Europa league round up: Joy for St Pats

St Patricks Athletic are through to the third round of the Europa League qualifying after a 2-0 win over Karagandy sealed a famous 3-2 aggregate win.

Evan McMillan 14th minute header and Derek Doyle sliding finish sent the Inchicore faithful into ruptures and set up a clash with Ukrainian side Karpaty Lviv.

However there was heartbreak for Bohemians who bowed out of Europe 3-1 on aggregrate after a 1-1 draw at home to Olimpija Ljubljana. Pat Fenlon’s side knew they needed to score 3 goals or more and not concede to have any chance of progressing and they looked to be on their way to that tally when Christy Fagan headed home Killian Brennan’s 34th minute corner.

However despite dominating the game Bohs couldn’t find that killer second goal and against the run of play Olimpija got back into the game with 11 minutes remaining when Ger O’Brien’s back pass to Barry Murphy found its way into the net.

In the end Bohs couldn’t find a way past the Slovenian’s back line and despite getting a credible home draw the damage was done by the two dubious decisions in Ljubljana last week.

Meanwhile Damian Duff was on the score sheet for his second European goal of the season as Fulham beat Northern Ireland’s Crusaders 4-0 at Craven Cottage. Andy Johnson, Steve Sidwell and Bobby Zamora all got on the score sheet as well as Fulham ran out 7-1 aggregate winners. Next up for Martin Jol’s side is Croatian side RNK Split.

Dundee United crashed out of Europe despite beating Slask Wroclaw 3-2, Sebastian Dudek’s 74th minute goal enough to see the Polish through to the next round.

Things had looked good for Peter Houston’s side after first half goals from Keith Watson, David Goodwille and Dubliner Jonathan Daly put the terrors 3-1 up at half time but they couldn’t find the goal they needed to kill the game off and in the end Slask goal 16 minutes from the home took the wind out of the home side’s sails.

Welsh Premier league side Llanelli are also out after they lost 5-0 away to Dinamo Tbilisi.

Llanelli had made the journey to Georgia holding a slender 2-1 lead from the opening match but goals from Xisco Munoz (2) Albert Yague, Robertinho and Carles Coto was enough to send the hosts through 6-2 on aggregate and into a third qualifying round tie with KR Reykjavik of Iceland will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.


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