Shakhtyor Soligorsk inflicted a 5-1 drubbing on Derry City at Stroitel Stadium this evening as the Candystripes were bundled out of the Europa League by their vastly superior Belarusian opponents.
Derry, trailing 1-0 from the opening leg of their second qualifying round encounter, made the perfect start when Michael Duffy reacted to Rory Patterson's smothered shot to score from close range after only six minutes.
The home side didn't panic and levelled matters three minutes later after Artem Stargortodskky outjumped Aaron Barry before nodding the ball down to an unmarked Siarhel Balanovich, who fired home past Gerard Doherty.
Peter Hutton's could have regained the lead again in the 20th minute when Duffy's left-wing cross found Patterson, who in turn teed the ball up for the onrushing Barry McNamee, but the midfielder dragged his close-range shot wide.
Soligorsk took the lead in the 28th minute after some more disappointing defending by the visitors ended with Alexandre Guruli's shot from the left finding its way through a crowded box and past Doherty.
City's night could have got a lot worse on the stroke of half-time but for Ryan McBride, as the big centre-back cleared off the line after Doherty's initial clearance was turned goalwards by Dmitri Asipenka.
Derry missed a chance to regain the lead in the 60th minute when Patrick McEleney’s pass found Patterson, but the striker's shot from eight yards was superbly saved by Kotenko.
That miss came back to haunt City as Byrne was caught out by a lack of pace when Asipenka raced clear of the defender before turning the ball home past Doherty in the 68th minute.
Doherty could do nothing in the 81st minute when the home side added a fourth courtesy of Mikalai Yanush, who made no mistake from 12 yards after a clever dummy by substitute Illia Galiuza had created the chance.
Some terrible defending by McEleney in closing stages just summed up City's miserable night as Galiuza gleefully side-footed home after Yanush had laid the chance on a plate.
Shakhytor Soligorsk: Kotenko, Matveichyk, Yanushkevich, Kuzmianok, Kasheiski, Yurevich, Balanovich (Liavonchyk 84), Starorodskyy, Guruli (Rios 72), Asipenka (Galiuza 78), Yanush.
Derry City: Doherty, Ventre, McBride, Byrne, Barry; Duffy (Lowry 72), B McNamee, Molloy, Dooley (Timlin 61); P McEleney; Patterson (Boyle 78).
Referee: Elmir Pilav (Bosnia and Herzegovina).