WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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BALA Town and Llandudno both lost their Europa League first qualifying round first leg ties in Sweden.

But there was no disgrace for the Lakesiders, who went down to a 2-0 reverse at the hands of AIK at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm to keep their tie alive.

Amin Affane handed the home side the lead after 27 minutes with a long range shot that gave keeper Ashley Morris no chance and former Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City defender Nils-Eric Johansson sent a looping shot over the Bala rearguard seven minutes after the break. 

Mike Hayes went close for Bala in the closing minutes but his shot was saved by goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren.

Llandudno had a European baptism of fire in Gothenburg, where they were hammered 5-0 by IFK. The visitors were under the cosh after 12 minutes when the hosts scored twice in quick succession through Gustav Engvall and Soren Rieks.

Mikael Boman set-up Emil Salomonsson to make it three before the break and the tiring Seasiders conceded two more inside three minutes to substitute and 34-times capped Swedish international Tobias Hysen.

Below: Llandudno salute their travelling support after the final whistle.

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25 July 2017

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