Heartbreak in Cyprus as Dundalk crash out of Europa League
Dundalk FC crashed out of the Europa League this evening, following a 4-0 defeat in second leg encounter with AEK Larnaca.
Three first half goals from AEK Larnaca left Dundalk with a mountain to climb in the second half, a task not made any easier thanks to the searing heat in Cyprus.
It was poor defending that spelt Dundalk's downfall unfortunately, with AEK's first goal coming in the 13th minute, thanks in part to Dundalk's poor defending.
While the team's went in 3-0 at the break, Dundalk did not lose hope with Michael Duffy coming closest to scoring shortly after play resumed in the second half.
It was not to be Dundalk's day however, their misery was compounded in the 87th minute when AEK substitute Joan Tomas slotted in AEK Larnaca's fourth goal.
Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland (capt), Daniel Cleary (Sean Gannon 46), Dane Massey; Chris Shields, Robbie Benson; Dylan Connolly (Patrick McEleney 46), Jamie McGrath, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban.
Substitutes not used: Gabriel Sava (GK), John Mountney, Karolis Chvedukas, Dane Massey, Ronan Murray.
Booked: Cleary (9), Shields (60), Jarvis (73)
Tono Ramirez; Igor Silva, Joan Truyols, Mikel Gonzalez, Thomas Ioannou; Jorge Larena (Nacho Cases 70); Acoran (Joan Tomas 87), Ivan Trickovski (capt), Hector Hevel, Tete (Konstantinos Konstantinou 80); Apostolos Giannou.
Substitutes not used: Andreas Christodoulou (GK), Rafael Anastasiou, Ioannis Panayides, , Onisforos Roushias.
Booked: Acoran (31), Tete (42)