The Nomads secure their place in Europe

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Sion Richards

Sion Richards

Saturday, 14 May 2016, 19:53

Wes Baynes scores the only goal in the Welsh Premier League Play-off final and secure a memorable first season in charge for manager Andy Morrison as gap Connah’s Quay secure qualification to the Europa League qualifying rounds for the first time in their history.

For the first time in the history of Gap Connah’s Quay Football Club, the club from Deeside will compete in a European competition after their 1-0 victory over Airbus UK in the final of the Welsh Premier League Play-Offs.

Along with the chance of European football the game also had a substantial cash prize, with the victory ensuring an income of $200,000 for the Nomads.

There has been a clear transition in results since the appointment of Scotsman, Andy Morrison as manager of gap Connah’s Quay. Since his arrival the Nomads have climbed from the relegation zone, achieved their highest ever finish in the Welsh Premier League and now look forward to European football next season after their play-off final victory.

The Play-off final in it’s self was far from a classic, with both teams canceling each other out throughout. Yet it was Airbus UK who played the better football, creating half chances and controlling possession for long periods of the game.

With 10 minutes to go the home team were able to break the dead-lock, with Wes Baynes successfully guiding the ball past a flurry of Airbus players into the back of the net.

Gap Connah’s Quay will now join the MBI Llandudno and Bala Town in next season’s Europa League qualifying rounds, with The New Saints claiming their place in next season’s Champions League qualifying round after their fifth consecutive Welsh Premier League championship.

Highlights of the WPL Play-off final between Gap Connah’s Quay v Airbus UK will be shown on Monday’s Sgorio at 6:30 on S4C.