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Saturday 10 December 2016

Cork City throw it away

CORK City are counting the cost of their European exit after a disappointing Europa League defeat in Iceland last night.

KR Reykjavik beat City 2-1 in extra time and they advance to a meeting with Rosenborg in the next round 3-2 on aggregate as City miss out on a €210,000 payday.

It was all going well for Cork as they led 1-0 in Reykjavik after 13 minutes thanks to Mark O'Sullivan's goal and there was a further boost for John Caulfield's men just before half time when KR had Skuli John Friegersson sent off.

But a goal from Palmi Palmsson on 75 minutes got KR level, sending the game to extra time, and then Jacob Schoop struck for the winner.

Meanwhile, Irish teenager Josh Cullen took another opportunity to impress new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic with a solid display for the Hammers in last night's Europa League win. They had to settle for a 1-0 win away to Andorran side Lusitans but the London club progressed 4-0 on aggregate.

Senior internationals Darren Randolph and Joey O'Brien were in the starting line-up for West Ham but so was U19 cap Cullen, making his second appearance for the first team as the Hammers recovered from an early red card for Diafra Sakho to advance in to the second round.

Elliot Lee's first ever goal for the Hammers was enough to secure the 1-0 win on the evening aan wrap up a comprehensive 4-0 aggregate success.

IRELAND international Cillian Sheridan enjoyed his competitive debut for Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia as they moved into the second qualifying round of the Europa League. A summer signing from city rivals Apoel, Sheridan started for Omonia in their 2-0 win over Dinamo Batumi and they progress 2-1 on aggregate.

SHAMROCK Rovers will play Norwegian side Odds BK in the next round of the Europa League after they got past Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova) 3-0 on aggregate, last night's 0-0 draw in Norway watched by Pat Fenlon's coaching staff.

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