Irish champions Raheny United have been handed a tough task against Bristol Academy WFC in the last 32 of the Women’s Champion League after the draw took place in Nyon, Switzerland today.

Bristol were Runners Up in the FA WSL in 2013 winning 10, drawing one and losing three of their 14 league games. They were formerly managed by now England manager Mark Sampson. 

Raheny will play the first leg at home on either 8 or 9 October with the away leg being played in Bristol the following week 15/16 October. 

Raheny Utd Manager Casey McQuillan said: “We are happy with the draw insofar as there will be the minimum amount of travelling involved but we realise we have an extremely tough task ahead of us. 

"Nonetheless we will prepare to the best of our ability and give ourselves the best possible shot of progressing from the tie. 

"I hope the footballing public will come out to support the girls in October and see for themselves the superb level of football that is on offer.” 


Details of the venue and times for the home leg will be announced next week once discussions have taken place between Raheny United and the FAI.

The draw for the next stage (quarter-finals) was also made with the eventual winners of this tie playing away to the winners of the tie between FC Barcelona and SK Slavia Praha on 8/9 & 12/13 November.

Rahney qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League after beating sides from Romania, Bulgaria and Malta to top their qualifying group.