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Football: Barry blue as Skonto go nap; Skonto 5 Barry Town 0.

Byline: BEN WADE

BATTERED Barry saw their European Champions League dreams disintegrate as relentless Skonto Riga blitzed them last night.

The Dragons held the 11-times Latvian champions to just Vladimir Kolesnicenko's early strike at the interval of the first leg, but their work came undone after the break.

Barry, League of Wales champs, went down by eight goals in the second round qualifying stage in Porto last August.

And it was carnage again as Mihails Zemlinskis and the three substitutes - Levan Korgalidze, Audrius Ksanavicius and Alexandrs Jelisejevs - all scored.

Barry boss Kenny Brown played a defensive shield with former Manchester City star Ian Bishop operating in front of a back three and Jamie Moralee the sole front runner.

But Town were soon buckling as a Skonto Riga team packed with seven internationals advanced.

The Welshmen were behind on 13 minutes. Scot Morgan was caught on the left and Viktor Morozs fed Kolesnicenko, who completed a slick right-foot finish. Barry were under the cosh, but they did threaten the Skonto goal briefly when a Moralee snapshot flew inches wide.

Barry were showing some glimpses of confidence and had their best spell minutes before half-time as a three-man move started by Bishop, almost opened up the Latvians.

But the Dragons' fire was finally extinguished soon after the hour mark.

Zemlinskis fired home a 45-yard super-strike via the underneath of the bar on 62 minutes before Korgalidze (65), Ksanavicius (87) and Jelisejevs (89) piled on the misery for Barry.

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HEAD BOY: Barry's Ian Bishop is beaten in the air
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2002
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