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Sensational Jack Byrne Inspires Shamrock Rovers To Europa League Success

Sensational Jack Byrne Inspires Shamrock Rovers To Europa League Success

A supreme spin and shot past Hakon Opdal was just reward for Jack Byrne who helped Shamrock Rovers to a 2-1 victory over SK Brann to progress to the next round of the Europa League 4-3 on aggregate.

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Twice the Tallaght Stadium patrons invaded the field in celebration as Byrne's magic instigated pandemonium. His was a performance of precision and persistence, a fantastic passing spectacle that a small but vocal travelling Norwegian support were still discussing as they had the short journey back to their hotel after the game.

A second-half breakaway goal had Rovers behind but shortly after Byrne made it all square.

He turned provider for the second, setting up new boy Gary O'Neill after some good work by substitute Dan Carr. The post-goal celebrations will likely attract further UEFA attention.

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It means another European tie awaits for Stephen Bradley's side who will take on Apollon Limassol in the next round.

There was no such delight for the other two Irish teams. Cork City secured a 2-1 away win against Luxembourg's Progres Niederkorn but went out 4-3 on aggregate. A spirited St Patrick's Athletic lost 2-1 away to IFK Norrköping which included a stunner from midfielder Conor Clifford.

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