Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 25 January 2015

Tommy Wright's joy as St Johnstone finish European job in style

St Johnstones manager Tommy Wright celebrates at full time after the UEFA Europa League, second round, second leg match at McDiarmid Park, Perth.

St Johnstone pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the club's 128-year history by completing a 2-1 aggregate win over Rosenborg to send the Norwegian spinning out of the Europa League.

The Perth outfit stunned the 22-time Norwegian champions with Frazer Wright's winner in Trondheim and then completed the job at McDiarmid Park as young striker Stevie May netted a precious equaliser to secure safe passage to the third qualifying round.

The incredible two-leg victory is former Northern Ireland international Tommy Wright's first act as new Saints boss and sets up a meeting with Beluarusians FC Minsk. It was also a moment to cherish for former Linfield goalkeeper Alan Mannus who was in inspired form against the side that conquered Crusaders in the previous round.

Alexander Soderlund netted the opener but St Johnstone held their nerve and levelled when Rosenborg defender Mikael Dorsin paused long enough to allow May to pounce on a David Wotherspoon pass and prod home.

Hibernian's Europa League adventure came to an end in embarrassing style as they suffered a 7-0 defeat to Malmo at Easter Road. Malmo now face Swansea.

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