Gary Rogers believes Dundalk's first leg result against BATE Borisov five years ago is the type of outcome that could give them hope against Vitesse Arnhem in Thursday's UEFA Europa Conference League third round qualifier.

Vinny Perth's side face the daunting task of travelling to Arnhem for a first leg against the club that finished fourth in the Dutch top flight last season.

But five years ago, Rogers was in goal for a Dundalk side which narrowly lost 1-0 away at the higher ranked BATE in the Champions League third qualifying round before staging a home leg turnaround on route to indirectly reaching the Europa League group stages for the first time.

Speaking on the RTÉ Soccer Podcast ahead of a week in which Dundalk, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers face crucial Europa Conference League first legs, Rogers said that first leg against BATE in Belarus was an example that the Lilywhites could reach for in Arnhem.

"There's no doubt it's a difficult tie for an unseeded team to get a team of this kind of quality," he said.

Vitesse returned to pre-season training on 22 June

"There's no luck attached to this one. It's going to be a huge test. Going away from home it's about staying in the game and keeping yourself alive for that home leg and you'll be hoping that Dundalk can do that and take it back to Tallaght.

"It does come down to pressure. Vitesse will be expecting to go through and if (Dundalk) can stay in that game - a bit like the BATE game five years ago where we got absolutely hammered over there but we were only 1-0 down and we came back to Tallaght with a live chance of getting through and we all know the result there.

"But it's a case of getting that game back home and being in the tie and giving yourself a chance because pressure is a funny thing. It's a team that's expecting to go through, and if you can really ask questions of them and take your opportunities, European football will come down to opportunities and Dundalk with the quality that they have got and the technical ability that they have, will get chances. But it's about capitalising on them and David McMillan has been brilliant at doing that over the years.

"If you get a goal away or there is just a goal in the difference, Dundalk will be happy with that and give themselves an opportunity to progress."

On Bohemians' similarly tough task against PAOK on Tuesday night at the Aviva, Rogers admitted that it would be a tough ask for Keith Long's side but is hopeful that they will not fear the challenge.

"It's a huge test but one that the players themselves have got to embrace. It's not a case of going in there with any fear ," he said.

"They should be going in there full of confidence and there's nothing to lose. It's a great opportunity to showcase the club and the talent that's within that squad and I think they're probably well set up to counter-attack, even though it's a home game."

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