There was huge disappointment for Irish sides in Europe this evening as both St Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers crashed out of the Europa League third qualifying round.
Sligo will be hugely annoyed at themselves as they gifted Vorskla two goals early in the first half that would be the difference between the two sides. Having secured a precious nil all draw in the first leg Rovers were in prime position to gain only their second ever win in Europe.
However the game was as good as over on the 17th minute mark when Serhiy Zakarliuk and Pavlo Rebeno scored within 60 seconds of each other to leave Sligo dead and buried with the Irish side requiring 3 goals to win the game.
Those two strikes took the wind out of Sligo and for the rest of the match they never really looked like they could force their way back into a tie that was far beyond them. Paul Doolin’s side exited the competition loosing 2-0 on aggregate.
In Tallaght Stadium meanwhile the St Patrick’s Athletic players that took the field tonight won’t be getting any win bonuses as they, like Sligo, were also put out of Europe for this season at the hands of Karpaty Lviv who beat the Dublin side 3-1 on the night and 5-1 over the two legs.
With so much rumour surrounding the St Pat’s players before the game one could have been expecting a better display from the home side who, although well in the game in the early stages, always looked like the first team to crack.
That crack came with 22 minutes on the clock Sergei Zenjov put the away side one nil up on the night and 3-0 nil up over the two legs. That goal required St Pat’s to score four unanswered goals if they hoped to progress.
Although Evan McMillan did pull one back for Pete Mahon’s side it was not enough and Igor Oshchypko scored a late goal that sealed a 3-1 win five minutes from time for the away side.
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