Date: Mon 23 Jun 2014

Favourable Europa League Draw for Welsh Clubs

The UEFA Europa League draw has been made with both Bangor City and Airbus UK drawing UEFA competition debutants in Stjarnan from Iceland and FK Haugesund from Norway respectively.

Aberystwyth Town will face Northern Ireland-based Derry City, who play in the Southern Ireland League. The first game will be at Brandywell on July the 3rd with the return leg at Park Avenue on the 10th.

Airbus UK Broughton and Bangor City are both due to play at the Bookpeople Stadium - home of Bangor City and it has been confirmed that the Wingmakers will host Haugesund on the 3rd of July while the Citizens will welcome their Icelandic opponents on the 10th.


If Bangor City can progress from their first qualifying round, they will face Scottish Premier League side Motherwell.

Aberystwyth Town would face FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus and Airbus would face a difficult trip to FK Sarajevo.


Bangor City’s Opponent - Stjarnan (Iceland)

Bangor City have been drawn against Icelandic outfit Stjarnan, who have qualified for UEFA competition for the first time in their History.

Managed by Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson, they are nine games into their season and remain unbeaten having won five and drawn four, which sees them top of the table. Olafur Karl Finsen has scored five goals and is top of the goalscoring charts.
The club gained worldwide fame when their elaborate goal celebrations, including a highly choreographed depiction of landing a fish, diving, a human toilet, a human bicycle, and an imitation of a Rambo shooting spree, were published widely across the Internet and football television shows.
They play at the 1,000 capacity Samsung völlurinn stadium.

Airbus UK's Opponent - FK Haugesund (Norway)

UEFA competition debutants FK Haugesund are managed by Jostein Grindhaug and they are currently two from bottom in the Norwegian Premier Division.

They have won just two matches in their current summer season, drawing four and losing seven of their thirteen League matches. They play at the 8,800 capacity, Haugesund Stadion.

Aberystwyth Town's Opponent - Derry City (Ireland)

Derry City FC were founded in 1928 and played in the Irish league, where they won their first title in the 1964/65 season. The club was expelled from the Premier Division in 2009 as they were allegedly completing unofficial contracts with some of their players. The club got reinstated soon after but was placed in the second tier. Their current manager is Peter Hutton and they play at the Brandywell Stadium, which holds 7,700 supporters.

Last season they finished fourth in the league to just qualify for Europe after Sligo Rovers - who had already qualified for the UEL - won the Cup. The Candystripes' goalkeeper is Ged Doherty who is a former TNS captain who lifted the Welsh Premier League Trophy as skipper of the Saints.

Bydd gwrthwynebwyr Bangor ac AUK Brychdyn yn herio timau sydd erioed wedi cymryd rhan yn un o brif gystadleuthau Ewrop o'r blaen - sef Stjarnan o Wlad yr Ia ac FK Haugesund o Norwy.
Mae Stjarnan wedi chwarae 9 gwaith yn eu cynghrair y tymor hwn gan ennill 5 a chael 4 gornest gyfartal.Maent yn enwog am eu dathiadau dychmygus wedi iddynt sgorio.

Ar y llaw arall dim ond dwy o'u 13 o gemau nhw'r tymor yma y mae Haugesund wedi eu hennill ac meant ddau safle o waelod y cynghrair yn Norwy. Bydd gan brif sgoriwr yn hanes Uwch Gynghrair Cymru - Marc Lloyd Williams ddiddordeb mawr yn hon - gan ei fod wedi chwarae dros Haugesund ac Airbus.

Mae clwb Aberystwyth eisoes wedi datgan eu bod yn hapus gyda'r ffaith mai Derry fydd eu gwrthwynebwyr nhw. Bydd y cymal cyntaf yn Brandywell ar Orffennaf y 3ydd gyda'r ornest ar Goedlan y Parc wythnos yn ddiweddarach.

Os bydd y clybiau o Gymru'n ennill eu lle'n yr Ail Rownd Ragbrofol - bydd Bangor yn herio Motherwell, AUK Brychdyn yn wynebu FK Sarajevo ac Aber yn chwarae Shakhtyor Soligorsk o Felarws.

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