Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
Bala Town1FC Vaduz2

Bala Town 1-2 FC Vaduz

Bala's Kieran Smith almost scored with a fierce rising shot
Bala's Kieran Smith almost scored with a fierce rising shot

Chris Venables gave Bala Town a lifeline in their Europa League first qualifying round tie against FC Vaduz.

The captain pounced after Kieran Smith's shot was spilled by Peter Jehle in the visiting goal.

Vaduz had led 2-0 at half-time after goals in quick succession from Gonzalo Zarate and Maurice Brunner.

Stuart Jones should have claimed a late equaliser for Bala but headed just wide when Nathan Burke's free-kick found him unmarked at the back post.

The return leg at the Rheinpark Stadion in Vaduz is on Thursday, 6 July.

Ballymena United or Norwegian side Odd await the winners in the second qualifying round.

Bala manager Colin Caton told BBC Wales Sport:

"I don't think we started the game very well - we were very flat and wary of knowing the opposition.

"We still had good chances and a blatant penalty when Kieran [Smith] has gone through and has been pulled back.

"They had two chances in the first half and that's the difference at this level. It's a bit frustrating really... we have had the better chances.

"If we get the first goal out there, it's an away goal and they will be in a sticky situation.

"They were panicking towards the end here.

"It just frustrates me we have done ever so well but you have to take the chances at this level."

Line-ups

Bala Town

  • 1Morris
  • 10Sheridan
  • 3Stephens
  • 4Jones
  • 8Burke
  • 12DaviesSubstituted forHayesat 86'minutes
  • 11SmithBooked at 52mins
  • 5Jones
  • 29Owens
  • 25Venables
  • 27Thompson

Substitutes

  • 2Valentine
  • 6Murtagh
  • 7Connolly
  • 9Hayes
  • 14Wade
  • 15Bell
  • 23Vernon

FC Vaduz

  • 1JehleBooked at 90mins
  • 9Turkes
  • 17Mathys
  • 8Ciccone
  • 13Puljic
  • 29BühlerSubstituted forKonradat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Borgmann
  • 10ZarateBooked at 53minsSubstituted forKamberat 73'minutes
  • 19Niederhäusern
  • 24BrunnerSubstituted forBurgmeierat 90+2'minutes
  • 27Muntwiler

Substitutes

  • 4Konrad
  • 7Jüllich
  • 11Burgmeier
  • 12Majer
  • 30Felfel
  • 33Goppel
  • 36Kamber
Referee:
Alain Durieux
Attendance:
803

As It Stood

A

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2Man Utd6402124812
3Feyenoord621337-47
4Zorya Luhansk602428-62

B

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1Apoel Nic640286212
2Olympiakos62227618
3BSC Young Boys62227438
4FC Astana6123511-65

C

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1Saint-Étienne633085312
2Anderlecht6321168811
3Mainz 056231810-29
4FK Qabala6006514-90

D

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1Zenit St P6501178915
2AZ Alkmaar6222610-48
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv621379-27
4Dundalk611458-34

E

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1Roma6330167912
2Astra Giurgiu6222710-38
3Viktoria Plzen6132710-36
4Austria Vienna61231114-35

F

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2Ath Bilbao63121011-110
3Rapid Vienna613278-16
4Sassuolo6123911-25

G

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1Ajax6420116514
2Celta Vigo623110739
3Standard Liege61418627
4Panathinaikos6015313-101

H

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1Shakt Donsk66002151618
2KAA Gent6222913-48
3Sporting Braga6132911-26
4Konyaspor6015212-101

I

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1Schalke650193615
2FK Krasnodar62138807
3FC RB Salzb62136607
4Nice6204511-66

J

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1Fiorentina6411156913
2PAOK Salonika631276110
3FK Qarabag6213712-57
4Slovan Liberec6114712-54

K

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1Sparta Prague640286212
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva62226608
3Southampton62226428
4Inter Milan6204711-46

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor6312107310
2Villarreal62319819
3FC Zürich613257-26
4Steaua Buc613257-26
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