Dundalk have secured their passage into the second round of Europa League qualifying thanks to a 2-1 victory over Levadia Tallin at Oriel Park tonight.
Dundalk opened the scoring when Patrick Hoban glanced home a header from a fantastic Sean Gannon cross on the right on 31 minutes.
The Oriel Park faithful didn’t have to wait much longer to get back on their feet again as one minute later, Michael Duffy blasted home a superb first-time volley which almost burst the roof of the net.
Pick that out! What a goal from Michael Duffy. @DundalkFC lead Levadia Tallinn 2-1 at Oriel Park (3-1 on aggregate) and you'll do very well to find a better finish anywhere in Europe tonight than this peach of a volley #RTEsoccer pic.twitter.com/ArDW8MxkAt
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) July 19, 2018
Levadia Tallin did manage to get one back just before the half-time interval but Dundalk were able to hold on for a 2-1 win (3-1 on aggregate).
Elsewhere, it was a disappointing night for the other Irish sides in European action but Shamrock Rovers and Derry City can both hold their heads up high after producing two spirited displays.
Shamrock Rovers’ Daniel Carr got a crucial away goal just 19 minutes into their clash with AIK in Sweden. This had the match level 1-1 on aggregate. It was 0-1 after 90 minutes but AIK scored in extra-time to send Rovers crashing out of Europe.
Derry, on the other hand, faced an uphill task at the Traktor Stadium in Minsk. Their Belarusian opponents, Dinamo Minsk, had a 2-0 advantage going into their home leg. The Candystripes won the game 2-1 but it wasn’t enough as their opponents went through thanks to a 3-2 aggregate score.