St Patrick's triumph as UEFA Europa League kicks off

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St Patrick's were the only winners as the UEFA Europa League got under way with the opening set of first qualifying round fixtures on Wednesday (AEST), securing a 1-0 victory over Jeunesse Esch in Dublin.

Christy Fagan's 10th-minute goal ensured Liam Buckley's side will head to Luxembourg next week with a first-leg lead to protect.

The other three matches ended in draws, with Slovan Bratislava – who claimed the 1969 European Cup Winners' Cup – held 0-0 by Partizani in Albania, while Kapaz against Dacia also ended scoreless.

Buducnost Podgorica of Montenegro led at Rabotnicki through Velizar Janketic, but Eljif Elmas levelled for the Macedonians with 10 minutes remaining as it ended 1-1.

Source Omnisport