Rovers Only Bright Spark In Europa Qualifiers

Written 1 week ago by Sport Midlands

It was a mixed evening for Irish clubs in the first round of qualifying for the Europa League.

Cork City went down 2-nil to Progres Niederkorn at Turner’s Cross.

It took just 11 minutes for the Leesiders to concede and they have a mountain to climb in the return leg in Luxembourg next week if they’re to have any hope of progressing.

St. Pat’s meanwhile welcomed Sweden’s Norrkoping (PR: Nor-shopping) to Richmond Park and also lost 2-nil.

A late Lee Desmond own-goal sent their night from bad to worse.


Shamrock Rovers had a more successful evening in Norway.

A 94th minute header from Roberto Lopes saw it finish up 2-all between them and SK Brann and that puts the Hoops into a strong position ahead of the second leg next Thursday.