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Last-Gasp Lopes Goal Makes It Advantage Rovers But Disappointment For Pats And Cork

Last-Gasp Lopes Goal Makes It Advantage Rovers But Disappointment For Pats And Cork

A late Roberto Lopes goal helped Shamrock Rovers secure a priceless draw against SK Brann in their Europa League first qualifying round, first leg.

The Tallaght side came from behind twice to give themselves the advantage ahead of the second leg tie. Twice they came from behind, with Lopes central throughout. The centre-half conceded a penalty, forced an own-goal after Jack Byrne produced some magic to win a free and delivered a superb ball before finally scoring the 94th-minute equaliser.

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Elsewhere, St Patrick's Athletic have it all to do after falling to a 2-0 home defeat against Norrköping. The Swedes were a level above throughout although Harry Kenny's side could have been awarded a penalty midway through the first half with the sides level.

Jordan Larsson, son of Henrik, was lively throughout with the striker rattling the crossbar early in the second half after a lightning-quick break.

Cork City were also outclassed at home and went down 2-0 against Progrés Niederkorn at Turner's Cross. It ensures the second leg in Luxembourg next Thursday evening is a huge task.

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Maurice Brosnan

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