Sligo make tame exit

Sligo Rovers’ dreams of progressing to the glamour stages of the Europa League ended in this second leg qualifier at the Showgrounds last night.

Spartak left Rovers with a mountain to climb with three quick-fire goals in the first-leg and that task became insurmountable after 69 minutes last night when Peter Cvirik drilled a free-kick to the Rovers net.

Sligo’s first chance fell to Jason McGuinness after 22minutes from a Joseph Ndo corner but his headed effort was dealt with under pressure by the visitors’ defence.

Ian Baraclough’s side missed a great opportunity to pull a goal back in the 25th minute when Danny North stepped up to a penalty after Romauld Boco was taken down but top scorer North’s kick was well saved by Miroslav Filiipko.

Vlastimil Stozicky had a weak shot cleared by Gary Rogers in the home goal on 35 minutes.

Sligo skipper Danny Ventre was slow to capitalise on a gilt edged chance four minutes later as the Spartak keeper smothered his shot.

Mario Bicak went close for the Slovakians two minutes before half time but the Rovers goal stayed in tact once more.

Martin Mikovic threatened in the 63rd minute when the pitch seemed to open up in front of him but the danger was averted by some stout home defending.

Jason McGuinness scored a consolation goal with a headed effort three minutes into stoppage time but it was far too little and far too late for Ian Baraclough’s side.

SLIGO ROVERS: Rogers, Peers, McGuinness, Gaynor, Ventre, Conneely, Ndo, Cawley, Boco, Millien, North. Subs: Quigley for North 49, Connolly for Millien 76, Lynch for ventre 71.

SPARTAK TRNAVA: Filiipko, Cvirik, Gross, Hamzel, Jamecka, Mikovic, Vyskocil, Schranz, Stozicky, Karhan, Bicak. Subs: Carmota for Vyskocil 61, Gasparik for Mikovic 67, Koubsky for Schranz 85.

Referee: M Layushkin (Russia).

Attendance: 3,754

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