League of Ireland | Dundalk to face Rosenborg in Champions League qualifier

Dundalk have drawn Rosenborg in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.

The Lilywhites made it to the Europa League group stages last season after an exciting run in Europe, but will face a tough task against the Norwegian champions.

Stephen Kenny’s side are the reigning Irish champions, but are currently second in the SSE Airtricity League behind runaway leaders Cork City.

The tie will be played on 11/12 and 18/19 July, with Dundalk playing at home first before travelling to Trondheim.

Rosenborg are Norway’s most successful side with a record 24 league titles to their name (and 15 senior internationals currently on their books), and are top this season after 14 games.

“They are a strong club and we’ll be very wary of them but we won’t be frightened at all,” Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny said after the draw.

High-flying Cork City will face Estonian club Levadia Talinn in the Europa League qualifiers, in a tie which manager John Caulfield will feel is entirely winnable. The first leg will take place in Estonia before Cork welcome their opponents to Turners Cross.

AEL Larnaca (Cyprus) or Lincoln Red Imps (Gibraltar) will await the Leesiders if they overcome Levadia Talinn. The Red Imps famously beat Celtic 1-0 in their Champions League second qualifying round first leg last year.

Cork lost to eventual quarter-finalists Genk in last year’s qualifiers.

Shamrock Rovers will take on Icelandic side Stjarnan, while Derry City will come up against FC Midtjylland, a Danish side who will represent a real test. Ferencváros (Hungary) or Jelgava (Latvia) will await the Candystripes if they can make it to the second round.

Rovers would face Mladá Boleslav of the Czech Republic if they navigate their way past Stjarnan.

The first leg of all three ties will take place on June 29th, with the second leg occurring a week later on July 6th.

Teams must progress through four rounds of qualifying to reach the group stages.

The draw was made in Nyom, Switzerland this morning.