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Cork City Succumb To 2-0 Defeat In Europa League Qualifier

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

 

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