Newtown 0 Dundalk 1
Dundalk used their debut trip to Wales as a stage to complete the perfect performance in Europe - two wins and two clean sheets in a tie for the first time in their European history - to ease into the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.
A Michael Duffy goal early in the second half was enough for them to get the better of Newtown in Oswestry, the tie already in the bag for Dundalk thanks to a 4-0 win from the home leg.
And Vinny Perth’s side can now comfortably sit back and wait to discover their opponents for the second round, with Levadia Tallinn expected to brush past Gibraltar outfit St Joseph’s tomorrow, a 3-1 first-leg lead making the Estonians favourites.
Dundalk didn’t have things all their own way on the artificial surface at Park Hall, as the Welsh side enjoyed the better of the opening 20 minutes, and they could have been a goal down after just four minutes, while Perth needed a save from keeper Alessio Abibi 11 minutes from time to keep that clean sheet.
A mistake by Patrick McEleney gifted an early chance to Aaron Williams, but he could not make more of the opportunity, while James Rowland should have done better to trouble Abibi, and Alex Fletcher was also a threat. Dundalk had only half-chances in the first half, Duffy denied by keeper David Jones and Daniel Kelly was off target.
But winger Duffy slid home his second goal in two games on 51 minutes against Newtown.
Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers slipped out of the Champions League following a 2-1 defeat to Slovan Bratislava.
Rovers went 2-0 ahead with goals from Graham Burke and Richie Towell however former Manchester City and Rangers man Vladimír Weiss scored the decisive goal for the Slovakian side at Tallaght to seal a 3-2 win on aggregate.
• Derry City will travel to Drogheda United in the first round of this season’s FAI Cup in the only all-Premier Division tie of the round. All ties will be played on the weekend ending July 25.