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St Pats Go Through In Europe After Epic Penalty Shootout

St Pats Go Through In Europe After Epic Penalty Shootout
By Colman Stanley Updated

St Pats have defeated Slovenian side Mura 6-5 on penalties after the two teams played out a scoreless draw in regular and extra-time.

It is a remarkable win for St Pats, after coming under immense pressure away from home, and having been kept in the game by a series of phenomenal saves from keeper Joey Anang.

Chris Forrester had given St Pats hope going into tonight's match. His goal had given them a 1-1 draw in last week's first leg in Inchicore, but it was the Ghanian Anang who was the hero tonight.

After a tense 90 minutes and an even nervier 30 minutes of extra-time, St Pats got off to the better start in the shootout, missing one of their first four, while Mura had missed one and had one saved by Anang.

This gave Tom Grivoti the opportunity to win it for the away side but he was unsuccessful with his effort. The two teams then traded two penalties apiece in sudden death before Tio Sipot blasted over.

That made it two wins from two in Europe for Irish sides tonight, after Sligo Rovers' 2-0 victory at home to Motherwell.

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St Pats' Joe Redmond had spoke of his side's mindset heading into the match, that focused on a quite confidence against a side who had famously defeated Spurs last season.

"We were hearing that a lot, that this side beat Spurs. But that was last year and it’s a new season and that 2-1 win, Spurs had a man sent off as well. You’ve got to put that to one side and focus on what we can do as a team. I think it is within us as a group to go there and put in a performance and get through the leg.

“We’re not taking anything for granted going to their place. We know that it’s going to be a whole different game. We’ve got to take into account what they can throw at us or what they can change — we’re not getting too confident. We still know what we need to do going over."

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