Pat Fenlon and Stuart Byrne react to Dundalk's narrow loss to BATE

The tie is at the halfway point ahead of next week's second leg

Dundalk, BATE

Dundalk's Patrick McEleney competes with Mirko Ivanić of FC BATE Borisov ©INPHO/

Former Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon believes a 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov is not a bad result for Dundalk.

The League of Ireland champions put in a backs-to-the-wall performance to leave Belarus with a narrow defeat in the Champions League third qualifying round first leg.

And Fenlon feels it's a good result in the circumstances, especially against a team that regularly reaches the Champions League group stages.

"It would be a good result for them because they've had to work really hard to get anything out of this game," he said on Off The Ball.

Ex-Shelbourne midfielder Stuart Byrne was also on the show and he saw plenty of positives for manager Stephen Kenny and his team.

"I've been quite impressed with Dundalk. I agree with Pat. They've been put under tremendous pressure and I think the two substitutions at half-time probably eluded to that, bringing on Shields and Mountney," he said, agreeing that a 1-0 defeat is a good result.

Fenlon and Stuey also looked ahead to Cork City's Europa League clash against Genk of Belgium.