Shamrock Rovers ran out 2-1 winners within the second leg of their UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round tie in opposition to Slovan Bratislava however have been knocked out of the competitors, shedding 3-2 on mixture.
Stephen Bradley’s side wanted to overturn a two-goal deficit however did not progress in entrance of their followers in Tallaght Stadium.
Rovers began on the backfoot with Bratislava getting the early probabilities courtesy of Ezekiel Henty however got here into the sport shortly with Danny Mandriou providing inventive means between the traces.
Graham Burke slotted dwelling a Fifteenth-minute penalty to gas the assumption contained in the stadium after being introduced down contained in the field.
Gary O’Neill, who performed Burke by means of for his probability, was a determine of inspiration within the opening half for Rovers, who prioritised assault all through the sport.
Bratislava struggled to get a foothold after their first 10 minutes and went in at half-time trying very beatable.
Rovers got here out within the second half taking part in with the identical intent and got here shut a number of occasions within the first quarter-hour of the half.
Bratislava tried to sit down again and snuff out any probabilities when Rovers gamers have been in superior positions however Richie Towell discovered a means by means of the ocean of darkish blue to stage the tie.
However, lower than ten minutes later, Vladimir Weiss (son and namesake of Slovan Bratislava supervisor Vladimir Weiss) grabbed the successful objective of the tie and sealed Rovers’ destiny.
Shamrock Rovers centre-back Roberto Lopes claimed that he was fouled within the build-up
Lopes got here closest to an equaliser however it wasn’t to be for Bradley’s league champions, who introduced Aaron Greene on to freshen legs within the assault.
They will now be positioned into the draw for the UEFA Europa Conference League Third Qualifying Round having been granted a bye.
The draw will happen subsequent Monday.
Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Joey O’Brien (Sean Hoare 81), Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace; Ronan Finn, Richie Towell (Aaron Greene 84), Gary O’Neill (Dylan Watts 72), Danny Mandroiu, Liam Scales; Rory Gaffney, Graham Burke.
Slovan Bratislava: Adrián Chovan; Jurij Medveděv, Guram Kashia, Vasil Bozhikov, Vernon De Marco; David Hrnčár (Aleksandar Čavrić 59), Jaba Kankava, Joeri de Kamps (Myenty Abena 90), Rafael Ratão (Jaromír Zmrhal 82); Vladimír Weiss (Alen Mustafić 90); Ezekiel Henty (Rabiu Ibrahim 59).
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