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St Pat's sneak through

Substitute Stephen O'Flynn's extra-time strike against IBV in Iceland earned St Patrick's Athletic a place in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League on the away goals rule.

The Dublin side looked to be heading out of the competition when Matt Garner equalised the aggregate score just six minutes from the end of normal time and Eythor Birgisson extended IBV's lead on the night in the 98th minute.

But St Pat's, leading 1-0 from the first leg, grabbed their crucial away goal through O'Flynn one minute later to send them through on away goals despite a 2-1 defeat on the night.

But St Pat's, who will next face Bosnian side Siroki Brijeg, were the only winners as the other three remaining Irish and Northern Irish sides in first qualifying round action were knocked out.

Dublin rivals Bohemians were embarrassed by a 5-1 thumping at Icelandic second division side Thor despite David Scully giving the visitors a 23rd-minute lead in their second-leg tie.

Peter Ankersen's late goal denied Irish Premier League Crusaders a brave draw in Norway against former Champions League quarter-finalists Rosenborg as they exited 4-0 on aggregate.

Belfast side Cliftonville were brought back to reality with a jolt as they suffered a 4-0 defeat to Allsvenskan side Kalmar in Sweden to go out 4-1 on aggregate.


From Belfast Telegraph