Dundalk manager Vinny Perth admitted his side lacked a cutting edge in the 0-0 draw with Riga at Oriel Park, but is confident they can find the back of net next week in Latvia.

The visitors left Irish shores with a goalless draw in the Champions League first qualifying round first-leg, with the tie delicately poised heading into the return fixture.

The Airtricity League table toppers dominated possession throughout but could not make their superiority count against a well-organised, hardworking Riga outfit.

Perth admitted it was a frustrating watch at times, but believes there is enough quality in the side to complete the job away from home.

"We have had a lot of possession and played against a back six at times," he told RTÉ Sport. "We probably should have opened them up a little more, but we are in a very positive mindset going into next week.

"We haven't conceded and we do fancy ourselves to score. They have got to come out and the game opened up in the last 10, 15 minutes. We have got to be a bit better in the final third. I thought we lacked that little bit of quality and it was rushed at times."

Perth confirmed that Chris Shields will be assessed in the morning after he left the pitch with a facial injury following an accidental clash of head with team-mate Daniel Cleary.

A tactical re-jig saw man of the match Sean Hoare slot into midfield, while Perth was impressed with the contribution of second half substitute Robbie Benson who injected more zip into the Dundalk attack.

"He made a massive impact off the bench and gave us more control. We looked the better side, but we can't be too despondent. We have scored away from home often in Europe and we’ll have to do it again."