Raheny United were beaten 3-2 by MTK Hungaria in their first game in the UEFA Women’s Champions League today in Belfast.
The Bus Éireann Women’s National League champions twice bounced back from behind to equalise but ultimately lost due to a 68th-minute winner from substitute Dora Papp at Seaview.
MTK took the lead in the 12th minute when Fanni Vago converted from close range after United failed to clear a right-wing cross.
Raheny responded within three minutes through a Katie McCabe cross-cum-shot from the left that ended up drifting into the net on the far side.
The Hungarians regained the lead in the 39th minute in controversial circumstances when the Dubliners had a player off the pitch receiving treatment. The ball fell kindly in the box to Vago and the striker was ruthless with her finish.
Once again, the Irish champions showed mettle in their first appearance at this level.
McCabe was the creator for the 52nd-minute equaliser with good left wing play, before picking out Rebecca Creagh, who swept the ball home from 12 yards out.
Raheny then gifted the Hungarians the three points when a defender passed the ball straight to substitute Papp in the 69th minute and she burst forward to shoot home.
Pearl Slattery had a chance to claim a third equaliser, but she headed narrowly wide from a Siobhan Killeen corner in the 80th minute.
Raheny continue their campaign against WFC Kharkiv at Seaview on Saturday.