Shamrock Rovers 3-2 SK Brann: Hoops come from behind to defeat Norwegian visitors

A late own goal saw Pat Fenlon's side defeat their Scandinavian opponents, despite the visitors being the better team for much of the game

Shamrock Rovers recorded a late victory over Norwegian side SK Brann at Tallaght Stadium, coming from behind thanks to a penalty and own goal. Keith Fahey opened the scoring for the Hoops, but Pat Fenlon's men fell behind to two penalties before Danny North's spot kick and Andreas Veldheim's own goal decided the tie.

Supporters did not have to wait around long for the opening goal as Shamrock Rovers took the lead during the early stages of the game after finding space down the right-hand side of the field. Former St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Fahey headed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net to give the home side the lead.

SK Brann enjoyed a lot of the possession after Rovers took the lead, and levelled the game from the spot after a clear foul in the area. Erik Huseklepp stepped up and slotted the penalty into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

The visitors continued to dominate, and deservedly they took the lead when they were awarded a second penalty. Huseklepp netted once again to put Brann ahead.

The referee pointed to the spot once more, as Rovers were awarded a penalty when winger Sean O’Connor went down inside the box. North kept his composure to put the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper to level the tie.

Despite Brann's large periods of dominance, the Hoops ran out winners when O'Connor's cross was turned into the net by a defender, seeing Pat Fenlon's side take the spoils.

Elsewhere, two goals apiece from Ronan Finn and Richie Towell helped Dundalk defeat UCD 6-1. John Mountney and Chris Shields also found the net for the visitors, while Gary O'Neill bagged a late consolation for the Students.