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Rhyl reap reward in Lithuania

Published: Thursday 28 July 2005, 22.30CET
FK Atlantas 3-2 Rhyl FC (agg: 4-4, Rhyl win on away goals) First Welsh UEFA Cup success since 1996/97.

Match statistics

AtlantasRhyl

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 28 July 2005, 22.30CET

Rhyl reap reward in Lithuania

FK Atlantas 3-2 Rhyl FC (agg: 4-4, Rhyl win on away goals) First Welsh UEFA Cup success since 1996/97.

By Kestutis Gimbutas

FK Atlantas defeated Rhyl FC tonight, but it was the Welsh team who advanced through a round of European competition for the first time thanks to the away goals rule.

Happy Rhyl
Rhyl won 2-1 a fortnight ago, and having gone out to Skonto FC in their European debut in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League, had a happy night in Lithuania despite trailing in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round tie for 20 minutes.

Atlantas ahead
The game started with attacks from both sides and the first goal arrived when Aivaras Laurišas earned the home side a penalty after just 14 minutes. Atlantas captain Dainius Žernys duly converted the spot-kick to give his team an away-goals advantage.

Game turns
However, just three minutes later Žernys's evening turned sour as he was sent off for a foul. Gradually, Rhyl took the upper hand, seized the middle of the pitch and started to create chances. One of them was converted by Gregory Stones, who headed in accurately after meeting a cross from the left just after the half-hour mark.

Powell goal
After the break, the ten men of Atlantas pushed forward, while Rhyl put their faith in counterattacking football. The visitors' tactics paid off on 62 minutes when Gary Powell gave his side the lead on the night with a neat shot from 16 metres out. It did not take Atlantas long to respond, though, as Rimantas Žvingylas hit the post and Laurišas slotted in the rebound.

Welsh relief
With 12 minutes left, Andrius Peterikis prodded the ball in after a goalmouth scramble, but after that Atlantas were unable to find the other strike they needed. Rhyl can now look forward to Friday's second qualifying round draw as the first Welsh team to win a UEFA Cup tie since Barry Town AFC in 1996/97.

Last updated: 31/01/12 5.23CET

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