Europa Conference League: Gent secures 3-0 win over Shamrock Rovers

Former Norwich player Vadis Ojedia-Ofo scored two of Gent’s goals including a superb curling shot in the 66th minute.

Gent proved too strong for Shamrock Rovers as the hosts beat the Irish 3-0 club in the European Conference League.

Rovers drew 0-0 at home to Sweden’s Djurgardens in the opening match of the group stage last weekend, but lost 2-0 after 18 minutes in Belgium.

Hugo Kuipers put Gent ahead in the ninth minute before former Norwich player Vadis Ojeja-Ovo doubled his lead.

Odjidja-Ofoe curled a delightful shot into the third goal for Ghent in the 66th minute.

With Djurgardnes beating Norway’s Molde 3-2 in another Group F match on Thursday, the Irish champions finished last in the table with Gent top on goal difference over the Swedish side.

Gent took the lead in the nine minutes when Malik Fofana stormed the penalty area before pulling the ball to Kuipers, who fired a low shot past Alan Manos.

Rovers quickly lost 2-0 after Dan Cleary was caught before Odjidja-Ofoe hit the loose ball.

The Dublin side started to have more possession in the second quarter but needed Manus to save well before the break as he cleared Jordan Torunariga’s shot.

With Rovers continuing to improve after the break, Gent goalkeeper Rory Gaffney tested Gent’s Paul Nardy with a shot before Republic of Ireland international Jack Byrne pulled away with a curling shot in the 65th minute.

However, Gent’s third goal came a minute later as Odjidja-Ofoe found the top corner with his superb shot after more good work from Fofana.

When Gent’s defense seemed to lose focus in the latter stages, Gaffney and Justin Verizage had chances for the late Rovers but Nardy held off both assistants.

The Irish champions’ next match in the tournament will be away to Molde on 6 October.

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KAA Gent

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shamrock rovers

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