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Patrick McEleney gestures after Dundalk's victory over Newtown in the Europa Conference League at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Louth. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Patrick McEleney gestures after Dundalk's victory over Newtown in the Europa Conference League at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Louth. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Patrick McEleney gestures after Dundalk's victory over Newtown in the Europa Conference League at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Louth. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Dundalk took control of their Europa Conference League first qualifying round tie against Newtown with a 4-0 win over the Welsh club in Thursday night’s first leg at Oriel Park.

Both sides had seen their preparations disrupted by positive Covid-19 cases with the squad.

Dundalk – who reached the group stages of last season’s Europa League, playing Arsenal – were 2-0 ahead by half-time following goals from Michael Duffy and David McMillan.

Will Patching added a well-taken third just after the hour before Han Jeong-uh’s stoppage-time header gave the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side a commanding advantage.

Meanwhile, Bohemians fought back to draw 1-1 away at Stjarnan of Iceland.

Emil Atlason’s 25th-minute strike put the hosts in front, but the Bohs equalised through Ross Tierney just after the hour to give themselves every chance of progressing through the tie.

Glentoran substitute Jamie McDonagh scored a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw against The New Saints in Belfast.

Leo Smith had given the Welsh club the lead in the 13th minute with a fine individual effort.

But with eight minutes left, McDonagh collected a pass from Robbie McDaid ahead of the Glentoran keeper to knock the ball into an empty net and leave the tie delicately poised.

Larne beat Bala Town 1-0 in Oswestry, where an early goal from David McDaid was enough to give the Northern Irish side a slender advantage from what was their first ever European tie.

SSE Airtricity League outfit Sligo Rovers lost 1-0 away at FH Hafnarfjordur of Iceland to a late goal from former Rangers and Lincoln forward Steven Lennon after midfielder Greg Bolger had been sent off for two cautions.

Coleraine were beaten 2-1 at Velez Mostar of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ben Doherty gave the Northern Ireland team an early lead, but Brandao equalised from the penalty spot.

In the 66th minute, Bannsiders defender Lyndon Kane was shown a straight red card for handball in the area – and Brazilian forward Brandao slotted home the resulting spot-kick.

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