Cork City will face Progres Niederkorn in the first qualifying round of the Europa League after the Luxembourg outfit survived an almighty scare in their preliminary round tie with Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Cardiff Metropolitan University's challenge ended on the away goals rule despite a 2-1 victory over Progres in the second leg on Thursday night.

Goals from Jordan Lam and Dylan Rees put the university team in sight of a famous victory at the Cardiff International Sports Campus, but a reply from Mayron de Almeida levelled the tie at 2-2 on aggregate.

That proved enough for the Luxembourg side, who now go through to face the Leesiders, who today confirmed that midfielder Garry Comerford has left the club, after agreeing the mutual termination of his contract.

They will travel to Turner's Cross for the first leg on Thursday 11 July with the second game in Luxembourg the following week.

Cork also announced that striker Mark O'Sullivan has returned to the club after spells with Waterford, Limerick and Avondale United.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers are awaiting the winners of Prishtina of Kosovo or St Joseph's from Gibraltar in the first round. If Rangers come through it they will take on the winners of the Cork-Progres showdown.

Meanwhile Ballymena United booked a date with Swedish side Malmo as a goalless draw away at NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands saw them progress 2-0 on aggregate.

It was the first time in eight attempts the Northern Irish side had progressed through a round in European competition.

Ballymena had an early scare when Paetur Hentze hit the woodwork and they had to survive some late pressure on a misty evening, but their first-leg success proved the difference.

Cliftonville powered through with a 4-0 defeat of Barry Town United at Solitude.

The tie was evenly poised after last week's 0-0 draw, but Cliftonville proved too strong for the Welsh side in Belfast.

Goals from Conor McMenamin and Joe Gormley gave the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead, before Conor McDermott and Rory Donnelly put gloss on the victory in the closing stages.