Shamrock vs Mlada Boleslav by Isaiah
Shamrock Rovers did to progress to the second qualifying round of Europa League after two narrow victories over Icelandic side Stjarnan. Firstly they won away from home, thanks to only goal scored in 38th minute via Shaw, but it needs to be said that it was fully deserved victory for the visitors who looked way more serious and dangerous during the whole game, especially in the first halftime.
Second game looked more open minded and attacking one, simply since the visiting side had to play that way, however once the hosts took the lead in 20th minute via Burke, they stood well in the defensive part of the field and didn't have problems progressing further. As for the domestic league, they are at fourth position now after twenty rounds played, with just a point less than third and Europa League placed Bray.
Mlada Boleslav had a decent previous season in domestic competitions, as the team finished their 1. Liga at fourth position, having eight points less than third placed Sparta Prague and just a point more than Teplice, however they also did well to reach the semi-finals of the domestic Cup competition where they got excluded to Opava late in April.
They had plenty of friendly matches ahead of the start of the season, firstly losing to Varnsdorf and Hradec Kralove, while they later on won over Apollon and lost to Russian side Rostov. In last preparational game, the team won over Sturm Graz 2:1 last Thursday evening. They are taking part in Europa League qualifiers for fourth season in a row now, being previously elemited by Lyon, Stromsgodset and Shkendija, being determined to change the things around and improve their image in Europe.
Mlada Boleslav surely is a more quality side here and should progress further, however with Shamrock's players being in a fully competitive form now, I'm quite convinced they will be able to give them a really good match trying to stay undefeated. Having that in mind, it's probable that the Czechs do get the victory, however without staying with a clean sheet in my opinion.