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Plucky Glenavon have no answer to classy Shakhtyor

By Keith Bailie

Brave Glenavon's European dream came to an end in Macedonia, Gary Hamilton's men going down 3-0 to Shakhtyor Soligorsk. The result gave the Macedonian outfit a comprehensive 5-1 aggregate win.

The Lurgan side arrived in Soligorsk trailing by a single goal after a 2-1 defeat at Mourneview Park in the first leg.

A late goal from Mark Patton had given the Lurgan Blues a lifeline but their dreams of progression were snuffed out in the Stroitel Stadium in Soligorsk.

Shakhtyor took the lead in the eighth minute when Aleksandr Yurevich scored a direct free-kick.

Kris Lindsay conceded a free-kick by fouling Dimitri Komarovski 25-yards from goal. Yurevich took full advantage.

While the home side had a number of chances they didn't score again until the 66th minute when Nikolai Yanush forced Jonny Tuffey into a good save but the striker followed up the rebound to double the advantage.

The third goal arrived four minutes from time when Dmitri Komarovski found the net.

Tuffey made a smart stop from Yanush in the build-up but there was nothing he could do to prevent Komarovski's effort.

Shakhtyor hammered Derry City 6-1 over two legs last season before knocking out highly-rated Beligan outfit Zulte Waregem in the next round.

The fact it took PSV Eindhoven to knock them out gives an indication of their quality.

It wasn't a night of European glory for the Lurgan Blues, but there was certainly no shame in defeat.

Shakhtyor: Bushma, Yanushkevich, Yurevich, Rybak, Kuzmenok, Matveichik, Afanasiev, Starhorodskiy, Kovalev, Yanush, Komarovski. Subs: Mikolinas for Afanasiev (59); Kozeka for Yurevich (75); Shibun for Kovalev (82). Not Used: Kotenko, Vasilevski, Martynyuk, Covic

Glenavon: Tuffey, Kelly, Lindsay, Marshall, Dillon, Singleton, Kilmartin, Hall, Martyn, Bradley, Braniff. Subs: Hall for Patton (35); Hamilton for Kilmartin (62), Caldwell for Lindsay (69). Not used: McGrath, Elebert, Sykes, O'Brien

Referee: Aleksandr Gauzer (Kazakhstan)

 

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