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All to play for in Trondheim

Story by Conall Collier

Saturday, 15th July, 2017 8:38am

All to play for in Trondheim

Bohermeen man Gary Rogers heading to Trondheim with Dundalk next week for Champions League duty.

Gary Rogers will have his passport ready for his European travels again as he will be heading to Trondheim on Tuesday for the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg.

With the tie standing at 1-1 after this week's first leg and with the prospects of a joust with Celtic in the next round if Dundalk manage to win in Trondheim on Wednesday (live on RTE2) there is plenty to play for.

Celtic had a 2-0 win against Linfield in Belfast last night in their first leg.

The other two League of Ireland sides that were in action during the week will also be clocking up the air miles in the Europa League.

Cork City will be looking to overturn a one-goal first leg deficit after they lost to AEK Larnaca in front of a crowd of close to 6,500 at Turners Cross.

AEK was formed in 1994 with a merger between two existing clubs, EPA Larnaca and Pezoporikos Larnaca.

Shamrock Rovers are also trailing (2-3) after the first leg against Mlada Boleslav, a city about 40 miles from Prague in the Czech Republic.

If they get through Shamrock Rovers will face Kairat Almaty (KAZ) or Skënderbeu (ALB) while for Cork City it would mean a clash with Rabotnicki (MKD) or Dinamo Minsk (BLR).

PREMIER LEAGUE

Last night's results in the Premier League boosted the survival hopes of both St Patrick's Ath (beat Derry City 2-1) and Finn Harps (beat Bohemian FC 2-1). 

Meath man Georgie Poynton was in action for Bohs, but on this occasion was on the losing side as the battle at the bottom starts to intensify with the completion of the second round of fixtures.

Finn Harps have signed former Wolves striker Ibrahim Div-Keïta from Greek club Doxa Proskyniton to boost their survival prospects.

The 'big game' tonight is a real six-pointer with Drogheda Utd rooted at the foot of the table going to third from bottom Sligo Rovers - three teams will be relegated this season.

The basement battle is much more interesting than the race for the title with leaders Cork City 12 points clear of Dundalk with two games in hand. 

Cork City go to Bray on Sunday where Trim man Timmy Clancy is a key member of the Bray squad, but it's not all positive for the high-flying Wicklow club.

The FAI have urged Bray Wanderers and its players to appoint an independent intermediary to assist in their talks after the players put themselves on the transfer list this afternoon. The Bray players said they took the step after failing to secure assurances relating to the club’s finances. 

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