WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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GAP Connah's Quay made their European debut a winning one with a stunning 1-0 away win in Norway against Stabaek.

After scoring against the run of play in the 15th-minute, the Nomads never looked back as they emerged the better side on the night.

Goalkeeper John Danby's clearance was flicked on by Ian Kearney to Callum Morris, who coolly passed the ball into the net from eight yards for the vital away goal.

Lewis Short did well to deny frontman Ohi Kwoeme and Danby saved from Nicholas Grossman

The Norwegians' task to score twice was dealt a blow six minutes into the second half when Ghanaian Kamal Issah was red-carded for foul play which resulted in a mini brawl.

Short again intervened well to stop Ernest Asante who then created a chance for Kwoeme, who fired wide.

Nomads had John Disney, who had been substituted, red-carded from the bench and continued to defend heroically as the 10-man hosts upped the tempo in search of a goal which never came.

However, there was no fairytale comeback to Bala Town, who lost the home leg of the tie against AIK Fotboll 2-0, the same scoreline as the away leg. Goals in the first half from Denni Avdic and Carlos Strandberg sealed the Lakesiders' fate.

Llandudno faced an impossible task after losing 5-0 away to IFK Goteborg, but at least had the satisfaction of scoring their first-ever European goal through Danny Hughes, after Martin Smedberg and Victor Skold had earlier added to the Swedish side's tally.

Below: Bala's Kieran Smith makes a challenge against AIK [chestertonphotography.co.uk].

Bala v AIK