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Shoot-out heartbreak for UCD as their European adventure ends in Norway

The Students were beaten 5-4 on penalties by Molde this evening.

UCD manager Maciej Tarnogrodzki.
UCD manager Maciej Tarnogrodzki.
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Molde win 5-4 on penalties

UCD U19 MANGER Maciej Tarnogrodzki praised his side after they suffered penalty shoot-out heartache in the Uefa Youth League this evening.

Leading Molde 2-1 from last month’s first leg, the Students were pegged back by goals from Sivert Gussias and Leo Oestigaard but forced extra time through Jack Ryan’s 51st minute strike.

After a goalless 30 minutes, the game then went to penalties with Luke Boore’s effort saved by the Molde ‘keeper to send the Norwegian side through to the second round.

“To lose on penalties is always going to be difficult for us to take. We didn’t play particularly well in the first-half but in the second-half, we came back strong,” the UCD manager said afterwards.

“We were the better team throughout the second-half and we kept the ball really well. Molde struggled with our play and I think we did really well to get them to penalties.

“It is always unlucky to lose that way and not progress in the competition. I think the players should be really proud of their achievement tonight as this is a great level for them to be competing at.

“Molde are a fully professional side and their players train throughout the week, and we’ve more than matched them tonight. They’ve got seven international players playing for Norway and we’ve only got one international but the players rose to the level and to only lose on penalties, that is a great sign for us.”

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