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Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny laments poor defending

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny felt his team defended poorly as they bowed out of the Europa League with a 2-1 loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv in Netanya.

The result ultimately proved academic as AZ Alkmaar's victory over St Petersburg meant the Irish champions could not have progressed from Group D but they went into the game with a chance.

They did not help themselves as a penalty from Tal Ben Chaim and a strike by Dor Miha, both after errors by Gary Rogers, either side of an Eli Dasa own goal condemned them to defeat.

Kenny, quoted by the Irish Times, said: "I feel in the first half we started well enough but the goal we conceded was a really poor goal from our point of view.

"It was very disappointing to concede a goal like that but the players showed their character to get a goal back in the manner that they did. It was a well worked goal and that gave us confidence.

"I felt we were well in the game at 1-1 and it looked like we could create more chances but it was very disappointing to concede a second goal the way we did."

Kenny admitted such defensive lapses had become a recurring theme throughout the European campaign but Dundalk would bow out with pride.

He said: "We have given some soft goals away but over the campaign we've beaten FH Hafnarfjordur over two legs, beaten BATE Borisov 3-0 to qualify, run Legia Warsaw really close and in the group there's never been more than a goal in any of the games."

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