Andy Boyle’s header earned The Lilywhites a half-time advantage and a well-struck Jordan Flores free-kick almost doubled the cushion in the early stages of the second half. (Pic: Sportsfile)
Dundalk FC 1-2 CFR Cluj
Claudia Petrila struck three minutes from time to deny Dundalk FC a draw they deserved in Wednesday’s pre-season friendly against Romanian champions CFR Cluj in Spain.
The 19-year-old’s sweet finish past Gabriel Sava was a tough way for The Lilywhites to concede a game in which they had performed very impressively, taking the lead against their Europa League knockout round opponents.
Andy Boyle’s header earned The Lilywhites a half-time advantage and a well-struck Jordan Flores free-kick almost doubled the cushion in the early stages of the second half.
Yet, with both sides ringing the changes, Cluj’s George Tucudian equalised with 18 minutes to go, before the comeback was completed courtesy of Petrila’s fine finish.
Still, though, it was a useful exercise for Vinny Perth, who managed to get field-time into 20 players, including trialists Taner Dogan and Cammy Smith, the latter, a Scot who has lined out for Aberdeen and St. Mirren, having joined the panel for the trip.
Though, an injury to Will Patching, which saw the Englishman depart with his arm sling-bound, will be a source of concern for The Lilywhites, who face CSKA Moscow on Friday, at 4pm, in their second friendly of the programme.
Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers (Gabriel Sava 71); Seán Gannon (Seán Hoare 66), Daniel Cleary (Brian Gartland 59), Andy Boyle, Darragh Leahy (Dane Massey HT); Chris Shields (Jordan Flores 61), Greg Sloggett; Daniel Kelly, Cammy Smith (Will Patching 53) (John Mountney 59), Michael Duffy (Taner Dogan 66); Patrick Hoban (Georgie Kelly 60)
CFR Cluj: Otto Hindrich; Denis Ciobotariu, Paulo Vinicius, Mike Cestor, Mihai Butean (Petrila Claudiu); Catalin Itu (Damjan Djokovic), Ovidiu Hoban (Sylla Yacouba), Adrian Paun (Aurelio Luis); Catalin Golofca (George Tucudian), Lacina Traore (Claudiu Petrila), Michael Pereira (Billei Omrani)