Friday 17 November 2017

Mahon fumes after 'sickening' late goal


KARPATY LVIV 2, ST PATRICK'S ATH 0, Europa League 3rd qualifying rd

ANOTHER League of Ireland manager hit out at the standard of refereeing in the Europa League last night as Pete Mahon's St Patrick's Athletic were hit by a sucker-punch in the Ukraine.

The Saints were set to leave Lviv with a manageable 1-0 deficit to take back to Tallaght Stadium next week when Swedish referee Martin Strömbergsson awarded the hosts a free-kick for what he perceived to be a foul by Evan McMillan on substitute Andrei Voronkov, who pounced on the rebound to score after Gary Rogers parried Igor Oshchypko's effort.

Pat Fenlon was left furious in similar circumstances after Bohemians crashed out against Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana.

"I can understand Pat Fenlon's frustration with the referee because now we have suffered as well," said Mahon.

"It was sickening because it came in the 93rd minute and the three minutes were just up. After they scored, we restarted and the final whistle blew.

"It was never a free-kick. He went down like a ton of bricks screaming. I'm convinced Voronkov was offside when he scored because he was right on the line. It will be interesting to see it on DVD."

In front of a crowd of around 15,000, the Saints went behind midway through the first half when Artem Fedetskiy beat Rogers to a through-ball and poked home.

And while he was left sore by the controversial second, Mahon acknowledged that the Ukrainians -- who played in the Europa League group stages last season -- were the better team.

Pat's returned home last night and have it all to do next Thursday at the home of Shamrock Rovers.

"There's no use in feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to get over it and bounce back, which we've done before," Mahon said.

"They were the better team than us, they were very good. We'll have to be a bit more adventurous next week. It will be interesting if we score first, and we have won 2-0 at home in the last two rounds, although Karpaty are a step up from what we have faced."

Irish Independent

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