Cork City FC draw Cardiff or Luxembourg side in Europe qualifier

Cork City FC draw Cardiff or Luxembourg side in Europe qualifier
Cork City FC will face the winners of Cardiff Metropolitan University of Wales and Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn. Pic: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Cork City interim manager John Cotter would have preferred clarity over who the Rebel Army face in their Europa League first qualifying round tie, but he is nevertheless looking forward to the challenge.

In Tuesday’s draw, City were paired with the winners of the preliminary round clash between Cardiff Metropolitan University of Wales and Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn. Cotter admits that it makes things a bit trickier from City’s point of view.

“It is, from the point of view of everyone in the club, to be honest,” he told RedFM.

“For scouting and travel arrangements, it’s not ideal but it’s something we’ll have to deal with and get on with.

Cork City interim manager John Cotter said their opponents are two teams they would not know much about. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Cork City interim manager John Cotter said their opponents are two teams they would not know much about. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

“That’s what the draw brings and it’s something we’ll be looking forward to.

“Progres have a good record in Europe over the last few years, but it’s something where we’ll have to go and watch those games and gauge it from there.

“They’re two teams that we wouldn’t know too much about at the present moment but we’ll be doing a lot over the next few weeks to make sure that we have all our work done.” City will be at home first on July 11, with the second leg a week later.

“You could look at it both ways,” Cotter said, “it’s a good chance to get off to a good start in the tie, or you could say that you’d like to bring them back.

“Ideally, you’d like the second leg at home but it’s something we won’t moan about and we’ll just have to get on with it. Hopefully, we can get a good result in front of a big home crowd, these European nights have always been great and hopefully that’ll be another one to add to it.” There is at least the consolation of both destinations being relatively close and accessible.

“That’s what you’d be looking for as well,” Cotter said.

“You could have league fixtures in around those games, which is obviously very important as well.

“The travel doesn’t look too bad at the moment, it’s another good thing to have but obviously the travel arrangements are put back until we know for definite where we’re going.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a good tie to look forward to.” --

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