Welsh sides prepare for second leg challenge

Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Tuesday, 3 Jul 2018, 10:09

Cefn Druids and Bala Town will play the second legs of their Europa League preliminary rounds on Thursday night as the Welsh clubs hope to progress in Europe.

FK Trakai (1) v (1) Cefn Druids
Bala Town (0) v (3) Tre Fiori

It was a historical night for Cefn Druids last Thursday as James Davies scored the club’s first ever European goal in the 2018/19 Europa League preliminary round.

But Trakai netted a late equaliser to deny the Druids their first win in Europe and the Lithuanian side will be relieved to have scored a vital away goal, giving them the advantage ahead of the second leg at the Alytus Stadium.

Huw Griffiths’ men will therefore need to score against the 3rd placed team in the Lithuanian A Lyga if they are to progress into the next round where they would face Irtysh Pavlodar of Kazakhstan.

Bala Town have a mountain to climb after their shock defeat to Tre Fiori in the first leg (Bala’s seventh consecutive defeat in competitive matches).

The Lakesiders have reached Europe for the fifth time in their history, and were fancied to win their first European tie when they were drawn against Tre Fiori of San Marino, who are the lowest ranked club to have qualified for Europe this season.

But following a disastrous first half in the away leg, Bala are 3-0 down to Tre Fiori who had never won an European game before last week’s result.

The second leg will be played at the Corbett Sports Stadium, Rhyl on Thursday at 18:30 and the highlights of what could be a
Miraculous comeback will be on Sgorio’s website on Friday.

Cefn Druids and Bala Town are battling to join Connah’s Quay in the first qualifying round of the Europa League – the Nomads will meet Shakhtyor Soligorsk from Belarus on the 12th and 19th of July.

The New Saints travel to Macedonia to face Shkendija on the 10th of July in the Champions League first qualifying round, before the second leg at Park Hall on the 17th of July.