Dundalk lose in Aviva Stadium clash to Legia Warsaw
Dundalk gave themselves a mountain to climb by losing the first leg of their campaign at home to Legia Warsaw. Stephen Kenny named one change to the team who triumphed over BATE Borisov in the previous round, with Ronan Finn out and Patrick McEleny in.
Dundalk were expected to have less of the possession early on but that wasn’t the case. one of the stars of the competition so far Daryl Horgan saw his wayward cross cause the Leiga keeper a bit of trouble.
It took 24 mins for the Polish outfit to register a shot on goal with a strike from Ku Church Chuck.
The second half wasn’t ten minutes old when the referee had a big call to make. He deemed that Andy Boyle had handled the ball in the box and somewhat controversially awarded a penalty to Legia. Hungarian international Nemanja Nikolic stepped up to score his 5th goal of the campaign so far.
Ten minutes from time and the referee had another decision to make. From first viewing it seemed Ciaran Kilduff was pushed in the box. On second viewing it seemed he had a case…. but the referee said no.
Then just seconds from the full time whistle, the killer blow. Substitute Alexander Priovic was played in and chipped the Lilywhites keeper to make it 2-0 on the night.