Dundalk Defeated By AEK Larnaca
Dundalk’s European summer is over after they fell to a 4-0 defeat to AEK Larnaca at the AEK Arena on Thursday night.
Dundalk were on the back foot from the off when Ivan Trickovski found space and shot from the edge of the area however it was well blocked by Brian Gartland.
It would be Trickovski who found the net after 10 minutes when he latched onto a clever Acoran through ball to finish first time past Gary Rogers.
It was 2-0 on 21 minutes when Joan Truyols crossfield ball to Tete saw him get in behind the defence and he calmly chipped the ball over the advancing Rogers to double the advantage.
Dundalk did begin to get their foot on the ball a little bit after that when Jamie McGrath found himself free 20 yards from goal and he had an effort from that distance however it was straight at the goalkeeper Tono.
The Lilywhites then had a penalty appeal turned away by the Croatian referee when it looked like Patrick Hoban had been upended in the box but Fran Jovic waved the protests away.
AEK would get the third goal just before the break when Tete’s cross from the left was into the path of Trickovski and his header was saved by Rogers but back into the path of the midfielder and he finished with aplomb.
The second half began with substitute Patrick McEleney shooting over the bar from just outside the area while at the other end Trickovski had a superb opportunity to grab a hat-trick and make it 4-0 but his shot came back off the post and away to safety.
Dundalk had their best opportunity to get a goal back when Jarvis found himself on the right wing and his cross was onto the head of Hoban but he headed inches wide of the target.
Hector Hevel tried a free-kick from just outside the area but it went safely over Rogers’ crossbar just past the hour mark.
Dundalk had a superb chance to get the goal back when Jarvis’ cross found the head of Hoban and his ball across the box went all the way to Dane Massey but he directed his free header wide of the target.
Hevel then turned provider for Trickovski but his header was cleared off the line by Sean Gannon.
Trickovski had another chance to bag a hat-trick however his header from Igor Silva’s cross was expertly saved by Rogers.
It was 4-0 in the 88th minute when Joan Tomas netted with his first touch past Rogers after Apostolos Giannou squared the ball to him.
That proved to be the final action of note on the night as the Lilywhites involvement in the UEFA Europa League ends at the second qualifying stage.
AEK LARNACA: 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)
DUNDALK: 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)
Referee: Fran Jovic