St Patrick’s Athletic progressed to the play-off stage of the Europa League after securing a thrilling away-goals victory over Krylya Sovetov in today’s third qualifying round, second leg at Metallurg Stadium in Samara, Russia.
Declan O'Brien's lone strike in the first meeting at Richmond Park last week put the league of Ireland side in the driving seat heading into the return leg and the 30-year-old was again the difference second time around, his goal after 79 minutes levelling the tie on aggregate and sealing a place in the next round.
Anton Bober's opener after 41 minutes and two goals in four minutes early in the second period from Yevgeni Savin appeared to have settled the tie in the Russians' favour.
But the momentum shifted in the final quarter of the match when Bober put through his own net after 73 minutes and the St Patrick's fightback was complete when O'Brien fired home his fourth European goal of the campaign.
Kenna's side admirably held on for the final whistle and will go into tomorrow's final qualifying round draw in Geneva where they could face the likes of Premier League sides Everton or Aston Villa plus European heavyweights in the form of Villarreal, Valencia or Ajax.