Europa exit for Cardiff Met and Barry Town

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Friday, 5 Jul 2019, 09:42

Cardiff Met’s second leg victory against Progrès Niederkorn was not enough to seal their place in the next round of the Europa League qualifiers.

The Archers trailed 1-0 on aggregate following their first leg defeat in Luxembourg but went ahead in the third minute at Leckwith Stadium thanks to Jordan Lam’s header.

The visitors enjoyed most of the possession but it was Met who scored again in the second half, Dylan Rees making no mistakes from the penalty spot after Mael Davies had been brought down in the box.

But after scoring the only goal in the first leg, it was Mayron De Almeida who got the all-important away goal for Progrès, to make it 2-2 on aggregate.

Despite late pressure from the students, it finished 2-1 on the night and Cardiff Met bowed out of Europe on the away goals rule, with their heads held high.

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Following a goalless draw last Thursday, Barry Town travelled to Belfast to face Cliftonville with everything still to play for.

But it was the home side that went ahead on 25 minutes with Conor McMenamin rising highest from a corner, and the lead was doubled by Joe Gormley on the brink of half time.

Barry battled bravely, but another two late goals from Conor McDermott and Rory Donnelly meant that it finished 4-0 at Solitude to the Northern Irish side.

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It will be Connah’s Quay’s turn to compete in the Europa League next Thursday, 11 July as they face Kilmarnock in the first qualifying round.

While The New Saints start their Champions League campaign on Tuesday, 9 July at home to Feronikeli of Kosovo.