Europa League stats v Odds away.
Home league game v Limerick FC planned for Sunday at 4pm subject to Europa result on Thursday.
The draw for the Europa League third qualifying round was made in Switzerland today.
| UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg - - Thursday 16th July 2015
| Occéan pen. 52' 67'
|Match Photographs here|
A disappointing night for the Hoops at a wet and breezy Tallaght Stadium as two second-half goals from Oliver Occéan, the first from a penalty harshly awarded and the second a bullet header from a corner. Rovers were unlucky not to have scored thenselves with Michael Drennan forcing Odds 'keeper Rossbach into a fine save just after the break.
Rovers played with the swirling wind and rain at their backs in the first half but the opening 20 minutes was a cagey affair with both sides not taking any chances. The visitors had a half chance on 17 minutes when Akabueze crossed for the lively Samuelsen to shoot over the bar. On 23 minutes full-back Rudd got down the right wing to cross for Occéan but Craig Hyland advanced to clear the danger.
A Gary McCabe shot from distance on 25 minutes was on target but was straight at ‘keeper Rossbach. Rovers carved out a goodopening on 30 minutes when McCabe’s free-kick to the left was headed into the area by Ryan Brennan and Drennan found Waters but he could only hook his shot over the bar when well placed.
The visitors were dangerous from set-pieces and Akabueze headed wide from Rudd’s cross and then from a corner Hagen failed to connect properly in the box. The Hoops were playing some good football at times and Drennan finished off a move on 37 minutes by shooting wide.
Rovers started the second half really well and with just two minutes gone a McCabe ball into the box saw Ryan Brennan knock the ball into the path of Michael Drennan and his volleyed shot needed a diving save from the Odds ‘keeper.
The goal was against the run of play but the Hoops almost had a moment of fortune when Drennan’s shot from 25 yards squirmed under the outstretched hands of the ‘keeper but he recovered in the nick of time to stop the ball going over the line. .
It looked bad for Rovers when Halvorsen got behind Byrne on 72 minutes but his cross went over the head of Occéan . However Rovers regrouped and had a number of chances in the remaining minutes to score. Luke Byrne’s cross saw Drennan get a touch to the back post where Ryan Brennan just failed to get a proper connection on the ball in front of goal. Substitute Brandon Miele then sent in a fine low cross into the area but there was no one in the right position to get the vital touch.
Gavin Brennan then saw his shot from inside the box blocked from Drennan’s knock down and Drennan was the provider again on 82 minutes but this time Ryan Brennan at the near post couldn’t direct his header on goal. Simon Madden was played in on the right by some quick thinking by McCabe and his cross found substitute Danny North but his glancing header went across goal. Odds were happy to see out the rest of the game and take a two goal lead into the second-leg.
Gary McCabe in action........picture George Kelly