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Dundalk Knocked Out Of Europa League Qualifier By AEK Larnaca

Last week’s first leg of the second round of Europa League qualifying at Oriel Park was scoreless, but the away leg on Thursday saw the deadlock broken.

Unfortunately for the former League of Ireland champions, it was AEK Larnaca that got in on the goalscoring action.

The the return leg in Cyprus saw Larnaca, who finished fourth in the Cypriot league last season, prevail 4-0 to advance to the third round, one round off the playoffs.

Dundalk were up against it from the off, with Ivan Trichkovski getting the scoring underway after just 13 minutes.

Almost ten minutes later, a speculative long ball somehow found an unchallenged Tete, with Sean Hoare being caught out. Tete teased goalkeeper Gary Rogers before chipping it over to double the lead.

Stephen Kenny’s side had a solid penalty shout at two down, but referee Fran Jovic was having none of it.

Larnaca were three up before half time, with Trichkovski getting his second on the night.

Tete crossed it to the Macedonian from the wing, and though his header was straight at Rogers, the rebound fortunately came back to him.

The Lilywhites stopped the bleeding to an extent in the second half in what was a better performance, but AEK struck a fourth late on through Joan Tomás to compound their misery.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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