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14 Jun 2022

Northern Ireland's UEFA Europa Conference League entrants today found out their opponents in the first qualifying round due to take place in early July.

League runners-up Cliftonville, Irish Cup holders Crusaders and play-off winners Larne will all be in action in the second edition of UEFA's newest competition.

Cliftonville were first out of the hat during the draw in Nyon and were paired with Slovakian outfit FC DAC 1904 Dunajska Streda.

DAC finished fourth - their lowest in five seasons - in the local Fortuna Liga, qualifying for Europe via the play-offs. The first leg will be in Slovakia, with the return at week later at Solitude.

Meanwhile, both Crusaders and Larne will be off to Gibraltar.

The Crues will come up against European debutants FCB Magpies, who actually finished third bottom in the National League but qualified as losing finalists in the Rock Cup to champions Lincoln Red Imps. Stephen Baxter's side will be away from home in the first leg.

But Larne will be at home when they kick off their latest European adventure against St. Joseph's, third last season. Regular competitors on the continental stage, St. Joseph's progressed a round a couple of seasons ago before exiting 10-0 on aggregate to Rangers.

UEFA Europa Conference League (first qualifying round)
FC DAC 1904 Dunajska Streda (Slovakia) v. Cliftonville
FCB Magpies (Gibraltar) v. Crusaders
Larne v. St. Joseph's (Gibraltar)

The ties are currently scheduled to be played in early July however fans are strongly advised not to make any travel plans until exact details are confirmed by the clubs and UEFA.