Cork City just didn’t have enough for Rosenborg in today’s Europa League third-round qualifier matchup at Turners Cross.
Things didn’t necessarily get off to the worst start for John Caufield’s side as they put the pressure on the favoured-Norweigan side early.
It was a relatively scrappy affair but 22 minutes in, Jonathan Levi was able to latch onto a poor clearance to fire home past a helpless Mark McNulty in the home side’s goal.
Unfortunately for the Irish, the goal really did seem to change the game’s flow and within a few minutes, Rosenborg nearly scored twice. The frustration could be felt in the air but even still, the overall performance from the Rebel Army was not a bad one.
Some lovely interplay from Rosenborg just before the break, however, led to their second goal – again coming from Levi – and with that, the teams went back into the dressing room.
Cork City had every right to feel ever so slightly hard-done-by given their efforts.
Kieran Sadlier was introduced in the hopes of changing the home-team’s fortunes and despite him being willing to get involved, the game then amounted to a relatively tentative affair.
There was a finish lacking in the final third from both sides and in the end, the game finished with a scoreline of 2-0 in favour of Rosenborg.
The second-leg will present a tough task to the Irish team but nevertheless, they will hope that they can prove to be more clinical at the second time of asking.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena