St Patrick’s Athletic have it all to do in their return leg game in the third qualifying round of the Europa League when they welcome Karpaty Lviv to Dublin this Thursday night with a 7.45pm kick off.
The Inchorie men looked set to take what would have been a managble 1-0 deficit into the second leg but in they dying minutes of the first leg Belarus international Andrei Voronkov scored a 93rd minute free kick to pile the pressure on St Pats in the return leg.
That goal has put Pat’s at a huge disadvantage meaning that they will have to score a minimum of two goals just to keep the tie alive. If the first leg is anything to go by then it could be a long night for the St Pats team an supporters.
For the majority of the first leg St Pats were dominated by Lviv. They went behind after 34 minutes when Gary Rogers was beaten by defender Artem Fedetskiy for the first goal. Lviv dominated large portions of the game and St Pats were fighting just to stay with them.
If Pat’s are to pull off, what would be a surprising comeback, they will have to step up hugely on the first leg. Their midfield needs to dominate the game from the off. The tempo and the pace of their play has to be high and most importantly they need to score first and as soon as they can.
If they fail to score early the seeds of doubt will be planted in their collective minds. An early goal would rattle Lviv and get the home crowd behind Pats. If they don’t then Lviv have the talent, at this level, to take control and put the game behind the Irish side.
The Saints have it all to do. They have the team to do it but something in the head and the heart feels that Lviv have too much on them and St Pats European dream will come to an end this Thursday evening.