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FOOTBALL : Belle Vue bumper crowd expected; UEFA CUP.

Byline: By PHIL STANLEY

RHYL are happy with the draw that pairs them with little-known Lithuanian side FK Atlantas Esbjers in the Uefa Cup first round next month.

Lilywhites manager John Hulse and club president Peter Parry were among a delegation of seven from Rhyl to attend the draw in Geneva yesterday and they will fancy their chances of reaching the next stage.

'We are delighted with the draw,' said new vice-chairman Doug Mortimer. 'The record of Atlantas in Europe is not good although they are a full-time club and well into their domestic season. They are currently third in their league and qualified for the Uefa Cup as cup finalists in their own competition.

'On paper it's certainly a better draw than we had in last season's Champions League when we faced Latvian champions Skonto Riga and we are also pleased that the first leg is at Belle Vue which is bound to attract a bumper crowd THE draw for the qualifying round of the Uefa Cup : Northern Section - Longford v Carmarthen, FK Ekranas v Cork, IBV Vestamannaeyjar v B36 Torshavn, AC Allianssi v CS Petange, Linfield v FK Ventspils, NSI Runavik v FK Metalurgs, Etzella Ettelbruck v Keflavic, Viking FK v Portadown, TVMK Tallinn v MyPa, Rhyl v FK Atlantas, Esbjerg v Flora Tallinn.

Southern-Mediterranean - Baskimi v Zepce Limorad, Birkirkara v Apoel Nicosia, UE Sant Julia v Rapid Bucaresti, KS Teuta v Siroki Brijeg, Elbasan v Vardar, Hibernians v Omonia Nicosia, Domagnano v Domzale. Central-East - Ferencvaros v MTZ-Ripo Banants, Yerevan v Lokomotiv Tblisi, BATE v Torpedo Kutaisi, FC Vaduz v FC Dacia, FC Dinamo Baki v MSK Zilina, Mainz v Mike Ashtarak, FC Nistru Otaci v Khazar Lenkoran. Ties to be played 14 and 28 July

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 25, 2005
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