Shamrock Rovers at disadvantage after frustrating night

Shamrock Rovers 0 FK Ekranas 0

Shamrock Rovers 0 FK Ekranas 0

A host of missed late chances on a frustrating night for Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium leaves Ekranas holding the advantage ahead of the second leg in Lithuania next week.

And while they will be in the draw for third qualifying round to be made in Switzerland this Friday lunchtime, Rovers face an uphill task to ensure they will be still in the competition come next Tuesday evening.

It might have been so different as four clear-cut openings were missed in the final ten minutes as Rovers had Ekranas on the rack.

Gary Twigg, whom manager Stephen Kenny backed to break his goal drought in Europe on the eve of the game, came so close to doing that on 80 minutes, controlling Billy Dennehy’s cross to take it round Emilijus Zubas only for the ball to get stuck in his feet and allow the keeper to recover.

Within a minute Twigg put Ronan Finn in on goal for the midfielder to blast a shot from an angle off the bar.

The chances kept coming in Rovers' late flurry as Chris Turner got on the end of Dennehy’s cross to shoot waywardly over the top.

Then, in the final minute, Stephen O’Donnell looked sure to score after Finn and Turner worked him through. But his shot, which appeared to get a touch off Zubas, was wide.

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