Dundalk 2-1 CSG Grevenmacher: Europa League
Dundalk progressed to the 2nd qualifying round of the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League after a 2-1 win over CS Grevenmacher. It was a great occasion for Dundalk FC with Oriel Park hosting a European match for the first time since 1991. The Dundalk fans played their part in creating an intimidating atmosphere to help the team overcome the challenge from the visitors. The win guarantees an extra €90,000 in prizemoney and a trip to play Levski Sofia next Thursday before what should be another fantastic occasion in Oriel Park in the 2nd leg.
Dundalk should have won this match much more comfortably than the scoreline suggests. Dundalk were by far the superior team and could have won the game by four or five clear goals.
Dundalk attacked strongly from the start. Barely two minutes were on the clock when Tiarnan Mulvenna set up Fahrudhin Kudozovic to crack a shot off the crossbar. Dundalk didn’t have to wait much longer to take the lead. Faz was fouled in the box by Tim Heinz and Neale Fenn calmly dispatched the penalty low into the bottom corner.
Fenn and Faz combined again after 16 minutes to extend Dundalk’s lead. Fenn produced a superb throughball for Faz to finish accurately past the helpless Pleiming. Dundalk were totally dominant at this point and Fenn hit the woodwork after 20 minutes as Grevenmacher continued to hang on for dear life. Alan Cawley also hit the woodwork while Gaynor was also very unlucky to see his effort hit the frame of the goal.
Dundalk continued to dominate in the second half with Ross Gaynor, Faz and Fenn all coming very close to extending the lead. Grevenmacher managed a late consolation through Mueller’s goal and gave everybody a scare when Gregg was forced into a good save deep in injury time.