Bala Town, Bangor City and Connah’s Quay are all set for the second legs of their Europa League first qualifying round which take place on Thursday, 6 July.
2nd leg, 1st Qualifying Round, Europa League:
HJK (0) v (1) Connah’s Quay – 17:00, Helsinki Stadium
Vaduz (2) v (1) Bala Town – 18:00, Rheinpark Stadion
Bangor (0) v (1) Lyngby – 18:30, Bangor University Stadium
The three Welsh clubs competing in the Europa League first qualifying round are still very much in their ties following the first leg results, including a shock 1-0 win for Connah’s Quay against HJK Helsinki thanks to a Nathan Woolfe goal.
The Nomads’ result is being considered as one of the best ever from a WPL side in Europe, considering that HJK are currently the Finnish league leaders.
Danish side, Lyngby BK were firm favourites to beat Bangor City, but the Citizens battled hard in their away leg and lost by a single goal (1-0), keeping them well in the tie ahead of the second leg at Nantporth on Thursday.
Bror Blume’s early strike was the only goal of the match, but it was a positive result for Kevin Nicholson in his first game in charge for the Citizens.
Bala Town lost 1-2 to FC Vaduz of Liechtenstein, and the away goals mean that the Lakesiders must now score twice on Thursday for any chance of progressing further in the competition.
Chris Venables’ second half goal has given Colin Caton’s side a glimmer of hope as Bala Town aim to reach the second round for the first time in their history having fallen at the first hurdle in each of their previous three European encounters.
On this day in 1927 Cardiff City became the first, and only, Welsh club to lift the English FA Cup.