On their European debut in the first leg of their Europa Conference League first qualifying round tie, Penybont produced a spirited display to draw with Andorra’s FC Santa Coloma in front of a 1,400 sell out crowd at the Dunraven Brewery Field.
Mario Mourelo’s free-kick put the away team ahead in the first half, a lead which they would hold going into half time. A transformed Penybont were arguably the better team in the second half with Penybont’s new signing Chris Venables the hero with a goal midway through the second half to send the vocal home supporters into raptures.
Both teams had chances in the closing stages of the second half, with Alex Harris making a few good saves but neither team could break the deadlock and head to Andorra next week level.
Penybont manager Rhys Griffiths told BBC Sport Wales: “I thought it was blood and thunder. It was high intensity. I have to say they [FC Santa Coloma] impressed me with the way they stayed with us. I thought we might have been able to, for want of a better phrase, beat them up a little bit, but they stood up to it well. I thought it was a very even game – there was nothing between the teams. It’s a bit frustrating their goal was a bit of a mistake, but I couldn’t begrudge them a point.”