Druids and Bala’s Europa quest comes to an end

Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Friday, 6 Jul 2018, 09:17

Following defeats in the Europa League preliminary round, both Cefn Druids and Bala Town bow out of Europe.

A 1-1 draw in the first leg at home meant that Cefn Druids needed an away goal to progress in Europe.

But it was FK Trakai who scored the only goal of the second leg at the Alytus Stadium as ex-Everton winger, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov netted from the spot on the half-hour mark to win the tie for the Lithuanian side (2-1 on aggregate).

Cefn Druids will take plenty of positives from the result against a strong European outfit who reached the Europa League third qualifying round last season.

Bala Town had a mountain to climb after their shock 3-0 defeat to Tre Fiori in the first leg.

And although the Lakesiders were 1-0 winners on the night thanks to a Nathan Burke strike in the second half, it wasn’t enough for Bala who lost 3-1 on aggregate to the San Marino side.

Bala have now lost all five of their European ties to date, but were fancied to win this year after they were drawn against Tre Fiori of San Marino, who were the lowest ranked club to qualify for Europe this season.

But more European football is on the way to Wales as Connah’s Quay will meet Shakhtyor Soligorsk from Belarus on the 12th and 19th of July in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.

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.