Kilmarnock 0-2 Connah’s Quay

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Friday, 19 Jul 2019, 09:08

Connah’s Quay Nomads secure an incredible victory over the Scots to claim a 3-2 aggregate win in the Europa League first qualifying round.

Ryan Wignall scored a second half header before Callum Morris completed the turn-around from the spot.

But Andy Morrison’s men have no time to dwell on the historic victory as they now prepare for next week’s second qualifying round first leg against Serbian giants, Partizan Belgrade.

Kilmarnock were the clear favourites to progress having finished 3rd in the Scottish Premiership last season behind Celtic and Rangers.

They were stunned in the first leg when the Nomads took the lead through a Greg Taylor own goal, but it seemed that the embarrassment had been averted as they scored two late goals to win the opening leg.

So Connah’s Quay Nomads, who didn’t register a single shot on target in the first leg, travelled to Rugby Park needing two goals… and that’s exactly what they did!

After a goalless first half, it was Ryan Wignall who headed in the opener five minutes into the second half.

And with only 10 minutes to play, Jamie Insall was fouled in the box by Stuart Findlay and a penalty was awarded to the Nomads.

Findlay, who was the hero in the first leg having scored the injury time winner, was shown a red card and Killie were down to 10 men.

Callum Morris bravely stepped up to take the kick, and made no mistake, bagging his third European goal for the Nomads.

Ryan Wignall was also sent off on 85 minutes for a second bookable offence, but Morrison’s men stood firm and claimed one of the biggest, if not the biggest win for a Welsh Premier League side in Europe.