Levski polish off Dundalk
Levski Sofia 2
(Levski win 8-0 on aggregate)
THERE were no surprises at Oriel Park last night as Dundalk's European dream came to an inevitable conclusion at the hands of a polished Levski Sofia side.
Staring down the barrel of a six-goal defeat from the first leg, Ian Foster's men had only pride to play for and they gave a good account of themselves, even though the scoreline suggests otherwise.
Garra Dembele was the home side's tormentor-in-chief, putting the Bulgarians ahead after just four minutes with a crisp drive from 18 yards and then taking his tally to three goals over the two legs with a tap-in after Peter Cherrie had failed to hold a Vladimir Gadzhev free-kick.
Dundalk improved after the break as teenager Stephen McDonnell caught the eye with a busy display in midfield.
Levski did have the ball in the net for a ninth time over the two legs, but Ismail Isa's effort was ruled out for offside and home side's Tom Miller had a similar effort chalked off for the same reason at the death.
DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Synnott, G Breen, McGuigan, Hatswell; McDonnell, Maher, Miller, Gaynor; Lennon (Mulvenna, 58), Kuduzovic.
PFC LEVSKI SOFIA -- Petkov; Mulder, Miliev, Ivanov, Minev; Mladenov, Baltanov, Gadzhev (Ognyanov, 60), Joaozinho (Kirov, 70); Dembele (Isa, 56), Tasevski.
REF -- F Aydinus (Turkey).