Football | Rogers the penalty hero for Dundalk in Riga

Dundalk have beaten Riga on penalties to reach the second round of Champions League qualifiers.

The Lilywhites beat the Latvian champions 5-4 on penalties following a scoreless stalemate after extra time.

Gary Rogers saved two spot kicks in the shootout – another flew over the crossbar – with Sean Hoare keeping his cool to score the winning penalty in sudden death.

Patrick Hoban, Dean Jarvis and Sean Murray also found the net from 12 yards.

Dane Massey was the first Lilywhite to miss, with Georgie Kelly then missing the chance to knock Riga out with Dundalk’s fifth penalty.

Jamie McGrath showed good composure to keep the Irish champions in the competition in sudden death, before a Rogers save and Hoare’s winner sparked jubilant scenes in the away end.

Dundalk will now face Qarabag in the second round of qualifiers.

The game followed a similar pattern to last week’s 0-0 draw at Oriel Park, with Dundalk largely dominating.

Riga looked dangerous on the break at times, and were once again very well organized in defence.

Dundalk played the game without Michael Duffy, who stayed in Ireland with his partner to witness the birth of their child.

Both sides had chances in normal time, with the lively Patrick McEleney forcing some good saves from Roberts Ozols, and Patrick Hoban seeing a second half effort ruled out for offside.

Rogers also had to be alert at the other hand, and made some strong saves to keep Dundalk level.

Hoare also produced a superb saving block to deny Riga an opener in the second half of extra time.

Riga finished extra time with 10 men after Herdi Prenga was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 11th minute.

Daniel Kelly was then booked in the 88th minute for a poor dive as Dundalk desperately sought a breakthrough.