Connah’s Quay Nomads arrive in Armenia ahead of Champions League qualifier
Posted: Tue 13 Jul 2021
The Connah’s Quay Nomads arrived in Armenia ahead of their Champions League qualifying second leg with FC Alashkert.
On Wednesday evening, the Nomads will face Alashkert at the Republican Stadium in the Armenian capital Yerevan.
The teams head to the second leg of this tied first qualifying round after a 2-2 draw at Park Avenue in Aberystwyth Town last Wednesday.
Last Wednesday was a historic game for the Nomads as Craig Curran scored the club’s very first UEFA Champions’ League goal in the 19th minute thanks to his header at the back post.
George Horan also became the competition’s oldest goalscorer, overtaking Roma’s talismanic striker Francesco Totti.
Totti’s last Champions League goal came at 38 years and 59 days, while Horan’s late equalizer was at 39 years, 4 months and 19 days.
According to the BBC, the Nomads have a squad of just 15 players available for Wednesday’s game.
“Two players because they have to isolate themselves after coming into close contact with cases of Covid-19.
And three part-time players didn’t travel due to the effect self-isolation would have on their day jobs.
Danny Holmes fractured his kneecap last Wednesday and will be out for up to six months, Sameron Dool and Jay Owen are also injured.
The Nomads’ trip to Armenia will be one of the longest European trips in the history of Welsh teams competing on the European stage, with the team covering a similar distance to that of the national team which recently played in the Euro 2020 in Baku.
– Connah’s Quay Nomads FC (@the_nomads) July 13, 2021
Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. UK time due to the three-hour time difference in Armenia.
While the Nomads were expected to travel nearly 100 miles to our Aberystwyth stadium, Alashkert will also play at a neutral venue, but their journey is only four miles through the city of Yerevan to play at the Republican Stadium.
The stadium has a capacity of 14,403 seats and is home to the Armenian national team and was Alashkert’s temporary home during the 2013/14 season as their own stadium underwent renovations.
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