Motherwell Europa Conference League draw: Welsh or Irish side await Steelmen


Motherwell have drawn either Bala Town or Sligo Rovers in the 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round.

Graham Alexander’s side, competing in Europe for the first time in two years, qualified for the competition after finishing fifth in the Scottish Premiership last season.

And their reward is a clash with either Welsh Premier team Bala or League of Ireland Premier team Sligo Rovers, who play each other in the first qualifying round on July 7 and 14.

It may not have provided the glamorous getaway fans were hoping for, but it does provide a good opportunity for the Steelmen to progress.

Motherwell is in the UEFA Europa Conference League

Motherwell’s campaign kicks off on July 21 at Fir Park with the second leg a week later on July 28.

It is ‘Well’s first time in UEFA’s brand new tournament, launched last year and won by Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

With ‘Well entering the second stage, it will be difficult to reach the lucrative group stages as they have to go through three rounds (six games) to get there.

If they overtake their opponents, the third qualifying round will take place on August 18 and 25, where Anderlecht, Panathinaikos or FC Twente could await them.

We’ll get reaction from Fir Park boss Graham Alexander later this afternoon, but before the draw he said Lanarkshire Live Sport he would take nothing for granted in their Euro adventure.

He said: “I know how competitive football is. There are five or six teams in the National League (the fifth tier in England) who have bigger budgets than us at the moment.

“They have players over three times the amount of our highest paid player. Just because we may not have heard of a club or player doesn’t mean they aren’t good.

“I learned that playing for Scotland, against teams like Estonia and Lithuania. You didn’t know much about them, but they were very difficult to play against.

“Other clubs will look at us thinking the same thing – ‘it’s only Motherwell.’ We must respect everyone.

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