Date: Thu 25 Jul 2013

Town's Heroic European Adventure Ends

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Prestatyn Town 0-3 HNK Rijeka (0-8 on aggregate)

Prestatyn Town's heroic European adventure is over after the Seasiders lost 3-0 to full-time Croatian outfit, Rijeka.

Trailing 5-0 after the 1st leg, the Seasiders were playing for more pride in front of their loyal fans at Rhyl's Belle Vue stadium against their visitors who boast a €5.5m budget.

Hometown hero Jon Hill-Dunt was recalled in the Town goal for the tie with Dave Roberts on the bench, but the stopper was unable to deny
20 year old midfielder Ivan Moini in the 37th minute. The impressive Croatian U21 International latched on a loose ball and scored with a curler which gave Hill-Dunt no hope.

And another error at the back cost the Welsh Premier side dear just three minutes later with Ivan Boras netting. A wayward touch by Ross Stephens fell to Boras, who finished nonchalantly with the outside of his right boot.

The final goal of the evening came from midfielder Goran Mujanovi 20 minutes into the second half.

The defeat means that Welsh involvement in Europe is over for another season, but there are many positives to be had from all four clubs.

Prestatyn:

Jonathan Hill-Dunt, Chris Davies, Jack Lewis, David Andrew Hayes, Sean Hessey, Michael Parker, Neil Gibson, Andy Parkinson, Ross Stephens, Rhys Owen, Tommy Holmes

Subs: David Roberts, Lee Hunt, Adam France, Tom Kemp, Carl Murray, Niall Butler, Danny Markland

Coach: Lee Jones

HNK Rijeka:

Ivan Mance, Niko Datkovi, Goran Mujanovi, Marko Leškovi, Ivan Boras, Ivan Moini, Mateo Bertoša. Mate Maleš, Nikola Pokriva, Josip Tadi, Ivan Krstanovi

Subs: Ivan Vargi, Matija Škarabot, Ivan Tomeak, Leon Benko, Damir Zlomisli, Luka Mari, Draen Pili

Coach: Matja Kek

Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Assistant referees: Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD), Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth official: Faton Mustafi (MKD)

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