Champions League - Qualifying First Round - 2nd Leg
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Champions League qualifier: The New Saints 4-0 Shkendija (4-5 agg)

Jon Routledge in action for New Saints against Shkendija
The New Saints were appearing in the Champions League qualifiers for a 12th time

The New Saints fell just short despite an extraordinary second-leg comeback against Shkendija in their Champions League qualifier.

Trailing 5-0 following the first leg in Macedonia, first-half goals from Dean Ebbe, Danny Redmond and Ben Cabango gave Saints hope.

Substitute Kurtis Byrne scored in injury time but Saints could not find a fifth to force extra time at Park Hall.

Saints now drop into the Europa League and will face Lincoln Red Imps.

Although the Welsh champions bow out of the Champions League, they restored pride with an excellent performance.

Manager Scott Ruscoe had said before the game that his side faced "too high" a hurdle to reach the second qualifying round following the heavy defeat in Skopje, with the aim to restore pride.

Ruscoe had promised changes and Zane Lewis and Aeron Edwards started in place of Simon Spender and Ryan Brobbel.

Saints made a promising start with plenty of early possession and they went ahead on 16 minutes.

Striker Ebbe broke through the Shkendija defence and coolly slotted the ball under goalkeeper Kostadin Zahov.

The hosts were firmly on top after taking the lead, with Chris Marriott and Jon Routledge both going close before Ebbe wasted a golden opportunity with only the keeper to beat.

Saints were looking dangerous pushing forward but Shkendija responded on the counter-attack and Paul Harrison was called upon to save from Junior.

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'It wasn't to be' - Edwards

But the Welsh Premier champions deservedly extended their lead moments later when Redmond netted his first goal for the club, finishing Jamie Mullan's cross.

An unlikely comeback was now on and Cabango, on loan from Swansea City, scored Saints' third from Redmond's free-kick to leave his side needing only two further goals to force extra time.

Shkendija made the expected changes at half-time and the first leg's four-goal hero Besart Ibraimi was introduced in place of Shefit Shefiti.

Saints continued to press forward after the break and Routledge came close to adding a fourth but his effort was cleared off the line.

But Shkendija, with Ibraimi in particular, looked dangerous on the counter and Saints had to defend resolutely to keep out the away goal which would have killed the tie.

Saints came close to adding a fourth with substitute Draper denied by Zahov before Routledge struck the post and Aeron Edwards' shot from the rebound was blocked in a frantic goalmouth scramble.

Byrne volleyed home Saints' fourth from Marriott's cross in injury time to set up a frantic finale, which also saw Ibraimi hit the crossbar for the visitors.

Line-ups

New Saints

  • 1HarrisonBooked at 72mins
  • 4HollandSubstituted forByrneat 89'minutes
  • 10RedmondSubstituted forCieslewiczat 83'minutes
  • 3MarriottBooked at 88mins
  • 6RoutledgeBooked at 58mins
  • 5Cabango
  • 12Hudson
  • 23Edwards
  • 14MullanBooked at 71mins
  • 22Lewis
  • 17EbbeSubstituted forDraperat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Spender
  • 7Seargeant
  • 9Draper
  • 11Cieslewicz
  • 20Nembhard
  • 21Byrne
  • 25Roberts

Shkendija

  • 1Zahov
  • 11ShefitiSubstituted forIbraimiat 45'minutes
  • 6MusliuBooked at 88mins
  • 3Wakili
  • 4BejtulaiBooked at 45mins
  • 5Alimi
  • 17ZejnulaiSubstituted forCheshmedzhievat 89'minutes
  • 77TodorovskiSubstituted forRadeskiat 45'minutes
  • 18da Fonseca Salazar Junior
  • 33Adili
  • 20Emini

Substitutes

  • 7Ibraimi
  • 8Totre
  • 9Selmani
  • 14Radeski
  • 28Imeri
  • 29Cheshmedzhiev
  • 40Redjepi
Referee:
Pavel Orel
Attendance:
756

Live Text

Match ends, The New Saints 4, Shkendija 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, The New Saints 4, Shkendija 0.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 4, Shkendija 0. Kurtis Byrne (The New Saints) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Kurtis Byrne replaces Tom Holland.

Substitution

Substitution, Shkendija. Konstantin Cheshmedzhiev replaces Arbin Zejnulai.

Booking

Chris Marriott (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Visar Musliu (Shkendija) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Adrian Cieslewicz replaces Daniel Redmond.

Booking

Paul Harrison (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Jamie Mullan (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Jonathon Routledge (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Greg Draper replaces Dean Ebbe.

Substitution

Substitution, Shkendija. Marjan Radeski replaces Blagoja Todorovski.

Substitution

Substitution, Shkendija. Besart Ibraimi replaces Shefit Shefiti.

Second Half

Second Half begins The New Saints 3, Shkendija 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, The New Saints 3, Shkendija 0.

Booking

Egzon Bejtulai (Shkendija) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 3, Shkendija 0. Ben Cabango (The New Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 2, Shkendija 0. Daniel Redmond (The New Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 1, Shkendija 0. Dean Ebbe (The New Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 17th July 2018

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  • CrusadersCrusaders0LudogoretsLudogorets Razgrad2
  • HJK HelsinkiHJK Helsinki3Víkingur GøtaVíkingur Gøta1
  • Valletta FCValletta FC1KukesiKukesi1
    Kukesi win on away goals
  • Apoel NicosiaApoel Nicosia1SuduvaSuduva0
  • Hapoel Be'er ShevaHapoel Be'er Sheva3FloraFlora1
  • Malmö FFMalmö FF2Drita GjilanDrita Gjilan0
  • MOL VidiMOL Vidi2F91 DudelangeF91 Dudelange1
  • Red Star BelgradeRed Star Belgrade2Spartaks JurmalaSpartaks Jurmala0
  • Legia WarsawLegia Warsaw3Cork CityCork City0

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd6501123915
2FC Basel6402115612
3CSKA Moscow6303810-29
4Benfica6006114-130

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG65012542115
2Bayern Munich6501136715
3Celtic6105518-133
4Anderlecht6105217-153

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma632196311
2Chelsea6321168811
3Atl Madrid61415417
4FK Qarabag6024214-122

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona642091814
2Juventus632175211
3Sporting621389-17
4Olympiakos6015413-91

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool63302361712
2Sevilla6231121209
3Spartak Moscow6132913-46
4NK Maribor6033316-133

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City6501145915
2Shakhtar Donetsk640299012
3Napoli6204111106
4Feyenoord6105514-93

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas6420115614
2FC Porto63121510510
3RB Leipzig62131011-17
4Monaco6024616-102

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham65101541116
2Real Madrid64111771013
3B Dortmund6024713-62
4Apoel Nicosia6024217-152
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