Two of our Airtricity League Premier Division sides who suffered midweek UEFA disappointment, were in opposition on Monday evening when Cork City crushed visitors Derry City by five goals to nil in Turner’s Cross.
Europa League third round incentive for Dundalk
Dundalk have been handed an extra incentive for victory over AEK Larnaca of Cyprus in the second round of the UEFA Europa League following Monday’s third round draw where the winners will meet the winners of the tie between Ajax (Holland) and Sturm Graz (Austria).
Cork City draw Celtic or Rosenborg in Europa League
Following their elimination from the UEFA Champions League, Cork City enter the third qualifying round stage of the UEFA Europa League where they have been drawn against the losers of the Glasgow Celtic/Rosenborg (Norway) second round Champions League tie. City will be at home in the first leg which is scheduled for Thursday the 9th August.
Following their Thursday evening European disappointment in Solna, Shamrock Rovers were on the road again as they travelled to face Waterford in the Airtricity League Premier Division on Sunday afternoon at the RSC where a Gary Shaw goal on seventy five minutes secured three valuable points for the ‘Hoops’.
There were just two Airtricity League Premier Division contests played this Friday evening with Bohemian crushing troubled Bray Wanderers by six goals to nil in Dalymount Park while St Patrick’s Athletic came from behind to secure a two one victory over Limerick in Richmond Park.
Holding a one nil advantage from the first leg, Dundalk defeated Levadia Tallinn of Estonia by two goals to one in the second leg of the first qualifying round of the 2019 UEFA Europa League in Oriel Park on Thursday evening with first half goals from Pat Hoban and Michael Duffy putting them in comfortable command. The ‘Lilywhites’ will now face AEK Larnaca of Cyprus in the second qualifying round with the first leg scheduled for Oriel Park on Thursday the 26th July.
Shamrock Rovers travelled to face AIK of Sweden in the Friends Arena, Solna where an early goal from Dan Carr levelled the tie and ultimately took the contest to extra-time where sadly the hosts scored an early winner.
Derry City faced a huge task in seeking to overturn a two nil first leg deficit when they travelled to face Dinamo Minsk in Belarus but boosted by a seventh minute goal from Alastair Roy they put their hosts under pressure but this was relieved by a twenty eight minute equaliser. The ‘Candystripes’ continued to battle and Ronan Hale’s seventy fifth minute goal gave them renewed hope but it was not to be on this accasion.
Airtricity League Champions Cork City were unable to overturn their one nil first leg deficit when they faced Legia Warsaw of Poland in their UEFA Champions League second leg of the first qualifying round in Stadion Wojska Polskiego on Tuesday evening. The Leesiders suffered a comprehensive three nil defeat to exit the competition but they will now enter the third round draw in the Europa League.
With four of the clubs in European action this week, there was just one Airtricity League Premier Division contest played this Friday evening with Bohemian going down to a surprise three nil defeat at home to Sligo Rovers in Dalymount Park with the visitors leapfroging them on the table.