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THE Welsh Premier suffered a whitewash as all three representatives were knocked-out of the Europa League first qualifying round, conceding nine goals without reply in their second leg ties.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Connah's Quay were well-beaten 3-0 by Finnish Premier Division leaders HJK in Helsinki, with the hosts taking the lead through a 30-yard Moshtagh Yaghoubi free-kick after 11 minutes. Demba Savage played-in Akseli Pelvas for the second on 39 minutes and the same player added the killer third goal eight minutes after the break when keeper John Danby failed to hold a shot. Nomads had a chance to respond but substitute Ryan Wignall sliced his shot and keeper Thomas Dahne was not troubled.

Bala needed an away goal against Vaduz in Liechtenstein to restore parity after a 2-1 first leg reverse, but were behind on 23 minutes when their defence failed to cut out a pass from Maurice Brunner and Aldin Turkes curled a shot into the far corner. Turkes added another and Marco Mathys made it 3-0 before the break from a quickly taken free-kick.

Despite only losing 1-0 away in Denmark, Bangor City crumpled at home to Lyngby and were behind after just three minutes when Kristoffer Larsen curled a shot into the far corner. Jeppe Kjaer applied a clinical finish to a left wing byline cross for the second and, before half-time, Larsen added another from a narrow angle to round-off the scoring, although City's Lawrence Wilson drew a fingertip save from Mikkel Andersen late-on. 

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26 September 2017

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