The Women’s Champions League draw has handed Glentoran Women their best ever chance of progressing beyond the first stage after they were pulled out against the team that they beat in last season’s competition.
The Glens had already lost their mini-group semi-final against Aland of Finland and were out of the competition when they defeated Romanian champions Cluj.
Northern Ireland international duo Joely Andrews and Chloe McCarron scored the goals to give the Glens a 2-0 win and the dominant display they produced over the 90 minutes will give them real belief that they can go into the second game this time with a knockout place up for grabs.
That, however, is when things will get tougher with Bosnian champions Sarajevo expected to be their opponents.
“It’s a draw that we are happy with,” said Glentoran manager Billy Clarke.
“We played very well against Cluj last season and if we can repeat that performance we will have a chance of beating them again.”
Sarajevo will set a new record of 20 consecutive appearances in the competition when they meet Birkirkara of Malta in their semi-final, having dominated their domestic League for the last two decades.
The venue for the mini-tournament, with matches to be played on August 18 and 21, has still to be decided.