Despite drawing 1-1 at the Showgrounds, the Bit O' Red slumped out of the Europa League, with Slovakian side Spartak Trnava progressing to the Third Qualifying RoundSligo Rovers exited the Europa League in the Second Qualifying Round as Slovakian side FC Spartak Trnava progressed with a 4-2 aggregate victory.
Bit o'Red manager Ian Baraclough got the atmosphere he wanted at a packed Showgrounds, but did not receive the early goal that his side desired to get back into the tie. The hosts held possession well in the opening 25 minutes, but could not carve open the Trnava defence, with Danny Ventre interfering with Jason McGuinness's header in what was the best chance of the opening period.
A good run from Romauld Boco saw the Benin midfielder felled by goalkeeper Miroslav Filipko who received a yellow card for his troubles, as well as giving away a penalty kick. Filipko immediately atoned by stopping Danny North's spot kick which was driven straight down the middle.
Rovers goalkeeper Gary Rogers was only called into action once in the first half, from a long range Vlastimil Stožický effort. At the other end, Danny Ventre spurned a great opportunity by trying to round Filipko instead of shooting, allowing the keeper to snatch the ball from his feet.
Danny North went down at the end of the first half, and had to be replaced just after the interval with Mark Quigley coming on in his place. Sligo weren't as lively in the second half, and took 15 minutes to have their next proper chance. A good run from Pascal Millien set up Mark Quigley who played a one-two with Boco, but Boco's final effort was cut out by the goalkeeper as he tried to pick out Ndo in the box.
Veteran defender Peter Čvirik cancelled out Sligo's away goal with 20 minutes to go, curling a free-kick over the wall to make it 4-1 on aggregate. Right midfielder Michal Gašparík should have added a second for the visitors just a few minutes later, but saw his shot come back off the crossbar after a good run in behind the Sligo defence.
As the game wound down, Sligo seemed frustrated with Boco failing to test the goalkeeper from range. A stoppage time free-kick from Joseph Ndo was headed in by Jason McGuinness, but with the aggregate score at 4-2, the draw was not enough for Sligo.
Spartak Trnava will play Steaua Bucharest in the Third Qualifying Round, with the first leg taking place on August 2nd.
Meanwhile, St. Patrick's Athletic progressed with a 2-1 extra time win over NK Siroki Brijeg, while Irish League side Portadown suffered a 10-2 aggregate loss to Slaven Belupo.