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Tough starts for Bangor & Saints

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Bangor and The New Saints both face tough matches to open up their respective Uefa Cup campaigns.

Bangor face Danish side FC Midtjylland on 17 July and 31 July, the home and away legs reversed so the first is played at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

The New Saints will play FK Suduva away in Lithuania before the return leg at Park Hall on the same dates.

New Manchester City manager Mark Hughes faces a trip to face EB/Streymur of the Faroe Islands in his Uefa Cup opener.

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Bangor manager Nevill Powell knows that his side will be battling the odds against Midtjylland.

"We don't know a lot about them at the moment, but they are a very useful side with a couple of internationals who will expect to beat us," Powell told BBC Sport Wales.

"The Danes are traditionally tough customers and they are used to playing in front of crowds of 10-15,000.

"We're switching the first leg to Wrexham's Racecourse ground, that will be a boost for us.

"The other good thing is that they are like us in that they don't play summer football and haven't started their season yet.

"It's going to be a trip into the unknown, but our lads will look forward to it."

The New Saints managing director Mike Harris said his team would take heart from Rhyl's narrow Uefa Cup defeat to Suduva two years ago.

"We don't know a lot more about them, but Rhyl ran them close," he told BBC Sport Wales.

"That will give us hope for the games."


2008-09 Uefa Cup first round qualifying draw

Cherno More Varna (Bulgaria) v Sant Julia (Andorra)

Pelister (Macedonia) v APOEL (Cyprus)

Vaduz (Liechtenstein) v Zrinjski (Bosnia)

Sroki Brijeg (Bosnia) v Partizan (Albania)

Hapoel Kiryat (Israel) v Mogren (Montenegro)

Koper (Slovenia) v Vllaznia (Albania)

NK Ljubljana (Slovenia) v Zeta (Montenegro)

Juvenes Dogana (San Marino) v Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)

Hajduk Split (Croatia) v Birkirkara (Malta)

Milano (Macedonia) v Omonia (Cyprus)

Marsaxlokk (Malta) v Slaven Koprivnica (Croatia)

Salzburg (Austria) v Banants (Armenia)

Gyori (Hungary) v Zestaponi (Georgia)

Ararat Yerevan (Armenia) v Bellinzona (Switzerland)

Dacia Chisinau (Moldova) v Borac (Serbia)

Tobol Kostanay (Kazakhstan) v Austria Vienna (Austria)

Hertha Berlin (Germany) v Nistru Otaci (Moldova)

Khazar Lenkoran (Azerbaijan) v Lech Poznan (Poland)

Legia Warsaw (Poland) v Gomel (Belarus)

Spartak Trvana (Slovakia) v WIT (Georgia)

RIPO Minsk (Belarus) v MSK Zilina (Slovakia)

Shakhtyor Karagandy (Kazakhstan) vs. Debreceni VSC (Hungary)

Olimpik Baku (Azerbaijan) v Vojvodina (Serbia)

Hafnarfjordur (Iceland) v Grevenmacher (Luxembourg)

Vetra (Lithuania) v Viking (Norway)

Racing Union (Luxembourg) v Kalmar (Sweden)

Honka Espoo (Finland) v Akranes (Iceland)

Glentoran (Northern Ireland) v Liepajas Metalurgs (Latvia)

Brondby (Denmark) v B36 Torshavn (Faroe Islands)

Nordsjaelland (Denmark) v TVMK Tallinn (Estonia)

Streymur (Faroe Islands) v Manchester City (England)

Olimps (Latvia) v St. Patrick's Athletic (Rep of Ireland)

Djurgarden (Sweden) v Flora (Estonia)

Suduva (Lithuania) v The New Saints (Wales)

Cliftonville (Northern Ireland) v FC Copenhagen (Denmark)

Cork City (Rep of Ireland) v Haka (Finland)

Midtjylland (Denmark) v Bangor City (Wales)

First leg ties to be played 17 July, second leg ties on 31 July


see also
Man City given Faroes Uefa task
01 Jul 08 |  Europe
Suduva 2-1 Rhyl (Agg 2-1)
27 Jul 06 |  Europe
Trouble mars Bangor's Cup win
04 May 08 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales


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