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Dogged Drogheda live to fight again

Published: Friday 5 July 2013, 12.47CET
Drogheda United FC boss Mick Cooke paid tribute to his side's character after a team boasting just two players with European experience and down to ten men drew 0-0 with Malmö FF.
Dogged Drogheda live to fight again
Midfielder Paul O'Connor celebrates Drogheda's draw against Malmö ©Sportsfile
Published: Friday 5 July 2013, 12.47CET

Dogged Drogheda live to fight again

Drogheda United FC boss Mick Cooke paid tribute to his side's character after a team boasting just two players with European experience and down to ten men drew 0-0 with Malmö FF.

Drogheda United FC are dreaming of a clash with Scottish side Hibernians FC – managed by Irishman Pat Fenlon – after they earned a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League first qualifying round tie with Malmö FF.

Back in UEFA competition for the first time since 2008, when they came close to knocking FC Dynamo Kyiv out of the UEFA Champions League, Drogheda frustrated Malmö at Dublin's Tallaght Stadium. The Irish club survived with ten men after Ryan Brennan was sent off for a second bookable offence 15 minutes from time, giving Mick Cooke's team hope of progress to the second qualifying round.

"We showed great courage and we will go over there to Sweden next week to try and get an away goal and make a real tie of it," said Cooke. The 61-year-old was getting his first taste of UEFA action as a coach, and his squad are also inexperienced at this level with only a handful of players, like veteran striker Gary O'Neill, having played in UEFA competition previously.

It was one of those European debutants who helped United stay in the tie Romanian-Italian goalkeeper Gabriel Sava denying Markus Halsti and Tokelo Rantie as the ten men clung on. "We had just two lads in the XI with European experience," Cooke said. "To keep the tie alive against Malmö, especially with ten men, showed great character. We're underdogs but hopefully we can get an away goal."

Last updated: 03/12/13 17.46CET

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Lineups

drogheda

Drogheda

malmö

Malmö

1
SavaGabriel Sava (GK)
27
DahlinJohan Dahlin (GK)
4
PrendergastDerek Prendergast (C)
3
AlbornozMiiko Albornoz
Yellow Card59
5
McNallyAlan McNally
5
JanssonPontus Jansson
6
O'ConorPaul O'Conor
6
HalstiMarkus Halsti
8
BrennanRyan Brennan
Yellow Card54
Red Card75
7
ErikssonMagnus Eriksson
9
HynesPeter Hynes
Substitution79
8
FribergErik Friberg
Substitution84
10
O'NeillGary O'Neill
Substitution67
10
HamadJiloan Hamad (C)
Yellow Card70
11
BrennanGavin Brennan
20
RicardinhoRicardinho
15
CassidyDavid Cassidy
21
E. JohanssonErik Johansson
20
DalyMichael Daly
29
RantieTokelo Rantie
Yellow Card26
28
ByrneAlan Byrne
33
ForsbergEmil Forsberg
Substitution55

Substitutes

16
SchlingermannMichael Schlingermann (GK)
25
OlsenRobin Olsen (GK)
7
BradyCathal Brady
11
ThernSimon Thern
Substitution55
12
GrimesShane Grimes
14
KroonSimon Kroon
14
RuskGraham Rusk
19
FadiBenjamin Fadi
17
GannonBrian Gannon
Substitution79
32
KonatePa Konate
19
O'BrienDeclan O'Brien
Substitution67
35
CibickiPawel Cibicki
23
MarksJason Marks
36
PetrovićPetar Petrović
Substitution84

Coach

Mick Cooke (IRL) Rikard Norling (SWE)

Referee

Emir Alecković (BIH)

Assistant referees

Sreten Udovičić (BIH), Goran Dujak (BIH)

Fourth official

Ognjen Valjić (BIH)

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