EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

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It has been confirmed that Barry Town United will face Cliftonville FC from Northern Ireland in the preliminary round of the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League following the conclusion of today’s draw in Geneva.

Having been founded in 1879, Cliftonville are Ireland’s oldest football club and have won the Northern Irish top-flight trophy on five occasions, including one shared title. In addition, they have won eight Irish Cups and five Northern Ireland Football League Cups. Last season, Cliftonville finished fifth in the league before beating Coleraine and Glentoran in the UEFA Europa League play-offs. Their recent European adventures have seen them come up against teams such as Celtic, FC Copenhagen and CSKA Sofia, while in the 2011/12 season they lost 2-1 on aggregate to The New Saints in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.

All of Cliftonville’s current squad hail from either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Striker Rory Donnelly made two appearances for Swansea City between 2012 and 2015. Manager Paddy McLaughlin has been in charge since February.

The first leg of the tie, on Thursday 27 June, will be held at Leckwith Stadium. The second leg, on Thursday 4 July, will be held at Solitude in Belfast. Tickets and travel information will be announced in the coming days.