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St Pat's held by Wagner

Brazilian Wagner scored a stoppage time goal as St Patrick's Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw in their second qualifying round first-leg clash against 10-man Bosnian outfit Siroki Brijeg.

The Dublin outfit, who beat IBV in Iceland in the last stage, made the perfect start in Pecara when Christy Fagan opened the scoring in the 12th minute and their prospects of victory increased when defender Mladen Jurcevic was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

However, Wagner popped up in the third minute of added-on time to tie the scores and ensure there is everything to play for at Richmond Park next week.

Northern Irish outfit Portadown, meanwhile, look to be dead and buried in the competition after they were thumped 6-0 by NK Slaven Koprivnica of Croatia.

Nikola Rak scored a second-half hat-trick within the space of 24 minutes but the game had long ceased to be a contest before then.

Portadown were up against it from as early as the opening minute when Garry Breen put the ball into his own net before Tomislav Busic grabbed a brace with strikes in the 13th and 33rd minutes and Rak put his mark on proceedings with a superb treble after the interval to leave the visitors in complete disarray.

Sligo Rovers managed to keep their score respectable but they face an uphill climb next week after going down 3-1 at Spartak Trnava.

The Slovakian side were three goals to the good before the interval, with captain Miroslav Karhan opening the scoring in the 37th minute and Martin Mikovic grabbing a quickfire double shortly before half-time.

However, Gavin Peers then grabbed what could prove to be a vital consolation goal heading into the return clash at the Showgrounds in seven days' time.


From Belfast Telegraph