Europa Conference League second qualifying round second legs

Levadia Tallinn (2) v (2) Dundalk, A Le Coq Arena, 5.30pm

Bohemians (1) v (0) Dudelange, Aviva Stadium, 7.45pm


Both games will be available to watch on the LOITV platform. Full details here.


Dundalk can expect showers and temperatures of around 23 degrees in Tallinn, while conditions will be similar in Dublin for Bohs, though it will be a cooler 17 degrees now the heatwave has fizzled out.


The Hoops received a bye to the third round of qualifying for Europe's third tier competition after going down gallantly to Slovan Bratislava in the Champions League first qualifying round.

Stephen Bradley's men will face Albanian side Teuta Durres after they pulled off an incredible comeback to sink Inter Club D'Escaldes of Andorra.

Teuta were two down from the first leg but a brilliant 3-0 win after extra-time on Tuesday night means they'll be squaring up to the reigning Airtricity League Premier Division champions.

For the two Irish teams in action tonight, progression to the third round remains very much in the balance.

Dundalk played out a manic 2-2 draw with Levadia Tallinn at Oriel Park while Bohs earned an excellent 1-0 victory at Dudelange in Luxembourg. You'd fancy both to complete the job but with the stakes so high nothing can be taken for granted.

Getting past the third round to the play-offs for the group stages would guarantee a cool €1m in UEFA prize money.


Dundalk have twice tasted life in the Europa League group stages in the last six years and are highly aware of the financial rewards of these odysseys.

And though the newly formed Europa Conference League may be a tier down, there's money to make here.

Get to the group stages and you'll earn at least €2.9m, with extra rewards of €500,000 for a win and €166,000 for a draw on offer.

If they can get past Levadia in Estonia tonight they'll face Dutch outfit Vitesse in the next round. That won't be easy, but the immediate focus is on overcoming the stubborn Estonians on their own patch.

Really Dundalk should be travelling with a first-leg advantage. They had to twice come from behind in the first half at Tallaght Stadium last week but still spurned chances to win the game on the night.

Vinny Perth will be very keen to wipe out the frustrating defensive lapses that saw Bogdan Vastsuk fire Levadia ahead after just 66 seconds, and then strike again in the 19th minute. Will Patching and David McMillan goals pegged back Levadia with Dundalk bossing the second half without finding another goal.

Perth said afterwards that the abolition of the away goals rules in Europe frees up his side to really go for it in Tallinn. Another rollercoaster evening could be in store.


Michael Duffy missed out last week with what Vinny Perth described as a "personal health issue" and he won't feature in the return leg either. Daniel Cleary and Brian Gartland are long-term absentees.

Marko Savic (Levadia Tallinn head coach): "The first game was a good, high-quality game with equal performance on both sides. I hope we can show this level again and even add 10 or 15%. We want to attack and they want to attack. We want to play with the ball, they too.

"We just have to do everything a little better. We were good in the attack, we had to play a little more without the ball in the second half than we would have liked, but we also managed the defence."

Vinny Perth (Dundalk head coach): "Like all coaches, I don't want us to concede goals so I'd like us to keep a clean sheet. We created a lot of chances and had good possession so I also want us to be more clinical. It’s two very evenly matched teams and I’d expect it to be a tight game."


It was the perfect first leg for Bohs in Luxembourg seven days ago. Dudelange have made the Europa League group stages twice in the last three years so this was a commendable result.

Ireland U21 international Ross Tierney plundered the only goal of the game to set up a mouthwatering clash at the Aviva where 8,000 fans will be right behind Keith Long's men.

Dudelange have dominated domestically for the last 20 years but they did miss out on the league title last season when Fola Esch edged it on a dramatic final day. They're a decent outfit no doubt but Bohs are in command here.

Dudelange had a lot of the ball without cracking open an excellently well-drilled Gyspies side last week. A penalty appeal that was waved away by the referee and a few long-range efforts was the height of their threat on a tight pitch.

Long has warned that the wide open expanse of the Aviva will suit Dudelange better and expects a testing night but he'll know his men have a great opportunity to march on.

They rose to the occason at the Aviva against Stjarnan FC in the last round and much will be expected of the gifted Dawson Devoy, a terrific young talent who's supreme pass cracked open Dudelange last week and led to that decisive Tierney goal.

If Bohs can see this one out, they'll take on PAOK of Greece in the next round.


Bastien Hery has gone to Derry City on loan for the rest of the season. Stephen Mallon is a doubt with a hip problem.


Keith Long (Bohs manager): "I'm sure the boys have had people come up to them, saying it’s job done, but it’s nowhere near that," he stressed.

"We have to manage that expectation, ensure we don’t allow that noise penetrate the group and we focus on a really good performance. That’s what we need."