Bohemians under-19s face trip to Greece to face PAOK in the UEFA Youth League

Tue, Sep 03 2019

Andy Lyons of Bohemians in action against Midtjylland in last year's Youth League. Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

Bohemians under-19s have been drawn with PAOK of Greece in the first round of the UEFA Youth League.

The reigning national league champions will take on the Greek titleholders over two legs next month, with the first leg on October 2nd and the return game three weeks later on the 23rd.

Craig Sexton’s side sealed back-to-back league titles, and a domestic double, with victory over Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium last October.

That was enough to earn them a slot in the champions path alongside the other domestic champions whose senior teams failed to reach the Champions League proper.

Last season's group included Ireland under-19 internationals Ali Reghba, who has since joined Leicester City, and first-team regular Andy Lyons.

PAOK have some pedigree in this competition having gone through two rounds last season before bowing out to a Tottenham Hotspur side featuring Troy Parrott.

They’re unlikely to be a tougher proposition than Bohs’ opponents last year, Midtjylland, who knocked out Manchester United on their way to the quarter-finals before bowing out to eventual champions Porto.

The winner of Bohs’ tie with PAOK will face the winner of Dynamo Kyiv and Shkendija, with those ties due to take place on November 6th and 27th.