| 14.2°C Dublin

Shamrock Rovers handed favourable Europa Conference League play-off tie

Hoops to face Kosovar or Faroese opposition if they fail to beat Shkupi in Europa League tie


Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers have been handed a great chance of making the Europa Conference League group stages after the play-off draw took place on Tuesday. 

If Stephen Bradley’s side exit the Europa League third-round qualifying stage to FC Shkupi, they will face either Kosovar league champions Ballkani, or Faroese league winners Kí Klasksvík in a must-win Europa Conference League play-off.

The Hoops host North Macedonian champions Shkupi in the first-leg at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday, before the return-leg takes place next Tuesday.

If the Hoops progress past Shkupi, they are guaranteed a Conference League group stage place, and will meet the losers of Qarabağ FK v Ferencváros in a play-off for the Europa League group stage.

Should St Patrick’s Athletic progress past CSKA Sofia, they will face Brondby of Denmark, or Swiss outfit FC Basel in the Conference League play-off. Tim Clancy’s side will be looking to put their first-round FAI Cup exit to Waterford behind them as they travel to Bulgaria for Thursday’s first-leg.

If Sligo Rovers progress past Viking FK, they will play Slovakia’s Dunajská Streda, or Romania’s FCSB in the Conference League play-off. The Bit O’Red also exited the FAI Cup on the weekend, losing 2-1 to Wexford. John Russell’s side face Viking away in the first-leg on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Drogheda United will play Shamrock Rovers in the stand-out tie of the FAI Cup second-round.

It’s the only all-Premier Division clash of the round, as the draw was made at FAI HQ on Tuesday.

Last year's runners-up Bohemians play fellow Dublin side Lucan United, while Cork City have a long trip to the Ryan McBride Brandywell to face Derry City.

Waterford have been drawn against non-league side Malahide United, after knocking out the defending champions St Patrick’s Athletic 3-2 last Sunday.

The Halfway Line Newsletter

Get the lowdown on the Irish football scene with our soccer correspondent Daniel McDonnell and expert team of writers with our free weekly newsletter.

This field is required

Europa League play-off draw

Shamrock Rovers or FC Shkupi v Qarabağ FK (Azerbaijan) or Ferencváros (Hungary)

Europa Conference League play-off draw

Losers of Shamrock Rovers v FC Shkupi v FC Ballkani (Kosovo) or Klaksvíkar (Faroe Islands)

CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) or St Patrick's Athletic v Brondby (Denmark) or FC Basel (Switzerland)

Dunajská Streda (Slovakia) or FCSB (Romania) v Viking FK (Norway) or Sligo Rovers

FAI Cup second-round fixtures

Bonagee United v Shelbourne
Lucan United v Bohemians
Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers
Derry City v Cork City
Galway United v UCD AFC
Maynooth University Town v Treaty United
Wexford v Dundalk
Malahide United v Waterford

  • The matches will take place on the weekend of August 28, with exact details to be confirmed.

Most Watched