FORMER Weymouth goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons kept a clean sheet on his European debut for new club St Joseph's in their 0-0 draw with Larne.

Having signed a short-term deal for the Gibraltarian side's Europa Conference League qualifying campaign, Fitzsimons was in sharp form.

He proved his excellent season with Weymouth - receiving supporters' and players' player of the year - was no flash in the pan with a number of good saves.

Larne edged the first leg overall, making Fitzsimons work with a Jeff Hughes header midway through the first half.

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Fitzsimons then had to be alert to keep out an inswinging Leroy Millar corner, palming the delivery over.

Fitzsimons' efforts were nearly rewarded as St Joseph's threatened to win it in the 87th minute, only for sub Christian Aznar to be denied by Larne keeper Rohan Ferguson.

The Blues, who have been taken over by Weymouth director Mark Palmer in a joint venture with ex-Burnley chairman Mike Garlick, head to Northern Ireland for the decider on Thursday, July 14 (7.45pm).