There were 3-0 defeats for Connah’s Quay, Bala Town and Bangor City on Thursday night as the three Welsh clubs were knocked out of the Europa League qualifiers in the first round.
2nd leg, 1st Qualifying Round, Europa League:
HJK 3-0 Connah’s Quay (3-1 on aggregate)
Vaduz 3-0 Bala Town (5-1 on aggregate)
Bangor 0-3 Lyngby (0-4 on aggregate)
Connah’s Quay caused quite a shock when they won 1-0 against Finnish giant HJK Helsinki in the first leg, but it was not meant to be for Andy Morrison’s men who lost 3-0 in the away leg leaving HJK with a 3-1 aggregate win.
Bala Town also lost 3-0 on the night against against FC Vaduz of Liechtenstein – losing 5-1 on aggregate.
Bangor City were still in the tie after a 1-0 defeat away at Lyngby in the first leg, but the Citizens gave themselves a mountain to climb when they conceded in the first three minutes at Nantporth in the second leg and eventually lost 0-3 to the Danish side who secured a 4-0 aggregate win.
Which leaves The New Saints as the only Welsh Premier League representatives who have progressed to the second round stage in Europe and they will face HNK Rijeka on Tuesday, 11 July in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie.
On this day in 1927 Cardiff City became the first, and only, Welsh club to lift the English FA Cup.