WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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GAP Connah's Quay made an encouraging European debut in a goal-less draw against Stabaek in their first qualifying round first leg Europa League tie at Rhyl's Belle Vue.

The Nomads had the ball in the net twice inside the first four minutes, but both were disallowed.

Keeper Danby launched a long ball upfield which was touched into goal but ruled out for a foul on the keeper, before Mike Wilde connected with a Nathan Woolfe cross only to be flagged offside.

Jay Owen then headed just over the Norwegians' crossbar, but Stabaek went close with Danby pushing a high ball away from his goal under pressure from Ohi Kwoeme.

The visitors were forced to bring on sub keeper Mande Sayouba on the half hour after Gurpreet Singh Sandhu had sustained a hand injury before Callum Morris headed narrowly over from a Lewis Short long throw.

Nomads had another chance before the break but George Horan was unable to connect with a John Disney cross while Stabaek almost took the lead on the stroke of half time when Danby was forced to stretch to save from Birger Meling.

Wilde came close to breaking the deadlock in the second half but was denied by a great save from Sayouba before it was the visitors turn to have a goal disallowed on 65 minutes when Jeppe Moe was flagged offside.

Ghanaan Kamal Issah and Nicolai Naess both missed the target for the Norwegians in the closing minutes as the deadlock prevailed to leave it all to play for in Norway next week. 

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24 September 2017

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