Rovers set for Estonian Euro test

SHAMROCK ROVERS will face Estonian champions FC Flora in the UEFA Champions League second round qualifiers, the draw for which was made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon yesterday.

Michael O’Neill’s Airtricity League champions will be at home in the first leg on either July 12/13 with the return in Tallinn a week later.

St Patrick’s Athletic meet Icelandic side IBV Vestmannaeyjar in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. St Patrick’s are away in the first leg on Thursday week, June 30. Should they progress, they meet the winners of Slovenian side FC Koper or Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan in the second round.

Bohemians enter at the second round stage and will meet the winners of the first-round clash between Olimpija Ljubljana of Slovenia or Bosnian side Siroki Brijeg. Bohemians are away in the first leg.

Europa League second round ties are to be played on July 14-21.

Meanwhile, leaders Shamrock Rovers report a suspension and injury-free panel for tonight’s visit of Dundalk to Tallaght Stadium in the league.

“We’ll be looking to continue where we left off on Friday night and hope to pick up another three points. We also want to maintain our level of performance,” said O’Neill.

“We have scored 11 goals in our last three games, which is also a boost. We have goals coming from all areas, with the wide players in particular getting in on goalscoring lately. This is obviously a positive for us.”

Dundalk boss Ian Foster has defender Shane Guthrie back after he was ineligible for last Monday week’s visit of St Pat’s, but he is still without Eoghan Osborne (broken leg), Stephen McDonnell (knee), Jason Byrne (hamstring) and Stephen Maher (groin) while Michael Hector has left the club. Dean Bennett and Colin Hawkins (both ankle) must prove their fitness.

Second-placed Pat’s, unbeaten in 12 league games, travel to bottom side Galway United (who’ve now lost 12 on the spin) without defenders Conor Kenna (knee) and Derek Pender (foot) while left-back Ian Bermingham is suspended.

Galway’s injury woes continue as they are without the experience of defenders Shaun Maher (Achilles) and Sean Kelly (knee) along with striker Alan Murphy (hamstring). Joe Yoffe is sidelined with a persistent ankle injury and new signing Jonathan Keane is unavailable after picking up a knee injury on his debut against Bray. Stephen Walsh is also suspended.

Derry City host Sligo Rovers without midfielder Barry Molloy, who has been ruled out for up to four weeks with ankle ligament damage. Sligo have key central defender Gavin Peers back from suspension, though left-back Iarfhlaith Davoren is still injured.

Struggling Drogheda United are at full strength for the visit of UCD to Hunky Dorys Park. Captain Michael Leahy returns from suspension for the Students, who are hoping to end a run of six league defeats.

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