Shamrock Rovers' European campaign has come to an end thanks to a 2-1 defeat to Lithuanian champions FK Ekranas
In the opening period, Gary Twigg was a lone figure up front, forced to chase down long balls. The Hoops sent a number of balls into the box, but goalkeeper Emilijus Zubas was not challenged and collected comfortably. At the other end, Oscar Jansson was forced into a save, but Vytautas Lukša should have done better with his connection and shot straight at the Swede.
A prolonged period of Rovers pressure amounted to little at the end of the half, with goalkeeper Zubas left untested as Ekranas defended in numbers. Then on the stroke of half time, some poor closing down allowed Giedrius Tomkevičius to cross the ball into an unmarked Marko Anđelković who headed home.
Rovers came out fighting in the second half, but left their shooting boots behind as Billy Dennehy spurned an early chance and Killian Brennan saw two long-range efforts sail over the crossbar. Ekranas were allowed settle back into the game, and Žilvinas Kymantas found enough space to strike the ball past Jansson to double their lead on 63 minutes.
The search for a goal left Shamrock Rovers exposed at the back, and Kymantas should have had a second with 15 minutes left. He tried to round Jansson, but the keeper got a hand on it to keep the score at 2-0.
A stoppage time foul by Egidijus Varnas gave the Hoops a lifeline through Gary McCabe's penalty kick, but with time running out Stephen Kenny's side couldn't find a second.