Late goals punish WPL side in Europe

Sion Richards

Sion Richards

Friday, 12 Jul 2019, 09:49

A tough week for the Welsh sides in Europe as TNS let their late lead slip and Connah’s Quay are beaten in the final moments of the game by Kilmarnock.

The New Saints will have a tough task away in Kosovo next week after they let their 2-0 lead slip as Feronikeli score two late away goals to draw the first leg.

The Welsh Premier League champions had a superb start to the first leg, with the team set to take a 2-0 lead into the second leg in the 80th minute thanks to Greg Draper and Aeron Edwards’ goals.

Mevlan Zeka scored a crucial away goal for the away side, his headed goal beating Paul Harrison in the TNS goal minutes from the 90.

A Simon Spender handball gave Feronikeli hope of an equaliser with the referee pointing to the penalty spot, with Astrit Falzliu scoring the resulting spot kick.

The New Saints face Feronikeli in the second leg next Tuesday at the Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri, Pristina and hope to seal the victory and a second qualifying round game against Copenhagen.

Connah’s Quay lost with the last play of the game, losing 1-2 against Kilmarnock of the Scottish Premier League.

The Nomads went ahead thanks to a Greg Taylor own goal, but a Callum Roberts foul gave the away side a penalty with Eamonn Brophy equalising from the spot.

Kilmarnock found the net again seconds from time as Stuart Findlay header sealed the victory for the Scottish Premier League side.

It will be a tough task for Connah’s Quay next week at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park as the Scottish side were third in last season’s SPL and will have a significant home following for their first home European tie since 2001.