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Surprises as qualifying round opens season

Published: Saturday 9 August 2014, 22.47CET
KS Vllaznia made history, Konak Belediyespor and ŽNK Osijek got in the goals, and Raheny United and Clube Atlético Ouriense upset the odds as the qualifying round began.
Surprises as qualifying round opens season
Anna Gawrońska puts Medyk Konin 2-0 up against Sarajevo ©Fedja Krvavac
Published: Saturday 9 August 2014, 22.47CET

Surprises as qualifying round opens season

KS Vllaznia made history, Konak Belediyespor and ŽNK Osijek got in the goals, and Raheny United and Clube Atlético Ouriense upset the odds as the qualifying round began.

On the opening day of the 2014/15 UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying round, KS Vllaznia made history for Albania, Konak Belediyespor and ŽNK Osijek were among the goals, and Raheny United and Clube Atlético Ouriense upset the odds.

Fixtures continue on Monday and Thursday. The eight group winners, plus the two runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section, join the 22 automatic entrants in the 22 August draw for the rounds of 32 and 16.

Group 1
In a group containing two of last season's round of 16 contenders, Turkey's Konak Belediyespor took control with a dominant 11-0 defeat of hosts and debutants Rīgas FS. There were five goals for Cosmina Duşa, taking her tournament tally to 28 in 23 appearances.

FC Zürich Frauen were held 1-1 by newcomers FC Minsk, Esther Sunday – having not long come off the bench – scoring a spectacular volleyed equaliser just before half-time. Fabienne Humm had opened the scoring for Zürich but a Marina Keller penalty was saved by Ekaterina Miklashevich just before Sunday's leveller. Konak will qualify on Monday if they beat Minsk and Zürich fail to defeat Rīgas.

Group 2
Raheny United and FC NSA Sofia will meet in a potential decider on Monday after both secured opening wins in Romania. Home side CFF Olimpia Cluj have made it past this round twice in the last three seasons – and only just missed out 12 months ago – but lost 2-1 to Raheny with an 81st-minute strike on the break from Clare Shine, so impressive in last month's UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship for the Republic of Ireland.

©Daniel Rus

Raheny overcame Olimpia 2-1

Niamh Reid-Burke made some fine early saves for Raheny and Noelle Murray scored on the break before Andreea Voicu equalised just past the hour, but Olimpia could not make their pressure count. Raheny manager Casey McQuillan said: "The girls were excellent. The game was certainly hard work, especially in the heat this afternoon, but they rose to the occasion and performed well."

NSA secured a dominant 5-0 victory against first-time entrants Hibernians FC, though it took 43 minutes for them to break the Maltese champions down. Once Valentina Asenova did so, from distance with a shot that went in off the woodwork, and Velina Koshuleva added another on the hour, NSA eased to the three points.

Group 3
Pärnu Jalgpalliklubi
made it past this round last season but, hit by injuries, they face a tough task to repeat that feat after losing 3-0 to MTK Hungária FC, who have themselves progressed through qualifying two years running. Dóra Papp broke the deadlock deep in first-half added time and Zsanett Bernadett Kaján scored on 67 and 73 minutes.

Slovenia's WFC Pomurje saw off Montenegrin hosts WFC Ekonomist 4-0. Captain Tanja Vrabel and Mateja Zver, whose first strike was a powerful shot from 25 metres out, both scored twice for a Pomurje team who play Pärnu on Monday.

Group 4
Glasgow City FC
, who progressed to the 2013/14 round of 16, beat Slovakia's FC Union Nové Zámky 5-0 in Airdrie. A three-goal burst in a six-minute spell in the first half from Cheryl McCulloch, Eilish McSorley and Suzanne Lappin put the hosts firmly in control. They added to their lead when Denise O'Sullivan netted and McSorley grabbed another in added time direct from a free-kick.

Two first-half goals for Ganna Mozolska were key for WFC Kharkiv as they beat Glentoral Belfast United 5-0. Ganna Voronina had given the Ukrainian side the lead and after Jessica Foy made it four with an unfortunate own goal in the second half, Taisila Nesterenko completed the scoring.

Group 5
Croatian hosts ŽNK Osijek were the biggest winners of the day, seeing off Moldova's SS-11 Goliador-Real 12-0. Izabela Lojna, Martina Šalek and Mateja Andrlić all scored hat-tricks.

Amazones Dramas AS, making their debut after ending PAOK FC's eight-year run as Greek champions last season, fell 3-0 to ŽFK Spartak of Serbia. Amazones goalkeeper Roxana Oprea was sent off in added time after conceding a penalty converted by Violeta Slović.

Group 6
Prior to today, Albania's record in this competition was nine straight defeats, with 103 goals conceded. But KS Vllaznia, whose only previous entry in 2011/12 yielded losses of 16-0, 8-0 and 10-0, are celebrating tonight after a 2-1 win against Klaksvíkar Ítrottarfelag, the only team to have competed in all 14 UEFA women's club seasons.

Eydvør Klakstein actually gave KÍ the lead against the run of play but the excellent Suada Jashari equalised with a free-kick and another set piece produced Megi Doci's 49th-minute winner. It could have been more, but the points were safe after KÍ captain Malena Josephsen's late red card.

Apollon LFC, aiming to negotiate their fifth straight qualifying round group, overcame Lithuanian hosts Gintra Universitetas 3-1 but it was far from easy. Simona Veličkaitė hit the bar for Gintra on 18 minutes and Hanna Gilmore soon punished that miss. Sonata Vanagaitė equalised in a goalmouth scramble just after the interval but Apollon's class told through Gilmore and Rachel Cuschieri. Apollon next take on Vllaznia.

©Fedja Krvavac

Medyk Konin won 3-0 on their debut

Group 7
In their first European appearance, Poland's KKPK Medyk Konin defeated home team WFC SFK 2000 Sarajevo 3-0. Just six minutes into the earliest of today's kick-offs, 17-year-old Ewa Pajor scored on her tournament debut and Anna Gawrońska, 35, made it two before Natalia Pakulska clinched victory.

It was not such a happy bow for Macedonian champions ŽFK Kochani, seen off 4-0 by Finland's Åland United. The Monday encounter between Åland and Medyk looks like the group decider.

Group 8:
Hosts Clube Atlético Ouriense delighted the Fatima crowd by beating group favourites R. Standard de Liège 1-0. The Belgian club dominated but did not take their chances and with seven minutes to go a defensive mix-up allowed Diana Silva to steal in and score into an empty net.

In a meeting of two student-based teams, ASA Tel-Aviv University SC overcame Cardiff Met LFC 2-0 with a controlled display of possession football. Moran Lavi converted a penalty before the interval and although Cardiff Met bombarded the ASA defence with crosses in the last 20 minutes, Sarit Shenar made it two on the break. ASA meet Ouriense on Monday.

Reporters: Sergey Vorobyov, Paul-Daniel Zaharia, Aleksandar Radović, Mark Walker, Elvir Islamović, Denis Novitsky, Carlos Jorge Santos & Carlos Machado

Last updated: 09/08/14 23.53CET

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