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Europa League: Dundalk 1-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Dundalk forward Ciaran Kilduff runs away in celebration after scoring against Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Dundalk forward Ciaran Kilduff runs away in celebration after scoring against Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Dundalk shocked Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League with a deserved 1-0 win to become the first Irish team to earn a European group stage victory.

The semi-professionals bossed the first half but squandered numerous chances against the Israeli visitors.

The breakthrough came on 72 minutes when substitute Ciaran Kilduff volleyed in from Daryl Horgan's cross.

Dundalk drew their opening Group D game with AZ Alkmaar and sit second, two points behind Zenit St Petersburg.

The League of Ireland minnows again showed that they can compete at this elevated level with a display of power and pace which finally overcame a sluggish Maccabi side.

Missed opportunities

Dundalk midfielder Patrick McEleney shields the ball from Maccabi's Omri Ben Harush
Dundalk midfielder Patrick McEleney shields the ball from Maccabi's Omri Ben Harush

It could so easily have been a night of frustration for Dundalk as they failed to convert a series of first-half openings.

Patrick McEleney burst clear after just two minutes but sent his weak shot straight at keeper Pedrag Rajkovic.

Rajkovic saved Ronan Finn's low strike with his legs before Dundalk penalty appeals were turned down for a challenge on Robbie Benson.

Daryl Horgan was also guilty of shooting straight at Rajkovic, while McEleney summed up Dundalk's opening 45 minutes by scooping over when well placed.

Maccabi, who were beaten 4-3 by Zenit after leading 3-0 with 13 minutes left a fortnight ago, improved after the break but without potency in attack.

The historic goal, scored by Kilduff just eight minutes after he replaced David McMillan, sparked raucous celebrations in a sell-out 5,543 crowd in Tallaght Stadium.

Horgan stakes international claim

Maccabi's Dor Peretz is left trailing by Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan
Maccabi's Dor Peretz is left trailing by Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill was present to cast an eye over Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan, who has shone for the Lilywhites this season.

Maccabi targeted the 24-year-old for attention, often double marking the quick and skilful wideman who represented the Republic at youth level.

Horgan is tipped to a get a first senior international call-up and while this was not his finest display, he showed his class with a pinpoint cross for the only goal.

Dundalk will celebrate a memorable game before resuming domestic duties as they close in on a third straight Premier Division title.

Next up in the Europa League is a home encounter against group leaders Zenit on 20 October.

Line-ups

Dundalk

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rogers
  • 2Gannon
  • 3Gartland
  • 4Boyle
  • 14Massey
  • 18BensonSubstituted forShielsat 85'minutes
  • 10Finn
  • 5ShieldsBooked at 89mins
  • 7Horgan
  • 11McEleneySubstituted forMountneyat 75'minutes
  • 9McMillanSubstituted forKilduffat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mountney
  • 12Grimes
  • 15Barrett
  • 16Kilduff
  • 19Shiels
  • 21Meenan
  • 22Sava

Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Formation 4-3-3

  • 95Rajkovic
  • 42Peretz
  • 26Ben HaimBooked at 90mins
  • 18Tibi
  • 20Ben Harush
  • 4Medunjanin
  • 6AlbermanSubstituted forItzhakiat 75'minutes
  • 40IgieborSubstituted forMichaat 60'minutes
  • 5Scarione
  • 24Kjartansson
  • 11Ben HaimBooked at 81minsSubstituted forBenayounat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lifshitz
  • 9Ben Basat
  • 10Itzhaki
  • 15Micha
  • 21Filipenko
  • 23Golasa
  • 51Benayoun
Referee:
Andris Treimanis
Attendance:
5,543

Match Stats

Home TeamDundalkAway TeamMaccabi Tel-Aviv
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundalk 1, Maccabi Tel Aviv 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundalk 1, Maccabi Tel Aviv 0.

  3. Booking

    Tal Ben Haim (Maccabi Tel Aviv) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tal Ben Haim (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

  5. Post update

    Dean Shiels (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Conceded by John Mountney.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Haris Medunjanin (Maccabi Tel Aviv) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Booking

    Chris Shields (Dundalk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Barak Itzhaki (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Chris Shields (Dundalk).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Eytan Tibi tries a through ball, but Vidar Orn Kjartansson is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Omri Ben Harush (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Boyle (Dundalk).

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Dundalk. Conceded by Omri Ben Harush.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundalk. Dean Shiels replaces Robbie Benson.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Barak Itzhaki (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

  19. Post update

    Dane Massey (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Barak Itzhaki (Maccabi Tel Aviv) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Haris Medunjanin.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 29th September 2016

As It Stood

A

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2Feyenoord21011103
3Man Utd21011103
4Zorya Luhansk201112-11

B

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1Apoel Nicosia22003126
2Olympiakos21011103
3FC Astana201112-11
4BSC Young Boys201101-11

C

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1Anderlecht21104224
2Mainz21104314
3Saint-Étienne20202202
4FK Qabala200236-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg22009366
2Dundalk21102114
3AZ Alkmaar201116-51
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv200235-20

E

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1Roma21105144
2Austria Vienna21103214
3Viktoria Plzen20201102
4Astra Giurgiu200227-50

F

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2Sassuolo21014313
3Rapid Vienna21013303
4Ath Bilbao210113-23

G

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1Ajax22003126
2Celta Vigo21103124
3Standard Liege201112-11
4Panathinaikos200214-30

H

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1Shakhtar Donetsk22003036
2KAA Gent21103124
3Sporting Braga201113-21
4Konyaspor200203-30

I

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1FK Krasnodar22006246
2Schalke22004136
3RB Salzburg200214-30
4Nice200226-40

J

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1Fiorentina21105144
2PAOK Salonika21102114
3Slovan Liberec201134-11
4FK Qarabag201137-41

K

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1Southampton21103034
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva21102024
3Sparta Prague210134-13
4Inter Milan200215-40

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal21103214
2Osmanlispor21013213
3FC Zürich21013303
4FCSB201113-21
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