Shakhtyor Soligorsk prove their class as Glenavon go down fighting in Belarus

Jonny Tuffey made his competitive debut for Glenavon
Jonny Tuffey made his competitive debut for Glenavon

Glenavon’s Europa League adventure came to a halt in Belarus on Thursday night.

Gary Hamilton’s side fell to a 3-0 defeat against full-timers Shakhtyor Soligorsk – losing 5-1 on aggregate.

Goals from Alyaksandr Yurevich, Nikolai Yanush and Dmitri Komarovski eased Shakhtyor to their victory.

Trailing 2-1 after last week’s first leg at Mourneview Park, Glenavon’s distant hopes were dashed when Yurevich broke the deadlock in the eighth minute.

It came after Kris Lindsay was penalised for a foul on Komarovski.

Yurevich’s free-kick deflected off a defender and wrong-footed visiting goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey – making his competitive debut for Glenavon.

Starhorodskiy tried his luck in the 19th minute but Tuffey was equal to the strike.

Tuffey then saved from Kuzmenok in the 25th minute as the hosts dominated.

In the 36th minute Kovalev tested Tuffey again with another effort.

To their credit Glenavon faced up to the challenge and it took until the 66th minute for Shakhtyor to double their lead on the night.

Yanush got his name on the scoresheet to finish the tie as a contest.

And three minutes from time Komarovski got a third for Shakhtyor.

Shakhtyor: Bushma, Matveichik, Yanushkevich, Yurevich, Afanasiev, Yanus, Starhorodskiy, Komarovski, Rybak , Kuzmenok, Kovalev.

Subs: Kotenko, Shibun, Čović, Mikoliūnas, Kozeka, Martynyuk, Vasilevski.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Kelly, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Marshall, Bradley, Hall, Dillon, Braniff, Martyn, Singleton.

Subs: Neill, Patton, Sykes, Caldwell, O’Brien, Hamilton, Elebert.

Referee: Aleksandr Gauzer (KAZ)