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Cork City have exited the UEFA Europa League at the second qualifying round stage after a 1-0 loss to AEK Larnaca in Cyprus tonight. The tie finished 2-0 on aggregate.

The game also marked Seán Maguire and Kevin O’Connor’s final games for Cork City before they depart to join Preston North End.

City boss John Caulfield made four changes from the team that defeated Bray last Sunday. Stephen Dooley, Gearóid Morrissey, Jimmy Keohane and Kevin O’Connor all returned to the starting line-u in place of Karl Sheppard, Kieran Sadlier, Alan Bennett and Shane Griffin.

The home side had the first efforts at goal with Mark McNulty called into action twice to keep his side in the tie. City’s first opportunity fell to Dooley, he got on the send of Maguire’s pass after the Kilkenny man created space for the cross from the left. Dooley’s shot lacked accuracy and drifted just wide of the post.

Maguire was again the creator, this time for Keohane but the latter’s shot lacked power and was easily gathered by Juan Pablo in the AEK goal.

Larnaca took the lead in the 34th minute. After City failed to clear a corner kick, Jorge Larena drilled the ball into the box from just outside the “D”. Florian’s glancing header was enough to beat McNulty, making City’s task of qualifying all the more difficult.

City were denied what seemed to be a clear penalty after Maguire was bundled over in the box in an off-the-ball incident, but the Leesider’s failed to threaten AEK’s goal under the tiring, humid conditions.

The Rebel Army’s European adventure has concluded for at least another year, while City will set their sights on securing UEFA Champions League qualification this season.

Referee: Pavle Radovanović (Montenegro).

Attendance: 3,771.

AEK Larnaca

15Juan Pablo Goalkeeper 91'
3Marios Antoniades Defender
4Guillem Truyols Defender
5Daniel Mojsov Defender
6David Català Defender
7Jorge Larena Midfielder
10Joan Tomàs 11 Midfielder
12Ivan Tričkovski 14 Midfielder 86'
13Hector Hevel Midfielder
20Vincent Laban Midfielder
23Florian Taulemesse 25 Forward 33'
35Radovan Pankov Defender
1Antonis Georgallides Goalkeeper
2Carles Soria Defender
11Tete 10 Midfielder
14Vladimir Boljević 12 Midfielder
25Nestoras Mitidis 23 Forward
70Constantinos Charalambidis Midfielder
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Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
5Ryan Delaney Defender
6Greg Bolger Midfielder
7Jimmy Keohane 19 Midfielder
8Conor McCormack Midfielder
10Steven Beattie Midfielder
11Stephen Dooley 15 Midfielder
14Kevin O’Connor Defender
16Gearóid Morrissey Midfielder
24Seán Maguire Forward
26Garry Buckley 9 Midfielder
9Achille Campion 26 Forward
15Kieran Sadlier 11 Midfielder
17Connor Ellis Forward
19Karl Sheppard 7 Midfielder
20Shane Griffin Defender
21Conor McCarthy Defender
25Alan Smith Goalkeeper


Date Competition Season Match Day
20/07/2017 UEFA Europa League 2017 2nd Qualifying Round - 2nd Leg


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
AEK Larnaca101Win
Cork City000Loss


AEK Arena
Narkissou, Larnaca, Cyprus