Europa League: Killie, Dons earn narrow wins

Europa League: Killie, Dons earn narrow wins

July 11, 2019 Off By readly

Europa League round-up: Kilmarnock and Aberdeen gain first-leg advantages

Aberdeen also claim narrow win over RoPS Rovaniemi

Last Updated: 11/07/19 10:10pm

Stuart Findlay of Kilmarnock celebrates after scoring a last-gasp header

Stuart Findlay headed a last-gasp winner as Kilmarnock snatched a 2-1 victory in the Europa League first qualifying round first leg against Connah’s Quay in Angelo Alessio’s first match as manager.

The Scottish side had been heading for a shock defeat in the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie at Rhyl’s Belle Vue stadium after a Greg Taylor own goal in the 75th minute.

But Killie, backed by the majority in the 3,000-capacity stadium, rallied and levelled with an Eamonn Brophy penalty eight minutes from time.

The visitors then continued to press and grabbed victory in injury time, when Findlay headed home from a corner.

It was harsh on Connah’s Quay, who had battled stoically throughout in the mould of their manager Andy Morrison, the former Manchester City defender, but the visitors were by far the dominant side.

Niall McGinn returned from injury to send Aberdeen on their way to a Europa League win over RoPS Rovaniemi – but a goal from the Finns changed the complexion of the tie in stoppage-time.

Niall McGinn celebrates his strike after returning from injury

Goals from McGinn and Sam Cosgrove either side of half time appeared to have given the Dons a comfortable 2-0 first-leg lead in the first qualifying round.

But a late away goal from Tommi Jantti gives the Finns hope – and the Dons will hope their lack of cutting edge in front does not come back to haunt them next week.

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