Newtown (0) v Dundalk (4) | July 13, 17.45 – Park Hall, Oswestry

Europa Conference League


It was a disappointing result for Chris Hughes’ men on the Emerald Isle on Thursday Night as the Robins succumbed to a heavy 4-0 defeat against Dundalk.

Dundalk took the lead after 35 minutes of play after Michael Duffy put the Irish side ahead.

Five minutes later and their lead was doubled – David McMillan netting for the home side.

Things got from bad to worse for the Robins on the hour mark after William Patching made it 3-0 to Dundalk.

Han Jeong-Woo of the Republic of Korea rubbed salt in Newtown’s wounds late on in the match, scoring after 94 minutes to secure a fine 4-0 win for Dundalk.

A much better performance is required tonight if Chris Hughes’ men have any aspirations of reaching the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.

The only time Newtown have won away from home in Europe was in 2015 – Matty Owen’s late winner enough to defeat Valletta 1-2 in Malta.



Alashkert (2) v Connah’s Quay (2) | July 14, 16.00 – Yerevan, Armenia

Champions League


Everything remains in the balance between Alashkert and Connah’s Quay following the 2-2 draw in the first leg last week.

It was a dream start to the match for the Nomads – Craig Curran opening the scoring after just 20 minutes of play.

Sadly for the Nomads, that lead lasted around a minute – Russian David Khurtsidze scored to put Armenian Champions Alashkert on level terms.

Khurtsidze has previously represented Russia at youth level, and it was clear to see why at Park Avenue last week – he scored again just before half time to put Alashkert ahead at the break.

It was beginning to look like a frustrating evening for Connah’s Quay until captain fantastic, George Horan, popped up with a late equaliser. Everything still to play for in Yerevan tomorrow night for Connah’s Quay.

This match was the first time that the Nomads managed to avoid defeat in the Champions League.

Connah’s Quay are well versed in causing upsets away from home in European matches having beaten Stabaek in the Europa League (0-1, 2016) and Kilmarnock (0-2, 2019) – also in the Europa League.




The New Saints (1) v Glentoran (1) | Gorffennaf 15, 18.15 – Park Hall, Oswestry

Europa Conference League

It was heartbreak for The New Saints last weekend in Northern Ireland having been ahead for almost 70 minutes of the match.

The Oswestry outfit took the lead against Glentoran after just 13 minutes – Leo Smith doing his best Leo Messi impression by beating six Glentoran players to score his third goal in Europe for TNS.

However it wasn’t to be for Anthony Limbrick’s side – Jamie McDonagh levelled the scoreline with less than ten minutes remaining.

The second leg promises to be a great match between the two sides, and the Saints will be hoping that the advantage of playing at home will work in their favour come Thursday night.

TNS won their last European home match during extra time in last season’s Europa League – goals courtesy of Louis Robles, Leo Smith and Adrian Cieslewicz were enough to defeat Zilina of Slovakia (3-1).


Larne (1) v Bala Town (0) | July 15, 19.30 – Inver Park, Larne

Europa Conference League


Bala Town will be determined to raise the standard on Thursday evening following a disappointing defeat to Larne in last week’s first leg.

All it took was two minutes for Larne to find a way through Bala’s defence – a long ball found Derry Winger, David McDaid, who managed to lob Alex Ramsay to score Larne’s first ever goal in Europe.

Despite Bala’s best efforts, Larne held on for the rest of the game to win their first match in Europe since the club’s formation 132 years ago.

It was a historical match for Kieran Smith who became Bala’s record appearance maker in European competition (11 appearances).

Bala will have to replicate their performance against Valletta of Malta in last season’s Europa League and beat Larne away from home in order to reach the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.






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