Irish interest in the Europa league ended with two home defeats as Fulham, Stoke and Hearts all progressed.
After the high noon drama at Richmond, St Patrick’s Athletic managed to field a first choice 11 in Tallaght for the visit of Karpaty Lviv. However the main course failed to live up to the appetiser as Pete Mahon’s side lost 3-1 at home to crash out of the Europa League and end Irish interest in Europe for 2011/2012.
Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, St Pat’s task was made that bit harder when Sergei Zenjov scored on 22 minutes and despite levelling things on the night through Evan McMillan’s 57th minute goals from Igor Khudobyak and Igor Oschypko gave the visitors a comfortable 5-1 aggregrate win.
Earlier in the evening the heartbreak began as Sligo Rovers bowed out of the Europa League following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Vorskla Poltava at The Showgrounds.
Hopes were high on the West Coast after last week’s impressive draw however two goals inside 60 seconds proved to be their undoing. Serhiy Zakarlyuka opened the scoring on 16 minutes with a low shot after some impressive build up and a minute later it was game over as Pavel Rebenok got on the end of Ivan Krivosheenko’s cross to steer the ball home.
In truth the Ukrainians could have had more with Vasylj Sachlo and Jovan Markoski both hitting the bar with Rover’s best chance coming from a Jason McGuiness header.
Meanwhile English duo Stoke and Fulham both progressed to the next round with 2-0 aggregrate wins. Stoke beat Hadjuk Split away thanks a Ryan Shotton goal in the last minute while a 19th minute goal from Andrew Johnson and a second half Danny Murphy penalty saw Martin Jol’s Fulham safely through.
Scottish side Hearts joined them in the next round as they beat PAKS 4-1 at home to give new boss Paulo Sergio a debut win. Ryan Stevenson (2), Andrew Driver and Rudi Skacel scored the goals that sealed an impressive win.
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