It’s been a fairly disappointing season for the WPL sides in Europe as Bala Town and Cefn Druids were both knocked out of the Europa League qualifiers at the first attempt, while The New Saints were beaten heavily in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier – but can Connah’s Quay raise the spirits in their first leg against Shakhytor Soligorsk at Rhyl on Thursday, 12 July…?
It will be a tough test for Andy Morrison’s side as Shakhytor Soligorsk are currently on a 12 game unbeaten run in the Belarusian Premier League and have only conceded five goals in 15 league matches this season.
The Soligorsk squad is full of international players and they were close to reaching the Europa League group stage in 2014/15 when they were knocked out in the play-off round by PSV Eindhoven.
But Connah’s Quay won’t fear their opponents as the Nomads have enjoyed a win against Stabaek, and a first leg victory against HJK Helsinki in their last two seasons in Europe.
HIghlights of the first leg will be on the Sgorio website on Friday afternoon, 13 July.