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CONNAH'S Quay came within four minutes of keeping a third consecutive clean sheet in their Europa League second qualifying round first leg tie in Novi Sad.

In the first qualifying round, the Nomads became the first Welsh Premier club to keep a clean sheet in both legs of a European tie but, after resisting heavy pressure from Vojvodina, they eventually succumbed as Aleksandar Palocevic lobbed keeper John Danby, the first goal conceded in 266 minutes of European football by Andy Morrison's men.

The Nomads' keeper was the busiest man on the pitch as the hosts had 24 shots from their 87% possession to the Nomads' one.

And the visitors had a lucky escape on the stroke of half time when Nikola Trujic's shot came back into play off a post.

"I'm extrenely proud of the lads, it's an 86th-minute deflected shot," said Morrison.

"Smudge (Sean Smith) has got a block on it and it's looped over John and to be fair that's the only way they were going to beat John Danby tonight, he kept us in the game on numerous occasions.

"We knew it was going to be difficult but we didn't know it was that difficult, they're an excellent team with their strength, their intensity and their quality, it's a real eye-opener.

"It's as tough a game as I've had in my coaching and managerial career, but we're still in it.

"We'll have a game plan to have a go at them next week.

"If we get an early goal they will fold, because they ran out of ideas tonight, we completely stiffled them and stopped them doing what they do."