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Looking to Europe …. July 12, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Sport.

As I know the site is packed full of Shamrock Rovers well wishers 🙂 ….

Its a big night tonight as Shamrock Rovers European adventures start for another year. This time though it’s The Champions League. Our first time in the competition under its current guise. Flora Tallinn of Estonia are the opposition with kick off at 8 tonight in Tallaght.
Its our turn to dream of the Champions League Group Stages, which given the clubs recent form isn’t much of a possibility but we can still dream.
Dreams do impinge on daily life though. For instance wanting to keep a few extra days holidays just in case 🙂 which as you can imagine is highly appreciated at home. I was looking forward to the away trip and had even put money aside…. but like the best laid plans they were sabotaged by a leak in the roof.
Its hard to argue against “Do you honestly think spending 500 euro on a holiday for yourself to watch a football match is more important than the roof?”
“No but……”

Ah well, there is always the next round…..

On Thursday both Bohs and St Pats are also in action in the Europa League. Pats travel to Kazakstan for their first leg against FC Shakhter Karagandy whilst Bohs travel to Slovenia for their game against Olimpija Ljubljana.

You’ll find the match programmes for some of Rovers Previous European Encounters Here.
Opposition included Celtic, Manchester United, Honved Budapest and Linfield.


1. Dr.Nightdub - July 13, 2011

I feel your pain at missing the away leg – would’ve loved to see the locals’ reactions to Pats singing “We are The Red Army” in a former Soviet republic on Thursday. But 10,000km, €1350, five days’ travelling…way too pricey.


2. sonofstan - July 13, 2011

It baffles me the Kazakhstan is even in Uefa’s version of Europe when all the other -Stans are in Asia. It’ll be a tough one for for Pats and no mistake. I can’t make our much less daunting trip to Slovenia either, so feeling IEL’s pain. Tight result last night – Flora seemed to be timewasting in the second half, from what little of it I saw on Ustream, suggesting they’re happy enough with a single goal deficit.


3. irishelectionliterature - July 13, 2011

It was a great night full of drama with a great atmosphere. We should really have won by more. Hopefully we don’t regret missing a hatful of chances. Its a pity it wasn’t shown on the box as it was a decent game with both teams playing on the deck as much as they could.
It was nice to see the team come out and attack from the off after some of the more recent turgid performances.
We’ve a decent chance of scoring out there and God knows where we’ll end up then should we win. The draw for the next round is Friday.
They introduced the great 4 in a row team from the 80s at half time and well that brought back some brilliant memories. Some class players in Pat Byrne, Mick Byrne, John Coady, Peter Eccles etc .

The away leg is being shown by Setanta next Tuesday.


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