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Good evening, folks. Welcome along to our liveblog of the second leg of Cork City’s Europa League first round qualifier against Levadia Tallinn. Kick-off here at Turner’s Cross is at 7.45pm and City lead 2-0 from last week’s first leg in Estonia.

We’ll do our best to keep you updated here on tonight’s two other Europa League games involving League of Ireland teams as well.

Shamrock Rovers are 1-0 up against Stjarnan of Iceland. Their game at Tallaght Stadium starts at 8pm and it’s live on Eir Sport.

Derry trail 6-1 from the first leg against FC Midtjylland of Denmark. That game is being played at the Showgrounds in Sligo, where kick-off is also at 7.45pm.

Cork City are unchanged from the first leg, which means Alan Bennett hasn’t been passed fit to play.

Levadia have made two changes. Artom Atrjunin replaces the suspended Luc Tabi Manga in defence. Nikita Andreev comes into the midfield in place of Pavel Marin, who drops to the bench.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 0 (2-0)

1 – With Cork City all in green and attacking the St Anne’s End, the game is underway. Levadia all in white.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 0 (2-0)

2 – Early attacks from Levadia. First McCormack cuts out Kobzar’s cross, then Andreev shoots harmlessly wide from just outside the box.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 0 (2-0)

3 – Brilliant long-range effort by City left-back O’Connor drifts just wide.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 0 (2-0)

6 – With a two-goal deficit, Levadia are trying to make things happen early on but City are well organised and giving them few opportunities to advance.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 0 (2-0)

8 – Morelli tries his luck from distance. It’s struck well but straight at McNulty.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 0 (2-0)

10 – Beautiful work by Dooley down the left for City but his cross is headed clear by Krznaric.

Derry City 0 FC Midtjylland 1 (1-7)

7 – Paul Onuachu opens the scoring for the Danes in Sligo.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 0 (2-0)

11 – Close! Keohane crosses from the right and Buckley’s looping header back across goal strikes the crossbar.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 0 (2-0)

13 – Lepmets struggles to deal with O’Connor’s cross but Sheppard is unable to capitalise. Major let-off for Levadia.

GOAL! Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 1 (2-1) 

15 – Evgenii Kobzar cuts in from the left wing and his excellent right-footed strike beats McNulty at the far post.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 1 (2-1)

20 – Morrissey has a shot blocked from O’Connor’s corner from the right. O’Connor sends it back in but Delaney heads wide.

Cork City 0 Levadia Tallinn 1 (2-1)

27 – Maguire’s cross headed clear as City press for a goal.

GOAL! Cork City 1 Levadia Tallinn 1 (3-1)

28 – After O’Connor was fouled wide on the left, Bolger’s free-kick found Sheppard at the near post, and his delicate header ends up in the back of the net.

Cork City 1 Levadia Tallinn 1 (3-1)

30 – O’Connor’s low cross finds Maguire, he tees up Morrissey but his half-volley is off target. City finding their rhythm now.

GOAL! Cork City 1 Levadia Tallinn 2 (3-2)

32 – Levadia go back in front on the night. Kobzar crosses from the right and Andreev’s brilliant header beats McNulty. However, the home fans and players are furious as Kobzar appeared to handle the ball in the build-up.

Cork City 1 Levadia Tallinn 2 (3-2)

37 – Excellent work again by Dooley; he releases Buckley who tees up Morrissey, but his close-range shot is blocked, although the linesman had flagged for an offside anyway.

Shamrock Rovers 1 Stjarnan 0 (2-0)

20 – Graham Burke has extended the Hoops’ lead in Tallaght.

Cork City 1 Levadia Tallinn 2 (3-2)

38 – Sheppard attempts to chip the goalkeeper but it’s just off target.

Cork City 1 Levadia Tallinn 2 (3-2)

41 – O’Connor crosses to Sheppard at the back post but he heads wide.

Derry City 0 FC Midtjylland 2 (1-8)

38 - Paul Onuachu scores again for the Danes.

Derry City 1 FC Midtjylland 2 (2-8)

41 – Aaron McEneff pulls one back for Derry.

Half-time: Cork City 1 Levadia Tallinn 2 (3-2)

Half-time: Derry City 1 FC Midtjylland 2 (2-8)

GOAL! Cork City 2 Levadia Tallinn 2 (4-2)

46 – What a start to the second half for City. Buckley releases Sheppard down the right, he crosses low and Maguire steers it home with a beautiful close-range flick.

Half-time: Shamrock Rovers 1 Stjarnan 0 (2-0)

Cork City 2 Levadia Tallinn 2 (4-2)

58 – Sheppard shoots from distance but it flies just over the crossbar.

Cork City 2 Levadia Tallinn 2 (4-2)

64 – Maguire breaks but scuffs his shot off Atrjunin and it’s out for a corner, which Levadia clear.

Derry City 1 FC Midtjylland 3 (2-9)

59 – Another goal for Midtjylland, this time through Gustav Wikheim.

Cork City 2 Levadia Tallinn 2 (4-2)

68 – Outstanding work by Maguire down the left earns City a corner but again Levadia clear the danger.

Derry City 1 FC Midtjylland 4 (2-10)

69 – Onuachu gets his hat-trick.

Cork City 2 Levadia Tallinn 2 (4-2)

75 – Nervy moment for City as Andreev’s shot from just outside the box drifts narrowly wide.

Cork City 2 Levadia Tallinn 2 (4-2)

76 – O’Connor responds for City but his right-footed effort is stopped by Lepmets.

Cork City 2 Levadia Tallinn 2 (4-2)

84 – Levadia need to score twice to go through but City are still enjoying most of the possession.

GOAL! Cork City 3 Levadia Tallinn 2 (5-2)

86 – Maguire does it again, firing in from close range to become City’s all-time leading goalscorer in Europe.

GOAL! Cork City 4 Levadia Tallinn 2 (6-2)

90 – Griffin’s corner finds the head of — guess who! — Maguire and he finishes emphatically for his hat-trick.

Full-time: Cork City 4 Levadia Tallinn 2 (6-2)

Cork City advance to the second qualifying round where they’ll face AEK Larnaca of Cyprus.

Full-time: Derry City 1 FC Midtjylland 4 (2-10)

That’s the end of Derry’s European campaign unfortunately.

Full-time: Shamrock Rovers 1 Stjarnan 0 (2-0)

Graham Burke’s first-half goal sees the Hoops advance through to the second qualifying round.

Paul Dollery’s match report from Turner’s Cross can be read here and we’ll have reports from Tallaght and the Showgrounds to come shortly.

Thanks for joining us tonight and until next time, goodbye!

Sean Maguire celebrates after the game Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

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