O'Flynn secures passage for Pat's

Thu, Jul 12, 2012, 01:00

Europa League review: St Patricks Athletic are through to the second round of Europa League qualifying despite a 2-1 defeat to IBV Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland, but Bohemians were hammered 5-1 by Thor Akureyri.

After a 1-0 win at home in Richmond Park last week, Pat's got the crucial away goal tonight in extra-time when Stephen O'Flynn scored in the 99th minute.

It looked grim for the Dublin side just a minute beforehand when Eythor Birgisson doubled the home side's advantage after Matt Garner denied Pat's progress in normal time with an 84th minute opener.

However, Jake Kelly provided the ball for O'Flynn to score the decider and Pat's held out to be the only Irish side to progress from tonight's ties.

The night got off to a bright start for Bohs, who drew the first leg 0-0 at Dalymount last week, when David Scully scrambled the ball home from close range after 23 minutes, but their hosts struck back with a vengeance and soon rendered the away goal redundant.

Sigurdur Kristjansson got the first of his three goals in the 36th minute and netted in the 73rd and 93rd minutes thereafter, while Orri Hjaltalin chipped in six minutes before halftime and Kevin Feely found his own net shortly after the restart.

Cliftonvilleconceded four on their travels when Swedish side Kalmar FF dominated when goals from Erik Israelsson, Nenad Djordjevic , Abiola Dauda and Etrit Berisha secured a 5-2 win on aggregate.

Crusaderskept it respectable against Rosenborg when losing 1-0, but the damage was done last week by the Norwegian side when the won 3-0 at Seaview.

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