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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007, 19:49 GMT 20:49 UK
Carmarthen 0-8 SK Brann Bergen
Brann Bergen striker Robbie Winters fires a shot at the Carmarthen goal
Brann Bergen's Robbie Winters proved too good for Carmarthen
Carmarthen's Uefa Cup ambitions all-but ended at the first hurdle as they crashed to a strong SK Brann side, who started with nine full internationals.

Two of those - strikers Robbie Winters and Thorstein Helstad - shared five goals in the first half, ex-Scotland front man Winters bagging a hat-trick.

Kristjan Sigurdsson, Jan Solli and Armann Bjornsson completed the rout in the second half at Richmond Park.

To cap Old Gold's misery, Neil Smothers was sent off for a second yellow card.

The humiliation could have been worse but for a fine display of goalkeeping in adversity from home stopper Neil Thomas.

The result still equalled the worst-ever performance by a Welsh side in Europe.

Carmarthen now face a fruitless trip to Norway for the 2 August second leg.

The draw for the second round of the Cup will be made the following day.


Carmarthen Town: N Thomas, Hancock, Smothers, Palmer, Warton, K Thomas, Walters, Ramasut, Fowle, Hicks, Cotterrall.
Subs: D Thomas, Davies, Hughes, Adams, Poole.

SK Brann: Thorbjornsen, Dahl, Bjarnason, Sigurdsson, Hanstveit, Huseklepp, Andresen, Gunnar Solli, Moen, Winters, Helstad.
Subs: Opdal, Guntveit, Corrales, Jaiteh, Bjørnsson, Gashi.

Att: 769

Referee: Vitaliy Godulyan (Ukraine)

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