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Fingal suffer sucker punch late on but side can deliver a knock-out blow at Dalymount!

SPORTING Fingal have a huge incentive going into their Europa League qualifying round second leg tie with Portuguese side Maritimo at Dalymount Park next week after scoring two away goals in their 3-2 defeat at the Estadio da Madeira last night.

Fingal took the lead on 33 minutes when Glen Crowe perfectly executed a header from Ronan Finn's cross, but they conceded two goals before levelling the match through Lorcan Fitzgerald.

With time running out, it looked as though Liam Buckley's side had earned a creditable draw only for midfielder Tcho to spoil their night during injury time.

But Buckley will feel that the tie is still not over as the Portuguese outfit turn up at Dalymount Park next Thursday hoping those away goals don't count against them.

Sporting started brightly with Shaun Williams just inches away from connecting with Alan Kirby's free-kick on six minutes and Finn letting rip with a low drive.

The home side had some chances, with Djalma, Baba and Marquinho all off target with efforts as keeper Brendan Clarke had little to do in the first period.

Then the home support were left stunned when the visitors broke the deadlock. Conan Byrne passed to Finn and he supplied the cross for Crowe to head in.

Maritimo transformed into an attacking force after the interval and their constant pressure on the Sporting defence eventually paid off.

A cross from winger Luciano caught Kirby unaware and Santos Esteves got in behind the winger to head in from close range. Sporting were then hit with a second sucker punch on 85 minutes when Robson's ball forward was finished well by substitute Abdelmalek Cherrad.

Two minutes later the Ravens were celebrating a surprise goal when Fitzgerald put pressure on Esteves and the ball bounced kindly for him to lob it over Pecanha.

But the hammer blow for Buckley's side was struck in injury time when Danilo Dias crossed for Tcho to slide in to score.


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