No League of Ireland player has more European appearances under their belt than Ollie Cahill.

The former Cork City, Shelbourne, Drogheda United, Shamrock Rovers and Bohs played in Europe 41 times, and though it's a proud record that has not been surpassed, on Wednesday night in Riga, it was finally matched.

Gary Rogers now stands alongside Cahill on the list, having helped Dundalk into the second round of Champions League qualifying with a starring role in their penalty shootout defeat of Riga.

The 37-year-old has been part of so many memorable nights with the Lilywhites, and he can now look forward to a couple more. Barring injury, he will break Cahill's record when Qarabag come to Oriel Park next Tuesday for the second round of Champions League qualifying.

"It's great to be involved in so many European nights," he told RTÉ Sport's Tony O'Donoghue.

"They're great occasions for League of Ireland footballers. It's a real bonus for League of Ireland players that they get to play in the Champions League and the Europa League. It's a very special night for us.

"We were on the receiving end a couple of years ago in the FAI Cup final [against Cork City]. That galled me for a couple of years so it's great to come out the right side of  shootout. It's one we'll certainly remember and so will the supporters. It's a fantastic night all round."

Rogers saved two kicks to give Sean Hoare the opportunity to win it, which he duly took.

The stopper revealed he had prepared accordingly for a potential shootout, though the decisive save to deny Armands Petersons required some guess work.

"We done a lot of homework on them," he added. "We really narrowed it down. It's funny, the last one that I saved, I don't think he'd ever taken a penalty. I was winging it a bit but just from the run-up I thought he would open up and go to the left and thankfully he did."

The run to the Europa League group stages three years ago will live ling in the memory but the Lilywhites, and Rogers, have the chance to write a few more chapters in their European odyssey.  

"To replicate what we did in 2016 would be fantastic for everyone at the club. If that's the road we're going to go, it will be a long summer.

"The fans pay good money to come over here. They made a real effort to come and make the occasion like it was. They'll go home happy and so will we."