Heroic Late Fightback Sets Pat's Up For Lucrative Shot At Glory

  • Fri, Aug 07, 2009 @ 9:16

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC will today learn the prize for yesterday's heroic exploits in Russia with the draw for the final qualifying round of the Europa League offering the Dubliners a world of opportunity.

The Saints looked dead and buried with 20 minutes remaining of their tie with big-spending FC Krylya Sovetov, trailing 3-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.

But the Dubliners fought back to strike twice and progress on the away-goals rule, with Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien scoring for the fourth European game in succession to secure a shock progression.

The Saints net €90,000 in prize money for the achievement but the value of the comeback could multiply if they secure a lucrative draw today.

Seeded teams on the other half of the draw include Premier League trio Fulham, Everton and Aston Villa, Villarreal, Valencia, Lazio, Roma, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and a variety of other established European names.

Jeff Kenna's side will be mid-air when the draw takes place but, before making the journey, their list of possible seeded opponents will be reduced to five with the organisation of those groups pending the outcome of last night's other ties.

With Richmond Park unsuitable for this stage of the competition, the Saints will have to play the game elsewhere in Dublin. The RDS has already been sounded out about its availability, with Tallaght Stadium another possibility.

Next Fixture

UCD / August 19th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: UCD Bowl
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