Saturday 24 March 2018

WATCH: 'Phenomenal' - Martin O'Neill visited the joyous Dundalk dressingroom last night

Martin O'Neill addresses the Dundalk players
Martin O'Neill addresses the Dundalk players Newsdesk Newsdesk

Dundalk stand on the brink of becoming the first League of Ireland club to qualify for the Champions League group stages after a shock 3-0 win over BATE Borisov.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill was present at the game and was so taken by the Lilywhites' exploits that he called into their dressingroom at Tallaght Stadium to congratulate Stephen Kenny and his men.

He told them: "I just want to say that that was phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal. One of the best results in Irish history."

He praised the entire team but made special mention of Dundalk's midfield duo of Chris Shields and Stephen O'Donnell.

The draw for the Champions League's final qualifying round takes place in Monaco on Friday. Dundalk could even come up against Celtic, if the Scottish champions see off Kazakhstan's Astana.

The likes of Dinamo Zagreb, Olympiakos, Legia Warsaw and Red Bull Salzburg are all potential opponents for Dundalk too.

But the permutations for Friday's draw will be far clearer after the completion of all the third round qualifying ties tonight.

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