Date: Thu 27 Jun 2019

Draw for Barry as Met fall to narrow defeat

All to play for in next week's second legs.

Barry Town United and Cardiff Met kicked-off the 2019/20 season with their UEFA Europa League Preliminary Round ties.

Barry drew 0-0 with Northern Irish side Cliftonville at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium, but were perhaps lucky that some profligate finishing from the visitors didn't yield a goal.

The visitors had the early chances, as Rory Donnelly headed over before Lewis was called into action to deny the Reds from close range after good play down the right.

The visitors continued to press after the break, Conor McMenamin going close twice in quick succession, first hitting the side netting after a neat interchange with Doherty, then firing narrowly wide to cap off a counter after Barry played a short corner and lost possession on the edge of the Reds’ box.

Barry's best chance came in the first half, after a break saw Kayne McLaggon play Jonathan Hood in down the right. Hood had options in the box, but mishit his cross safely into the hands of Richard Brush.

Jordan Cotterill found himself with space on the edge of the box late in the second half, but skied his effort.

The game became stretched late on, with both sides pressing for a goal, but neither could force the breakthough and travel to Belfast next week with all to play for.

Met meanwhile narrowly lost their first leg tie away at Progres Neiderkorn 1-0.

Progres had the better of the first half chances. Laterza headed wide from twelve yards early on, before Fuller was called into action just before the half hour, saving low to his left from Muratovic.

Dan Spencer had a chance for Met late in the half, firing just over. Progres then went in front just after the hour mark, Mayron De Almeida heading past Fuller from seven yards after the Archers.

Whilst not the result they wanted, the score keeps Met in the tie ahead of the second leg next week in Cardiff.

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