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Champions League may be a fair way off for United and company but for some
teams its well and truly under way.

Ireland have NEVER got a club into the group stage of the Champions League and
were 1 game away from it 4 years ago when Shelbourne almost caused one of
the biggest upsets against Deprotivo La Courna. But it was Deprotivo who
followed teams such as Bayern Munich, Barcelona and AC Milan in knocking Irish
interest out of Europe's biggest competition.

This year, is Drogheda United's, hopefully anyway as they are flying the flag for
Ireland. Tonight they kicked off their 2nd Round Qualifier 1st Leg at home to
Dynamo Kiev at Dalymount Park in Dublin.

After some great chances early on and a superb save from Kiev's keeper, the
visitors took the lead through a terrible mistake from Drogheda keeper Ewing. 0-1
and things were down but the home side pushed on. Manager Pat Doolin had
work to do at half time and boy did his troops respond in the second half.

An equaliser for the Irish and they were right back in it. Kiev worked some
fantastic moves and missed a number of sitters after the equalising goal but they
failed to find the back of the net. 5,000 fans sang all through the game beating
drums and keeping the atmosphere in great form, taking some of Man Utd's
chants such as,

He plays on the left,
He plays on the riiiight,
That boy Oliie Cahill,
Makes Dynamo look *****

Take me home United road,
To the place I belong,
To Drogheda,
To see United,
Take me home United road


Kiev were made look incredibly ordinary at times and you had to stop and
question, what team had the European pedigree. A spell in the second half where
the game was incredibly end to end and the tempo raised up to 5th gear,
Drogheda missed a great chance in the box and Kiev struck the post along with
missing a clear goal opportunity. The passion and drive kept Drogheda going and
it sent a tingle down my spine.

Defending began to seem desperate as the experience began to shine through a
team who looked like they were going to be on the end of a huge upset tonight.
The tension rose as crosses were swung in at both ends but none managed to
hit a spot. Drogheda gave it 100% and Dynamo were simply stunned by the fact
that they were in for a battle when before kick off, reports suggested that
Dynamo had expected a handy victory. Ewing kept Kiev out twice in the last ten
minutes when things got very tense and concentration was key!...But...

...heartbreak! A goal from Kiev with 5 minutes to go gave the visitors a lead to
bring back home. To be fair, they deserved a goal but only just about. Drogheda
are going to need to put in a masterful performance when the sides meet next
Wednesday.

A fantastic display from Drogheda and the never say die attitude was simply
awesome! Right till that final whistle they battled away. They may have all the
odds stacked against them in the Ukraine next week but this just proves all those
doubters wrong, and that Ireland does have a good set up and there are quality
players in the ranks. Ollie Cahill could easily make it at a Championship team or
possibly even a weak Premier League team, as he turned in a man of the match
display this evening.


Can't wait for next Wednesday where we simply need a miracle!


August 6th is D-Day for Irelands involvement in the Champions League next
round!
 

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2-1 to Kiev. great stuff from Drogs. The keeper was amazing lol
You could sense the winner coming though. Unlucky but its
great to see Irish football on the up.
 

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It would be amazing if the impossible happened next week
and they got a result. Cant really see a 2-0 victory though.
If they did get through where would they play their group
games as they will hardly be allowed paly at Dalymount park
because of its size. 9000 is full capacity and surely you would
get a far bidder crowd for a Champioons League group game!
Croker maybe? Although its probably a bit too big!
 

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RedMurph7 said:
It would be amazing if the impossible happened next week
and they got a result. Cant really see a 2-0 victory though.
If they did get through where would they play their group
games as they will hardly be allowed paly at Dalymount park
because of its size. 9000 is full capacity and surely you would
get a far bidder crowd for a Champioons League group game!
Croker maybe? Although its probably a bit too big!
i agree it would be amazing if they managed to pull it off, unfortunately it might be a step too far.

but paul doolin has done a superb job and assembled the most impressive squad in the league of ireland. they play some fantastic football they are streets ahead at the moment.
unfortunately irish football is in a right state financially with clubs struggling to pay the bills with a lot of the clubs playing as part time outfits and even some clubs who turned pro reverting back to semi pro status.

another problem being the lack of a decent stadium to play these games in. the GAA wont share and the FAI cant be bothered to help out as anyone who has followed the debacle surrounding the redelopment of lansdowne rd. will understand, irish football needs a kick up the jacksie.

with the possibility of an all ireland league being formed, this could be our only hope of ever seeing an irish club playing in the CL.

we live in hope......... come on you drogs.:D :D :D
 

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RedMurph7 said:
It would be amazing if the impossible happened next week
and they got a result. Cant really see a 2-0 victory though.
If they did get through where would they play their group
games
as they will hardly be allowed paly at Dalymount park
because of its size. 9000 is full capacity and surely you would
get a far bidder crowd for a Champioons League group game!
Croker maybe? Although its probably a bit too big!
Be amazed if the G.A.A. allowed them in.

They did say on RTE2 last night, "Welcome to Dalymount Park for tonights
game (blah blah blah), Drogheda's tempory home ground for their
Champions League campaign...."



So read into that whatever way you like.....will proably never be an issue needed
to be solved :p



But theres something that makes you feel good when yo watch the match and
you see the stadium "transportable" chipper in the corner with the ladies
cooking away! :p...:rolleyes:.......if only they won in Kiev!
 

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Unfortunatly, Drgheda have been knocked out of Europes biggest competition...:(

They went 1-0 down in Kiev, 3-1 on aggregate...
...but the might Irish spirit managed to force a penalty late in the first half which
levelled the game on the night and made it 3-2 on aggregate and if they could
find one more then extra time was a huge possibility.

But it was not to be as Kiev, hit the side netting, then the bar, then fired over
before they were awarded a stone wall penalty after a foolish tackle in the Irish
box...4-2 overall and no way back for the Drogs...



Credit to them, they gave it a bash and by the looks of things at the moment,
Bohemians will be flying the tri colour of Ireland in the Champions League
qualifiers next season.





So sad we couldn't do it! :eek:....(PS, theres actually 10 minutes to go now...)


EDIT:

So happy I'm editing this...:D.......with three minutes to go, Drogheda grab an
equaliser on the night!!! 2-2, although it is 4-3 on aggregate!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ADAM HUGHES MISSES FROM 6 YARDS WITH A DEFEDER ON THE LINE!!!


Should that have gone in....we would have done it!!!


AND OFF THE POST!!!!!!!!! AHH....this is bliddy hell! on the 90th minute
a volley crashes of the post and rolls across the line and a defender
clears!


Incredible!
 
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