Thursday 18 January 2018

Hungarian or Welsh opposition for Dundalk if they can overturn Champions League deficit

David McMillan scores for Dundalk
David McMillan scores for Dundalk
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk will face either Hungarian side Videoton or Welsh outfit TNS if they manage to secure a shock Champions League win over BATE Borisov in Wednesday’s second leg in Oriel Park.

The League of Ireland champions will take BATE’s seeding if they advance to the third qualifying round, which means they would face a less daunting encounter than what they faced at the first hurdle. And, compared to the other options available, which included some top Scandinavian opponents, a pairing with the Videoton/TNS tie is an attractive proposition.

Videoton won the first leg in Wales by a 1-0 scoreline and they will therefore expect to finish the job in the return. Whichever team prevails would be at home first in the next round.

Dundalk lost 2-1 in Belarus on Wednesday and hope that David McMillan’s away goal will prove significant when BATE arrive to play on the idiosyncratic artificial surface in Oriel Park.

The attendance for that match will be restricted to just 3,200 as attempts to secure temporary seating for another 1,000 failed to get off the ground.

In the Europa League, UCD will face Russian outfit Krasnodar if they manage to overturn a 1-0 deficit when Slovan Bratislava sample the unique surroundings of the Belfield Bowl next Thursday.

Shamrock Rovers need a stunning performance in Norway to stay in the competition after a 2-0 defeat to Odds BK in Tallaght last night but they will heading to that neck of the woods again if they get through as Randers of Denmark or Elfsborg of Sweden awaiting the winners.

Meanwhile, in the third round of the FAI Cup draw, Dundalk will travel to face Galway United - it will become a familiar journey as they are also down to lock horns with the Tribesmen in the semi-finals of the EA Sports Cup.

Undoubtedly, the tie of the round is at Turner’s Cross where Cork will welcome holders St Patrick’s Athletic to town.

Non-league representation in the quarter finals is guaranteed after Dubliners Tolka Rovers and Killester were pitted together.

FAI Cup Third Round Draw: Cockhill Celtic v Longford; Tolka Rovers v Killester; Galway United v Dundalk; Derry City v Drogheda United; Sheriff YC v Athlone; Bohemians v Bray; Cobh Wanderers v Sligo Rovers; Cork City v St Patrick’s Athletic

Ties will be played week ending August 23.

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