It's a Super Thursday for League of Ireland clubs in Europe with three teams competing to qualify for the play-off round of a group stage competition.
Dundalk, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers are flying the flag for the nation and all have a genuine chance of progression.
Fixtures in Irish time:
PAOK v Bohemians, 6pm
KF Teuta v Shamrock Rovers, 7pm
Dundalk v Vitesse Arnhem, 8pm
What are the first leg scores?
Bohemians earned a 2-1 lead over PAOK at the Aviva Stadium in what was one of their greatest ever victories on the European stage.
The late concession put a dampener on the night for what was otherwise a flawless display. It's worth a reminder that away goals are no longer applicable.
A stoppage time strike has Shamrock Rovers a goal ahead of Albanian outfit Teuta. The Hoops were totally dominant and were being frustrated until the closing moments.
Dundalk earned a 2-2 draw in Eredivisie side Vitesse. If you didn't see that Patrick McEleney goal, you missed something special. Unsurprisingly, the view count figures end in the word 'million' rather than 'thousand' at this stage.
No broadcaster has acquired the rights to third round fixtures. There are streaming options, however.
Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers are broadcasting the games on their website, while Dundalk are utilising the LOI TV platform. All matches are pay per view at €10.
How close is the Conference League group stage?
It's still a round away. Bohs would play Hibernian of Scotland or Croatian side Riejka. Anderlecht are the most likely opponent for Dundalk as they have a comfortable lead of FC Laci of Albania.
Shamrock Rovers remain the most likely to progress to the group stage, based on the draw. As the Hoops are on the champions path of the draw, they know that Flora Tallinn are the opposition for the play-off round if they progress tomorrow night.
Dundalk have already beaten Estonian opposition this year. The stakes are high in Albania for the Hoops knowing a €3m pot is on offer for any side who can qualify for the inaugural ECL group stages.
Why are Irish teams doing so well this year?
There's no doubt the new ECL competition has helped. Sligo Rovers are the only side to exit so far, losing 3-1 to an Icelandic side on aggregate.
The draw has a big part to play as well, of course. Often times Irish clubs are up against it from the starts but things have fallen well this campaign.
Dundalk were seeded thanks to their previous exploits in Europe and being paired with Newtown of Wales made it an easy first round in truth. The win over Levadia was hugely impressive, scoring four goals over the tie, including an injury-time winner from Will Patching from Estonia.
Shamrock Rovers exited the Champions League in a very unfortunate manner, losing by the odd goal to Slovan Bratislava. The Hoops had the Slovakians side rattled for much of the second leg in Tallaght and a late Vladamir Weiss goal was needed.
They received a bye in the draw to get this stage and KF Teuta had to come from two goals down in the first leg against the Andorran champions to get here.
Bohemians have shown what they are about by defying their lack of recent European experience to comfortably see off Stjarnan and Dudelange of Iceland and Luxembourg respectively. The latter are a recent two-time group stage participant in Europe.
The Aviva Stadium has waited a while for an Irish football team come to life against international opposition and Bohs have been scoring goals for fun, with the likes of Dawson Devoy and Andy Lyons showing what big futures they have in the game.
All of the Irish teams left in the competition have shown reams of quality. Both Bohs and Dundalk have scored 11 goals in five matches, while Shamrock Rovers are building towards that more favourable group stage decider. Don't be surprised if they make it a comfortable night based on their first leg dominance.
In a time when Irish football appears in the doldrums, the victories have brought optimism, to the league fans at least.
How well-prepared are the Irish teams?
It’s a mixed bag. Keith Long was a happy Bohemians manager on Saturday, saying his side lack the energy and bite needed, as they lost 1-0 to Waterford. Long had made six changes. Shamrock Rovers needed injury-time to notch a late winner against basement side Longford Town. Dundalk capitulated to a 4-1 loss to St Patrick’s Athletic, with the defeating lending itself to chaotic and error-ridden moments in defence than a poor team display.
It shows how difficult it is to maintain league form when progressing through the rounds in Europe.
Who will be celebrating on Thursday night?
It’s going to be difficult. The 29,000-seater Toumba Stadium will be at 85% capacity Thessaloniki where the Bohs fans can expect a most-intimidating atmosphere. PAOK players and management have been under intense supporter and media pressure since the first-leg defeat and know defeat to Bohs in this tie would amount of a disaster. Temperatures will be around 33 degrees Celsius.
There were warning signs for Bohs late on when PAOK finally upped their performance as the Dublin side tired and that is the fear here. It’s likely Bohs will need to score and possibly first, if they are to go through.
Shamrock Rovers have a different type of pressure, knowing expectations are high with their one-goal advantage. The Albanian side looked limited in the first leg and time will tell if that is the case or if they simply had a game plan to defend stoutly in numbers in Tallaght.
Gamesmanship was shown throughout that evening and the Hoops will need to be careful not to get drawn into mistakes that can be made against such a wily opposition.
Dundalk have a very tough task as Vitesse have genuine quality. The Dutch outfit are down a couple of players for the tie but the pace and talent they progress in their ranks is still intimidating.
It was a significant achieve by Vinny Perth’s men to get a result in the away leg and they’ll need to better that to go through.
History can be made if two Irish sides progress to the play-off round of European competition in the same season and if a super Thursday can become one to go down as one of the great nights for the league on a European stage.