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Dublin: 10°C Thursday 15 April 2021

Good night for League of Ireland as 10-man Drogheda battle to draw with Malmo

While St Pat’s earn a 2-2 draw in Lithuania.

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DROGHEDA UNITED BATTLED to an impressive scoreless draw with Malmo at Tallaght Stadium tonight.

And the League of Ireland side travel to Sweden for the return game with the tie very much in the balance despite playing over 15 minutes with 10 men.

Ryan Brennan was sent off as he picked up two second-half yellow cards — though their was some confusion at the decision as it was unclear who was booked for the first offece.

Earlier a late, stunning strike from Ger O’Brien earned St Patrick’s Athletic away 2-2 draw in Lithuania their Europa League opener.

The Airtricity League side were twice behind to Zalgiris Vilnius but they return to Inchicore in a strong position ahead of the second leg.

Pavel Kamolov opened the scoring for the hosts after 23 minutes before Conan Byrne raced on to a long ball to finish neatly to level it up.

The Saints’ defence was again breached after 70 minutes with Kamil Bilinski tucking it away from a few feet out.

That set it up for that dramatic finish however with O’Brien first equalising with 87 minutes on the clock and then the referee seemingly blowing it up a minute or so early due to floodlight failure.

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