Tijana Filipovic’s four-goal salvo ends Peamount’s Champions League dreams

Eleanor Ryan-Doyle’s late brace saw Irish side end tough encounter on a high note

 Tijana Filipovic celebrates with team-mates after scoring  ZFK Spartak Subotica’s second goal during the Uefa Women’s Champions League first qualifying round match against Peamount United at Sportclub Enschede. Photograph:  Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures

Tijana Filipovic celebrates with team-mates after scoring ZFK Spartak Subotica’s second goal during the Uefa Women’s Champions League first qualifying round match against Peamount United at Sportclub Enschede. Photograph: Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures

 

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The European dream ended before it really got going for Peamount United as they lost 5-2 to Spartak Subotica in their Champions League qualifier in the Netherlands on Wednesday morning.

Four goals from playmaker Tijana Filipovic and one from Alice Kusi ensured it was the Serbian champions who will advance in the competition – playing either FC Twente or Nike Tbilisi on Saturday for a chance to reach the second round.

The only consolation came from Eleanor Ryan-Doyle’s late brace, which started with a sweetly-struck free-kick on 72 minutes before rolling the ball in on 89 minutes after beating the goalkeeper to a long pass.

The game was played at the Sportclub Enschede as part of a new format in the competition that sees one team host a mini-tournament. Peamount will play the losing team from the other game before returning to Dublin.

Over 500 viewers were able to watch via a YouTube stream provided by Peamount’s performance analyst but it didn’t make for great entertainment from an Irish perspective once Spartak hit the front.

Stephanie Roche of Peamount United challenged in the air with Violeta Slovic of ZFK Spartak Subotica. Photograph: Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures
Stephanie Roche of Peamount United challenged in the air with Violeta Slovic of ZFK Spartak Subotica. Photograph: Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures

Filipovic is considered to be one of the rising stars in women’s football and it was clear to see why when she fired a long-range strike past goalkeeper Naoisha McAloon after nine minutes.

Up to that point, Peamount had started well and constructed some nice passing moves. But the difference at this level is creating chances and finishing them, which Spartak did really well with Filipovic taking control.

The 22-year-old slipped into dangerous areas and was not afraid to unload at goal, which led to her scoring twice more before the referee blew for half-time. It wasn’t that Peamount were being over-run, it was simply a case of Spartak being clinical in front of goal.

Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw and goalkeeping Coach Jan Willem van Ede were in attendance to monitor the Peamount players but this wasn’t a day where many girls in green got to shine.

Filipovic added her fourth goal on 54 minutes before Kusi put them five up just past the hour mark.

However, the character of James O’Callaghan’s squad revealed itself with a battling display in the final 30 minutes with two goals from Ryan-Doyle giving them something to be proud to take away from the game.

SPARTAK SUBTOICA: Kostic; Baltrip-Reyes, Slovic, Jackmon; Kusi (Saric, 73), Stupar, Fielder, Milivojevic, Frajtovic (Nad, 72); Filipovic (Ilic, 83); Owusu Ansah (Ciric 62).

PEAMOUNT UNITED: McAloon; O’Callaghan, Duggan, Ruddy, Beirne; O’Gorman, Doyle (Smyth-Lynch, 85), Gorman, Kelly (McCartan, 62); Ryan-Doyle; Roche (McEvoy, 57).

Referee: Ana Maria Alexandra Terteleac (Romania).

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