No party in Partizan for Connah’s Quay Nomads

Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Friday, 2 Aug 2019, 10:05

After losing 3-0 in Partizan in the Europa League second qualifying round second leg, the Nomads’ European adventure has come to an end.

It was always going to be an uphill task for Andy Morrison’s side, with Connah’s Quay going into the away leg trailing 1-0 on aggregate.

Although Connah’s Quay defended resolutely in the first half, Morrison’s men had to take risks in the second half in search of that elusive away goal and, by doing so, gaps began to appear in the defence.

The opener came in the 53rd minute after Connah’s Quay lost possession in midfield.

Former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic pounced on the ball and combined well with Seydouba Soumah before sending the ball past Nomads goalkeeper Lewis Brass.

Substitute Ognjen Ozegovic made it 2-0 after 68 minutes, showing his strength in the box and guided the ball into the back of the net.

Three minutes later, the match was wrapped up.

Highly rated 16-year-old substitute Filip Stevanovic lived up to his ‘Wonderkid’ nickname with some dazzling trickery in the box before driving the ball underneath Brass.

Andy Morrison had no complaints after the final whistle, noting that his side could have kept a clean sheet, but it was inevitable that a team of Partizan’s stature would take advantage of the gaps in defence as his side had to push upfield in search of a goal.

The New Saints are now Wales’ only remaining side in Europe, with Scott Ruscoe’s men travelling to Bulgaria next week to face Ludogorets in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.