Champions League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Champions League: The New Saints 2-2 Feronikeli

Greg Draper won and scored a penalty to put New Saints in front
Greg Draper won and scored a penalty to put New Saints in front

The New Saints conceded two late goals at home against Feronikeli to leave their Champions League first qualifying round tie hanging in the balance.

The Welsh took control when Greg Draper drew a foul from Lapidar Lladrovci to win the penalty he then scored.

Aeron Edwards doubled the lead when he poked home from Joash Nembhard's flick.

But in the final moments Mevlan Zeka headed in a cross for the Kosovans, before Astrit Fazliu scored from the spot after Simon Spender's handball.

With those two away goals conceded at Park Hall, the pressure is now on Saints to try and win the return leg in Pristina on 16 July.

Saints have qualified for the Champions League for the eighth season running but have never progressed beyond the third qualifying round.

The New Saints manager Scott Ruscoe told BBC Sport Wales:

"It's more than a little bit disappointing because we're two up and six minutes to go maybe.

"We're dropping and we're deeper and deeper, yes because of the substitutions - we had to make them because they're enforced - but we've got to be more streetwise and control the game more.

"I was shouting and screaming to try to do it but it's easier said than done, I've been in that situation where you drop and drop and you're going to entice them onto you.

"But there's more to come, we've gone away from home before and got results and there's no reason we can't do it again."

Line-ups

The New Saints

  • 1Harrison
  • 8BrobbelBooked at 59minsSubstituted forNembhardat 66'minutes
  • 6RoutledgeBooked at 87mins
  • 3MarriottSubstituted forHarringtonat 57'minutes
  • 2Spender
  • 10Redmond
  • 4Davies
  • 9DraperSubstituted forByrneat 76'minutes
  • 23Edwards
  • 14Mullan
  • 11Cieslewicz

Substitutes

  • 5Hughes
  • 17Ebbe
  • 20Nembhard
  • 21Byrne
  • 24Harrington
  • 25Roberts
  • 32Whitehouse

Feronikeli

  • 93Troshupa
  • 10FazliuSubstituted forThaqiat 90+4'minutes
  • 4Dabiqaj
  • 11Agostinho da SilvaSubstituted forTopalliat 68'minutes
  • 5Lladrovci
  • 20BojkuSubstituted forMalajat 68'minutes
  • 9Zeka
  • 15Potoku
  • 33Prekazi
  • 24Rexha
  • 21IslamiBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 6Thaqi
  • 8Lladrovci
  • 12Smakiqi
  • 14Malaj
  • 16Morina
  • 18Topalli
  • 19Doshlaku
Referee:
Farrugia Cann Trustin
Attendance:
1,140

Live Text

Match ends, The New Saints 2, Feronikeli 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, The New Saints 2, Feronikeli 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Feronikeli. Astrit Thaqi replaces Astrit Fazliu.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 2, Feronikeli 2. Astrit Fazliu (Feronikeli) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 2, Feronikeli 1. Mevlan Zeka (Feronikeli) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Booking

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

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 2, Feronikeli 0. Aeron Edwards (The New Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Kurtis Byrne replaces Greg Draper.

Substitution

Substitution, Feronikeli. Argjend Malaj replaces Besmir Bojku.

Substitution

Substitution, Feronikeli. Jetmir Topalli replaces Jean Carioca.

Booking

Perparim Islami (Feronikeli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Joash Nembhard replaces Ryan Brobbel.

Booking

Ryan Brobbel (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Ryan Harrington replaces Chris Marriott.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 1, Feronikeli 0. Greg Draper (The New Saints) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins The New Saints 0, Feronikeli 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, The New Saints 0, Feronikeli 0.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 9th July 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6411102813
2Atl Madrid641196313
3Club Brugge61326516
4Monaco6015214-121

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona6420145914
2Tottenham6222910-18
3Inter Milan622267-18
4PSV Eindhoven6024613-72

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG6321179811
2Liverpool63039729
3Napoli62317529
4Red Star Belgrade6114517-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto6510156916
2Schalke632164211
3Galatasaray611458-34
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105412-83

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich64201551014
2Ajax6330115612
3Benfica6213611-57
4AEK Athens6006213-110

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City64111661013
2Lyon6150121118
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132816-86
4Hoffenheim60331114-33

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid6402125712
2Roma630311839
3Viktoria Plzen6213716-97
4CSKA Moscow621389-17

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus640294512
2Man Utd631274310
3Valencia62226608
4Young Boys6114412-84
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