Sligo Rovers travel to Wales to face Bala Town in their Europa Conference League first leg qualifier. After a mixed first half of their League of Ireland Premier Division campaign, the Showgrounds outfit have bounced back to form since the appointment of John Russell a month ago. Here's all the information you need to know including how to watch Sligo Rovers v Bala Town.
When is Sligo Rovers v Bala Town?
Kick off is at 7pm on Thursday the 7th of July.
How to watch Sligo Rovers v Bala Town
The game will be streamed on the Bala Town website for £7 which can be accessed here.
Sligo Rovers are currently sitting in fifth place in the Premier Division. In their last outting, two goals from Aidan Keena and a strike from Max Mata sealed a 3-1 win over Damien Duff's Shelbourne.
Keena has been in tremendous form for Sligo Rovers this campaign and has scored 11 goals in just 16 starts.
The Rovers' talisman scored this amazing solo goal during the win over Shels.
Since John Russell replaced Liam Buckley as manager, the Connacht club have been undefeated, with two wins and one draw.
Their opponents Bala Town were forced to return to training early as it's the off season in the Cymru Premier League. Bala Town finished second in the league last season, with their second place finish earning them a spot in the Europa Conference League qualifiers.
The Welsh outfit are yet to win a two-legged European tie, with their only victory coming against Maltese side Valetta FC back in 2019.
One man that remains part of the Bala Town side from their memorable European victory is striker Chris Venables. The 36-year-old may be getting towards the latter stages of his career, but still has a keen eye for goal and will be someone that Sligo Rovers will have to be wary of.
Former Wolves, Luton, Reading and Shrewsbury Town midfielder Dave Edwards is their key man in the centre of the park.
The 43-time Welsh international spent nine years with Wolves, making voer 300 appearances and scoring 44 times for the club.
Edwards was an integral part of the Wales side that went on that impressive Euro 2016 run where they beat the likes of Slovakia, Russia, Northern Ireland and Belgium before being knocked out by eventual winners Portugal in the semifinal.
The 36-year-old scored ten times in 26 games for Bala Town during the 2021/22 season.
85' GOALLL!!! Dave Edwards grabs a brace 🔥
Walker-Rice loops a ball towards the Druids goal which Edwards manages to get the slightest of touches on to beat the goalkeeper and make it five.
Cefn Druids 2 - 5 Bala Town#Lakesiders pic.twitter.com/jZzFcHufbi
— Bala Town FC (@BalaTownFC) December 17, 2021
Sligo Rovers will head into the first leg tie in Wales as favourites but msut be wary of the threat that the Cymru Premier side possess.