Over and out: Kroon celebrates Malmö's second goal as Drogs keeper Gabriel Sava looks on. ©INPHO/Christer Thorell
Europa League

Malmö end Drogheda's European adventure

The Swedes will now play Pat Fenlon’s Hibernian in the second qualifying round.

DROGHEDA UNITED ARE out of the Europa League after losing 2-0 to Malmö this evening.

Mick Cooke’s side hoped to spring a shock after holding the Swedish table-toppers to a scoreless draw in Tallaght a week ago.

But goals in either half from Emil Forsberg and Simon Kroon ensured it is Malmö who will progress to meet Pat Fenlon’s Hibernian in the second qualifying round.

Drogheda travelled with a full-strength squad, missing only Ryan Brennan who was suspended following his sending off in last week’s first leg.

Their chances of progressing took a massive hit in first-half stoppage time when Tokelo Rantie set up Forsberg who scored past Sava.

Despite that sucker punch, an equaliser would still have been enough to see Drogheda through and Cooke brought on both Graham Rusk and Philip Hand as they pushed forward in search of a valuable away goal.

But in the fourth minute of stoppage time, substitute Kroon struck to seal Malmö’s win.

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