Europa League: Dinamo Minsk 1-2 Derry City (agg: 3-2)
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.
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.
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- 41GurenkoSubstituted forOstroukhat 85'minutes
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- 22ShielsSubstituted forHaleat 72'minutesBooked at 87mins
- 6SplaineBooked at 53mins
- 14PeersBooked at 49mins
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