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People Were Mightily Impressed With Dundalk’s Performance Against Rosenborg

Louth , Ireland - 12 July 2017; David McMillan, hidden, of Dundalk celebrates after scoring his side's first goal with team-mates, from left, Brian Garland, John Mountney, Robbie Benson, Dane Massey and Patrick McEleney during the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round first leg match between Dundalk and Rosenborg at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co Louth. (Photo By David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Dundalk will travel to Trondheim next week with everything to play for after a 1-1 draw against Rosenborg at Oriel Park in Wednesday night’s Champions League second round qualifier first leg.

After last season’s European exploits, Lilywhites fans were hoping that the club could go some way to repeating the trick in what was always going to be a tough encounter against the Norwegian champions.

While a 1-1 draw, on paper, at least, looks like a fine result, it must surely come with a tinge of frustration for manager Stephen Kenny, especially when Dundalk were rewarded for their fine start with a goal from David McMillan with 18 minutes on the clock.

UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round First Leg, Oriel Park, Louth 12/7/2017 Dundalk vs Rosenborg Dundalk's David McMillan celebrates scoring the first goal of the game
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However, a defence that had not conceded the returning from the summer break let in an extremely soft goal on the stroke of half time, Tore Reginiussen poking home for the visitors after a goalmouth scramble.

That goal seemed to take the wind out of the home side’s sails somewhat, as despite controlling the game for large parts of the second half they were unable to make it count. Brian Gartland and substitute Ciaran Kilduff saw flashes of goal but not much of real substance.

1-1 it finished, and this is a tie that is nowhere near over. Indeed, many were seriously impressed with how the reigning League of Ireland champions effectively bullied their more illustrious opponents.

After last season (and this first leg performance), Dundalk have every right to feel confident next Wednesday.

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On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we chatted to Shelbourne manager Owen Heary and looked ahead to Irish sides’ big week in Europe, as well as the usual League of Ireland news.

https://soundcloud.com/punditarenairishfootball/we-chat-to-owen-heary-about-the-importance-of-european-football-to-irish-clubs

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