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Cork, St Pat's And Shamrock Rovers Learn Fate In Europa League Draw

Cork, St Pat's And Shamrock Rovers Learn Fate In Europa League Draw

Cork City, Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic learned their fates as the Europa League draw was completed for the first qualifying round of the competition on Tuesday.

Cork were the only seeded team of the three Irish sides, with both Rovers and St Pats taking on seeded opponents. But there were no blockbuster match ups for the trio of Irish teams from this particular Europa League draw.

Shamrock Rovers will take on FK Brann of Norway, with Stephen Bradley's side at home for the second leg - though that could be changed. It will be difficult for them to advance to the second round but still avoided the big guns in their group for the draw in Malmo and Kilmarnock.

It was a kinder draw for Cork, who will take on either Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg or Welsh side Cardiff Metropolitan University, depending on who wins their preliminary qualification match up later this month.

The first leg of that tie will be played in the Rebel county, with Cork fans still waiting to find out where they will travel for the return leg.

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St Pat's were the last Irish team to be drawn - and their fixture was the second last tie drawn overall - as they were handed a clash with Norrkoping, who finished fourth in the Swedish table last season and currently sit in seventh place there.

Chris Forrester missed out on a reunion with former club Aberdeen as they were instead drawn against RoPS Rovaniemi - a Finnish side in the same group as St Pat's for the Europa League draw.

The first legs of each tie will be played on Thursday, July 11 before the fixtures are reversed the following week on July 18, with a place in the Europa League second round awaiting the victors of each tie.

With St Pat's and Shamrock Rovers both currently set to be at home for the second legs of their respective match ups, it is likely UEFA will choose to swap the order of one of those ties, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

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Kevin Beirne

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