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Žalgiris make early goals count

Published: Thursday 29 July 2004, 22.08CET
FK Žalgiris Vilnius 2-0 Portadown FC (agg: 4-2) Strikes on five and 19 minutes prove decisive.

Match statistics

FK Žalgiris VilniusPortadown

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 29 July 2004, 22.08CET

Žalgiris make early goals count

FK Žalgiris Vilnius 2-0 Portadown FC (agg: 4-2) Strikes on five and 19 minutes prove decisive.

By Kestas Gimbutas at Žalgiris stadium

Two early goals for FK Žalgiris Vilnius proved enough to take the Lithuanian side past Portadown FC and into the UEFA Cup second qualifying round.

Acute angle
The teams had drawn 2-2 in Northern Ireland, but Žalgiris had their noses in front after five minutes tonight when Anton Naumov floated a free-kick into the penalty box for defender Tomas Mikuckis to head in from an acute angle.

Lead doubled
Peter McCann had a chance to equalise, but could not trouble home goalkeeper Mindaugas Malinauskas. And on 19 minutes Žalgiris striker Vidas Kaušpadas doubled the advantage with a shot from just inside the box.

Collins dismissed
Three minutes after falling 2-0 behind Portadown's prospects took a further blow in the 22nd minute when Michael Collins was sent off after first being booked for a heavy challenge then cautioned again for throwing the ball at an opponent. The visitors were shaken by the loss and Žalgiris continued to control the game.

Lindsam heads wide
Portadown did fashion one decent opening though, when two minutes before the break the unmarked Kris Lindsam headed wide.And after half-time the visitors began to have more influence as Žalgiris sat back on their lead.

Portadown bow out
Vincent Arkins hit the bar with a header from Wesley Boyle's cross on 63 minutes and Gary Hamilton also came close. The home side could only muster a couple of long-range shots as the match petered out and they eased into Friday's draw

'Too relaxed'
Nonetheless, Žalgiris coach Kestutis Latoža admitted to some jitters. "It was very nervy for us after the break, we were too relaxed," he said. His counterpart, Ronald McFall, believed the right team had prevailed, saying: "Žalgiris played some fast and flowing football and deservedly won."

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Lineups

fk žalgiris vilnius

FK Žalgiris Vilnius

portadown

Portadown

1
MalinauskasMindaugas Malinauskas (GK)
1
MiskellyDavid Miskelly (GK)
18
GražiunasTadas Gražiunas
2
FeeneyCullen Feeney
Substitution19
13
ŽekonisArturas Žekonis
Yellow Card78
3
O'HaraKeith O'Hara (C)
22
SorokinasAndrejus Sorokinas (C)
Yellow Card45
4
LindsayKris Lindsay
5
MikuckisTomas Mikuckis
Goal7
7
Peter McCannPeter McCann
15
LemežisVirmantas Lemežis
8
BoyleWesley Boyle
6
ChiloAndrei Chilo
9
HamiltonGary Hamilton
Yellow Card70
16
NaumovAnton Naumov
10
ArkinsVincent Arkins
Yellow Card15
23
MaksimovicAndzej Maksimovic
Substitution61
12
CollinsMichael Collins
Red/Yellow Card19
25
CepasMindaugas Cepas
Substitution56
14
NeillKyle Neill
Substitution46
11
KaušpadasVidas Kaušpadas
Goal20
Substitution83
15
AlderdiceWeil Alderdice
Substitution46

Substitutes

24
RapalisMarius Rapalis (GK)
19
BreenChristopher Breen (GK)
10
Arturas SteskoArturas Stesko
Substitution56
6
ClarkeRichard Clarke
Substitution46
21
I. SteskoIgorius Stesko
Substitution61
5
ConveryJohn Convery
Substitution46
19
JasaitisKarolis Jasaitis
11
McCannMarc McCann
7
MisiukNikolaj Misiuk
17
CraigPhilip Craig
Substitution19
4
KilikeviciusArturas Kilikevicius
Substitution83
20
MiliškeviciusAndrius Miliškevicius

Coach

Kestutis Latoža (LTU) Ronald McFall (NIR)

Referee

Petteri Kari (FIN)

Assistant referees

Janne Iivanainen (FIN), Jouko Ikonen (FIN)

Fourth official

Kimmo Salminen (FIN)

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