring twice in extra-time to set up a meeting with Basaksehir of Turkey. Stephen Ward started for the ‘Clarets’ with Jeff Hendrick joining the fray for the second period of extra-time while Kevin Long was an unused substitute. Tommie Hoban started for the visiting ‘Dons’ with Chris Forrester introduced at the same time as Hendrick. Stephen Gleeson was an unused substitute.
Cork City will face Rosenberg of Norway in the third qualifying round of the Europa League with the first leg set for Turner’s Cross at 7.45pm on Thursday the 9th August and the second leg seven days later in Trondheim.
Dundalk in Europa League second round action…02/08/2018
Following their scoreless draw in the home first leg, Dundalk take on AEK Larnaca of Cyprus in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League second round tie at 4.30pm on Thursday afternoon in Larnaca. The winners will meet the losers of the Champions League tie between Ajax (Holland) and Sturm Graz (Austria) with the Dutch side holding a two nil advantage from the home first leg.
Also in second round second leg action will be Burnley (Jeff Hendrick, Kevin Long, Jon Walters, Stephen Ward) and Aberdeen (Tommie Hoban, Stephen Gleeson, Chris Forrester) who played out a one all first leg draw at Pittodrie last week.
Following their Thursday evening scoreless draw with AEK Larnaca in the home first leg of the UEFA Europa League, Dundalk returned to domestic league action when they secured a two nil victory over Bohemian at Oriel Park on Sunday evening to return to the summit of the Airtricity League Premier Division.
There were four Airtricity League Premier Division contests completed this Friday evening with EIR Sport bringing live coverage of the Tallaght Stadium meeting of Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers which ended in a two nil victory for the hosts.
The Carlisle Grounds witnessed beleaguered Bray Wanderers go down to a three one defeat by visitors Cork City who returned to the summit, two points ahead of Dundalk, but the ‘Lilywhites’ do have two matches in hand.
Derry City overcame St Patrick’s Athletic by two goals to one in the Brandywell while Limerick also secured a two one victory over visitors Waterford in the Markets Field.
Dundalk played out a scoreless draw in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League second round tie against AEK Larnaca of Cyprus in Oriel Park on Thursday evening with the second leg scheduled for the following Thursday at 4.30pm in Larnaca. The winners will meet the losers of the Champions League tie between Ajax (Holland) and Sturm Graz (Austria) with the Dutch side holding a two nil advantage from the home first leg.
Also in second round first leg action on Thursday evening were Scottish and English representatives Aberdeen and Burnley who played out a one all draw at Pittodrie. The hosts included Tommie Hoban in their starting eleven while Stephen Gleeson was a second half substitute. Fellow midfielder Chris Forrester was an unused substitute for the ‘Dons’. The visiting ‘Clarets’ had Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward in their starting eleven while Kevin Long and Jonathan Walters were unused substitutes.