SHAMROCK ROVERS FACE a tricky second leg, after drawing 0-0 with FK Ekranas at Tallaght Stadium this evening.
Rovers had enough chances to win the game and looked the better team throughout.
Ronan Finn missed a one-on-one, and Gary Twigg also came close, while the visitors rarely threatened in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half unfolded in a similar fashion.
Finn struck the crossbar late on, while Twigg and substitute Chris Turner also failed to make the most of decent opportunities.
The result means Rovers face an uphill task, as they travel to Lithuania for the second leg on 24 July.