Shamrock Rovers 0-2 Molde: visitors win Europa Conference League: draw in Dublin

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David Fofana had a good chance to score his second of the night just before half-time

Shamrock Rovers are still looking for their first victory and first goal in the Europa Conference League group stage after a 2-0 home loss to Molde in Dublin.

Teenage striker David Fofana opened the scoring for the Norwegians in the first half, with substitute Kristian Eriksen doubling their lead in the second.

It was a fiery performance from Rovers, who can no longer advance from the group stage of the competition.

Molde are now second in Group F, three points behind leaders Djurgardens.

The Swedish side beat third-placed Belgian side Gent 4-2 earlier on Thursday night to leave them with 10 points from four matches.

League of Ireland leaders Rovers were outplayed in last week’s 3-0 loss to Norway, have just one point from four games so far, having drawn 0- 0 at home against Djurgardens in their opening game.

The visitors’ first goal came in the 33rd minute when Emil Breivik lifted an inviting cross from the left and 19-year-old striker Fofana planted a header past impressive home goalkeeper Alan Mannus, with the home side claiming that the scorer was offside.

Their second came 21 minutes from time as 32-year-old Eriksen found space at the near post to head in a left-wing corner after Mannus superbly deflected Magnus Eikrem’s shot around from the pole.

The hosts had started strong and should have probably taken a second-minute lead when Richie Towell came in from the right and launched a low cross which Aaron Greene met at the near post, but his first effort was off target.

Ronan Finn fired in a well struck shot saved by Jacob Karlstrøm in the 14th minute before Martin Bjørnbak missed an easy header for the Norwegians a minute before Fofana’s goal, the young forward returning just before half-time and forcing an excellent Mannus stop. with his low shot.

Towell closed shortly after the break when his shot on the corner was denied by Karlstrøm, and Mannus made another good save before Eriksen sealed the visitors’ victory with their second goal.

Alignments

Shamrock Rovers

Training 3-5-2

  • 1Mannus
  • 6ClearlyBooked 3 mins away
  • 4lopes
  • 3Hoare
  • 8FinnishReplaced byFarrugiaat 69′minutes
  • 17TowelReplaced byburkat 69′minutes
  • sevenwattsReplaced byFerizajat 81′minutes
  • 16O’NeillBooked at 87 mins
  • 11Kavanagh
  • 9Green
  • 29Byrne

Substitutes

  • 2Gannon
  • 5Grace
  • tenburk
  • 18Serdenyuk
  • 20Gaffney
  • 21Ferizaj
  • 23Farrugia
  • 25Pohls

Mussel

Training 3-5-2

  • 1Karlstrom
  • 2BjornbakReplaced byHansenat 45′minutes
  • 19Haugan
  • 3Risa
  • 21LinnesReplaced byKnudtzonat 81′minutes
  • 25BreivikBooked at 78 mins
  • 8Mannsverk
  • 22GrødemReplaced byEriksenat 65′minutesBooked at 79 mins
  • 28HaugenReplaced byLovikat 65′minutes
  • 9FofanaBooked at 53 minsReplaced byEikremat 65′minutes
  • 11Brynhildsen

Substitutes

  • 4Hansen
  • sevenEikrem
  • 12Craninx
  • 14Knudtzon
  • 15Kaasa
  • 16Hussain
  • 20Eriksen
  • 24Bakke
  • 26peterson
  • 31Lovik
  • 33Ødegård

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Live Text

  1. Match ends, Shamrock Rovers 0, Molde 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Shamrock Rovers 0, Molde 2.

  3. Failed attempt. Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Graham Burke.

  4. Attempt blocked. Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Seán Hoare.

  5. Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Foul by Emil Breivik (Molde).

  7. Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Foul by Erling Knudtzon (Molde).

  9. Gary O’Neill (Shamrock Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Foul by Gary O’Neill (Shamrock Rovers).

  11. Kristian Eriksen (Molde) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Failed attempt. Neil Farrugia (Shamrock Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Graham Burke.

  13. Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Foul by Birk Risa (Molde).

  15. Coin, Molde. Corner conceded by Pico.

  16. Replacement, Molde. Erling Knudtzon replaces Martin Linnes.

  17. Replacement, Shamrock Rovers. Justin Ferizaj replaces Dylan Watts.

  18. Dylan Watts (Shamrock Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Foul by Magnus Eikrem (Molde).

  20. Kristian Eriksen (Molde) is shown the yellow card.

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