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Dundalk's Fenn quits football

STRIKER Neale Fenn has quit Airtricity League Premier Division side Dundalk and announced his retirement from the game.

The former Cork City and Bohemians frontman, who played Premier League football with Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Ireland, cited personal reasons for his departure.

Fenn -- who was part of Brian Kerr's Irish Under-20 squad that came third at the World Youth Cup in Malaysia back in 1997 -- claimed three League of Ireland titles, two with Bohs and one with Cork, as well as an FAI Cup and League Cup with the Gypsies during his career.

He will be replaced at Dundalk by new signing, 30-year-old striker Matthew Tipton.

Hibernian endured a disappointing return to European football as a resounding defeat in Slovenia left them facing a mountainous task to reach the Europa League play-off round.

A double from Josip Ilicic and a curling effort from Marcos Tavares put Hibs three goals behind before the hour mark and the score only threatened to get worse despite a tactical switch from John Hughes.

Hughes left his two most dangerous players out of his starting line-up with Colin Nish the lone frontman and both Anthony Stokes and Derek Riordan on the bench.

However, his team were second best throughout a difficult night against a side who have scored five goals without reply in their opening two league games and dispatched Videoton of Hungary 3-1 on aggregate in the previous round.