Europa League: Barry Town 0-0 Cliftonville

Robbie Patten of Barry Town breaks away from Rory Donnelly of Cliftonville
Conor McMenamin (L) came close to scoring for Cliftonville against Barry Town

Barry Town United and Cliftonville fought out a stalemate in their Europa League preliminary round first leg.

There were few chances in the first half to excite more than 2,000 fans who had turned up at the Cardiff International Athletics Stadium.

The game became stretched after half-time and the visitors went closest.

Conor McMenamin broke through but hooked his left-foot shot inches wide of the far post, before Rory Donnelly skimmed the same post moments after.

The result leaves the tie in the balance for the second leg on Thursday, 4 July at Cliftonville's Solitude ground in Belfast.

Barry finished third in last season's Welsh Premier League to secure European football for the first time since 2003.

Northern Ireland's Cliftonville booked their place in the competition by beating Glentoran 2-0 in the Europa League play-off final.

Barry had been forced to stage Thursday's first leg at the Cardiff International Athletics Stadium at Leckwith after their 3G pitch failed a Fifa pro test.

The winners will meet Norway's Haugesund in the first qualifying round.

Barry Town manager Gavin Chesterfield told BBC Sport Wales:

"We'd obviously have preferred to have won, but given the context of the game nil-nil is a far better result for us than it is for them.

"We've always got a goal in us and we'll grow as a result of that experience.

"We'll make sure we prepare well and then go to another tough place and try and get a result."

Teams:

Barry Town United: Lewis, Cummings, Press, Cooper, Hugh, Green, Jordan Cotterill, Patten, Compton, McLaggon, Hood. Subs: Ratcliffe, Morgan, Watkins, Greening, Fahyia, Snaith, Fry.

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Breen, Gorman, Chris Curran, Bagnall, Harkin, Doherty, Ives, McMenamin, Rory Donnelly. Subs: Dunne, Harney, Ryan Curran, Foster, Wilson, Gormley, Maguire.

Referee: Jason Barcelo (GIB).

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