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Sligo Rovers 4 FK Banga 0 (Rovers win 4-0 on aggregate)

Published 11/07/2014 | 02:30

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Sligo Rovers' David Cawley, second left, celebrates with team-mates, from left, John Russell, Aaron Greene and Danny North, after scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round, Second Leg, Sligo Rovers v Banga. Showgrounds, Sligo. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Sligo Rovers' David Cawley, second left, celebrates with team-mates, from left, John Russell, Aaron Greene and Danny North, after scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round, Second Leg, Sligo Rovers v Banga. Showgrounds, Sligo. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Raffaele Cretaro, Sligo Rovers, in action against Artem Stezhka, Banga. UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round, Second Leg, Sligo Rovers v Banga. Showgrounds, Sligo. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Raffaele Cretaro, Sligo Rovers, in action against Artem Stezhka, Banga. UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round, Second Leg, Sligo Rovers v Banga. Showgrounds, Sligo. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Players from both side's involved in a disagreement late in the first half. UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round, Second Leg, Sligo Rovers v Banga. Showgrounds, Sligo. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Players from both side's involved in a disagreement late in the first half. UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round, Second Leg, Sligo Rovers v Banga. Showgrounds, Sligo. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Sligo earned a shot at Norwegian giants Rosenborg in the second round of the Europa League following last night's 4-0 dismantling of FK Banga at the Showgrounds.

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Alan Keane's goal in first-half injury-time gave Sligo a platform and the home side doubled their lead through Aaron Greene after 72 minutes – five minutes after Banga were reduced to 10 men.

Goals in the last 10 minutes from Danny North and David Cawley completed the mission and ensured Sligo won their first European tie (on aggregate) since a two-legged win over Malta's Floriana in the 1994-95 Cup Winners' Cup.

Sligo made one change from the side that drew 0-0 in Lithuania the week before as Kalen Spillane came in for Ross Gaynor. Banga, from Lithuania's top tier, A Lyga, attempted to stifle the home side, who attacked regularly down the left through Kieran Djilali.

Sligo were forced into a defensive change in the 23rd minute when Ross Gaynor replaced the injured Spillane. Despite a brisk start, Sligo were flat for much of the first period but David Cawley had an effort on target before the break.

Keane's drive on the right side of the area put Sligo 1-0.

Banga almost equalised after 57 minutes but Eivinas Zagurskas powered his shot narrowly wide.

The visitors had Karolis Urbaitis red-carded after 67 minutes – following two yellows – and five minutes later Aaron Greene settled the tie when he netted with a firm shot from John Russell's cross.

North wrapped up the result seven minutes from time and Cawley converted a minute from full-time to complete the rout.

Sligo Rovers – Rogers (Brush 83); Keane (Peers 87), McMillan, Spillane (Gaynor 23), Conneely; Cretaro, Cawley, Russell, Djilali; Greene, North.

FK Banga – Jurevicius; Karkusov (Stezhka 25), Arlauskis, Epifanov, Urbaitis; Khablov (Makiev 70); Shevchuk, Butkus (Sirky 74), Zagurskas; Staponka.

REF – B Pashaj (Albania)

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