WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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ON a night of mixed results in the Europa League, Connah's Quay led the way with a shock 1-0 home win over HJK Helsinki at Nantporth.

The Nomads took the lead against the run of play after being under the cosh for the first 40 minutes at Nantporth when a cross from Nathan Woolfe eluded everyone in the box to find the back of the net.

Callum Morris went close to a second for the hosts just after the break, but it took a fingertip save from John Danby to keep out a shot from the visitors and the Nomads were forced to soak-up considerable pressure from the Finns to preserve their lead going into the second leg.

Bangor City performed heroically in Copenhagen to restrict Lyngby BK to just one goal, scored after 13 minutes when Bror Blume fired into the top right corner of the net. But they were indepted to keeper Connor Roberts who made some fine saves to deny Martin Ornskov and Mathias Hebo and Jeppe Kjaer then skied a sitter over the bar with minutes remaining. The Danes finished with 10 men after defender Hallgrímur Jonasson was shown a second yellow card late on and he will miss the second leg.

Bala Town's hopes were severely dented inside the first half hour at Rhyl's Belle Vue as FC Vaduz of Liechtenstein took two chances clinically, first through Gonzalo Zarate and then Maurice Brunner. But Chris Venables pulled a goal back on the hour mark when he seized on a rebound after visiting keeper Peter Jehle spilled a Kieran Smith shot, to give the Lakesiders some hope of a second leg comeback next week.

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26 September 2017

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