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Llandudno do league proud with a battling display.

Byline: DAVE JONES

DANNY HUGHES netted Llandudno's first-ever European goal but it was not enough to save his side from a 2-1 home defeat against IFK Goteborg on Thursday.

As the two-time Uefa Cup winners had triumphed 5-0 in Gothenburg a week earlier, the Swedes went through 7-1 on aggregate.

Nonetheless, Alan Morgan's men did the Welsh Premier League proud with a battling display at the Bangor University Stadium.

Good defending from the hosts prevented Goteborg from creating any clear opportunities until the 36th minute, when Seasiders keeper Dave Roberts produced a point-blank block to thwart Victor Skold.

Moments later the visitors took the lead when Bolivian international Martin Smerberg-Dalance whipped in a strike from the left which beat Roberts at his near post.

Eight minutes into the second half Goteborg went two up when Patrik Karlsson-| Danny Hughes Legemyr and Tobias Hysen combined before Skold lashed home.

Tudno upped their game and could easily have come out of it with a draw.

Marc Williams' header from a James Joyce cross was blocked, then substitute Leo Riley nodded just over.

Llandudno pulled one back in the 71st minute. Hughes threaded the ball to Buckley who raced through on goal.

Buckley managed to find Hughes who lifted the ball over the keeper.

Williams had a left-foot shot saved when he should have done better before the end.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 9, 2016
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