Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 2nd Leg
Dinamo Minsk1Derry City2

Europa League: Dinamo Minsk 1-2 Derry City (agg: 3-2)

Derry's Gavin Peers tackles Seidu Yahaya of Dinamo Minsk
Derry's Gavin Peers tackles Seidu Yahaya of Dinamo Minsk

Derry City bowed out of the Europa League despite a battling 2-1 win against Dinamo Minsk in Belarus.

Ally Roy and Ronan Hale both scored for the visitors, who were ultimately left to rue their first-leg defeat at the Brandywell.

It was only the Candystripes' ninth victory in European competition.

Aleksandr Sachivko's first-half goal was enough for Minsk to snatch a 3-2 aggregate win, which earns them a place in the next round.

Minsk gamble on selection

The match was Minsk's first game at the Dinamo Stadium since it was closed for renovation in 2012 but manager Sergei Gurenko chose to rest several key players - making five changes from their visit to the Brandywell.

The gamble appeared to back-fire as the visitors made a dream start.

Derry, who conceded after just 90 seconds of the opening leg, took the lead in the seventh minute when Aaron McEneff played a through pass for Roy, who scored with a composed right-footed finish.

The Scottish striker had a chance to level the tie just minutes later but his shot from a narrow angle was batted away for a corner before Darren Cole's header was saved by goalkeeper Sergei Ignatovich.

Dinamo began to threaten in attack and eventually drew level in the 28th minute when the Derry defence were unable to deal with a free kick and Sachivko prodded in from close range.

Aleksandr Sachivko (left) scored the decisive goal for Dinamo Minsk
Aleksandr Sachivko (left) scored the decisive goal for Dinamo Minsk

Ger Doherty had to make a scrambling save at the start of the second half after Uros Nikolic powered his way through the Derry defence.

Hale's introduction off the bench in the 72nd minute gave the visitors renewed energy and he had an immediate impact with a long-range shot that flashed narrowly over the bar.

The forward made no mistake with his next chance as Aaron Splaine's pass found Roy in space and he kept his composure to feed his strike partner, who wrong-footed the defence before scoring.

The goal set-up a tense final 15 minutes as Dinamo threatened on the counter-attack, with Cole and Doherty both forced to clear off the line.

At the other end, Splaine had a shot off-target and Gavin Peers could not steer his header towards the goal after getting on the end of Jamie McDonagh's free kick.

Derry manager Kenny Shiels will be hoping his players can build on the moral-boosting victory as they face a quick turnaround before their next league match against Cork City on Monday.

Line-ups

Dinamo Minsk

  • 35Ignatovich
  • 11SarokaSubstituted forIvanovat 63'minutes
  • 3Shvetsov
  • 6Yahaya
  • 10Nikolic
  • 14SoloveySubstituted forKhvashchinskiyat 68'minutes
  • 15Zhavnerchik
  • 41GurenkoSubstituted forOstroukhat 85'minutes
  • 7Bykov
  • 22Begunov
  • 20Sachivko

Substitutes

  • 4Galovic
  • 5Ostroukh
  • 21Ivanov
  • 23Khvashchinskiy
  • 30Gorbunov
  • 39Ksenafontau
  • 40Ivanov

Derry City

  • 1Doherty
  • 4McEneff
  • 8Hale
  • 7McDonagh
  • 3Seaborne
  • 10FiskSubstituted forDohertyat 89'minutes
  • 9Roy
  • 22ShielsSubstituted forHaleat 72'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 6SplaineBooked at 53mins
  • 14PeersBooked at 49mins
  • 20Cole

Substitutes

  • 11Patterson
  • 13Grimes
  • 15Toal
  • 23Doherty
  • 25Hale
  • 27Delap
  • 29Logue
Referee:
Jens Maae
Attendance:
13,750

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 19th July 2018

As It Stood

A

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1Villarreal6321106411
2FC Astana6312107310
3Slavia Prague62226608
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv611418-74

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6411159613
2Partizan Belgrade622289-18
3Young Boys613278-16
4Skenderbeu6123610-45

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga631298110
2Ludogorets62317529
3Istanbul Basaksehir622278-18
4Hoffenheim6123810-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1AC Milan6321136711
2AEK Athens61506518
3HNK Rijeka62131112-17
4Austria Vienna6123916-75

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atalanta64201441014
2Lyon6321114711
3Everton6114715-84
4Apollon Limassol6033514-93

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow632194511
2FC Copenhagen62317349
3Sheriff Tiraspol62314409
4Zlín6024110-92

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Viktoria Plzen6402138512
2Steaua Bucharest631297210
3Lugano6303911-29
4Hapoel Be'er Sheva6114510-54

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal64111441013
2Red Star Belgrade62313219
3Köln620478-16
4BATE Borisov6123616-105

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg633071612
2Marseille62224408
3Konyaspor613246-26
4Vitória Guimarães612359-45

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao632185311
2Östersunds FK632184411
3Zorya Luhansk620439-66
4Hertha Berlin612367-15

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6411127513
2Nice630312759
3SV Zulte Waregem6213813-57
4Vitesse6123510-55

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg65101751216
2Real Sociedad64021661012
3Rosenborg6123611-55
4Vardar6015320-171
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