Date: Fri 29 Jun 2018

Cefn Druids 1-1 FK Trakai- Match Reactions

Manager And Goal Scorer Full Of Praise For The Druids Despite Late Equaliser

James Davies' early second half goal was cruelly cancelled out by Donatas Kazlauskas' late strike, just four minutes from time. Davies, who scored the only goal of the Europa League Play-off Final in a 1-0 win against Cardiff Met University, felt that The Druids needed to be "within the game" for next week's replay in Lithuania. The 25 year-old sang the praises of his teammates stating that the "boys defended very well" and that Trakai only "created significant chances towards the end". Cefn Druids defended heroically but were undone by the late Lithuanian finish, but Davies felt the tactics for next week should be "fairly similar" after the overall success for next week's replay against FK Trakai.

Manager Huw Griffiths also praised the efforts of his squad; "I can't ask anymore of the players. We wanted to have a go at them, and we certainly did that. Although I'm frustrated, I'm immensely proud of the lads." Last season's JD WPL Manager of the Season could not hide his disappointment; "To concede in the way we did is disappointing. It's a game we could have won. We wanted to have a go at them and we certainly did that." Looking forward to the next week's deciding match, Griffiths illustrated the determintation of his side to progress to the second round of qualifying: "We are still in the tie, we obviously need to score next week. That's more than possible as we created the better chances tonight. They are a full time outfit but we are looking to cause an upset next week."

The second leg of the Europa League first round qualification is played on the 5th of July at Alytus Stadium rather than FK Trakai's home stadium of LFF Stadium due to a music event taking place there.

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