IRISH opponents are lined up as Bala Town prepare for their next European adventure.

The Lakesiders, runners-up in the Cymru Premier League last season, have once again qualified to compete in the UEFA Europa Conference League.

In the first qualifying round of next season's competition, Colin Caton's side have been drawn to take on Sligo Rovers.

Sligo ply their trade in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland.

They have won the league title on three occasions, the most recent championship success coming in 2012.


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They have also claimed the FAI Cup five times, including winning the competition three times between 2010 and 2013.

Sligo were in the Europa Conference League last season, where they lost out 3-1 on aggregate to Iceland's FH.

As things stand, Sligo are fifth in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland, with six wins and six defeats in their 19 matches.

Last time out, they finished third in the table to secure European qualification.

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Bala Town are preparing for their eighth season of European competition and their Europa Conference League campaign last season ended with a 2-0 aggregate loss to Northern Ireland's Larne in the first qualifying round.

The Lakesiders will host the first leg at Park Hall on July 7.

Bala will then travel to West Ireland to face The Bit O'Reds at The Showgrounds on July 14 for the return leg.

These dates are subject to change.

Sligo is a supporter-owned club managed by John Russell, who recently signed on a permanent basis from an interim spell as boss.