McMillan Strike Sends Us Through!
Dundalk made it through to the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday evening after a hard fought 1-0 win over Inter Club d’Escaldes.
David McMillan’s strike early in the first half was enough for us to progress despite us having Andy Boyle sent off in the second half in Andorra.
It was a confident start for Dundalk and they were in control from the first minute.
David McMillan saw his header go inches wide of the post from a Sean Hoare cross in the 10th minute however he would break the deadlock in the 14th.
Stefan Colovic done superbly well to win the ball back and fed Michael Duffy. He played a wonderful through ball to McMillan in on goal and he fired expertly to the net.
It was almost 2-0 when Duffy himself broke through three defenders but could only fire his shot wide.
Sean Murray got beyond the defensive line when Chris Shields played him in however his excellent cross was just away from McMillan who was looking to double his tally.
Greg Sloggett was next as he had an effort from 25 yards however it whistled over the crossbar with the goalkeeper beaten.
Sean Murray had a go from long range and forced Josep Gomes to beat the ball away and McMillan found himself in a good position to try convert Duffy’s cross however he poked it wide.
Murray again ghosted in behind and met Duffy’s pull back however he couldn’t finish and the goalkeeper gathered at the second attempt.
Inter had their first opportunity of the half with five minutes remaining before the break, a harmless ball into the box got to the back post as McMillan slipped. It fell to Solduga however his effort was blocked brilliantly by Chris Shields.
Murray had another opportunity on the stroke of half-time to get his goal as he fired a free-kick from the edge of the area however it came crashing back off the post.
Dundalk started the second half on the front foot once more but didn’t have many clear cut chances to write home about.
The match would descend into farce just before the hour mark as the referee booked Andy Boyle for a second yellow despite no foul being committed for either card.
Dundalk almost immediately doubled their lead when Murray’s free-kick found the head of Brian Gartland but Gomes tipped over the bar at full stretch.
Armengal got in behind with 20 minutes remaining but his shot was inches wide of the post as Inter looked to take advantage of the extra man.
Solduga then looked like he had a golden opportunity to level it when he had a free header six yards out but somehow he sent it over the bar.
That was the final action of note as Dundalk held on to book their place in the third qualifying round.
INTER CLUB: Josep Gomes; Raul Feher, Ildefons Lima, Emili Garcia, Federico Bessone; Albert Reyes, Sergi Moreno (capt) (Roca Grau 81), Jordi Rubio (Oscar Rubio 86) Marc Pujol, Soldevila Solduga; Betriu Armengal (Bruninho 78)
Substitutes not used: Joan Bayona (GK), Xavier Moreno.
Booked: Moreno (10), Solduga (90)
Sent off: None.
DUNDALK: Gary Rogers; Sean Hoare, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Darragh Leahy; Chris Shields, Greg Sloggett; Stefan Colovic (Sean Gannon 60), Sean Murray (John Mountney 70), Michael Duffy; David McMillan (Patrick Hoban 70).
Substitutes not used: Aaron McCarey (GK), Will Patching, Daniel Cleary, Daniel Kelly.
Booked: Boyle (40, 58), Shields (51), Sloggett (55)
Sent off: Boyle (58)