Gallant Bohemians under-19s bow out of UEFA Youth League with Midtjylland defeat

Thu, Oct 25 2018

Caspter Tengstedt celebrates his goal in the second half, which levelled the tie on the night and put Midtjylland back in front on aggregate. Credit: Paul Dolan

Bohemians under-19s have bowed out of the UEFA Youth League at the first hurdle after they fell to a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Danish side Midtjylland.

The current National League and Cup came into the game with a 2-1 deficit following Steven Nolan's late away goal in Herning three weeks ago.

And a penalty from Ali Reghba just before the break put the Gypises ahead on away goals, but it was always going to be difficult to defend a league against the financially much-richer Danes.

A penalty early in the second half from Casper Tengstedt and an own goal from defender Mitchell Byrne left Craig Sexton's side needing three, but they couldn't muster another comeback.

Bohs took the game to their opponents in the opening period, and Ryan Graydon's shot just cleared the post before Stephen Curley's header forced a fine low save from Rafn Elias Olafsson.

And they took the lead for the first time in the tie when Andy Lyons was clipped in the box by Pajberg Tobias Anker, and the Ireland under-19 international made no mistake from the spot.

Midtjylland equalised within ten minutes as Tengstedt – who scored in the first leg – danced into the box before being brought down by keeper Sean Bohan.

The striker stepped up to convert himself, and he provided the killer blow 13 minutes from time when he beat two defenders on the byline and his low cross was turned into his own net by Byrne.

The Gypsies will have an early opportunity to bounce back from the disappointment as they travel to Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday night, where they'll look to retain their National League title.