Helsinki vs Connahs Quay by Luke
Helsinki were actually quite a favorites in the first clash away to Wales, however it simply wasn't their day despite the fact that they looked better and had more chances created. They will now need to improve further and recover from that narrow defeat in order to progress, which probably means that they can't afford to concede a goal, knowing that their attacks aren't that concrete and threatening.
They looked better in the first halftime, but weren't that concrete, conceding a goal against the flow of the match in 40th minute via Woolfe. They tried to react in the second and looked even better, however without converting some of their chances into goals. Their domestic season is under way, with the team coming from a 1:1 draw on the road to Inter Turku last Sunday, still being at first position in Veikkausliga with eight points more than second placed VPS.
Connahs Quay did impress a lot in the first leg, mostly due their great fighting spirit as the team may have taken the lead a bit lucky, however stood well in the defense and remained with a clean sheet till the end. They were second at the table last season in Premier League of Wales, however with significant points difference to first placed and way more superior TNS.
Welsh side actually really impressed last season's Europa League qualifiers, when the team managed to exclude Norwegian side Stabaek with a 1:0 aggregate result in the first qualifying round and looked decently as well against Serbian side Vojvodina being excluded with a 3:1 aggregate score only.
Connahs Quay may lack many things, however they don't lack great fighting spirit and determination to present themselves in the best possible manner in European competitions. Against a side that struggles to prove themselves very threatening in attack, that might be just enough to avoid bigger margin defeat. Finnish side still should progress, however it won't surprise me if we see something similar to a late finish drama here.