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Battered Bohs sent packing by second-tier Thor

BOHEMIANS suffered a humiliating exit from the Europa League after they were thumped 5-1 by Icelandic second division side Thor Akureyri.

A night which began promisingly for Aaron Callaghan's team turned ugly late on as the Gypsies completely capitulated to a side not even playing top-flight football.

Dave Scully's goal was quickly cancelled out by a hat-trick from man-of-the-match Sigurdur Kristjansson, an own goal from Kildare man Kevin Feely and a goal from Orri Hjaltalin.

Bohs' exit was down more to the fact that they couldn't convert some of the gilt-edged chances they had last week in Dalymount Park and they were made to pay last night.

Playing on the northern coast of the Atlantic island, Bohs began brightly and controlled the opening exchanges.

Peter McMahon had the first chance when he capitalised on an error by full-back Andri Albertsson but his dipping volley was saved by Srdjan Rajkovic.

The hosts actually struggled to impose themselves on the game early on but were almost gifted the lead when Ryan McEvoy's misdirected back header sent Thor skipper Sveinn Jonsson through, but Evan McMillan saved his team-mate's blushes with a telling intervention.

Bohs deservedly took the lead on 23 minutes when Rajkovic spilled Adam Martin's low cross and Scully reacted first to smash the rebound home.

Keith Buckley had a big chance six minutes later, but Rajkovic redeemed himself with a decent save.

It all went downhill for the Gypsies from there, however. Thor equalised when Kristjansson scored the first of his three 10 minutes before half-time, pouncing on an error from Owen Heary to find the top corner.

Bohs were seeking the safety of the half-time dressing-room but it didn't come in time as Hjaltalin's powerful header gave the Icelandic side the lead. It went from bad to worse five minutes into the second half when Feely found his own net from a Kristjansson cross.

Kristjansson scored his second on 73 minutes and completed his hat-trick and the rout when he scored from a tight angle in injury time to send Bohs packing.